Gears of War Reader Review
I think almost every owner of any console and/or PC has heard of the Xbox 360's blockbuster Gears of War. It was supposed to bring gamers a new era of next-generation gameplay, according to the people from Microsoft.
Well, I've got a pretty good feeling about this game. First of all, I'd like to say the graphics are worth looking at and they give you a pleasant feeling at the first moment you start playing (online or offline). They give you the feeling you are playing a true quality game.
Most people will probably start off with the singleplayer mode. You can begin with 3 difficulties, but you can unlock an even harder one once you've completed the singleplayer. The singleplayer's story is quite good, but perhaps a little short. I like long stories as in KOTOR or Deus Ex 2, so this wasn't a very pleasant thing in the game. The story is about a soldier, Marcus Flint, who was put in prison because some mistake he made some time ago in the army, but he gets released because the world is being overrun by some alien-like monsters called the Locust Horde. They emit from underground, and you have to try to find a way to stop them, together with other soldiers from the COG-army.
The gameplay in this game is not very complicated, as almost all "special actions" (rolling, moving from cover to cover, etc.) is done by the A-button. All other actions like shooting and switching weapons are done by them typical shooter button-control. Squad-control has also been put in the game, giving you a pretty good "leading-person"-feeling and the are easy to control. This game is not the Rambo-like shooter like Halo, but a bit more tactical, so you'll have to try to take as much cover as you can, and try to reserve ammo. Oh yeah, don't play this game on a low stomach; this game contains a lot of violence (chainsaw!).
The online & multiplayer mode in this game is one of the best I've seen so far on the Xbox360. It's almost the same as the singleplayer, but now 4 players vs. 4 players, with the COGs vs. the Locust Horde. There are 3 modes: Warzone, Assassination and Execution. Warzone is ordinary Deathmatch: Kill all players from the other team. In Assassination, each team has a leader, and once a player has killed a leader of the other team, he becomes the new leader in the next round. In Execution, you act a bit like in Warzone but now you can revive yourself when you have been shot down ("downed"), so you will have to be executed when you're shot down.
Overall, this game is very good, although the storyline is a little short. I recommend this game for everyone a bit older, and looking for a good single- and online game on the Xbox 360.
9 / 10