Gears of War (Epic Games)
System: Xbox-360 Release Date: November 7th, 2006
ESRB rating: M
Explosions, blood, guts, and gears; oh and a mountain of bullets and dead stand between you and what might be one of the best sci-fi war stories ever told. At least that is what I’d like to say. Gears of War is a third person over the shoulder ‘cover shooter’ by Epic games and follows the story of Delta squad and its leader Marcus Fenix as they wage a desperate war against a formidable enemy known as the Locust.
Now before I get to one of the main reasons this game falters from being great, let’s analyze what made it the game that changed third person shooters. With the release of Gears of War came two of the best innovations in the third person genre, these being a working and intuitive ‘cover’ system and a dynamic movie-esk camera. The cover system in gears of war is probably one of the best things about this game, gone are the days of standing statically behind walls or boxes now you could duck, crawl and shuffle your way to victory one bullet proof barrier at a time. Combined with a camera that made every rush, duck and tumble into a gritty action movie and you had a winning formula for fun.
The enemies and environments are well designed gritty hallways full of broken glass and shattered concrete give way to underground caverns and abandoned labs swarming with slavering beasts and inhuman soldiers ready to cut you in half with your own gun. the characters are likable and relatable in most cases. You’ll be running, ducking and fighting your way all the way to the credits without even a second glance at the corpses you leave behind as each set piece and ‘arena’ are set before you. The game is fun and a blast with friends, with a shining multiplayer that turns any party into a enjoyable romp through gallons of blood and bullets.
Now onto the reason this moogle was disappointed. Taking aside the good graphics and fun game play you are left with a lack luster storyline. You’ll be wandering from mission to mission wondering what’s going on and only getting the faintest idea that something bigger might be going on but never really getting a chance to see that bigger picture. Some might say that this is a part of the immersion of being a member of delta squad who honestly gets used and led by the nose to each bloody battlefield but I’d say its lazy writing. With only bare bones story telling I’m left with a mindless kill everything because it looks cool shooter which might be fine to some but I need a good story to feel like I just changed the history of the world
Over all Gears of War isn’t a bad game, it has a lot of great innovations and looks crisp and beautiful for a 360 title. Defiantly a game to play with friends and something I’d recommend if you don’t want a meaty story to go along with your mass slaughter fests.
I’d rate Gears of War 3/5 Kupo!