Gears of War review (Xbox 360)

dragonJP | 2420d ago | User review
Reviewing: Gears of War
Gears Lives Up to the Hype...
Gears of War for the Xbox 360 is a great game that lived up to all of the hype, and that's saying something with all of the TV ads, movie theater trailers, giveaways, net advertising and on and on...

First up of course is the Single-player or Story mode. Playing Gears in Story mode was immensely enjoyable, with characters and sequences you'll remember long after you've finished the game. Cliffy B and Epic Games have taken war and truly made it Hell in this game.

You are thrust into the life of former war hero Marcus Fenix just as he is getting a second chance. His home planet of Sera is being torn apart by monstrous invaders who will not stop until the planet is mere rubble. Fenix is called upon to help stop the hordes of monsters, who seem to outnumber the scattered resistance of humans so much that it may be humanity's last stand... you get the idea.

However, this is no standard space marines vs. alien monsters game. Epic has really taken this genre to the next level. Sera is beautiful and monstrous--- you'll find yourself pausing the game more than once to marvel at what you are seeing. Firefights are intense, with cool touches such as the speed blur when dashing forward. The AI is impressive as well --- the baddies just keep coming, although teammate AI is scattershot. The weapons alone --- will anyone ever forget that chainsaw? --- make the game worth playing. Controls are precise, and the game is very easy to pick up and play.

Gears doesn't reinvent the wheel in action games, but it is very difficult to put down, especially in multiplayer, where it is still among the top games on Xbox Live. I don't know if there's anything more satisfying at the end of a long day than stomping flat the head of some loudmouth or chainsawing in half an adversary in this game on Live. I know more than a few people who bought a 360 just to play this game, and some that still only own this game and a bunch of demos.

Still, Gears isn't perfect. The unique cover system takes getting used to and will get you killed many times before you master it (But once you do, you will love it!). The ending too obviously points to a sequel, and sometimes the game gets repetitive and devolves into button mashing (especially when you get scared, and you will). However this game is unforgettable, a sci-fi classic, and a must-play for 360 owners....
Ups
Incredible Graphics &amp
Cinematography{Intense &amp
Fun Multiplayer{Memorable Characters &amp
Downs
Bloody Violence may be too much for some{Cover System takes getting used to
Score
9.0
Graphics The motion blur, the chainsaw, the bloody violence, the monsters, all top notch...
9.5
Sound Sera as a backdrop is as hauntingly beautiful as it is deadly... Character design and overall presentation is striking cinematography...
9.0
Gameplay Devastating soundtrack... makes full use of Surround Sound
9.5
Fun factor Did I mention that you get to chainsaw monsters in half and stomp heads flat?
9.5
Online Multiplayer mode in Gears is as addictive as any Xbox Live has had to offer...
9.3
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
PumPum  +   2421d ago
What
The game had more downs than ups?
And the online isnt that great. Laggy 4vs4 with host advantage is not good. Fun doesent really last so i would give it a 8.5-9.0
uxo22  +   2415d ago
I disagree PumPum
This games didn't have more downs than ups and I didn't really have that many problems with lag. Perhaps you should upgrade your internet connection. I think the 9.3 is a fair assessment of this game.

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Gears of War

Average Score 7.6 Reviews(30)
Release Dates
PC Release Dates
US 06 November 2007
AU 15 November 2007
EU 09 November 2007
PS3 Release Dates
PS4 Release Dates
Xbox 360 Release Dates
US 09 November 2006
EU 17 November 2006
AU 23 November 2006
JP 18 January 2007
Xbox One Release Dates