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Why This Generation of Consoles Doesn’t Need a “Gears of War” Moment

Brendan Hesse makes a case for why we don't need killer apps to wow and sell us on this generation.

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98xpresent1385d ago (Edited 1385d ago )

Gears of war was the best 3rd person shooter of the last generation Imo

-Foxtrot1385d ago (Edited 1385d ago )

Nah, Uncharted was better *opinion*

Mikefizzled1385d ago

On story and graphics it was. But I feel like Gears of War, specifically 3, is the game to beat for 3rd person shooter gameplay.

Concertoine1385d ago

Vanquish was my favorite.

Im not big into story-driven games though.

MasterCornholio1385d ago (Edited 1385d ago )

The Last of Us and Uncharted are the best TPSs of last gen.

In my opinion.

@Concertine

Vanquish was amazing as well.

:)

Metallox1385d ago

Uncharted games are more part of the action/action-adventure genres for me. Gears of War is clearly a game that puts all its focus on shooting.

That being said, Epic's franchise was definitely my favorite last generation.

gamerfan09091385d ago

Two totally different games. THe gameplay and gun mechanics in gears of war is just in another league. I like Uncharted, but the enemy AI and the gun mechanics of the first two games are borderline awful. Especially the first one where you needed 20 bullets to kill one enemy.

spicelicka1385d ago (Edited 1385d ago )

In my opinion, having played both.Gears is just in another league when it comes to shooting.

As an ACTION game tho Uncharted is epic, with great platforming and an amazing story. But not when it comes to shooting.

Uncharted was a great experience for me, but only the one time I finished it. I think about gears shooting, co-op, multiplayer, horde mode and how much time I spent playing it, and its just one of the best experiences of last gen for me. Specially the multiplayer, best tps multiplayer every made.

BiggerBoss1385d ago

The story and meathead characters prevented me from liking Gears of War last gen, so I prefer Uncharted as well.

I feel alot of MP orientated players would be more attracted to Gears though

ChronoJoe1385d ago (Edited 1385d ago )

Same, I prefer Uncharted. Even if it were just on the basis of 'gun mechanics' (as some describe) I prefer it to gears.

Gears 1, then 2 used to be my go to games till Uncharted 2 came out.

I play TLOU (factions) now, which is quite like Gears of War in a lot of ways. It's better though in my opinion, much more versatile and balanced.

I think Gears of War was a big deal because it was the first triple A of that kind. However I don't think its gameplay was revolutionary, and I think other games have done better since then. (e.g. Uncharted, Ghost Recon, TLOU).

Just my opinion though.

@Gamerfan290
Not even in Uncharted 1 does it require 20 bullets a typical enemy. In fact, it requires consistently less bullets than in the Gears of War games. On Uncharted 1 through 3, headshots always one shot kill regular enemies.

I do agree that the gunplay in Uncharted 1 isn't nearly as good as the rest though, but I think '20 bullets to kill' is a gross exaggeration. Its problems stem more from its clunky controls, if anything.

Double Toasted1385d ago (Edited 1385d ago )

Its eerie this article was written since I've been constantly thinking about a Gears moment. The 360 had the power to bring such a game to life along with DX9, so maybe DX12 will do the same, only time will tell. But then again, that Gears moment could be "lightning in a bottle" moment or that of "chasing a ghost". When its all said and done the new Gears may just be the only one to create that Gears moment.

BTW, great article and I'm glad someone brought this up.

STK0261385d ago

While I think Uncharted 2 was fantastic, the first one was a bit lackluster, in my opinion anyway. On the other hand I feel Gears of War got almost everything right the first time. Another point would be that Gears came out quite a bit before the first Uncharted game, and to me, was the first game I played that made me feel this was a true "next-gen" (at the time) game. For its time, it was beautiful, fresh, the game play was tight, the atmosphere was different from most games I was used to and, to top it all, the marketing campaign was very well done.

So I wouldn't say which series is the better one, but as far as impact at launch goes, Gears really set the tone last gen.

shloobmm31385d ago

I disagree. They took different approaches to tp shooters. They both had fantastic graphics, but Gears gunplay and controls were far superior. The shooting has never felt quite right in the uncharted series.

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Magicite1384d ago (Edited 1384d ago )

I know many wont agree, but I liked Ghost recon future soldier much more, it was a revelation for me. I even completed it on elite difficulty (and I suck at shooters).

Then there is max payne 3 - brilliant game.

Oh, lets not forget Mafia 2, the only mature game, that my little sister have ever played, because it was that GOOD!

P.S. Damn, I forgot about Uncharted and The last of us, how could I?!

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blockcoc1385d ago

Im not even going to read this bullshit. The writer can settle for less if they want.

magiciandude1385d ago

Why not? Gears of War is one of the best IPs of last generation and would really push a lot of unit sales for Xbox One. Microsoft wouldn't let this opportunity pass by.

Vandamme211385d ago (Edited 1385d ago )

I thought gears of war was to repetitive and the characters move way to slow.

n4gamingm1385d ago (Edited 1385d ago )

You wanna why you got dislike reading your comment leads me to believe you never played gears. If there's one thing gears did right was not being repitive and a great story.

rainslacker1385d ago

I disagree with you on the story part, I didn't find it to be anything special. Honestly, I found the characters boring and extremely cliched without much original thought put into the actual plot. Granted I didn't play past about half the 2nd game, so I don't know if they improved on it like many games in a series do(Like Kingdom Hearts was rather shallow in the first games plot, but expanded into a rather expansive world with some decent character development).

But the game itself was fantastic. It wasn't repetative at all IMO. Some great shooting mechanics, and lots of stuff to keep it exciting as you progressed.

holysmokesbatman1384d ago

At rain slacker,, would you read half a book and pass judgment on the story?
I have played all the campaigns in the gears trilogy multiple times and the the story puts most games to shame, it's epic sci fi!

rainslacker1384d ago

I played the entire first game twice. That's where I got my impression of the story.

I had the opportunity to play into about half the second game, and it seemed to follow the same pattern as the first story wise.

I've heard the 3rd expands it, and people seem to believe that as a whole, the story is OK, and in some cases epic as you say. I don't disagree with their opinion, but if I read half a book and don't care to see how it ends because it just isn't what I consider anything special, or something that hasn't been done countless times already, then I don't really need to finish it to form an opinion.

I didn't dislike the story. It was adequate for what the game was, and it certainly wasn't terrible, but nothing that I would write home about. If I had to compare it to something, I'd say it was a decent Sci-Fi show from when the ScyFi channel had decent Sci-Fi.

The reason I never finished it was because I don't own an Xbox, and just had the chance to play it while staying with family on vacation. After leaving, I didn't pursue other avenues because I just wasn't interested in the actual story.

I thought the game was fantastic for game play, and would be worth playing for that alone. But ultimately I do play games for the story, and at the time I just didn't have the time to invest in doing so for that particular series. If I get the chance again for whatever reason, I will finish it and maybe my mind will be changed.

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