AU Shippin' Out Sept 20-23: Gears of War 3

Can Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad battle it out against near-impossible odds this week in the final instalment in the Gears trilogy?

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It has been five years since game designer Cliffy B successfully married the humble machine gun with the not-so-subtle chainsaw for a brand-new Xbox 360 franchise: Gears of War. With the third game being released around Australia today, the story of Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad comes to an end as Epic Games closes out the trilogy and answers questions left by the first two titles.

Can Marcus Fenix's tree-trunk-sized arms turn the tide of the war on Sera?

The Gears of War franchise popularised Horde mode, which has been copied by many other games. For Gears of War 3, Epic has turned the tables and introduced Beast mode. This time around, players will step into the ugly shoes of the Locust and take aim at COG soldiers controlled by the AI. Horde mode hasn't been forgotten, though, getting an upgrade that sees the focus shift towards building fortified positions as opposed to just popping up from behind cover.

While the replica lancers that were released in the US for Gears of War 2 didn't make it to Australia in '08, GameSpot AU is glad to report that Microsoft isn't making the same mistake twice. Exclusive to EB Games in Australia, Gears of War fans can also get their hands on replica gold retro lancers, complete with bayonet. The gun is over 90cm long and makes gun noises when the trigger is pulled. The replica weapon retails for A$148 but is slightly cheaper if you preordered Gears of War 3 through EB Games.

For the racing fans this week, there's also F1 2011. This is Codemasters' second attempt at a fully fledged F1 simulator, with the UK developer correcting several of the first game's major criticisms. All 24 racers from the 12 teams that started the 2011 F1 season are in the game, and there are 19 tracks for players to burn rubber around.

For all the games out this week, check out the list below:

September 20, 2011
Gears of War 3 (360)

September 22, 2011
Bleach: Soul Resurreccion (PS3)
F1 2011 (PS3, 360, PC)

Discussion

6 comments
robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

@SuprSaiyanRockr Well NIS America is a niche focus brand and in order to maintain it they print their games in small number to insure that no loses are made and since Bleach has brand awareness, all the small number of copies will be snapped up instantly. I should also note that they are giving out free Bleach DVDs with every copy sold at JB and EB, which I believe are the only retailers carrying it.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@robertwarnes91 Oh? That's strange... Oh well, I'll put it on layby. Thanks for the heads up, I appreaciate it. Shame though, after the reviews I've seen, I was hoping to get it cheaper :P

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

@SuprSaiyanRockr You want to becareful with Bleach, because it's printed by NIS America and they print their games in extremely limited numbers. Fortunately the price their games in Australia the same as the rest of the world. So it retails for $69.99 in oz :D

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Huh? Bleach came out this week as well? Awesome, I've been so hyped for gears that I forgot to check :P Should pick the Bleach game up once the price drops :D

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Sorry kids, put's Persona 2 Innocent Sin from the USA for me this week. I might pick up Bleach, depending on my mood.