First, let me say the updated graphics and character animations are outstanding. The new maps are also amazing, especially the larger ones with lots of open space. Unfortunately those new maps would be more interesting in games such as Halo and COD due to a problem with GOW3's weapons. <br><br>
At point-blank range you have very powerful shotguns. If you enjoy rolling around on the ground from cover to cover or just charging forward into close contact with shotties or melee weapons GOW3 is for you. <br><br>
If you enjoy picking up very powerful long range weapons as was done in gaming back in the 90s then GOW3 is definitely for you with its nostalgic game play. Other franchises have evolved over time but GOW3's uber-limited "load out" options are weaker than Halo Reach!<br><br>
For those who enjoy interesting, tactical, mid-range firefights then GOW3 is NOT for you. <br><br>
The **** rifles are too weak to stop shotgun rushers from closing and too weak to compete with the uber random weapons spread around the map. The result is multiplayer matches with the depth of a puddle. It's like playing COD or Halo with shotguns and sniper rifles ONLY. <br><br>
Shotgun rushing requires no thought since you can easily close the distance with **** rifles while taking little damage. If you grab an uber weapon such as the sniper rifle anyone shooting at you from long range is merely telling you were to aim since even the Hammerburst can't compete at medium to long range. Shooting someone armed with a mortar or sniper rifle is simply tapping them on the shoulder and saying, "Shoot me!" <br><br>
This lack of a solid, competitive, mid-range game and tactical variety is really disappointing since the maps cry out for such firefights. But, as is, the Lancers and Hammerburst simply do NOT have a role in the game. Shotgunners can close too easily and uber pick up weapons dominate them at medium to long range. <br><br>
Whether or not you agree with me is not relevant. The proof will be the release of Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. Players who enjoy more variety to multiplayer shooters will flock to those games even with their warts (MW's terrible hit detection and EA's terrible servers). Those who enjoy rolling around on the ground and fighting only at point blank range will stick with GOW3.