Epic's Gears of War port is probably going to go unnoticed by a lot of PC gamers this holiday season. With a record number of solid FPS titles to choose from--including the technically impressive Crysis, the multiplayer king Team Fortress 2, and the just-released juggernaut that is Call of Duty 4--heading back to last year's widely-named Game of the Year seems a bit like buying old news.
And that's too bad, because Gears of War still probably would have won plenty of awards had it been released this year. It's a deeply satisfying action game--one that I never expected to like, but that ended up keeping my attention to the very last mission, a real rarity these days. It really does set a new standard for third person action-shooters.