Gears of War
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Gears of War Manual
Gears of War, what else is there to say. The game has been in the works for a while, and trust me, it was worth the time being spent there. The hype matched this game, not overhyped or underhyped. The story, simple but complex. In a basic summation, the Locust Horde has risen from underground from as the nations of Sera wage war over an energy source called immulsion(sound familiar?). Sera suffers massive casualties on emergence day, the day the Horde emerged from underneath the planet. A sort of modern day Vietnam war wages, with no clear lines drawn and the chance of death around every corner awaits you. The COG's, the force fighting the Horde, is taking a beating and hope is almost lost. That's when you come in... The gameplay is innovative. Cover isn't a good idea, it's a necessary. Don't plan on lasting long on the harder difficulties, or on multiplayer if you refuse to. This isn't an Unreal Tournament, this is war and damage will occur. Under your command is a squad of 4, including yourself, Delta Squad. You and your squad go headfirst into some of the most horde infested areas and do so with a smile. Action never reaches a dull point, as the horde keep coming for you. Gears does a great job of keeping the action at a good pace. It never swarms you to the point of being absolutely unbearable, but there will be points where you will be begging for that to be the last kill in that swarm. Some moments will be frustrating, as the Horde will trap you in and kill you. Leading to the AI. The AI of the Horde excellent. Strategies are definitely evident in the Horde, as the shift accordingly and create crossfires, pinning you down and making you work for victory. Occasionally the Horde will make a move that will make your head tilt in confusion, but the rest are very well defined. Delta squad is on par with the Horde until later in the game. At some point between the 3rd and 4th chapter, they replace Delta squad with some fresh recruit AI. They make moves that they didn't before, becoming overly aggresive, leading to them dying and you risking your own skin to save them, as they are somewhat vital to your victory. Delta helps take fire off of you and allows you to place shots that will guarantee a kill. The graphics set the bar high for future action, no future games on the 360. The level of detail on each level is simply astounding. The "destroyed beauty" element of the game adds another dimension to the game. You get the eerie feeling of despair as the statues and buildings crumble around you from this once great civilization. One part of the game that particularly pleased me was the gun animations. The discharge from the guns are able to be seen, the smoke and fire coming from the barrel add a "wow" factor, as something like this could have been easily overlooked and tossed to the side. Your equipment is highly detailed, along with the uniforms of the horde. The sound is fantastic. The guns sound fantastic. The range of sound and the volume emits is another fantastic plus as a shot right next to you will let you know how close you were to taking one to the face. The sound of the ground giving in and the Horde emerging sounds great, and the crashing of buildings and the like are another addition to a great sounding game. The music that plays in game is probably one of the best, if not the best for an non-licensed soundtrack. Yes, you can play your own music, but you would be missing out. I found that the game when not played with the music wasn't the same. The multiplayer keeps you coming back as so many gamerpoints are added by playing. Not a single time are you not making a contribution to an achievement. The game modes are very simple, but the real fun comes in a elimination style game as fierce matches can break out, coming down to the end. The single player can keep you coming back as COG Tags need to be found, giving you another achievement . I found myself playing through this game almost 3 times, and each time having fun and not losing the fun. Yes, the story could've been explained more, but the way things develop leaves an even better possibility for a sequel, which is now a reality. The game could've been longer, but so much action can only go for so long without becoming repetitive and boring. Epic did a good job of ending the story and then you saying, I want to play more, and you either going back and playing on Insane difficulty(as it is unlocked after being it once) or playing online. I can complain about this game, but it just isnt worth it. Gears of War is a huge milestone for the 360 and videogaming alone. Gears of War could become an even bigger phenomenon as if done correctly, a movie, graphic novels and whatnot could be released, much to the cry of many Gears fans. Gears is simply the best game out on the 360, and if you own a 360 and don't own this game, drop the controller and buy it. Now.