Gears of War review (Xbox 360)

SHOTGUN MANIA | 2377d ago | User review
Reviewing: Gears of War
Gears of War is simply an astounding game and there's no doubt it'll be remembered as a true classic
Reviewing Gears of War is a lose-lose situation for video game fans. If you say it's one of the greatest games ever made you'll be labelled a fanboy who has fallen for the hype, but say it's just a good action game and you'll be called clueless and an obvious Microsoft hater. I might as well stick my fanboy hat on then, as Gears of War is everything Microsoft wanted it to be. Contrary to some opinions, the next generation of gaming clearly starts when Epic says so. Game of the year? Quite possibly.

There's a war going on and the planet is in desperate need of soldiers to fight the Locust (a lizard-like alien species) army that has risen. The humans are completely outnumbered, but you work with an ever-changing squad of men that are more than up to the task of kicking Locust butt. These aren't any ordinary men; they're almost caricatures of beefed up soldiers, with biceps the size of trucks and necks that are ten-feet wide. The story is a simple one, but it's as dramatic as they come, with some stunning cutscenes and plenty of banter between squad mates giving you little glimpses into the back-story.

Despite Epic Games' pedigree in first-person shooters, Gears of War is a third-person shooter with a strong emphasis on cover. As the brute-like Marcus Fenix, a tougher than tough soldier, you must utilise the environment (and many conveniently placed concrete barricades) to stay alive. The 'A' button is the key to this, throwing Marcus into a wall if he's close enough, popping him out to new cover or for making him roadie run (a crouched run). It takes time to get the hang of, but after an hour or so you'll be throwing Marcus around with a swiftness that defies his immense size.

When in cover you have a number of options. If you're taking heavy fire from nearby enemies you can blind-fire, causing them to retreat to a more manageable distance, but the most effective technique is to peek out and take aim. This obviously puts you in danger, but Marcus is a strong guy and as long as you don't take sustained fire, and duck back behind cover after each spent clip, picking off distant enemies isn't too tricky. An excellent sniper rifle makes the job even simpler, and numerous other excellent weapons all have their uses, including a helping hand from up above and an under-gun chainsaw.

Slight problems with the checkpoint system when playing alone aside, it's hard to see how another game could come along and better what Gears of War does. Played with a friend, on Hardcore, Gears of War is simply an astounding game. Yes, it has the best visuals ever to grace a video game, but it's how these are used to create an intense shooter that make it so good. Add in the best competitive online experience on the Xbox 360, and there's little doubt that Gears will be remembered as a true classic. And true classics only deserve one thing.
Ups
Truly next-gen presentation{Brilliant co-op action{Superb online Versus multiplayer
Downs
Campaign could be longer
Score
10.0
Graphics Simple, accessible and tremendously fun, and that was before the chainsaw. In close, the combat gets wonky, but that doesn't take away from the awesome new cover mechanic and exploding head shots.
10.0
Sound Stellar graphics reset the bar for what consoles can do visually
10.0
Gameplay Virtually flawless. An excellent musical score, awesome atmospheric audio cues and spot-on sound effects. Crank it up.
10.0
Fun factor A highly addictive and fun game that pritty much anyone would enjoy. Gears of war has awsome weapons and incredible gameplay best use of a chainsaw in any game, ever.
10.0
Online Gears of War will embody the next-generation Xbox Live experience and extend it even further. Experience individualized matchmaking, view player statistics, earn player achievements, customize your games, and build and personalize your gamer profiles.
10.0
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
BeaArthur  +   2377d ago
Wow, so the game is a 10? I think it's odd that you point out different flaws in the game (check point system, campaign is too short and close combat awkwardness) but still give the game a 10. I think the score is way too high and it definitely does not deserve a perfect but you are entitled to your opinion. Well written review, nice job.
ben hates you  +   2376d ago
well
well i give it an 8/10 it was good but there are parts i couldn't stand
SHOTGUN MANIA  +   2376d ago
Maybe i got too excited giving 10 all round but i couldn't help myself it is a great game maybe 9.6 was about right
BeaArthur  +   2375d ago
I mean you are entitled to your opinion so don't feel the need to justify your score to me. I was just very surprised. I personally gave it an 8.7 in my review, but it was a good game regardless and you wrote a good review for it.

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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