Gears of War 3
Popular late night talk shows are something that the UK doesn’t really share with the US. Sure, we have Johnathan Ross, well we did; but at no point in his long career talking to people with interesting jobs, did he ever interview a videogame developer.
Now though, we have long-time gamer, and host of the US’s incredibly popular Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to thank for the recent reveal of Gears Of War 3. We suppose if you’re going to interview any developer, the charismatic tween, Cliff Bleszinski, is probably the best choice, he’s at least on the right side of geek-chic.
“It’s probably the worst kept secret in the videogame industry,” chortled Cliff, as his interview with Jimmy went swimmingly well. Despite a minor hick-up with the game accidentally being ousted on Live a few days prior, the poignant trailer that aired on US national TV was everything we’ve come to expect from the series; but what exactly does it all mean for Marcus and company?
As is usually the case with any game announced a full year before release, (12 stupid months!) concrete details are about as solid as a Live connection over dial-up. Now is the time for speculation and reflection on what we already know. The trailer was a mixture of artistically styled shots and the usual, nonsense, gung-ho antics, but its setting was something that immediately struck us.
By the end of Gears 2, the humans have been pushed back to the last known city of Jacinto, and the mutated Lambent Locusts have kicked off their civil war. For those that had been paying attention, hints were dropped that Marcus’ father had a hand in the creation of the Locust, and as the new trailer shows a lone COG running from an angry horde, it seems the months since Gears 2’s climax have not been kind.
The dishevelled Dom clearly hasn’t taken the death of his wife well; but for the overall story, we can’t shake the feeling that returning to the Locust’s creation is a nice way to round off the trilogy.
Aside from speculating on the story, we’ve also been shown a huge Lambent Locust, it’s massive tentacles tearing up the battlefield and coming under fire, from not only Marcus but a whole load of new COG’s; plus one rather fetching blonde woman- it seems everyone is taking a last stand for humanity.
With human kind literally on the brink of extinction Gears 3 could potentially be a harrowing experience; is Epic brave enough to have the Locusts actually win? While we’d be the first to say Epic would be crazy to round off the Gears trilogy at the third title, there has to be some level of closure- no one wants a Halo 2 again.
But where can the story go? Gears 2 brought the weird human kidnappings into focus and a split in the Locust hierarchy confused matters further. The key is in the Locust’s origins; if they are in anyway a little human, Epic could be the greatest social commentators in the industry. Unfortunately, we don’t really want to give Gears’ story that much credit.
Clearly, there’s a lot being hinted at, and surprisingly, despite the narrative in Gears occupying the level of a B-movie 80’s film, Epic is taking an awful lot of care with it. Something they’re less keen to do with their weapons.
Bleszinski already told Fallon that uber-powerful double-barrelled shotguns will make an appearance, but still unconfirmed is the inclusion of mechs that would make the transformation into Lost Planet 2 totally complete.
Mechs, underwater sections and a narrative arc that has to be rounded off; it’s all to play for in Gears 3. Even if the humans win and all is well, they’re still sat on a totally decimated planet, littered with massive holes.
Epic really tried to push the story and characters in Gears 2, and the relationship between Marcus and his father is the most tantalising mystery left. With a whole year to wait, lets hope Cliffy B doesn’t let this whole Fallon/TV exposure go to his head and gets back to work and ships the game on time.