I've been playing some more GoW3.
Now, I take issue with a lot of things critics and gamers say. One of those is the notion that Gears of War is just a "dumb" shooter. Yeah, sure, it's about burly guys ( and quite a few women ) with over-the-top weapons fighting an "alien" enemy. But you could make anything sound stupid by exaggerating some parts and leaving others out. It was the same with Bulletstorm. It's a clichéd story about burly guys with over-the-top weapons fighting mutants. And it had some of the best humor I've seen in a game, and a very well-told story with good characters. Yeah, it's "dumb" on its surface, but if you go just a little deeper, there's actual substance to it, which is more than you can say about a lot of other games. And Gears of War is the same way. The first one might not have been that emotional or had that many twists, but the series has only gotten better. It actually throws unexpected twists at you. I can't remember the last time I played a game and didn't think, "well, I saw that one coming".
So. Yeah. I challenge anyone who claims Gears of War is just a dumb, unoriginal shooter without plot to a chainsaw bayonet duel.