As many of you know, I just recently got my first XBox 360. (I say my first because it’s probably gonna get red ringed any day now…)
Anysvay when I bought the 360, I spent my entire budget on the system so there wasn’t anything left over for a game.
My boy Steve though wouldn’t let me use this as an excuse and made me rent a game. That game was Gears of War.
Gears of War First Impressions
Just sick. Even though as I write this, I haven’t played another Xbox 360 game, I can’t imagine that there’s a better game to introduce you to the 360. To put in perspective…When you first sit down with the game you feel like when you did when you played Ridge Racer on the original Playstation. You’re kinda sittin’ back in your seat with your mouth gaping just kinda sayin’, “This isn’t really a game infront of me is it? This is INSANE.”
Gears of War Graphics and Sound
If you couldn’t already guess my opinion, the graphics and sound on this game are just amazing. Every level is done really well and when you get to the raining jungle like area, you’ll be amazed at what the 360 is capable of pumping out. Oh and btw, the voice acting is spot on for all the characters. The soldiers look badass, and outside of one guy (Kim) they all have the voices to back it up. Case in point, one of the main characters is voiced by Reebok’s Terry Tate: Office Linebacker. WHOO!
Gears of War Gameplay
It’s hard to say that the gameplay of Gears of War is its biggest shining point because it truly shines on so many different levels but honestly, the gameplay is something astounding. Unlike many FPSs where you basically run around, aim and shoot – This game has you running and gunning. Check this out..
You see an emeny a couple clicks ahead of you. You take off running firing a couple of bursts at him and then you run up, squat and put your back to an overturned pillar. You know he’s close so instead of exposing yourself you fire a couple rounds blindly over your cover. And once you feel safe enough, you pop up from your cover to get a couple targeted shots in before retreating to your safety again.My words here really don’t do the gameplay justice but it’s just like Kill.Switch by Namco (if you’re one of the 5 who played that game) but taken to the extreme. Most of the game finds you fighting through with your teammates, and you’ll really have that paintball like feeling of advancing, covering, flanking and eventually elimination.
Gears of War Story
If there is one thing lacking in Gears of War, it’s the story. And by lacking I mean completely f’ed up. It would be one thing if there was no story or they kept it really basic Ã la Halo (aliens attack Earth retaliates). But instead the story goes like this, “…The main character is broken out of prison by his old teammate to fight aliens…Sgt thinks he’s a traitor but his trial may be a sham…turns out that the key to the war is a digitized map in a secret lab of this guy’s dad’s mansion…and um, fight some aliens!…” Why in the hell do you interject the story with all these teases and decide to follow up on none of them? Beats me. But I can overlook it.
Final Thoughts on Gears of War
The game is amazing. The online cooperative play is fantastic and on Hardcore difficulty, you have to work with your buddy if you want to make it through because the AI is merciless. They will jump over the barricade you’re hiding behind and kill you dead w/o even thinking anything of it. I’ve yet to play the Insane difficulty, but I can’t wait to give it a try once I have some more time on my hands as well as other online multiplayer modes. What I really hope though is that they make a Gears of War 1.5 that tells the whole story of the game. I mean, is that too much to ask? Put in a few more levels and I’ll definitely get it.