Let me be perfectly clear right off the bat, lest the reader make a few snap assumptions:
1. I love Gears of War . I've kept my Xbox 360 almost exclusively for the purpose of playing these games.
2. In my eyes, the original Gears snagged the crown of the third-person shooter category.
3. I will absolutely own Gears 3 this month. That's going to happen.
That being said, no sooner did Gears take that aforementioned crown did Naughty Dog's epic Uncharted series snatch it away. While both franchises are very different in terms of tone, style, and even mechanics, they both fall into the same category. And as much as I love Epic's great series, I really can't see Gears 3 topping Uncharted 3 in any category. Visual presentation? Voice acting? Soundtrack? Overall control? Storyline? Characters? Environment? Yeah, sorry Gears , you can't win this one.
And it's so weird, too. In comparison to just about any other title out there, I'd take Gears 3 any day of the week and twice on Sunday. But after the brilliance that was Uncharted 2 – which I firmly believe is the single best game of the generation thus far – I just can't imagine Gears 3 closing the gap and surpassing Naughty Dog's third effort. Yes, I'm sure I'll adore both titles in question, and I'm sure both will be worthy of Game of the Year nods and various nominations. But only one will leave me with this singular feeling of awe, and I think I know which one it will be…
Related Game(s): Uncharted 3