Product Type: Microsoft PC games
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Gears of War (PC)
Member Name: Coolchris330
Gears of War (PC)
Date: 17/10/10, updated on 17/10/10 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Great graphics and gameplay, well optimized, good co-op
Disadvantages: A little gory for some, '2007' date bug, very grey colours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gears of War is by far one of the least suitable games for children. Here's a run down of the content
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
Summary: An astonishing, must buy third person shooter.