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      08.11.2011 10:46
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      Good game

      Gears of War is a third-person shooter where you play Marcus Fenix and fight an ugly race of aggressors called the Locust who years earlier rose up from their underground lair and battered the humans living on the planets' surface into near extinction..

      The gameplay has an emphasis on taking cover, which lends a basic tactical edge to the blasitng. Often you'll have to leap or 'roadie run' between cover, and the Locust are fond of surfacing through sinkholes where it really isn't convenient, so there's a element of tactical planning and a somewhat larger element of happily blasting baddies.

      There's a reasonable variety of cool weaponry on offer, the Lancer assault rifle is good fun as you get a satisfying gory cutscene if you manage to hit someone with the chainsaw bayonet.
      The only bad thing is the weapons feel underpowered, it takes nearly a whole clip to drop one bad guy although shooting them in the face kills them a bit quicker.

      The campaign focuses on Marcus and his friend Dominic fighting through a variety of environments to trigger a Lightmass bomb which should wipe out the Locust. You can play the campaign alone or with a friend playing Dominic.
      The aesthetic of the game is similar to Warhammer 40k - your marines are grim and excessively muscled and overcompensating with their firepower, and the architecture of the cities you fight in is suitably gothic.
      The graphics are great - on a HDTV there's some truly incredible helicopter crashes and other set pieces. There's not much music aside from the odd swell during a cutscene or a climactic battle, but the voice acting is acceptable if a little gravelly.

      You can get this game for peanuts these days and I would recommend it - there's easily a long weekend's entertainment on offer.

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      13.03.2011 23:52
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      Really great cover-based shooter that ticks all the boxes!

      I totally fell in love with this game the first time I played it! The PC version is better in many ways to the Xbox 360 version, because it features better graphics and new content (with the ability to ride on a Brumak (a giant beast that is filled with rocket launchers and all kinds of other death dealing abilities!).

      Story: Centred around a team of 5 'Gears', who are desperately trying to fight off the ever advancing Locust (beings that have lived underground for many years) and whom humanity managed to really annoy and they have come to the surface! It really makes you feel for the characters' plight!

      Gameplay: The addictive gameplay comes from the fact you can hide behind waist-high walls and fire a variety of weapons at the enemy. The Locust come in all shapes and sizes (from the tiny infantry class to the massive boomers) and you can kill them in a variety of ways (through tagging them with grenades), to chainsawing them in half with your bayonet (which never gets old). Other weapons include the Hammer Of Dawn (a giant orbital weapon that allows you to laser your enemies to death)!

      Graphics and Sound: The colour grey has never looked quite so good in this game, with the PC being able to stretch the environment and character models to their limit! The guns all sound great, with the haunting music in the background really setting the background in this Gears game!

      The online mode is also hilarious, with all the abilities (including chainsawing other players) to be used and with a load of great multiplayer maps really finishes the package!

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      17.10.2010 16:30
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      An astonishing, must buy third person shooter.

      This is a copy from my profile at Ciao.co.uk, I wrote this review, it is not copied :).

      Gears of War is a third-person action game created and developed by Epic Games. It is published by Microsoft and features the Games for Windows Live DRM, which may be a problem for certain players, if their internet connection doesn't work with their servers.

      Gears of War is a third person shooter, following a squad of rather large men who have guns. The twist, the fact that they have Chainsaw Bayonets. You must shoot, saw and grenade your way throughout your surroundings, and I can assure you, it's fantastic.

      Gameplay/Playability

      To tell you the gameplay is bad, unoptimized for PC or bland would be pure unauthenticated lying. This game employs a few new ideas, such as the chainsaw bayonet, but that's not really what makes the game fun, what makes the game fun is the way it's all executed. The camera wobbles as you chainsaw someone through the stomach. The room lights up as you fire from your squad at the locusts as they slowly rise from the ground, the blood flying as a rogue turns the corner just as you pull your trigger.

      It's all very satisfying, and is one of the better things about the game. The gameplay is highly commendable and is one of the most engaging third person games I've played yet, and I'm most certainly looking forward to playing through cooperative with my friend.

      Graphics

      The graphics in this game know how to utilise the grey colour spectrum, but not a lot else, at least that's what it seems. The colours in this game are extremely far from vibrant or bright. I believe that it's just the game trying too hard to be dark and gritty, but it doesn't really take anything away from the core experience. At times the screen can be a little dark, which means you may have to turn your brightness settings up, which you cannot (annoyingly) alter during gameplay.

      The blood in this game looks a little like ketchup, when it's flying everywhere the game could be mistaken as an advert for Heinz, the gore doesn't look particularly realistic and the explosions could use a little more oomph. Additionally, in one of the cutscenes, there is a shiny, yet partially demolished car. A shiny-metalled cars in a wasteland like the one portrayed in the game must be a very uncommon sight, it's only on scene for a couple of seconds, and it's quite hard to overlook, especially since it's right in your face, but then again, it's not affecting gameplay so it's all right.

      Sound

      The screaming of the Locusts, the manly, grunting comments of the main characters and the aggressively buzzing sound of chainsaws are all present throughout the game. It's all fantastic and it's easy to listen to (although the main characters have voices so gravelly that you're surprised that they haven't taken a day job telling stories about past wars in semi-dramatic fashion). The sound was quite important to the atmosphere, specifically the music, and I really enjoyed the game. The sound was thoroughly enjoyable.

      Value for Money/Longevity

      The very uniqueness of this game is fantastic. It's easy to play, fun to play, and extensively re-playable, specifically in multiplayer. You can play the campaign through with anyone you wish, you can unlock achievements to push that game a little bit longer, and you can easily spend fifteen hours having fun on this game. The longevity is great and the value for money is fantastic, truly a great buy (although I did buy it cheaper than the offer suggested on ciao.

      Difficulty and Complexity

      Well, Gears of War is a little more complex than your average game. The story isn't that hard to follow and the mechanics aren't hard to grasp, but the game is challenging without being brutally unfair throughout. The regular checkpoints make it so dying isn't too punishing and yet you still don't want to fall in battle. It makes getting through the fray first time extremely rewarding, and most of all, it makes you feel awesome.

      Multiplayer

      To tell you that the multiplayer in Gears of War is generic, boring or unbalanced would be unfair. The Gears multiplayer is based entirely on skill. It's hard, it's challenging but it's a fantastic feeling when you beat every other player of the game is a battle of tactics and aim. The multiplayer component of the game has an additional game mode over the Xbox 360 game of the same name, but there is very little in this game that would make it worth buying as well as the console version. The multiplayer is well optimized, a little hard to find players and not too laggy. Fantastic fun, I say.

      Content Watch

      Gears of War is by far one of the least suitable games for children. Here's a run down of the content

      Violence

      This game has a lot of violence, in fact, the sheer bloodiness of this games combat is one of it's selling points. If you can find a third person game with more bodily fluids on the screen than this one, I'd be surprised.

      When you use the chainsaw, the chainsaw goes through the body of the person/thing you are killing. It's extremely graphic and quite nasty to look at. The bodies slump lifeless to the floor after you've killed them.
      Being shot or shooting at people produces splurts of blood to appear, they don't stay long and a look a little bit like ketchup. The game still shows it's gory with this though.

      The grenades can dismember and kill the characters that scatter the game world quite brutally in true ragdoll-flail fashion. The physics engine takes a play here showing the game as the flying pieces of body flies about with a realistic sense of gravity.

      The game is very, very violent. However, there is an option in the menu marked 'Extreme Content', which you can turn off. This turns the blood in the game to sparks and removes some of the gorier effects such as dismemberment. The game is still violent at it's core, even with this off, but it's got less impact when the extreme content is off.

      Language

      The language in this game is strong at times, with the marines dropping words like 'f***' at times of great sadness, annoyance of stress. The main characters also regularly use the word 's***'. There is some other, milder language throughout.

      The stronger language (f***) can be turned off in the extreme content button, but the milder words (s***) remain scattered throughout the game, albeit in a lesser quantity.

      Sexual Content

      It is implied that one of the characters has a 'two year old kid' at home. It implies that the characters had sex and the man is a father figure, but it's a puny reference compared to the gory content in the game.

      Content Conclusion

      With the full graphic effects on, this is a fairly adults only game, with gore and language around every corner. With the extreme content off, the game is still fairly violent and grim to play, but some of the impact is taken away, making it playable by perhaps a mature teen.

      Full Conclusion

      I conclude that this is a fantastic, fast paced and frantic third person game that surpasses most of the games of it's genre. It's one of my favourite action games around and I could easily recommend it to anyone (who I believed mature enough to play it). If you like the gorier games with cover systems, you should go and play this right now. If not, you should still go and play this right now.

      Minimum System Requirements

      CPU: Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon @ 2.0GHz
      RAM: 1GB
      Hard Drive Space: 12GB
      Graphics card: Nvidia 6600 GT or ATi X700+

      Game crippling bug solves

      There is a bug in this game due to the fact that the anti cheat certificate has expired on the Games for Windows Live. This causes a message to appear telling you that you 'cannot play the game with a modified executable'. This can be fixed by either not playing with a modified executable (if you modified it) or by changing your system clock to 2007 (for the time you're playing the game, ensure you change it back otherwise your computer will act up severely after finishing, because it will not detect current security certificates on sites such as Hotmail or Ciao up to date).

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      16.12.2009 19:25
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      Terrible port with poor technical support despite being a great game on the 360

      Gears of War is a great game on the Xbox 360. It is not, however, on its PC port. This is a game that's riddled with errors and glitches, chiefly that it was packed with a coding problem that meant a large portion of players would not be able to play the game for more than 10-15 minutes at a time without it crashing. I was one such player, and upon looking up my error message, realised that it was an erroneous port that had caused the problem, and the game's developers were not hasty in releasing a patch, either. I had to find my own solution through changing some registry code, and it didn't really set the tone for a port that's not a touch on the original Xbox 360 version.

      What I do admire about this game, despite how poorly it has been ported, is that it has a nice level of difficulty: nothing is impossible, but it's a bit more challenging than most modern games of the genre, and does not allow you to just "go Rambo"; you have to cover a lot and be strategic. However, ALL you have to remember is to cover, and the game isn't that hard: there's not much more else to it.

      Visually, however it is very good, and is quite well optimised to run on pretty average rigs. It has some amazing textures and stunning animation, but it is worth saying that the blue/dark colour-palette does get repetitive quite quickly. The lighting, though, is excellent, and really helps heighten the intensity during the chase sequences. Also, the camera movements that mimic documentary-style filmmaking are superbly done, as is the motion blur used when you run. This is aided by some impressive sounds: the soundtrack is intense and heightens things further, while the gun sound effects pack the appropriate punch.

      Avoid this and get the 360 version unless you want to be infuriated by errors.

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      21.10.2009 11:22
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      Very good game to play

      This game is set a planet called Sora where these human soldiers are fighting against what seems to be an alien species only known as the locust. The game is a war simulation shooter.

      You play as Marcus Fenix who gets let out of jail to help out in taking out the locust horde as he is fully awesome. He was sentanced to death for dereliction of his duty but now let out to fight and help them again.

      The graphics in this game are very nice, they look great. The game plays at awesome frame rates with good spec PCs and the characters, environments and all the game is fantastically animated in the graphical style of the game.

      The game is mostly about cover and firing however you can choose to take the silly path of going in shooting like crazy. However the duck and cover system in this game is very effective as it is simple to use and alway slooks good as you go from one cover area to another.

      The in gam\e guns are awesome and varied, there are pistols, machine guns, rocket launchers etc. The locust are varied in game and you will find yourself fighting with some very large creatures at times which look brilliant.

      Overall this game is one the most brilliant shooters out there at the moment.

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      18.07.2009 16:38
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      Don't read too much into the hype but still a good game!

      If you haven't heard of this game before then you must have been living under a rock, this is one of the most hyped games I can remember. It first came out on the Xbox 360 and now it has been made available for the PC.

      The story is bleak you are a prisoner Marcus Fenix, the world lies in ruins with the alien attackers the Locust Horde still ruthlessly killing. You are in charge of a small squad of soldiers acting as a resistance to the threat. The story is well told.

      The graphics are relatively good but this game has been out for a while. The cutscenes are even better. I used the keyboard and mouse control method and it works well enough. This is not a first person shooter it is a third person shooter. One of this games unique points is its "run and cover system". So usually when you see enemies you will have to duck behind objects and pop out and shoot them when they appear. This makes the game repetitive as you run, duck, shoot enemies and move on.There is a co-op mode and up to 8 player online matches but you need to have a Live membership.

      I guess for a while it lived up to the massive hype that it received but personally I didn't think it was massively special but of course many critics and many fans will disagree with me on this. You'll enjoy this if you like a good story, good graphics, plenty of action but are looking for a fresh game to play.

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        04.12.2008 23:51
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        It worths the value to buy this game.

        Gears of war 2 is a cover and fire game and has been developed by Epic Games for the console Xbox 360: it deals about a squad of soldier that fight to save humans living on the imaginary planet Sera by an unrelenting enemy known as the horde of Locustae.
        The player is Marcus Fenix: he was a soldier during the Pendulum Wars and saw thing changing on Emergence Day. He fought the Locustae for years, and once he left his place to visit his father, Professor Adam Fenix, he was sentenced for dereliction of duty and sentenced to forty years in prison, but released ten years after. He may fight with the friend Dominic Santiago in the multiplayer mode, where the two soldier may join into the squad Delta, and they fight against the Horde of the Locust during a campaign.

        What I did was to enter the official web site of the game: a prompt input ask you for your birth date, then you are sent to a screen where videos are available. I did so and a diagnostic task started. The game start and there is a subjective shot and you may operate with the mouse to move around and to discover object.
        As you click on object a scanning start. It follow a video on the argument with audio to give you clues about the game. There is a pink round button, to left click to stop the narration, and keep the game on. After a few minutes I started playing, I found a gun machine and shortly after I found ammunition boxes.

        Always remember the pink round botton is necessary to exit the current scene.
        The official web site, www.gearsofwar.xbox.com , contains a lot of documentation, expecially about your weapons. You posses a Boltok pistol, that is a high calibre magnum,
        that is really fire quickly and is fast to rearm and fire again. You have also a grenade launcher, that looks aggressive, and it is so. You may take down a target in one shot, if you get the ability to point and shot. I have to admit that reloading is a bit slow.
        A very powerful weapon, made to be used with only one arm, is indeed the Gnasher shotgun, with a terrible force per single shot. You may kill an enemy by simply pointing and firing once. There are more weapons that I suggest you to discover as playing this new adventure game. I prefer you discover on your own the excellent.



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        15.09.2008 15:00
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        An unbelievably rewarding cover and shoot game, simple at heart but so well executed

        So Gears has been out for absolutely ages on XBOX 360, and its been highly known as one of the best games on the genre - if not the best game. So many of my friends had this one and recommended it when released on PC. I didn't get round to buying it as I was working my way through other PC games which I personally found more appealing.

        How wrong I was. Now that I finally purchased this game, I think it is possibly my favourite and I can't leave it alone at the moment. Now if you go to a website such as Amazon and check out the PC review for the game, there are many complaints about it having bugs etc. Now I can only write my review based on my personal experience - and while of course I don't think the reviewers are lying, I personally have not come across a single issue with this game so far. Maybe Im just lucky.

        In the character your a soldier named Marcus who gets let out of prison early to come and help the team fight off these invasions of enemies called 'Locusts'.

        The game is so simple in its essence that I find it hard to believe how fun and rewarding it is. The game is basically a cover and shoot game, such a simple idea - but so efficiently implemented. I never thought you could have so much fun with the same cover and shoot system over and over again. Of course you are not just limited to cover and shoot, you can roam as you please in battle zones, but you won't last very long.

        The game has a lovely array of weapons, and there is a very rewarding reload system on the weapons whereby if you time it perfectly, you reload is about twice as fast, so you can get on with the action quicker. This works tremendously well.

        The story in the game is OK. It's a bit here and now as opposed to really unveilling what is going on in the long run, but I think the gameplay is so good that it makes up for the slightly weak story thus far.

        The graphics are absolutely fantastic. There is a lot of attention to detail, and your team and the enemy both look fantastic - in different ways of course. Your team are bulked up human soldiers with lots of facial detail and lots of detail on the apparel they wear. The enemy are these ugly species called Locust, and they do look rather terrifying - giving the game an intense and enjoyable feel.

        The sound too is great. And the music that comes on when you have finally defeated a group of locust in a battlezone is highly satisfying to say the least. The weapons sound really good and the enemy make highly relevant ugly noises. It's all just really well done.

        Because its a cover and shoot game, there is less of the 'flanking' and other terms you associate with enemy AI. Nevertheless the AI works well and when playing the game on 'Hardcore' it certainly is a challenge, but a do-able one, which is important. I really can't imagine how hard 'Insane' must be. I think I'l leave that one alone for now!!

        Im hesitant about recommending this game on PC purely because of the amount of bug issues that has been reported, to the extent of some people saying its the most bugged game ever! But from personal experience, and that is of course all I can go on, I haven't had a single issue, and I have found this game absolutely amazing, and would highly recommend it based on the rewarding gameplay alone!

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