Gears of War: The Most Depressing Video Game Series You'll Ever Play

G4TV writes:

I hate Gears of War for all the wrong reasons. It’s not the gameplay, the story, or the hyper-macho violence; it’s the downtrodden story unparalleled in video games, or any other medium for that matter.

What’s the big deal, right? Post-apocalyptia: so many video games have set up shop there that the once-small town has become an overpopulated snafu. So I can see how many people would simply group Gears of War into the same category. This is foolish. The Gears of War universe and story belong in a category all their own, one of a most soul-crushingly hopeless nature.

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TrevorPhillips2731d ago

I don't think it's a depressing game at all. I like Gears.

Istanbull2731d ago

Wait what, Gears had a story? I still thing the most pathetic thing that ever happened to videogames was the giant snakes who sank cities in Gears 2 lmao.

Kingdom Come2731d ago (Edited 2731d ago )

Those "Snakes" were Riftworms. And Gears of War has quite a good story, with plenty of questions and underlying plotlines, such as Marcus' Father and his connection to the Locust, and, why he was angry about the decision to sink Jacinto (After credits of Gears of War 2). There are the characters past's, and if you read Karen Traviss' Gears of War novels, you'll discover alot of answers to unanswered Gears of War questions, such as the fate of Dizzy. Also Karen Traviss is the writer of the Gears of War 3 story, so I'm expecting good things.

If you want to read up on the story so far, I'd recommend you check out the Gearspedia:

news4geeks2731d ago

maybe it does have depth to the story but the game does a poor job of getting that across.

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Blad3star2731d ago (Edited 2731d ago )


This guys must be 14 or something - has he not played games like Haze, Too Human, Quantum Theory, Silent Hill Home Coming, Prototype, Far Cry 2 and so many more.

sdtarm2731d ago

Gears depressing? I think there are millions of games in the market, Gears of wars its not the only game available to buy so apparently you havent played a single one of those games

tehReaper2731d ago


In my opinion, Gears has a great story, and I've played most of the better single player games on the PC, 360, and the PS3. Just check out my trophies and achievements.

Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean you can speak for everyone or claim that they haven't played other single player experiences.

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Scyrus2731d ago

LMAO!!!! who the hell thinks gears is depressing. sappy people thats who.

the games story is barely there. especially part ones.

then part 2 tried to have an emotional story with a so and so death of a so and so woman that we didnt even know who she was till this game, then boom gone in a hilarious way. they cried but i laughed.

gears shouldnt try to be depressing, it doesnt suit the atmosphere.

lol the writer of the article is a sap. and even if the universe is helpless they just didnt do a good job presenting it.

i heard the books are good though. but as of now the games are fun, the story sux and yeah thats it

awiseman2731d ago

Whats your opinion on KZ3's story? If I may ask.

Blad3star2731d ago (Edited 2731d ago )

The thing that really bothered me about KZ3 was the voice acting.

jrbeerman112731d ago

People say that the Halo series has a wonderful story but just playing through each game once seems a bit shallow.

People who read the literature (for both games) usually get a better understanding of everything in story and usually like the story better. It also makes the small amount of cut-scenes in the game make much more sense while replaying.

Its hard to have a deep and involving story with a shooter (Mass effect 2 is an exception although an RPG first). I do like the underlying themes of the game and do feel the desperation, sense of failure, and imminent extinction that the game tries to depict.

gamingdroid2731d ago

I think there is a very deep story line. The issue is that most gamers don't want long cut-scenes and background story.

How often have you heard people say "I just want to shoot things" or I skip the cut-scenes. Does the complaint of MGS4 ring a bell?

That said, the presentation could be better.

Another games that suffer the same faith is Halo.

That said, Gears of War has a pretty unique storyline and a very unique feel. Depressed? Yes, in an awesome way. No other game has managed to give me that hopelessness feeling that Gears of War 3 does.

Gears of War, Mass Effect and Ninja Gaiden are my favorite games this generation.

Morbius4202730d ago

It's just another Microsoft bashing opinion piece written by another PS fagboy. They gt nothing to do since psn is down.

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earbus2731d ago

Depressing as it makes other games seem average .

S_C2731d ago

This is one of the worst headlines ive seen on N4G, talk about trolling

soundslike2731d ago

That's not trolling at all.
He calls it depressing, which isn't always a negative description, and then backs up why he finds it depressing.

Pretty straight forward.

I take it you're one of those people who come out of a movie and go "it sucked" 'why?' "it was depressing"

S_C2731d ago

Why didnt he just put as his heading .....Gears Of War The Most Depressing Game Series (I'VE) Ever Played.

That way he is just including himself in the opnion. But by saying you'll hes branded every who has ever played it to be the most depressing series they've ever played also and that is so far from the truth. Thats why i think hes trolling

jrbeerman112731d ago

the headline seems like a cheap one, but it actually is one of the better articles I have found on N4G in a bit.

most articles on this site are one paragraph a six year old can write, "playstion network is down....that was hacked..... were guessing it is because of this....well maybe its not... will let you know when we dont know something again... etc".

gamingdroid2731d ago

I think the article has many good points and as far as I can tell skimming it, it doesn't bash the game at all. After all, how can you take any news outlet serious if they bash one of the greatest games this generation.

Kingdom Come2731d ago (Edited 2731d ago )

"Gears of War: One of The Most Amazing Video Game Series You'll Ever Play"

Fixed. (My favourite franchise)

jrbeerman112731d ago

theres nothing like it, even with all the cover shooters around nothing is close to its gameplay. the truly unique franchise this generation.

my favorite, ive played beta more than I have played multi for games ive purchased. (yes its only been out 2 weeks but not too many online games get me hooked like this)

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