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Gears of War (Xbox 360)

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Written by  :  havoc of smeg (13029)
Written on  :  Jan 13, 2010
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Summary

You don't know how much you need a chainsaw until you've played this.

The Good

The background: humanity has been fighting itself for more than 3 generation's over emulsion, a new hyper fuel that solves the energy problem's of the human world of Sera. But one eventful day, forever known as emergence day (E-day), the rival nation's of Sera are forced together by a nightmare that has sprung up from beneath the surface to bring the human race to it's the brink of extinction, turning Sera into a living hell, and it's your job, freshly sprung from prison due to a dwindling army, to keep humanity going and cripple the Locust Horde....

It is this back story that gives rise to a one of the bloodiest games that is not for the faint hearted. It is this back story that has given rise to one of the greatest potential story's ever, and while it does not have the greatest in game story line ever, you can sense the potential throughout the game.

Add to that, the delta squad, who you fight with through gear's feel very believable. Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago, the most loyal of comrades and friends. And backing them up, the sarcastic but slightly abrasive tech head Damon Baird and the ever boisterous and cheerful Augustus 'cole train' Cole. They are the team you like to like.

Whilst fighting through the game with delta squad you will no doubt come to enjoy the Lancer assault rifle. What makes it so unique is it's chainsaw bayonet. It may sound crude, and, well it is. But unlike a lot of weapons in other games, it's distinct and surprisingly fun to use.

And while using the Lancer, you come across another thing that makes gear's such a stand out hit. Almost insane amount's of blood and gore. In a world of political correctness, this makes a change from games that really don't push the envelope that much. But that said, it is not recommended that you use it too much, with is a good thing, because in this you discover one of the other great's of gear's in it's cover system. In other games, you don't need it. in gear's you do. Luckily, using cover is a very smooth and easy to use process.

The Bad

Whilst gear's does have a decent story to it's name, you get the feeling it could be much better.

Multiplayer wise the only problem would be that it lack's any bots for when your game number's are a little low.

Graphic's could of also used a little bit more polish, especially the lighting.

The Bottom Line

A word of caution, you could potentially turn into a vegetarian as a result of this game....