Gears of War Reviews

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dancrozier
237,455 (136,604)
dancrozier
TA Score for this game: 2,420
Posted on 30 July 09 at 18:54, Edited on 30 July 09 at 21:57
This review has 72 positive votes and 17 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
Gears of War was the 1st game I ever played on the 360, and has to one of my favourites. It's attracted critical acclaim, won GOTY and a fair share of negativity for varying reasons. It's a must to atleast try if you like shooters to see if you like it 'Gears style' and can now be picked up for less then £10.

Story 8/10
The story is short and sweet, set in a post apocolyptic future, 15 years after emergence day, they day the locusts (an underground species that I think has evolved in the earths core) exploded from their tunnels to rage an all out war on humanity. There reasons are not revealed but there are a few hints, it's a war they must fight that humanity has brought on themselves (bit cliche). It's an unfolding story that will hopefully conclude and answer a few more questions in gears 3. You''ll play as either ex con but really a hero Marcus Fenix (sent to jail for ignoring orders and defending his father)or his partner Dom Santiago (co-op only) as they battle through 5 acts trying to turn the war in humanities favour. Overall it was a bit short but very enjoyable. Insane mode was a bit easier then I feel it should have been.

Game Play 9/10
I love the cover system in the game, very easy to use effortlessly and you're able to maintain good control at speed once you're used to it. If you're die hard FPS fan than this may not be for you as it is third person. However the cover system and swicth from 3rd to 1st person is seamless and matched in no other game. The game also introduced a lancer with a chainsaw which is great fun to use, although a 'noob' tactic on line, you can't beat sawing through a load of locusts as blood fills up your screen. This game is certificate 18 for a reason and I like a bit of gore in games so this aspect certainly didn't disappoint. You can also execute downed enemies with a curb stomp, a vicious stomp to crush the head of your helpless any me. What I especially loved about this game is the headshots, there isn't a more staisfying head shot sound in gaming as you hear enemies heads 'pop' off. Plenty of relevant swearing and good interaction between the characters.

Graphic 9/10
Graphics are awesome and even though a few years old now still stands up and exceeds some current releases. Slight problem with the texture sometimes taking a second or so to come in, a common problem with the unreal engine I believe.

Online is where the game really comes to life though and is very team based. Your be in teams of 3 or 4 and there are 4 different modes to choose from. There are lag issues, blatant host advantage,sometimes unpleasant community and too many quitters which often spoils the experience. The lag issues are a lot better now and better then Gears 2 and still enough players online so if you get a good game going, nothing beats it for me. Everyone starts with the same weapons (lancer/shotgun/pistol) with other more powerweapons located on the mpa. This makes for intriguing play as the 1st part of a match is often a battle to secure the best weapons. Even though there are more powerful weapons they are fairly well balanced.

Achievements - Approx half are for the story and half for online, some of them are a real grind, 100 kills for a lot of the weapons which sounds ok but they are gliched and you often need a lot more. Also kills don't count if too many people leave the game which is very annoying and frustrating and I'm still way short of a lot of them. The main achievement is 10,000 kills but some have taken up to 17,000, and these are 'confirmed' kills that have registered, not including ones in matches where more then 2 people quit.
Acheasement rating 4/10

Thoroughly recommended. [king]
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Stefan Leroux
372,050 (208,800)
Stefan Leroux
TA Score for this game: 1,020
Posted on 29 January 11 at 12:16
This review has 30 positive votes and 8 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
It's my personal opinion that games just don't have the same magic as they used to. It could be that we're breaching too close to reality with the looks, and realism effects and character models based on people we recognise might be taking things a little too far. Many games, particularly shooters have become a little tired and predictable.

I'm very glad to say that I don't find this to be the case with Gears of War. Made by the Unreal Tournament team, there was never a chance I wouldn't play the game, but I have been very impressed with this one. It features a relatively unique story (That's right, you're not technically human, and you're not technically fighting aliens), with brilliant gameplay, and some interesting mechanics.

GoW is an outstandingly beautiful game. I remember playing it through for the first time on co-op with my wingman, Parisienne XIII, and we came across the Fenix Estate for the first time. The only way to describe it is "destroyed beauty" (the name of the book that came with GoW2 LE). We were absolutely astounded at the visuals, and this isn't even talking HD, this was on a 28" 4:3 CRT (which sadly died halfway through out campaign, forcing me to upgrade to a 42" LCD HDTV, which made it all better).

The storyline is very well thought out, protecting your planet from invaders from beneath the ground, but what really makes the game is the gameplay and weapons. Epic have not stuck to the standard arsenal, instead changing things to be more challenging. You enemy; the Locust; are big, tough nasty enemies, and that's made your army get creative. You start off the game with your trust Lancer: a gun with a mounted chainsaw for a bayonet. Such a good weapon you'll never put it down, because it's just fun to cut the enemy in half.
Other weapons include grenades which you can 'tag' an enemy with, leaving them unable to do anything but try take you with them, and a sniper rifle which is an absolute pleasure to use. It's not your standard point and click, it requires skill, and aiming, and precision, because if you miss, it's only a single shot and you need to reload, leaving yourself open.

There are some game mechanics which have been added to the game which just help make it. The run is annoying as hell, giving you the chance to speed, but with no way to shoot while doing it. It does integrate perfectly however with the cover, which will let you stick to any solid object to protect yourself. It may be simple, but it's missing from so many games, and makes it so much more in depth. From there you have the chance to lean out and scope, blind fire, or just jump over and take 'em out John Rambo style.
My favorite mechanic however is the 'active reload'. When you hit reload, your character will automatically change magazine, however with the right timing you can hit reload again which will make your character get a perfect reload, speeding up mag-swap time, and giving you a damage boost. Not that it is all that simple a system. It's easy to do, but you are punished if you get the wrong timing, your character will fumble, and the gun will jam, taking more time than it would if you hadn't touched it.

The best part of the game for me however has to be the co-op story. The writers have obviously intended the game to be co-op and have written a great story revolving around both main characters. If you play single player, you will still always have your partner with you, but let's face it, co-op is just better.
With two of you, it means you get to plan tactics, operate ambushes, and above all, revive your friend when he gets bested, but it's not all fun-and-games. There are times when you'll need to investigate areas and you'll be split up to cover more ground. This tends to be when all hell breaks loose and you're out on your own, but it works so well for GoW.

I may be biased on the game, but it's one of my favorites, and I feel that it earned every part of that. It's well developed, gorgeous, and is actually fun to play. That's not always the criteria used for games anymore, and so I'll definitely take it when I see it.
Of course the game is quite slow-paced gameplay wise. If you want to be fast as jumping all over the place take CoD or Halo, but if you want a challenge, with a hint of brutality in it, Gears of War is your best bet.
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LegendaryNoCon
92,152 (58,670)
LegendaryNoCon
TA Score for this game: 1,305
Posted on 16 November 11 at 04:02
This review has 17 positive votes and 6 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
Gears of War is by far one of the best sellers of the Xbox 360 system. I'm going to make it my goal to post a review for every game that I've owned and beaten in the same style every time, so here goes.

Single Player: The single player campaign is one of the best I've played out of all shooters that I've, well, played. It tells the story of humanity fighting a losing battle against overwhelming numbers and odds. It's a fight for survival, and the Coalition of Ordered Governments finally has a plan to deal a heavy blow to the Locust Horde. And you get to be part of it all! There are 5 Acts consisting of 5 to 7 chapters each, with the exception of Act 5 only being 3 chapters. Depending on how hardcore of a gamer you are, I'd say you've got about 6 to 20 hours of gameplay ready and waiting for you.

Multiplayer: The multiplayer aspect of this game is pretty good. You can have a partner jump in either splitscreen or over xbox live and take part as second player in campaign, which is great for the harder difficulties. There is also a competitive versus mode, which comes in a few different game modes. Warzone, where two teams of four square off against one another, only having one life. Execution, where it's Warzone rules except you have to use a finishing move on the enemy to kill them. Assassination, where one member of the team is the leader and you must coordinate to take out the enemy leader while defending your own. If you downloaded the free map packs, the game mode Annex was added, which is basically a King of the Hill game, but the hill moves. The only downside is that gameplay is host-centered, so if the host quits, the match ends.

Visuals and Graphics: For a launch title, the game actually does pretty well in terms of graphics. The environments are beautifully crafted, though destroyed. However, the character system is something I must be a little disappointed in. With how far video games had come, you'd think that the characters could make more than just a few different facial expressions. You can hardly feel any sort of emotion from the characters.

Gameplay: The gameplay here is certainly unique. Gears of War makes use of a cover system, along with tactical shooting. There are a wide array of weapons at your disposal, and in some cases, you'll need to rely on teamwork to get things done. Once you get into the higher difficulties, it stops being a "one man army" sort of game. Combat is fast paced and requires quick thinking along with a quick trigger finger to get the job done.

Glitches: There are of course some glitches in the game. Originally, there were more major glitches than fingers on my hands, but most of them have been patched. The main ones that still exist are a few under-the-map exploits in multiplayer, as well as a few minor annoyances in campaign, such as not being in cover when you are, or even vice versa. Nothing that really dampens the experience.

Sound: The music of this game is usually very fitting. It fits the atmosphere no matter what's going on. Intense battle? Intense music. Calm time? Calm music. Dark out? Scary music. The guns make pretty neat sounds as well, but I feel it could have been balanced better. Half the time, one piece of noise is overpowering the other, which could interfere with sounds or dialogue or music.

Overall: Gears of War is nearly a masterpiece. Out of 10, I give it as unbiased as possible, a 9.5 of 10. If you haven't played, don't be intimidated by the depressing environments and atmosphere, as this plot will grip you from the start, and the sequels are even more so worth it. It isn't pricey anymore so it's definitely worth a pickup. I hope this review helped! I'm still new at all this but regardless, pick up Gears of War if you're one of the few that haven't already.
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Ripzoner
211,682 (123,105)
Ripzoner
TA Score for this game: 2,600
Posted on 25 September 11 at 00:00, Edited on 25 September 11 at 21:37
This review has 3 positive votes and 9 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
Ok Sorry for the crappy review i made for an awesome franchise.

Edited

First of all my first impressions of the game were kinda slow...it wasn't as fast and action packed as other games i played before...I used to be a First-Person shooter gamer only. I didn't really like the feel of third person games.Until I started this very Famous Franchise. Gears of War is possibly in the top 3 games I love to play.The Creativity of Gears is very unique from other games.The campaign is very good in length...not too short and not too long.Just the right amount of campaigning it could have. For the Online Campaign/Multiplayer i would recommend playing with friends online first before jumping into ranked games.I personally hated it first. But once I got the hang of working with my team mates and not just running and gunning. Overall it was a very pleasurable game for me.I would strongly recommend it to any Mature Gamer.

Thank you for reading my review.
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Halo Destroyer8
189,425 (121,380)
Halo Destroyer8
TA Score for this game: 1,091
Posted on 12 May 09 at 09:44, Edited on 12 May 09 at 10:48
This review has 23 positive votes and 50 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
Gears Of War

This is a game that I have waited a long time for and when I first turned it on a few of christmasz a go I was not disapointed. The graphics are completly ace even compared to newer titles like gears of war 2.

Gameplay wise this game is brilliant it focuses on cover fire which is one of the peak selling points. It is done with just one button to take cover and it does not have fiddley controlls. The sound is also another huge asset to the game it has some real flim type songs and film type presentation. Online play takes full advantage of xbox live with a few game types to keep you busy.smile

The only downer to the game is the life span when I first completed the game I was very disapointed with the single player mode which at the time I did not have xbox live so I felt that the single player mode is very poor.angry. It only takes about 8 hours to complete. But even know I still think its fun.
Overall=94%
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