Many GOW purists don't like this new game. They did change a couple of controls, which I actually liked (grenade button LB & weapon switch Y). I do agree that the declassified slant can be a bit annoying. It is optional to do the mission in declassified mode though so not a big deal.
At first I didn't like the flashback episodic campaign, but it grew on me and I ended up really enjoying it.
The multiplayer was changed up too with some modes dropped and other added. I don't disagree with any of the GOW purists that Gears 3 was better. However, this is far from a bad game.
1) still felt like GOW to me....fresh with Baird as main character
1) if you can't handle even minute changes then you might complain it isn't exactly the same as the previous GOW games
posted by consoleteller (MILNESVILLE, PA) Jun 25, 2013
Member since Nov 2011
THIS IS THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT IN THE GEARS OF WAR SERIES WHAT THIS GAME IS ABOUT PRETTY MUCH IS THAT BAIRD AND HIS GROUP ARE ON TRAIL FOR COMMITING CRIMES AND DISOBEYING ORDERS THERE ARE FOUR MEMBERS IS BAIRDS SQUAD WITH EACH TELL THERE STORY THE WHY IT HAPPENED IN THERE OWN WORDS THE FOUR ARE AONYA,BAIRD COLE AND PAVEK EACH MISSION HAS THIS RED GLOWING GEARS SYMBOL ON THE WALL ALL'S IT IS PRETTY MUCH IS YOU CAN CHOOSE TO DO OR TO DO NOT DO BY NOT DOING NOT MUCH HAPPENS YOU STILL PROGRESS THROUGH THE GAME LIKE NORMAL IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO IT IT EFFECTS THE MISSION IN ITS OWN WAY MOST ARE DIFFERENT EFFECTS ON THE LEVEL BUT SOME ARE THE SAME ALSO BY DOING IT YOU EARN STARS WHICH UNLOCK STUFF AS YOU PROGRESS THROUGH THE GAME EACH CHARACTERS STORY IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS I WOULD RECOMMENED THIS GAME TO ANYONE WHO HAS PLAYED THE OTHER GEAR GAMES IF YOU HAVE NOT YOU MIGHT WANNA START WITH GEARS ONE AS THEY ALL GO TOGETHER IN SEQUENCE OK I HOPE THIS HELPED ANYONE UNSURE OUT THERE
While I haven't been a huge fan of the Gears of War franchise this title has done nothing to change that. Simply put this game is more of the same from all the other ones. Most of the gameplay is still the same and very little is changed. As a matter of fact that is the biggest problem with this game! This game has zero new gameplay mechanics or missions that feel fresh. It seems they half-heatedly tried that with the "declassified" missions but those get just as tedious and predictable as the rest of the game. Multiplayer is no better and to be quite honest most other games do multiplayer better than this one does.
Overall this game is a rental at best but I do not recommend buying it or giving it more than that. I give this game a 5/10 for being a very lackluster and copy-paste game for this series.