Aftershock: Gears of War 3′s Story Sucks (MAJOR SPOILERS)
Two hours later, though, I stopped feeling sad at the missed opportunity and instead started to wonder why that moment happened at all. Dom’s death scene happens in a place called Mercy, to which our heroes travel in order to get fuel for a submarine so they can travel to the island where the endgame is going to take place.
They fill up the tanker they brought with them, but Dom’s moment of sacrifice involves him blowing up the tanker to kill all the bad guys. What do our surviving folks do after losing all the fuel? They go on to the sub base, where they are fortunate enough to find fuel waiting for them. They don’t even try to find more fuel before going there! So why did they need to go to Mercy? Who knows?
You might think their stopover in Char was intended to find fuel for the sub, but it wasn’t. They only stop in Char because their truck ran out of gas, and they only get enough gas there to get moving again.
Speaking of Char… Their stopover there leads the Locust straight to a civilian settlement, and that resulted in everyone there aside from the leader, Griffin, being killed. Griffin angrily points this out, but Marcus doesn’t give a f–k — he yells back at Griffin about how Dom just died and how he doesn’t care about all those innocent people who just got murdered. Not doing a great job of making us feel sympathetic toward you, Fenix.
Griffin responds to this by threatening Marcus, saying that he’ll get you next time, asshole. Except there isn’t a next time, and so I wonder what the point of that was.
No deconstruction of the Gears 3 story would be complete with a discussion of the endgame. Oh, the endgame. It turns out that imulsion is a parasitic life form that is trying to take over everything on Sera by turning them Lambent. On the island of Azura, Adam Fenix has built a giant machine that will destroy all the Lambent cells on the planet. For whatever reason, this won’t harm humans but it will kill every Locust.
I don’t even know what to say about it. The endgame of the entire series is that there is a magic machine that kills all the bad guys. And nobody makes a joke about that!
The are many more problems I have with this story, but there’s no point in going on. The examples I have provided give more than enough evidence for my thesis: that the story just sucks. Gah.
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