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Gears of War review by Justin

posted by justinpf (SAN DIEGO, CA) Dec 26, 2006

Member since Oct 2006

5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

This game is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fun Rating: 9.5/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sound: 10/10
Voice Acting: 7/10
Story plot: 4/10

Buy, rent, or don't bother?: Buy it!!!!

The graphics are about as good as they get!
The shooting is very satisfying
Multiplayer is great fun
Great Multiplayer settings
Awesome firearms
Great control scheme
Plenty of fun in Campaign
The duck and cover system is the best ever!

The Campaign mode is sort of short
There is a little bit of a frame rate issue in Co-op campaign mode.
The voice acting is a little fake.
Great guns, but no enough variety of them
The story in campaign makes absolutely no sense at all!

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Halo Who?

posted by GankMeat (SOUTHERN PINES, NC) Nov 10, 2006

Member since Jan 2006

4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

First off let me start off by saying WOW!

There was a lot of Hype for Gears of War before it was released and for once, the hype was true.

Graphics and Environment:
The game has the best graphics I've seen on ANY video game for ANY platform to date. Environments are fully rendered and original; buildings and models are not reused and it gives you the feeling you are actually PROGRESSING through areas not running in circles through the same areas over and over. Caves look like caves, houses look like houses should after 14 years of war.

The music in GoW is the perfect blend of subtlety and excitement. It is not so distinct as to distract from the game itself but perfectly meshes with every situation and every environment. Battle music is slightly frantic, post combat music is relaxing and high-tension music is, well, high tension. Each type of bad guy has about 20-30 sounds to recycle and trust me, there are lots of types of bad guys.

Whats the word Im looking for? Redefining. No longer do bunnyhopping circle straffing and spraying win round, multiplayer or single player. Just like on a real battlefield, if you don't keep your head down, someone will be glad put it down for you. The innovative cover system yields the most entertaining fire fights ever to be seen in an fps. Variety in enemies, weaponry, and scenery make every combat different. I played through on Hardcore difficulty and all NPC's had very accute AI, when your squad mates yell flank left it is actually a good idea, likewise if they yell "behind you" you better turn around quick.

First off let me say the weapon selection is the best in any game to date, chainsaw bayonettes, orbital satelites that will rain down lasers, snipers whose headshots will cause enemies heads to literaly explode are all at your, and your enemies, finger tips

Gears of War, in my opinion, is the first game to come out and scream "Next gen gaming has arrived". And I strongly recomend it

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Hype, n. Anticipation for a future event.

posted by XPhile (NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV) Nov 10, 2006

Member since Aug 2006

11 out of 18 gamers (61%) found this review helpful

It's official. The hype turned out not to be hype, but advanced factual information. This game is quite possibly the best shooter EVER. The graphics are gorgeous. The weapon-selection is drool-worthy. The multiplayer makes you want to make more friends with whom to play. Don't think twice, click the "keep it" button.

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