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Gears of War

aka: GOW

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GamesFirst! ( ) (100%)

Gears of War is an incredibly impressive game. Already it has achieved 2 million sold worldwide which speaks to the appeal of violence. But in regards to the game's balance and design it says that people do appreciate good games with mature appeal. It's also extremely fun and satisfying. Gears of War is not only the killer-app for the Xbox 360 and a system seller, but it's one of the best games to come out all year.

Dec 19th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

1UP (A+) (100%)

You can always find reasons not to give a game a review score of 10. Control issues (Gears of War has that). A.I. problems (that, too). Bad dialogue or storytelling (yes on both). Linear levels, online lag, limited modes (yup, yup, and yup). But as I was playing through the game, I found one consistently good feature: It was constantly impressing the hell out of me.

Nov 6th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Stuff Magazine / stuff.tv (10 out of 10) (100%)

If you own the 360, this is the game you should be playing right now. And if you don't have an Xbox 360, you might consider buying one for it. You'll get the added bonus of laughing at all those fanboys waiting in line to buy a PS3.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Totally Gaming Network (10 out of 10) (100%)

In summing up GoW has been a long time coming, but I think most people would reflect and agree that the time taken for us to actually get this game has been well used and we truly have one amazing game to get down and dirty with. GoW is therefore a must buy and certainly deserves its place in your gaming collection on the Xbox 360.

Nov 23rd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (10 out of 10) (100%)

In the end, though, these problems never really take away much from the overall game. The sheer fun you will have playing through the game is very high, if you're into shooter games, and for shooter fans Gears of War really is a must-own title for the Xbox 360. It's probably the best game released this year to date for shooter fans, and it's going to take quite an accomplishment in game design to overcome it in the future.

Nov 13th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Official XBox Magazine (10 out of 10) (100%)

Though Gears of War’s story poses more questions than it answers, that shouldn’t distract you from delving into the game’s weighty and rewarding mechanics: the deeper you dig, the more satisfying the gameplay becomes. And who knew those flashy graphics, which are easily the best that 360 has mustered yet, would just be the icing on top? From the deliberate combat pacing to Sera’s ruined surface to grizzled hero Marcus Fenix himself, one thing remains true throughout the brilliant Gears of War: It’s what’s inside that counts.

Nov 5th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamerDad ( ) (100%)

Gears of War is Microsoft's "Halo" for Xbox 360. It WILL sell consoles, and deservedly so. However, for a family-based gaming experience, it's definitely not appropriate. The game is based on a violent struggle between humankind and truly horrendous aliens and is full of swearing, blood and all out combat. There is an option to tone this down, but it's still an incredibly violent game that you should seriously consider before allowing even your teenage kids to come anywhere near it.

Jan 2nd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamer.nl (10 out of 10) (100%)

Epic heeft de verwachtingen waar weten te maken, petje af dus. Halen deze game, want zo lekker als dit kom je ze niet vaak tegen. Een tien is misschien hoog, maar vergeet niet dat perfectie niet bestaat. Vermaak bestaat daarentegen wel, en Gears of War is het levende bewijs daarvan.

Nov 16th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

PlayDevil ( ) (100%)

With all said and done Gears of War has got to be one of the best Xbox 360 games out right now and possibly in the future as well. This game delivers on all fronts and has successfully lived up to the enormous hype that has been placed upon its shoulders. This game has it all; great sound, great visuals, and a great story. What more can you ask for? If you haven’t already gone out and picked up this game, I advise you go and do it right now. Go. Go Now. You have to pick up this game, for I assure you will not be disappointed with it. Plus it will help you bide your time while you are waiting for Halo 3 or possibly Gears of War 2. One can only hope.

Jan 24th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gameplanet ( ) (100%)

For all of those players that have been hankering for the best third-person shooter on the Xbox 360, look no further than this.

Nov 23rd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

UOL Jogos ( ) (100%)

Com razão, "Gears of War" chama atenção pelo visual, pois se trata de um novo patamar para o quesito. Mas também tem conteúdo, com um sistema que equilibra magistralmente ação e tática, extraindo o melhor dos dois mundos. O melhor fica reservado ao modo cooperativo. Por outro lado, o multiplayer competitivo tem um foco muito restrito, que, apesar de divertido, fica aquela sensação que poderia ter sido melhor explorado. Apesar disso, o título é um forte candidato a jogo do ano.

Nov 17th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameSpy ( ) (100%)

No matter. There's only one other game that I've got to play this year that I can imagine coming close to being this much fun -- and you'll see what that is in a few weeks. But for right now, I'm smitten with Gears of War and all its glorious, horrific violence, blood and anarchy. Move over Master Chief, 'cause Marcus Fenix will kick your bony ass all over town.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jive Magazine (5 out of 5) (100%)

Like any other 360 game, Gears of War does have online capability and co-op mode. Because of the nature of the game, cooperation is critical. Saddle up with a bad partner and you’ll experience many failed objectives. Compared to other online first shooters, like Halo, Gears of War falls into the standard category.

Nov 15th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

EmpireOnline.com ( ) (100%)

From a visual standpoint, Gears Of War is, in a word, stunning. By far the best looking game on the market today, everything about the game oozes quality and the intense action is relentless from start to finish. A selection of superb online modes (including the ability to play through the whole campaign cooperatively over Xbox Live) round off the package perfectly, making Gears Of War the only true must-own title on the console to date. The second generation of 360 games officially starts here.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamePro (US) ( ) (100%)

Gears of War may be big and dumb, but it's fun - the video game equivalent of a Jerry Bruckheimer film, maybe. Even calling Gears "fun" doesn't quite seem to do it justice. The game glows in a revelatory way we haven't seen since God of War and Resident Evil 4. If nothing else, it's infinitely more engaging and suspenseful than this year's crop of by-the-books FPS games, and is likely to sell more than a few consoles for Microsoft.

Nov 12th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

G4 TV: X-Play ( ) (100%)

All told, Gears of War is doubtlessly the best game in the short life of the Xbox 360, and might very well hold that title for a long time, maybe even after the release of Halo 3. It’s also reaches the pantheon of one of the greatest games of all time, only to be surpassed someday by its superior sequels. Or at least we hope so. Microsoft’s got a real thoroughbred in its stable and we expect them to let us lucky gamers ride this baby for years to come.

Nov 8th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Video Game Generation (10 out of 10) (100%)

Simply put, Cliffy B. created a game that managed to infuse spectacular graphics, an excellent combat system, and an amazing experience on all levels with a soul. This is not only the best game on the Xbox 360, but I would put it up there as one of the best games of the generation and of all time.

Nov 28th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

PGNx Media (10 out of 10) (100%)

Gears of War is the best game available on the Xbox 360 and the likely winner of 2006’s Game of the Year award. Every Xbox 360 gamer owes it to his or herself to pick this game up. It nails everything from the gameplay to the graphics.

Dec 10th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

EL33TONLINE ( ) (100%)

The shooter genre is one that has captivated gamers since Doom first stole the limelight on the PC four score and seven years ago. Ever since developers have endeavored to enhance the genre, and whilst there have been some true gems across the consoles, there have been all too many lackluster titles flooding the market. Fortunately, the inspired crew from Microsoft Game Studios managed to put their collective creativity into delivering a fresh third-person perspective experience whilst not compromising on the essential supply of guns and ammo. We praise them for giving entertainment starved gamers worldwide a meaningful way to pass their Christmas vacation.

Jan 17th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Digital Press - Classic Video Games (10 out of 10) (100%)

As a full package, Gears of War is everything the hype made it out to be, and somehow eclipses those expectations. It's not just one of the greatest action games ever created; it's one of the best from any genre available, going back to the era of Pong. Gears of War is a new standard, and it's hard to move on to anything else after feeling the impact of this beast.

Dec 8th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Xboxygen ( ) (100%)

Ce n’est pas tous les jours qu’un jeu de cet acabit sort. Nouveau standard de qualité, titre ultime du moment, Gears of War additionne les qualités à tous les niveaux, et met une énorme pression sur les développeurs du monde entier pour les jeux à venir. Tout amateur de jeu de tir se doit de le posséder, et le jeu est suffisamment bien conçu pour que même ceux qui ne sont à la base pas fans de ce type de jeu y jettent quand même un œil…Gears of War est bien la bombe attendue.

Nov 19th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Snackbar-Games.com (5 out of 5) (100%)

The graphics are amazing, and the 15-20 hours of gameplay each time through will keep you busy for a while. Killer app? In my eyes probably not, but the sales numbers tell quite a story, and it seems that many people would say that it is. If I had spent 400 dollars on my Xbox 360, 60 bucks on Gears of War, and whatever other expenses you might incur when first getting a 360, I can't honestly say that it'd be worth it for this one game. Don't get me wrong, Gears of War is a great game and is one of if not the best on the console right now, but I don't think it could justify buying an entire system. If you like shooters, if you like action, if you like having to use your brain a little bit when killing hordes of enemies, this is most certainly going to satisfy your need.

Jan 2nd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gaming Target (10 out of 10) (100%)

Gears of War towers over the competition as the de-facto shooter for today’s discriminating gaming audience. The loftiest of production values married to one of a kind graphical fidelity, all wrapped up in astounding, innovative and exciting gameplay that shooter fans will die for make GoW a true AAA title that not only lives up to, but surpasses its massive hype. And considering the heights the hype reached, that’s no small feat. The magnificence of this title can’t be overstated and while you will find detractors out there, you can rest assured that they’re dead wrong, or possibly insane. Gears of War is the killer app for the Xbox 360, and a defining moment in action gaming. Don’t miss it, whatever you do.

Nov 20th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Video Game Critic, The (A) (100%)

Otherwise I love Gears of War. It raises the high water mark for combat games with its exceptional polish and innovative gameplay. It's kind of hard to imagine how Microsoft could even improve on this thing.

Jan 28th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

FZ ( ) (100%)

Få spel har varit lika hypade som Gears of War, men till skillnad mot många andra spel som inte når upp till hypen så levererar Epic en titel som bara måste upplevas. Rent tekniskt står den i dagsläget på något av en egen nivå och spelmekaniskt bryter den också till viss del ny mark. Detta är ett smörgårdsbord för den redan actionfrälste men även de som tidigare haft lite svårt för spel av den här typen bör ge det en ärlig chans. Visst det är "bara" ett actionspel där filosofiskt dravel och kryptiska budskap har ställts åt sidan, men det spelar absolut ingen roll. I grund och botten är spel till för att underhålla och det var länge sen jag hade lika kul med ett spel som jag haft med Gears of War

Nov 16th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Maxim Magazine ( ) (100%)

If you go to the game store next week hoping to score a PS3 and get turned away, pick up this badass little fucker of a game instead. Scientific studies have shown that the simple act of inserting Gears of War into your 360 automatically makes you 8 percent cooler. It's true! Look it up! And Gears, quite frankly, is infinitely better than anything the PS3 has to offer at this point. The game stars ex-con Marcus Fenix, a 'roided-up bad ass who wields plenty of hardware, including a chain saw, and he's not afraid to use it. The duck-and-cover gameplay mechanics bring some strategy to bear on the proceedings, but overall this game is about getting up-close and personal with alien scum, grabbing them by their alien lapels, then showing them their alien intestines before they die.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GotNext ( ) (100%)

I'm not going to lie and say that Gears of War is without its problems, but I'm also not going to deny that it's not the best console shooter of all time. The multiplayer modes may be comparably slim, your A.I. squad-mates may be some of the dumbest in the history of A.I. squad-mates, and the vehicle section of the campaign mode may put you in a bad mood for a few minutes, but the whole package is so unbelievably awesome that it'd be a sin to have an Xbox 360 without a copy of this Epic masterpiece in rotation.

Nov 16th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gaming Nexus (A) (100%)

Easily one of the best game of the year. Gears of War has raised the bar of what gamers should expect in future next generation games.

Dec 28th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Video Game Talk ( ) (100%)

If you own a 360, you will have wasted your money on the system if you don't purchase Gears of War. If you don't own a 360, then Gears of War is the reason to buy one. This is that must-have, system selling game that people will be talking about for years to come. It's simply too damn good. I am proud to give Gears of War DVDTalk's highest ranking for video games: Video Game Talk Collector Series.

Nov 15th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (10 out of 10) (100%)

Then you leap into battle, weaving around giant stalagmites and long-broken down mining equipment to try and avoid shotgun blasts, chainsaw melee attacks and explosive-tipped bows that deal explosive dismemberment upon contact. Dance around these shots to unload your machine-gun clip into the un-armoured section of your targets or snipe away their protective helmets and deliver a gory head-shot, promising a quick death and a small shower of blood and brain fragment. No time to gloat; spin around and face the next threat. Always surging, never slowing, never letting up.

Dec 8th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

videogamer.com (10 out of 10) (100%)

Slight problems with the checkpoint system when playing alone aside, it's hard to see how another game could come along and better what Gears of War does. Played with a friend, on Hardcore, Gears of War is simply an astounding game. Yes, it has the best visuals ever to grace a video game, but it's how these are used to create an intense shooter that make it so good. Add in the best competitive online experience on the Xbox 360, and there's little doubt that Gears will be remembered as a true classic. And true classics only deserve one thing.

Nov 16th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

AceGamez (10 out of 10) (100%)

Gears of War is simply a phenomenal game - one that is very difficult to describe, but once you pick it up and play it, you'll know exactly what they were trying to say. It does live up to the hype and it does match Halo in terms of a superb campaign and a ridiculously addictive online mode. If you're struggling to find a killer game for your Xbox 360 then look no further - unless you're under 17 of course!

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Games TM (10 out of 10) (100%)

It may not reinvent the wheel, but hell, we like our wheels round. In a year's time this may feel old hat, but that says more about the industry than it does the game, because right here and right now, Gears Of War couldn't feel more vital. Some will see the future, some will see the past; we just see a truly great game.

Oct 2006 · Xbox 360

Game Shark (A+) (100%)

A lot of Gears is derivative, from the Pitch Black light gimmick to the sassy black sidekick to the "Saving Private Ryan cam" to the way the score apes James Horner's Aliens soundtrack. But Gears of War feels like a game built out of homages rather than creative bankruptcy. These bits of Warhammer and Aliens and Doom are veritable archetypes for gamers. And none of them gets in the way of Gears' obvious priority: gameplay. This is what counts, and this is where Gears of War proves that although it comes in a comfortably familiar wrapping, it can still be exciting, new, and unique.

Dec 1st, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Thunderbolt Games (10 out of 10) (100%)

All in all, Gears is just the thing the Xbox 360 needs right now. While it suffers from some minor problems- the single-player campaign is woefully short- it's just too damn good to miss. The dark storyline isn't fantastic, but the way it's presented certainly is. Gritty characters with a rare touch of humanity, intense combat that will leave you breathless, and some great multiplayer modes are sure to keep you hooked until the inevitable sequel comes along. If you can handle a bit language and blood, GOW is the best thing you can play on the 360, by yourself or with friends. Oh, and did I mention it looks absolutely incredible?

Nov 19th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Yahoo! Games ( ) (100%)

Even just spectating a match is exciting, watching both teams ducking and bobbing behind cover as they advance upon each other. The inclusion of the chainsaw weapon, not to mention gib-tastic headshots, curb stomping and a variety of other gory deaths make each kill a bone-crunchingly visceral experience. The netcode is superb; we barely noticed any lag even when playing against US opponents. And praise the creator, there's even a working server browser - none of that crappy matchmaking rubbish that doesn't work in Australia, folks.

Nov 12th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (A+) (100%)

We knew that someone was going to make a Halo killer one of these days. We just didn't think it would be Microsoft. Gears of War is one of the best looking, and best playing, games I've ever had the privilege to review. If you own a 360 and don't pick up this game sometime before 2007, you deserve a hearty kick down a flight of steps.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game industry News (GiN) ( ) (100%)

Gears of War is truly an epic masterpiece, no pun intended. Just recently it was announced that it has surpassed Halo 2 as the most played game on Xbox Live. It was also announced that the series will be made as a trilogy, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing how the trilogy ends up. I just hope I won’t have to wait six years and purchase an Xbox 720 to play it!

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Chronicles (9.9 out of 10) (99%)

If you own an Xbox 360 then you, your life, and your system will not be complete until you own this game. Gears of War is a milestone, a legendary achievement in gaming that only comes along once in a very long time. With game quality visuals, and sound design increasing with just about every new title that ships, the fact that Gears of War manages to make such a huge leap forward only emphasizes just how innovative this game truly is.

Dec 4th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

eGames (9.9 out of 10) (99%)

No dobra. Gears of War to gra na dziesiątkę, czy coś trochę poniżej tej strategicznej noty? Hmmm... Szczerze mówiąc zastanawiam się nad tym od kilku dobrych dni. To, że ta recenzja pojawia się w serwisie exGames.pl troszkę później niż na innych poświęconych grom nie wynika z mojego lenistwa, lecz z chęci dogłębnego przeanalizowania wszystkich za i przeciw, które pozwoliłyby mi określić tą grę jako rewelacyjną. Pokażcie mi inną reckę pisaną po kilkudziesięciu godzinach spędzonych z GoW, po przejściu gry na najwyższym poziomie trudności. Dlatego też to co czytacie jest takie wyjątkowe, a ocena wystawiona nie pod wpływem nagłych emocji, lecz po głębokich przemyśleniach.

Nov 5th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Finalboss (9.8 out of 10) (98%)

Graficamente é o game mais impressionante já feito para um console até o presente momento, contando com uma parte sonora de arrasar e muita ação. Apesar de curto e pecar em uma bobeirinha aqui e outra ali, Gears of War é realmente estupendo, tornando-se praticamente obrigatório para os donos da caixa branca. Indiscutivelmente bom.

Nov 10th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

411mania.com (9.8 out of 10) (98%)

I think that it’s pretty safe to say that a new dominant franchise has been born. It’s rare that a game makes such a positive impact in its debut release. I have no doubt that Gears of War is going to be mentioned in the same breath along with franchises like Halo, Metal Gear, and Resident Evil as the most ‘money’ franchises. A great debut for Gears of War, and a very promising future.

Nov 22nd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Planet Xbox 360 (9.7 out of 10) (97%)

Epic and Microsoft have really done something awesome here and we, as gamers, should be grateful. This game is one of those unique titles that will stand the test of time and go down in history as the “system seller” of the Xbox 360 in the year 2006. There are a few things that I hope will be fixed the next time around such as the longevity of the game and some very small multiplayer weaknesses, but the good outweighs the bad so much I don’t even remember what I don’t like about the game. I logged onto Xbox Live just a few minutes ago and never since I owned my Xbox 360 have I seen so many people on Live at one time, all playing the same game. It’s going to be a while before I pick up another game and get the experience I just had over the past few days, but that’s not a bad thing, greatness takes time. There is a reason they are all playing it; it’s the best thing out there right now on our beloved white box, go buy it soldier.

Nov 10th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamernode (9.7 out of 10) (97%)

For all of its issues, they just don't seem matter in the big picture of Gears of War. It's difficult to really describe what exonerates the game from being considered a lifeless, average game. Maybe it's the stunning visuals, or the satisfaction from chainsawing your opponents into chunks of flesh or the unparalleled sense of realism. It has its problems just like any game, but the experience of playing Gears of War is undeniably incredible.

Nov 12th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

XboxZone (Australia) (9.7 out of 10) (97%)

GOW is quite simply the embodiment of "next-gen" offering a visual feast previously unseen on a gaming console. Gameplay is fresh and addictive through a beautifully orchestrated covering system, engaging SP campaign, spectacular COOP and robust MP. Playing this game on Insane difficulty with a friend on Live will be one of those moments you look back on in time. The MP has some glitches and weaknesses to iron out, but these can be sorted through patches and overall support from Epic and are only minor blemishes on an otherwise fresh, fun experience. Things are looking very bright for the 360 with this new franchise delivering on all fronts and it is with no hesitation that I say this is a must have title.

Mar 18th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamer 2.0 (9.7 out of 10) (97%)

Gears of War is unquestionably one of the best games of 2006 and the best shooter to come out this year. Creating an exhilarating experience for gamers online, offline, single-player, or with a friend, Epic Games did a hell of a job developing a gem of a game and one to keep an eye on as the Xbox 360 vies for holiday season supremacy following the release of the PS3 and Wii. With a Gears of War sequel undeniably on the drawing board (knowing how Microsoft likes to treat its successful franchises), one has to ask if the Xbox 360 is big enough for both Master Chief and Marcus Fenix.

Nov 14th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network (97 out of 100) (97%)

Gears of War excels for so many reasons it is impossible to count them all. Aside from the obvious things like graphics and gameplay, there numerous little touches like the roadie run and character dialogue that push it over the edge into video game greatness. If there is any notable flaw to be found with the game it would be the storyline that feels more like a prologue than an actual episode.

Nov 12th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamingExcellence (9.7 out of 10) (97%)

In the end, it's almost too easy to talk almost anyone but the most jaded (or fuddy-duddy) of gamers into trying, and loving, Gears of War. As a game, it's slick, atmospheric, fun, memorable and easily replayed over and over. As a product of a hype campaign, it is one of the few productions to not only live up to it (a feat in itself) but actually surpass it. As much as we all expected to love Gears of War, it was hard to really know what to truly expect from it. A new twist on the shooter genre, amazing graphics and a top-notch presentation are only the starting points for a game that stands, bar-none, as the next-gen title to beat in the future. GoW also marks the first time I've re-read the back of a display box and felt like there wasn't a word of a lie therein. Believe the hype; Gears of War makes good on everything it set out to do and then some.

Nov 24th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

411mania.com (9.7 out of 10) (97%)

2nd review Gears of War is an amazing game. Sure, it might have a few flaws, but Xbox 360 owners should be quite happy with this exclusive title.

Dec 2nd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Kombo.com (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

Gears of War resets the bar for what is expected of a next-generation title. The gameplay is fresh, exciting, and surprisingly nuanced, the graphics are gorgeous both technically and artistically, and the online play is incredibly addictive. Unquestionably the best game on the Xbox 360, a major contender for game of the year, and quite possibly the game that will forever define the Xbox 360.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Xboxdynasty (XD) (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

Nicht umsonst haben Millionen Spieler auf der ganzen Welt auf den Emergency Day gewartet. Nicht umsonst wurde um dieses Spiel so ein immenser Hype gemacht. Von der Grafik, über die Storyline, bis hin zur Spielbarkeit besticht Gears of War in allen belangen und sorgt für reichlich blutigen Spielspaß.

Nov 16th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameSpot (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

Gears of War is a game that capitalizes on all of the promises made by the next generation of gaming. It looks more than a few steps beyond what consoles have been doing to this point, and the gameplay is supremely fulfilling from start to finish in all of its various modes. While there have certainly been plenty of similar shooters before it, the game's great weapons, amazing graphics, and absolutely thrilling action make it stand out from the pack in a big, big way.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

XboxAchievements (96 out of 100) (96%)

It's a rarity that a game gets as much hype as this game got, and even more rare that it lived up to that hype. Even 6 months after its release it's still going strong. This day in age, that's a lifetime for an online shooter. In the tradition of Goldeneye and Halo, this is a game for the ages.

Jul 1st, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

JustPressPlay (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

After all is said and done, Gears of War appears to have dodged the hype-train and has answered the expectations asked of it. While the story isn’t Shakespeare and the dialogue resembles what you would hear in an 80’s action movie (personally, I’m okay with it), Gears of War delivers an intense and memorable experience for anyone that owns an Xbox 360. Tight controls, amazing graphics and a fun, easy to play multiplayer experience help put Gears in the running for Game of the Year in 2006.Bravo, Epic Games. You have taken severed spines, charred limbs, vulgarity and have put it all together to make something simply beautiful.

Nov 22nd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (96 out of 100) (96%)

Qué decir que no se haya comentado ya en estas cinco páginas, así que, seremos breves: Todo usuario de Xbox 360 debería tener Gears of War en su juegoteca. Si no eres poseedor de la consola de Microsoft, te estás perdiendo la oportunidad de jugar a una auténtica obra maestra.

Nov 17th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Over Online (96 out of 100) (96%)

A franchise is born. Is Gears of War a perfect game? No. It's short, at about 8 hours in length, and the last level and a half seems abrupt. I still feel like there's a rail sequence missing when the squad tears away from the mansion in the APC (you'll know what I mean when you play the game). It also doesn't necessarily take the third-person shooter to new heights. What it does, however, is present one of the best looking and sounding games whose gameplay is as polished as it gets, with intense shootouts, exciting boss battles, and sleep-depriving online play. If you don't own an Xbox 360 yet, Gears of War is reason enough to buy one. It is quite simply one of the best games of the year.

Nov 15th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

TeamXbox (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

Unlike many "event" games that come and go, Gears of War lives up to the hype surrounding it, and while it's not perfect, it's impossible not to want more. While the storyline is lacking in a few areas, the gameplay itself is exciting and intense, although hardcore players might want to up the difficulty a bit. For many, the game's strength lays in its multiplayer options, both cooperatively and competitively. If you can keep from letting out a whoop after you curb stomp a buddy, you're a stronger man than I. Finally, the Xbox 360 has the killer app that everyone's been waiting for, a game that should be shown to anyone who doubts the system's power. OK, now that that's out of the way, let's talk about Halo 3...

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Netjak (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

It's a rarity finding a game that sticks every reviewable aspect, and Gears is one of those games. Graphics, sounds, and most importantly, the gameplay-- this game has everything going for it, and it lives up to nearly every bit of the hype it jammed down our throats. Even with the minor bugs and hang-ups that come with all other games, I was amazed by what I was playing. To not have this game in your Xbox 360 game collection is like a form of self-punishment. There's no doubt in my mind: Gears of War can easily go down as one of the greatest video games ever created.

Dec 17th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Cheat Code Central (4.8 out of 5) (96%)

Is Gears of War a perfect shooter? No, there are more than a couple flaws that blemish an otherwise perfect package, like the quirky controls, the iffy ally AI, and the lack of variety in multiplayer. But Gears trumps all previous console games, including the fabled Halo franchise, for its production values and addictive multiplayer. This title will have a greater impact on 360 owners than Halo did on the original Xbox. If you are reading this and haven’t picked up your copy, then slap yourself silly and run to the nearest electronics store as fast as you can.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

XboxAddict (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

Gears of War is a brilliant game. The visual presentation sets the bar for console games to come, the game play is thrilling and very rewarding, and the online aspect will keep people playing again and again. All this serves to make Gears of War stand out from its competitors, sending a challenge to companies currently developing similar titles by slapping them across the face.

Nov 14th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Atomic Gamer (96 out of 100) (96%)

Gears of War raises the bar for action games and gives the Xbox 360 its first true killer app. From the magnificent visuals, orchestral music, and classical architecture, to the sci-fi storyline, beefy-looking characters, and violent and bloody action, the game sometimes feels like a fascinating exercise of extremes. In the end, all of it put together really works. With a fully-featured cooperative mode with true online play and plenty of other online modes for competitive play, this one will most definitely hold your attention for quite a while. Can this game possibly get 360 owners to finally stop playing Halo 2 online and start seriously looking at something else? It remains to be seen whether it really does happen or not, but my money is on "yes".

Nov 8th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameCola.net (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

This is a fantastic game—the best I’ve played for the Xbox 360 so far—and it sits proudly among the best shooters of all time. If you own an Xbox 360, you absolutely should have this game. If you don’t, then you should track down a friend who has one and play a little co-op with them. Either way, you will not be disappointed.

Jan 1st, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameSpot China (9.6 out of 10) (96%)

《战争机器》取得了游戏技术上的杰出成就,但除了美轮美奂的影音表现,它本身也是一款超炫的动作游戏。

Nov 10th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Extreme Gamer (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

Gears of War is one of the most impressive games that have come out in recent years. Gears of War can boasts in every aspect of its design. From the impressive visuals, to the intense action and atmospheric world, Gears of War is a system seller, and a great accomplishment from the Epic team. If you don't already own Gears of War, you need to bump this innovative shooter up to the front of your 'must have' list. Gears of War, really is as good as the hype demands, and worth every moment you invest with it. Gears of War might just be the new Halo Microsoft is looking for.

Nov 16th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Informer Magazine (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

My expectations for Gears of War were quite high coming into this review. Every time I got time with the game over the past year, I couldn’t help but find myself smiling with glee and dreaming of it often in the days that followed. So, to put it lightly, I expected the finished product to not only deliver a ton of water-cooler moments, but also one of the most intense roller-coaster rides in video games.

Dec 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

ZTGameDomain (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

In the end Gears of War is everything we could have hoped for and so much more. The single-player campaign is full of lots of “wow” moments that will have you talking about them for days and the option for co-op throughout the entire game is a definite plus. I can see myself playing this game for a very very long time right next to classics such as Halo 2. Epic has given Xbox 360 owners a reason to cheer and with the possibilities of future content downloads and plenty of Locusts to frag online gamers should be happy to own Microsoft’s console this holiday season. More than worth the wait and it definitely lived up to the hype; highly recommended for anyone who enjoys great games.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameLemon (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

In spite of these truly grievous inadequacies Gears of War remains the best new game I have played all year. The graphics are incredible (even in standard definition), and to call the gameplay addicting would be an understatement. This game is so great it may actually be crucified, so play it soon. If you have an Xbox 360 just go and buy it. Go.

Nov 18th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamezine (19 out of 20) (95%)

Gears of War arrive sans forcer à se hisser au sommet des meilleurs titres Xbox 360. D’une beauté à tomber par terre, le jeu est un pur concentré d’action, sauvage et immersif comme rarement un jeu avait su l’être. Mais comme toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin, le jeu est un peu trop court, même si le Live ou le réseau local ne cesseront de vous amuser. Fruit d’un vrai travail, le hit de Epic est donc une valeur sûre, que je vous recommande chaudement pour ce Noël.

Nov 23rd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

Gears of War is the best game to come out for the Xbox 360 so far, hands-down. It is reason enough to buy an Xbox 360 if you do not have one already. In fact, not owning an Xbox 360 is a poor reason for not owning this game. It will be a tough act for Halo 3 to follow.

Nov 28th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

IGN Australia (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

Considering the immense hype behind Gears of War, there was a scary potential for it to not live up to expectations. We can happily report that not only has it met these expectations, it has surpassed them. We haven't had this much fun playing a shooter since… well, we can't quite remember the last time a game was this good. At least not in the scream-into-your-headset, blast-that-bad-dude-in-the-face kind of way that Gears delivers. It's a masterpiece that redefines what 360 gamers, and gamers in general, expect from the next-generation.

Nov 12th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Deeko (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

What's more, the coop is only a small portion of the online package. The game also ships with three online versus modes and the typical bevy of Live-powered stat-trackers, true-skill ratings and leaderboards. Most astonishingly is that the online mode doesn't sacrifice anything: unlike GRAW, Splinter Cell: Double Agent and many of the other online shooters, the multiplayer portions of GOW sacrifice nothing in order to get online. Each and every character model, animation, weapon and pixel is perfectly replicated with a trouble-free implementation, and all this while maintaining the guise that the 360 barely has to work at all. This refinement of play and performance is something that doesn't happen over night: this is the direct result of that extra year of development.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Meristation (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

Aún así es un título que no está exento de fallos, algo inevitable, y GOW peca de tener una campaña algo corta -o quizá se percibe así por el intensísimo ritmo y la necesidad de no querer que se acabe- y, en cuanto a la experiencia por Xbox Live, de no incluir soporte para bots en los enfrentamientos -un paso atrás con respecto a otros shooters dentro de la consola- junto a un corto número de variantes. Seguramente estas imperfecciones acabarán corrigiéndose en la secuela, cantadísima tras la conclusión que muestra el final del juego. Hasta entonces -o hasta Halo 3- nos quedan muchas horas frente al que es, hoy en día, el mejor título que tiene Xbox 360 en catálogo.

Nov 8th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

DreamStation.cc (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

If you're looking for a new game to buy and haven't already picked up what is destined to be Game of the Year I highly suggest you do so now. If you're mature enough to buy Gears of War then it's a definite must have for your Xbox 360. This is what the next generation of gaming should be.

Dec 13th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Softpedia (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

Many people compare Gears of War with Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and yes, they are similar, but I can't really tell which game is better. Gears of War is a launch title, packed with goodies and adored by the fans because it brought something new to the bored console fans. Lost Planet used the same recipe as this game did, so it didn't get all the credit it deserved. Graphically speaking, Gears of War is better than Lost Planet, but in terms of gameplay, I have to say that the second is more fun to play, while GOW targets the serious gamers, more focused on in-game achievements than fun.

May 4th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameZone (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

Gears of War delivers the compelling experience that Xbox 360 fans have hoped it would since day one. If you currently own a 360, you should know that this game is why. Buy it now.

Nov 10th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

360 LIVE (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

(...) Um es auf den Punkt zu bringen: es müsste schon mit dem Teufel zugehen, sollte sich der Mehrspieler- Modus nicht binnen kürzester Zeit zu einer der meistgespielten Herausforderungen auf Xbox-Live entwickeln. Und der Einzelspieler-Modus? Zu schade, dass nach zehn bis zwölf Stunden alles schon wieder vorbei ist — oder vielleicht auch nicht, das Ende gibt sich da ein bisschen vage. Aber anders als beispielsweise bei »Halo 2« wiederholt sich bis dahin nichts. »Gears of War« ist ein etwas kurzes, dafür aber ungeheuer intensives und packendes Vergnügen . Außerdem lohnt mehrmaliges Durchspielen. Allein schon, um auch noch die Gamerpoints für den erst nach dem Finale aktivierten Schwierigkeitsgrad »Insane« abzugreifen. Wir wären jedenfalls überrascht, wenn uns in zwei Jahren nicht eine Fortsetzung von »Gears of War« auf die 360 käme. Dann hoffentlich ganz offiziell in Deutschland.

Nov 2006 · Xbox 360

GameNorth (95 out of 100) (95%)

There are a couple words that can sum up the Gears of War experience, and those are Guns and Chainsaws. I’m not talking about separately, either. Guns. Chainsaws. Together. Read that again. It’s as awesome as it sounds.

Dec 28th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamingIllustrated.com (94 out of 100) (94%)

Gears of War has become the favorite console game here at Gaming Illustrated because it’s the best shooter ever released on a console. The multplayer battles we’ve had going 2v2 on the LAN have been nothing short of competitive mayhem, and the XBox Live support promises the game to last us for a long, long time. The graphics and gameplay of this title are absolutely phenomenal, and overall, is a no-doubt about it Editor’s Choice award winner for quality.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

New Age Gaming (94 out of 100) (94%)

It truly is a Mad World (such a hip reference to the awesome Gears of War cinema trailer) we gamers live in. When a much-hyped game such as Gears of War actually delivers, it rocks the very foundation of your hyperbolic cynicism. Hopes were impossibly high and yet, Epic somehow managed with all its might to just make it, slapping the hopes with an eager high-five and an unabashed butt-wiggle.

Jan 2007 · Xbox 360

TalkXbox (94 out of 100) (94%)

Believe the hype. GoW is everything Epic Studios said it was going to be. It’s a very exciting game to play, whether it be single player or co-op. The online battles are always competitive and leave you wanting more. The audio of the game is somewhat standard, but shines in the voice work. Outside of the busy A button, the controls of the game are smooth and easy to catch on to. If you plan on playing online, get ready to play for hours on end, as it is extremely hard to put the game down. An overall excellent game, we can only hope that Epic releases a sequel or two.

Mar 3rd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

IGN (9.4 out of 10) (94%)

Gears of War is a must-have game, pure and simple. Epic has effectively created a new gaming universe, and the rich story of planet Sera holds its own with the likes of Hyrule, City 17 and the Mushroom-friggin'-Kingdom. A game so gorgeous, both visually and aurally, that is this fun to play comes along only a handful of times a console generation.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jolt (UK) (9.4 out of 10) (94%)

Gears of War isn’t a masterpiece of innovation: it’s a masterpiece of fun. It prides itself on doing everything it needs to right. The ridiculous hype is more a product of Microsoft’s pride in what Cliffy B and his team at Epic have created in order to showcase the true capabilities of the Xbox 360. It won’t last you forever and your mother won’t approve of its visceral content, but you will enjoy Gears of War. As Cole would say: “Yeah! Woo! Bring it on sucka: that’s my kinda shit!” Indeed.

Dec 1st, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

ActionTrip (94 out of 100) (94%)

As usual, it all comes down to my initial opinion; Gears of War is, overall, a fantastic game. I enjoy LAN parties and I love Capture the flag, but you can bet I will be playing GoW just as often, if not more.

Nov 13th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamers' Temple, The (94 out of 100) (94%)

There’s really no reason not to go out and get Gears of War unless you truly do not enjoy shooters. My minor issues or disappointments with the game are probably inflated a bit by the fact that the rest of the game is so good. That fact that there’s not all that much wrong with the game has me already anticipating the inevitable sequel.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Xbox Front (94 out of 100) (94%)

'Gears of War' macht von der ersten Minute an einen Heidenspaß. Ob nun im Story-Modus oder in Teamkämpfen via Xbox Live, die wüste Ballerorgie macht eine sehr gute Figur. Einzig und allein die etwas kurze Spieldauer im Einzelspieler-Modus und an wenigen Punkten schwächelnde K.I. dürften für eine brummige Stimmung sorgen. Das Missfallen wird aber weites gehend durch die verschiedenen Wegpunkte, die man innerhalb der Areale wählen kann, ausgemerzt. Der standfeste Multitplayer-Modus und die Tatsache, dass es auch kooperative Missionen via Xbox Live in das Spiel geschafft haben, bringt dem Spiel eine ordentliche Aufwertung in den positiven Bereich.

Nov 17th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

NZGamer (9.3 out of 10) (93%)

If you have an Xbox 360 and you like to shoot things, buy this game. If you like to shoot things and you’ve been sitting on the fence about getting an Xbox 360, this should convince you to “jump in”. Everyone else, however, might want to look at renting this game first to make sure it’s their cup of tea. It comes highly, highly recommended, but only to people who are fans of the shooter genre.

Nov 23rd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Freaks 365 (9.3 out of 10) (93%)

There is a lot of fun to be had with Gears of War despite the short 6-8 hour campaign. I personally found the ending to be rather premature/predictable and could have been dragged out into another level, but many people seemed to be fine with it. Increasing the difficulty to Insane however will extend the campaign another 2 hours easily from battling tougher gunfire. The co-op and multiplayer really hit the nail on the head and will keep players hooked for years to come. Gears of War does not bring anything truly groundbreaking to the table, but it puts some already great elements together in a fantastic package. I’m sure it will earn a lot of Game of the Year votes from the gaming media, yet I believe that Gears of War may take a back seat to Elder Scrolls IV, which totally changed how amazing AI can be in a video game. But if you are looking to add a killer game to your line up this holiday season, Gears of War is your ticket.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

JagoGame.com (9.3 out of 10) (93%)

Bagi para pemilik Xbox 360, game ini sangatlah layak, kalau tidak ingin dibilang wajib untuk dimiliki. Di lain pihak, rasanya game ini juga cukup bagus untuk menjadi pemicu kita membeli Xbox 360. Bahkan tidak tertutup kemungkinan bahwa Gears of War kelak akan menjadi pengganti seri Halo sebagai icon Xbox. Suatu hal yang sangat layak bagi game yang sangat bagus baik dari segi visual, audio dan juga gameplay-nya.

Nov 26th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

IC-Games (93 out of 100) (93%)

I suppose Sony thought Microsoft were doing them a favor when they and Bungie conformed that Halo3 would not clash with the launch of PS3. Instead in a slick move Gears of War was on the calendar for a November release next to PS3, and oh my! Microsoft really were only ever concerned about their own gamers as Gears of War should be enough to dissuade any potential PS3 buyer into purchasing an XBOX 360. As it happens the European PS3 release date slipped to when Microsoft and Bungie scheduled the release of Halo3. Will it better Gears of War? They've got a hell of a task to do so. Has Gears of War begun a new trilogy in the XBOX chapter to take the reigns from Bungie as the new flagship title for 360? Did Gears of War end on a cliffhanger for another chapter? Watch this space....

Dec 14th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Deaf Gamers (9.3 out of 10) (93%)

Gears of War may have disappointed many when its original release date (the Xbox 360’s launch date) was delayed but few could be disappointed with how the game has turned out. It’s already sold over a million copies and is many people’s choice for game of the year. There’s already talk of the game becoming a trilogy and why not? It’s obviously a winning formula that Epic Games have here and it truly deserves to be expanded upon. If any Xbox 360 game can be called a ‘console seller’ then it’s Gears of War and it’s no surprise that the game is already being offered as part of a customised bundle by certain retailers.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Fragland.net (92.5 out of 100) (92%)

Gears of War is one of the few games that even after a never-seen-before hype manages to fulfill its promises almost completely. The graphics are the best in videogames, the co-op is genius and the gameplay is challenging and nicely brutal. Even more; the chainsaw in GoW is the most fun weapon since the Pheropods and Gravity Gun from Half-Life 2. But it's not all positive: the multiplayer isn't groundbreaking, the game is finished pretty quickly and the storyline as such isn't worth much. Despite these small cons, for me, Gears of War is, save for Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, the best game on Xbox 360.

Dec 5th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Mygamer.com (9.2 out of 10) (92%)

This is one of very few titles I can say that you can play over and over again. Alternating paths provide contrasting views of the story from every angle. Sometimes taking a step back or giving yourself cover for a few seconds will give you insight on how to approach an already played area in a new way. The online modes never grow dull as you find you can alter your plan of attack each time you hit up a new matchmaking session.

Nov 25th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Total Gaming UK (92 out of 100) (92%)

Gears of War was supposed to be THE game which defined Microsoft's dream of HD quality console gaming. We've been waiting for its arrival for far too long, but now it's finally here.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Vortex (92 out of 100) (92%)

Gears of War lives up to the hype and delivers. It may not do too many original things, but it shakes things up enough that it feels new and fun.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Defunct Games (92 out of 100) (92%)

Are there games so good that they make you buy a whole system just to play them? If so then Gears of War is certainly one of those games. If you're the type of person who has been waiting for the PlayStation 3 then Gears of War may be enough to give you some serious doubts. Not only is it the best looking action game ever made, but it's also a stunning example of how exciting a game can be. If you already own an Xbox 360 then you have no excuse not to buy Gears of War, it's an amazing experience that everybody should go through at least once. It's not without a few minor flaws, but there's no question that Microsoft's biggest action game of the year is also one of the best games of the year.

Nov 30th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gaming Age (A-) (91%)

Gears of War is the next-gen game to get in '06, if only for the incredible graphics and production values. It has a few gameplay quirks and the story is nothing to write home about, but in this case, the spectacular visuals easily trump anything and everything else. Get it!

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Worth Playing (9.1 out of 10) (91%)

GoW was the reason why I bought an Xbox 360 when I first laid eyes on it. Am I happy with what I got the day GoW dropped? For the most part, yes. Is there room to grow? Absolutely. Whether it is chainsawing or curb-stomping kids online, GoW is a fun game in all respects. I just wish Epic distributed their efforts more evenly because that would have pushed GoW that extra little bit to make it an all-time favorite.

Nov 15th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Game Revolution (A-) (91%)

At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Whatever else it is, a bomb, a killer app, or the death of Sony, Gears of War is a terrific video game from one of the best studios in the industry. It’s a little easy to die and a little hard to get into a good online match, but the eye polishing graphics and brawny gameplay form a powerful polymer, gluing your hands to the controller, getting you hopelessly caught in the Gears of War.

Nov 14th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamingTrend (543 out of 600) (90%)

Gears of War is obviously Microsoft’s flagship title for the holiday season, and in that regard it does not disappoint. Somehow, this title has managed to meet and exceed the mounds of hype that have been heaped upon it. The voice acting, visuals, and overall level of polish make Gears of War a must-buy for any fan of the genre. If you haven’t purchased this game already, you should seriously ask yourself why, but you should ask as you are in line buying it. Why are you still reading?!

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Games TM (9 out of 10) (90%)

[Online review] The community is generally decent, with a good mix of stoned Americans and hyperactive teenagers, lacking the hatred of Halo 2 but also the enthusiasm of F.E.A.R. A comms bug that affects latecomers is a pain, as is the inability to alter game types and maps from the lobby, and the occasional mild lag can make games against the US tough, but this is an online triumph. The next big Live thing? Oh, you'd better believe it.

Nov 2006 · Xbox 360

TTGamer (9 out of 10) (90%)

Gears of War is finally showing what the Xbox 360 can do. It has taken a year but this really is the first game to shine on the Xbox 360. The game does have its problems, but the fact remains that even with these in mind, it is an unbelievable gaming experience that will have you gripped from start to finish.

Nov 20th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Video Games Daily (9 out of 10) (90%)

Gears of War didn't grab me right away but the more I played it and the better I got at using the cover system the more I wanted to play it, and by the time I finished I was sad to see it end. More games should be like this. This is an atmospheric, tense and beautiful dance in space marine armour that knows just how much to give you to leave you wanting more.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamestyle (9 out of 10) (90%)

In fact, the only real fault that Gamestyle can find with the game is that its multiplayer mode doesn't feature enough variety - a great disappointment. While Execution is great fun, a capture the flag or objective-based game type would add team play mechanics to get everyone involved and working together, perhaps defending a base against an opposing team. Any other minor niggles, such as the odd skipping cutscenes and brevity of the single player campaign, do little to dispel Gamestyle's love for Gears of War. If only more multiplayer modes had been created, Gears of War would be regarded as the perfect Xbox Live game.

Nov 21st, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (9 out of 10) (90%)

One of the Xbox 360's best moments to date. Gears of War trades off innovation for the sake of high-class production, solid gameplay and enjoyable combat. A must.

Nov 23rd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20) (90%)

Si Gears Of War ne constitue pas une date dans le monde du jeu vidéo, le résultat final est difficilement critiquable tant la mise en scène sacralise l'action non-stop, parfois au détriment d'une certaine diversité, mais toujours pour le plaisir du joueur. Impossible de ne pas prendre parti pour ces bidasses d'un autre temps d'autant qu'il semble bien que leur mission ne fasse que débuter. Partez devant les mecs, on vous couvre en attendant un nouveau plan de bataille.

Nov 15th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameCell UK (9 out of 10) (90%)

Gears is a hugely important title for Epic Games and the 360 itself, and a strong advertising campaign coupled to its undoubted quality means it’ll surely sell extremely well and build up a strong fanbase in the same way that Halo did. The only flaws in its heavily armoured skin are a mild feeling of repetition from time to time, and a solitary and rather tacked-on driving level that was both unnecessary and well below the quality of the rest of the game’s acts. You almost feel like some games have driving sections in just because vehicles were such an integral part of Halo – which remains the benchmark for this type of game. When you analyse Gears closely it doesn’t have a great many original ideas of its own, but the overall quality of design means that everything from the use of a cover mode to darkness as a game element or even just the inclusion of co-op play have seldom, if ever, been done better. Go buy it, it’s top gear.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

3DAvenue ( ) (90%)

Gears of War is finally showing what the Xbox 360 can do. It has taken a year but this really is the first game to shine on the Xbox 360. The game does have its problems, but the fact remains that even with these in mind, it is an unbelievable gaming experience that will have you gripped from start to finish.

Nov 20th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Daily Game (9 out of 10) (90%)

It's not nearly as epic as we would have liked, but the gameplay provides some fantastic moments and introduces some new aspects to a mainstream shooter. The graphics and online co-op are simply phenomenal.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Xbox World Australia (XWA) (90 out of 100) (90%)

Gears of War does exactly what it promised to do – have jaw dropping visuals, strong presentation, fluid gameplay, and integrated multiplayer (co-op at any time). Perhaps we're not justified in asking any more than that and to tell the truth all else is forgotten as soon as you get thrown into the game. Bring on the sequel!

Dec 5th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Bordersdown (9 out of 10) (90%)

Despite these minor hiccups Gears of War is as much a reason to own a 360 as Oblivion was and more besides. In fact, it is just as much a reason to subscribe to Xbox Live as Live Arcade. Appropriately billed by some as a third-person tactical action/horror shooter it is frighteningly good. Although what's really scary is to think what things will look like with a few more years' development time and the know-how to push the hardware even further. As the end-of-game Locust narrator states, humans were destined to destroy. Although sometimes they can create glorious worlds too.

Nov 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Video Game Talk ( ) (90%)

Is the game worth the retail price tag? For folks without the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, I'd have to say no. The single player campaign takes approximately 7 to 8 hours on Casual and 10 to 12 on Hardcore, either of which easily done in a rental period. For everyone else, it's a no-brainer purchase. Without a doubt, the online co-op integration is nearly flawless and Versus multiplayer matches are absolutely addictive. If any multiplayer shooter has the gall to dethrone Halo 2 from the most played multiplayer list, it will be Gears of War; for a short time anyway. In any case, Gears shouldn't be missed by any Xbox 360 owner. Shooter aficionados, Sci-Fi fanatics, and even the most casual of 360 players will find Gears to be the most entertaining, involving game on the Xbox 360 in 2006.

Nov 15th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Boomtown (9 out of 10) (90%)

As ever, getting sucked into the hype vacuum can prove a precarious business for any gamer, although miraculously, Gears manages to pull off everything that I’ve been looking forward to since its debut. Yes, it’s not innovative by any means, but its true what they say; if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, and these Gears stick to a well-oiled mechanism. Gears of War is an absolute blast of a game, and, judging from recent industry ramblings, certainly not the last in the series. If there’s one game you have to buy this Christmas, it’s unquestionably this one. Gear up soldier.

Nov 27th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (9 out of 10) (90%)

And if it weren't for the mortal nature of our sore and battered fingers, we could probably carry on typing for many more words. There's plenty more to discuss - the COG tags littered around for your collecting pleasure, the vehicle sections that have you smashing through the streets and the most gorgeous rain we've seen in a game. But we'll leave that for you to discover.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

All Game Guide ( ) (90%)

While Gears of War is a little lean in places, the satisfying action and sumptuous visuals will help you forgive the game's shortcomings and embrace its ability to entertain.

2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Darkstation (9 out of 10) (90%)

In the end, Gears of War quite possible could be the best game the Xbox 360 has seen thus far in its short lifetime. Gears of War has all of the makings of a great game, with gorgeous visuals, fantastic gameplay, and just one of the most entertaining shooters of a long time. Gears of War has everything that makes up a great game plus much more. If you have a 360, there is no reason why you should have Gears of War along with it.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

MS Xbox World (9 out of 10) (90%)

The flaws and annoyances aside presents a game that pushes all the right buttons and I think it is this factor that the game should be revered. It’s fast, furious and very much challenging and these are the things that as gamers we expect from action games. If you like shooters and are an action fan and perhaps even if you don’t then Gears of War is certainly a game worthy of being in your collection. At the end of the day there are fewer great games on any system than mediocre ones and so when a great game does come around it is imperative that gamers get involved. No doubt there will be a Gears of War 2 at some point in the distant future and so this first game in the series should well establish itself as a very popular one indeed.

Nov 12th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Console Monster (90 out of 100) (90%)

Even those with different consoles really need to check out Gears of War because so many people will be really missing out if they just dismiss this game just because it is on a rival games console. Epic have shown in the Unreal franchise that they know what they are doing and they always support their games and Gears is no exception. More Gears content is on the way and more Gears games are already being talked about. I would happily push this game onto the same throne as Goldeneye and Final Fantasy etc, and as long as Epic live up to their name and support Gears of War, it will be around for a long time to come.

Nov 26th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Good Game (9 out of 10) (90%)

I think the game really involves the player and requires some thought. The weapons are fun to use and the controls are easy to get used to. It’s a shame it’s only available on XBOX 360 and I did find the graphics pretty contrasty on my small TV. I think this would look awesome on HDTV. I’m going to give it 9/10 chooks

Nov 28th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamervision (9 out of 10) (90%)

With all the Hype around Gears of War, Microsoft and Epic Games had a lot to live up to. They have done that and more, crafting an innovative and intense action game that succeeds on every level and sets the bar for future next-gen shooters.

Apr 15th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Xbox Gazette (9 out of 10) (90%)

Gears of War ne révolutionne peut-être pas le genre action-tir, mais il apporte toute une série d'innovations intéressantes en terme de gameplay, qui s'avère vraiment excellent. Si le jeu n'est pas exempt de défauts, on pense surtout à une durée de vie un peu juste en mode campagne, et à un multi améliorable, tout ceci est vite oublié face à la réalisation plus qu'exemplaire, la très bonne jouabilité, l'intense campagne solo doublée de l'excellent mode coopératif, et un jeu en ligne très plaisant. Un incontournable pour tous les amateurs de jeux de tir ou action, à classer dans les meilleurs titres de 2006 et qui s'impose comme nouvelle référence graphique sur consoles.

Nov 17th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies (9 out of 10) (90%)

Gears of war est une réussite sur tous les plans, c'est LE titre que tout le monde attendait, il s'approche de la perfection comme aucun jeu de la Xbox 360 et même si sa durée de vie est courte, on peut facilement imaginer qu'il va y avoir des mises à jour disponibles sous peu sur le XboxLive. Incontestablement le meilleur jeu d'action de la console de Microsoft, un poil au dessus de GRAW.

Nov 17th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Lens of Truth (9 out of 10) (90%)

Gears of war will keep you on the edge of you seat, mainly due to the realistic enemy AI. Each encounter feels unique and unscripted, watching the enemy flank and use cover like a highly trained and coordinated assault team. There are some minor glitches in the game that leave you ready to drop kick you controller, but considering how many hours of gameplay and satisfaction you will have with Gears of War makes them easy to overlook.

Oct 14th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Bit-Tech (9 out of 10) (90%)

Gears of War has changed the face of console gaming. If you were wondering if it was worth buying a high definition TV to go with your Xbox 360, take a look at GoW running on a decent screen and you’ll be digging your credit card out in no time. Not only is this the best looking console game I have ever seen, the control method, the gameplay, the animation, the sound effects and the atmosphere are all straight out of the top drawer. I’m sure that some people will find the fire/cover routine dull after a while, but if you really get into the fluid movement, the swift reloads and the general carnage that’s constantly surrounding you, I guarantee that hours will fly by before you know it.

Nov 20th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

USA Today ( ) (90%)

Xbox 360 fans in search of a gorgeous but gory game, and one that combines tactical action with horror elements, will love fighting though this challenging adventure. Play through the game once and it unlocks an incredibly difficult mode, with even meaner enemies.

Nov 30th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Inside Hotwire 3D (9 out of 10) (90%)

Gears of War is clearly one of the best-looking games in 2006 and it could even rival Halo 3 for the graphical achievements and awesome gameplay. It’s only a matter of time before it starts winning awards such as Game of the Year under its belt. For FPS fans, you really can’t go wrong with this game. It’s almost like a puzzle and shooter hybrid, relying on quick thinking and tactics. There is no other shooting game like it out there until Halo 3 comes out. It’s definitely worth the price and it has definitely earned respect among magazine editors. With such game coming out for the Xbox 360, Microsoft will gain momentum for market advantage. But it’s still early to tell with Sony delaying a few their good launch titles. Anyway, if you are looking for an intense FPS title for Xbox 360, then this is one game you shouldn’t miss.

2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamers.at (89 out of 100) (89%)

Bombastische Optik, grandiose Inszenierung, Blut in Hülle und Fülle, Xbox360-exklusiv und in Deutschland verboten. Gibt es über Gears of War eigentlich noch mehr zu sagen? Unbedingt wenn es nach uns geht! Aber nicht nur weil es Spaß macht gute Seiten an einem Spiel aufzuzählen, sondern auch weil "Gears" nicht nur Stärken hat!

Nov 10th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Christ Centered Gamer / Christ Centered Game Reviews (89 out of 100) (89%)

After playing through the game twice and playing every multi player mode, this is the obvious choice for the best Xbox 360 game available. Unlike most other games, it managed to live up to the hype. I was very satisfied with my $60 purchase, normally I’m one of those people who wait a while before buying something new but after seeing a trailer for it on Xbox Live I couldn’t help but going out and buying this the day it came out. I just hope that Epic works harder on the story for the sequel. If the story was better and you could prevent the disturbing language you hear online then this game would be perfect. I recommend this to anybody over the age of 13 however keep in mind that it’s rated M. I hope this review is helpful to anyone considering a purchase of this game.

Jan 10th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

VGNZ (88 out of 100) (88%)

On the Xbox 360 Gears of War is less of an adventure game and more a straight up action title for genre fans. The ‘environmental cover’ gameplay is repetitive and has been seen before, particularly in Kill.Switch for the PS2. However, it hasn’t been attached to a final product that has looked so pretty, sounded so vibrant, offered so many good design ideas and multiplayer options or had as much depth. There are a few minor flaws and the plot is secondary to the action, but Gears of War sticks to its guns (literally) and offers what it’s supposed to – clean, unadulterated, visceral combat. If you like the sound of that, Gears of War is for you. It’s that simple.

Nov 23rd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Diehard GameFan (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

Gears of War is one of the best titles to come out all year, not just on the 360, but at all. The narrative is a little weak at times, and lack of variety hurts the presentation in some respects, which keeps it from being higher, sadly. But don’t let that bother you; if you’re at all a fan of the shooter genre, you NEED to own this and love it lots. Much respect to Epic Games for this, and I’m honestly heavily anticipating a sequel.

Nov 20th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Armchair Empire (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

I suppose what I'm really saying, is that if you're an action fan, you should be playing Gears of War.

Dec 1st, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameCritics.com (8.5 out of 10) (85%)

But enough of that. The game looks, feels and sounds great, that's all that anyone really needs to care about. I'm not being facetious. Even during the multiplayer, it's fun just watching people play the game. And that's where Gears of War's lasting legacy is-debuting the third Unreal Engine, which will be utilized by dozens of other architects in the near future. We've never seen anything like this game, but we'll be seeing plenty of its DNA very soon.

Apr 24th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

DarkZero (8.4 out of 10) (84%)

Gears of War never set out to reinvent the third person shooter - it just refined parts of it to the point of near perfection. Unfortunately there are still many facets of the game that are rough round the edges. GOW has its faults, there is no hiding that fact; but under the right circumstance most of them are surpassed. Nevertheless it would have being nice of Epic to include a few more small tweaks to sort out the notable nagging problems. In the end “this year’s big game” could not live up to the hype - but when you think about it the bar was set so high it was an impossibility that anyone could do so. It was a damn good try though.

Dec 2nd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Play.tm (83 out of 100) (83%)

As we look over the swirling wisps of black smoke and try to ignore the smell of chard flesh that lingers in our nostrils we can hopefully agree that Gears of War should not be marked down for the brevity of its SP campaign. Even if you have no access to Live and for some reason have no interest to play the game through a second time, the sheer spectacle of that campaign game should be enough to leave one feeling satiated after besting the final nemesis, Ramm. If you do have access to Live, or a just a friend with some spare time on their hands and a willingness to experience Gears of War with you, then the game soars to even greater heights. However, I am going to give one score for this game and in my opinion it thoroughly deserves.

Dec 14th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (8 out of 10) (80%)

In a sense, Gears of War lives up to expectations in that it's one of the most intensely beautiful-looking games ever made, but is one that plays by the rules in the gameplay stakes. If you want to gorge on a next generation audio-visual feast then Gears of Wars is a king's banquet. But what of the gameplay pudding that Peter Moore so often reminds us that he likes? The proof, he says, is in the eating, and in this case Gears of War sticks to a well-worn recipe.

Nov 7th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gameplay RPG (8 out of 10) (80%)

Un gameplay savamment pensé, une vitrine technologique inégalée et un background de qualité... Des ingrédients qui font rêver ? Gears of War - Emergency Day l'a fait ! Certes, l'histoire reste classique, mais l'univers est sensationnel : combattre une horde d'aliens dans une ville à l'architecture proche de celle de Londres, quelle jouissance ! Vous l'aurez compris, ce titre est une tuerie qui mettra tout le monde d'accord, même les plus réfractaires au genre et ici, en Occident, l'unanimité est de rigueur. Proche du hit, Gears of War est LE jeu Xbox 360 de cette fin d'année (après Viva Pinata, bien entendu).

Dec 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Good Game (8 out of 10) (80%)

Well, despite its apparent flaws, Gears of War knows its strengths and concentrates on them. Even though its not an FPS, FPS players will love it due to the elements that are just plain badass. I found the ending a bit disappointing, but its probably the best 360 exclusive title I've seen so far, 8/10 from me.

Nov 28th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Edge (8 out of 10) (80%)

Gears Of War exists for two very simple, very sound reasons. One, as a showcase for the potential of Unreal Engine 3 and two, to demonstrate the power of 360 one year in. And it amply achieves them both: Microsoft will be more than happy to have this running on demo pods next to PS3's Resistance, just as Epic has been happy to have it centrestage at every Microsoft-sponsored event for the past 18 months. But for all the excellence on show, there's no shaking the sense that this is a game that does everything that was asked of it, but nothing more.

Nov 23rd, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

GameCritics.com (8 out of 10) (80%)

Call me a jaded critic, a wet blanket, or anything else, but I'm not going to be dazzled into submission by stunning visuals and overlook a core game design that doesn't impress—but I do give credit where credit is due. My hat is off to Epic for bringing back a completely engaging style of play that hasn't been in vogue (or even possible) for quite some time. Its significance is not lost on me, and I'm hoping with both fingers crossed that the opening co-op salvo Gears of War unleashed is merely the start of a continuing trend.

Jan 27th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gaming since 198x (4 out of 5) (80%)

Pour peu qu'on ne soit pas allergique aux gros bourrins testosteronés, Gears of War est une ode à la violence la plus brutale, un hurlement primaire de bonheur, une sorte de film de la Cannon des années 1980 où les héros sont des fascistes encore plus pourris que les méchants, mais un formidable défouloir.

Feb 6th, 2009 · Xbox 360 · read review

Eurogamer.fr (8 out of 10) (80%)

Dans un sens, Gears of War tient toutes ses promesses dès lors que c’est un des jeux les beaux jamais crées, mais il s’en tient strictement aux règles établies au niveau du jeu lui-même. Si vous voulez vous gavez de merveilles audiovisuelles de dernière génération, alors Gears of Wars est un festin de roi. Mais qu’en est-il du gâteau que représente le jeu en lui-même et dont Peter Moore nous rappelle si souvent qu’il est son plat favori ? La preuve ultime, dit-il, est dans la dégustation et de ce côté-là Gears of War s’en tient à des recettes usées.

May 17th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Factornews (8 out of 10) (80%)

Gears of War est une incontestable réussite. Véritable vitrine technologique, aussi bien de la console de Microsoft que du tout nouveau moteur 3D d'Epic, le jeu n'oublie pas de proposer un gameplay bien fignolé, offrant des affrontements intenses mais jamais bourrins. Quel dommage que l'aventure se termine aussi vite, et que finalement l'action peine quelque peu à se renouveler. Il reste heureusement des modes multijoueur bien fournis pour étoffer un peu le contenu, et notamment un excellent mode coopératif permettant de revivre l'aventure avec un pote. Quoi qu'il en soit, malgré ces quelques défauts plus ou moins importants, il serait juste criminel de passer à côté de ce titre : Gears of War est bien la killer app que tout possesseur de Xbox 360 attendait.

Nov 12th, 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

RealVG (6 out of 10) (60%)

So is Gears of War good? Yes and no. It offers a fairly hectic combat experience which doesn't particular offer much in the way of depth but can still pack an interesting if ultimately lacklustre punch. If you like generic scifi then by all means pick this up, but I like originality and clever thinking in my games, and Gears doesn't offer this. The online mode is really the best part of the game, so if you don't have an Xbox Live Gold Account then you're really better off saving your pennies. That said, the game is only £17.99 at Play.com at time of writing, which is not a bad price to pay for what there is.

Apr 10th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Background N/A

Tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour vous faire aduler cet univers de malade mental, ce gameplay de folie, cette réalisation aux petits oignons.

Nov 2006 · Xbox 360 · read review

Player Reviews

Just don't think about it too much

The Good

  • One of the great things about this game is that it is simple. From the beginning, your primary solution to pretty much every problem you come across will be to shoot everything you see, move forward, and do it all again. The game is strictly linear - you go from point A to point B, and the only time points C, D, and E exist is when they are directly in-between A and B. There's no need to overthink anything, you don't need to devote any time to planning a strategy or figuring out how solve puzzles; the most complex decision you'll ever come across will be whether you want to carry this gun, or that one. Please don't misunderstand me - there is a time and a place for more robust gameplay mechanics, and countless fantastic games use them. But Gears of War just wants to watch stuff blow up, and every once in a while that's the kind of game I need.

  • Luckily, Gears of War knows this about itself and consequently does not overstay its welcome. Shallow games are fun. That, in fact, is all they're meant to be. But they can get tedious - and, subsequently, not fun. Gears of War can be finished in a few sittings - the campaign is no more than 7-8 hours from start to finish. Finishing this game was satisfying not only because of the intrinsic satisfaction one gets from finishing a game, but because I felt like it needed to finish exactly when it did. The designers recognized the game's inherent faults and didn't try to cover them up and milk the gamer for every last second of play; rather, the game bows out humbly when it's right at the peak of its entertainment value. It's the difference between going to a buffet, eating just enough and walking away from a meal with a full stomach, and overeating and feeling like the restaurant not only overcharged you, but robbed you of being comfortable for the next couple hours.

  • The gameplay mechanics are, like much of the rest of the game, simple but effective. Unlike other military shooters, you need to spend a lot of time in cover, taking care to pop out only at opportune times. Enemies too use this tactic, and because you are fragile and can't take too much damage, gunfights in Gears of War tend to be much more methodical and delicate affairs than in other games. Even though the overall pace of the game tends to be fast, there will be several battles that require you to slow down, take your time, and be patient. It's an interesting dynamic that works well to balance out the flow of the game and keep it interesting.

  • The controls are, mostly, excellent. Running, moving to cover, moving out of cover, and jumping-and-rolling all are done with the same button. The gunplay is similar to most other third- (and first-) person shooters. The only minor complaint (which I might as well mention here as long as I'm on the topic) is that sometimes actually getting your character into cover can be tricky in the more intense situations, since you have to be facing the object you want to hide behind. If you're running parallel to a low barrier on your right, for example, it's all too easy to jump-and-roll forward instead of getting down and hidden behind the barrier. There were a few instances where this kind of thing happened and resulted in my death, but they were too infrequent to complain too loudly about and for the most part the controls are very fluid and responsive.

  • The voice-acting is especially great - protagonist Marcus Fenix's voice just fits his character so well and really helps to define his personality. Given the almost complete lack of any kind of backstory or other character development (see below), this is a welcome and noteworthy feature. All the other main characters are also memorably voiced. There are several instances of dialogue that is humorous not only because of the writing, but because of the convincing way it is actually spoken. The voice acting rarely sounds scripted or forced, and this goes a long way towards immersing the gamer, which unfortunately the components like storytelling or character development (the components that should be carrying this weight) largely fail to do.

  • At least on the Hardcore difficulty setting (which is equivalent to "Hard" in any other game), the game provides a healthy challenge. I feel that this is a very important factor - I don't like to feel like I'm dominating the game with little effort, nor do I like being relentlessly destroyed over and over. I died many times, but I never felt like it was unfair. In pretty much every circumstance I knew that I had died because of my own stupidity or lack of foresight, not because the AI was simply overpowered. This resulted in a very low level of frustration throughout the game, even when I had to retry segments again and again. There's something delicately psychological about that, and striking that balance can make all the difference between feeling like (a) you won the game because the computer didn't try, (b) you won the game because you chipped away at it until there was nothing left to chip away at, and (c) you won the game because you learned how to adapt to it and outsmart it. I much prefer (c), and I felt like this game definitely gave me that particular satisfaction I crave.

  • The game's graphics are gorgeous. Although the settings don't vary too much, they look fantastic - the crumbling buildings, the overcast skies, the rocky terrain...it looks very much like you are in the middle of a dilapidated war zone and the gritty world lends itself to the overall feel of the game very well. Similarly, the cinematics can be breathtaking - although better things were to come in this series' future, several of the cinematic breaks feel like scenes from an A-list blockbuster movie. Take that how you will, but I mean it as a compliment.


**The Bad**
  • This game did a lot of things right; it also did a couple things wrong, or, at least, there were things it could have done better. Take, for instance, the story and characterization, or lack thereof. The game starts with the main character Marcus being broken out of a prison cell, given a soldier's uniform and gun, after which the basic training begins. This is fine; no explanation is given as to why he was there, or where he is, or who he is, but as modern gamers I think we've come to expect this. It'll all be filled in later, we say, let's just learn how to play for now and expect story afterwards. Flash forward eight hours: you've just beat the game, watched the closing cinematic, and you still don't really know anything about Marcus's history, the history of the war you are apparently engaged in, and man, if you're still wondering about why Marcus was in prison eight hours ago, well, you'll just have to look it up on Wikipedia. This, unfortunately, is not an exaggeration. You are shuttled from one objective to the next with either no or very minimal explanation. The game seems to expect the gamer to infer just about every major story detail; this can be a compelling way to flesh out a story, but when the primary vehicle for communicating the story to the gamer is through inference, this is a problem, and you're going to have a lot of very lost gamers.


    The sad thing about this is that the story, quite frankly, seems awesome. At least, by the end of the game, I thought it seemed awesome, but didn't really have enough information to tell. There's so much going on, so much that the designers could have done with this. For example, a common storytelling device in recent years has been to reveal backstory by having the player pick up objects scattered around the environment, like recordings or writings in journal pages, which help explain exactly what is going on (see: BioShock, Dead Space). It's a cliche mechanic but it works great. Although this game's successor did catch on and add this kind of thing into the gameplay, it's a shame it wasn't implemented in this game as well, because this is the one that really needed it. There's so much I want to know, and so much that the game should have revealed to me, but didn't.

  • On a more technical note, the game's AI is not particularly smart. Enemies tend to duck behind cover, pop out, duck, pop out, run across to another piece of cover even though you are shooting at them, repeat. To be fair, as the player I did pretty much exactly the same thing, but I still felt that the enemies were really lacking in creativity. Very few, for example, used grenades, and when they did their aim was horrible. If the AI had known how to use them properly, they could have thrown the grenades behind wherever I was hiding to flush me out and then started shooting at me as I ran to find more cover. As it stands, sitting in the same place for an entire gunfight and picking off enemies as they pop out of cover is a pretty effective strategy, and although there are times when this doesn't always work, this was my main tactic and it tended to get me from one objective to the next without much hassle.


**The Bottom Line**
It might look impressive, that list of seven good things vs. the measly two negatives I was able to list. But make no mistake, I feel very strongly about those two bad things. When you have so much potential story material to work with, you should use it. It's a shame that this game's full potential wasn't realized, but sometimes that's just the way of things, and luckily with Gears of War, so many other things were done right that it's still possible to thoroughly enjoy every second of this game, even if your brain isn't being creatively stimulated.

It is, when all is said and done, one of those quick-fix action games that will come in handy to have when you're between the Skyrims, the Fallout 3s, the Final Fantasys of the gaming world. It's not deep, it has very little actual substance, but holy crap is it fun. While I wouldn't go so far as to call it mindless, it's easy to just kind of halfway tune out when you play this and have that transient fun that these kinds of games are all about. Sometimes, as gamers, we needs breaks like this, and if you're ever in need of one, Gears of War is one of the best options you have.

by CrackTheSky (30) on Mar 1st, 2012 · Xbox 360

Gears of War is one of those games that no matter what your genre prefrence is, you have to pick it up.

The Good
Aweomsly delicous graphics

Stellar Gameplay

Online Co-op

Great Multiplayer

The Bad
Multiplayer can get reptative

Lack of multiplayer gametypes

The Bottom Line
So it’s happened, Gears of War has finally been released. Ever since Epic Games announced it back at E3 ’05 gamers across the globe have had their jaws open to its Unreal 3 powered graphics and intense gameplay. Everyone anticipated ‘Emergence Day’, as GoW’s release date was dubbed, and now that it has arrived, does it live up to the hype?

Gears of War takes place somewhere in the far future on a fictional planet known as Sera. Humans have been at war with each other for decades over an energy source known as Imulsion. Their civil war is put to a halt though, as an army of creatures known as the Locust Horde emerge from the ground and attack unsuspecting human colonies for a reason that is not known. The new alien threat has forced the humans to put their differences aside and join together to form the army known as the Coalition of Ordered Governments, otherwise known as the COG. This act of banning together didn’t help much though, as the entire planet has been desecrated by the Locust Horde. So it looks like you need to be the one to save the day.

You play the role of Marcus Fenix, and you’re stuck in prison under the charge of treason. The story goes that Marcus left his military post to rescue his father who was under siege by the Locusts. Marcus ultimately failed though, for his father died, and he was thrown in military prison. This is a part of the game that could’ve been touched up on a little more. The only place to find this background information is in the instruction manual, and really, who reads that? Anyway, Marcus was in prison for 14 years, until his best friend Dom busts him out of jail and enlists him as a member of Delta Squad, which is where the game begins.

Upon the arrival to the battlefield, you’re told your orders are to meet up with Alpha Squad who are in possession of a device that can supposedly change the tide of war. The device is known as the resonator, and once it’s planted underground, it will then map out all of the Locust tunnels. With the knowledge of where the Locust Horde’s colony is, all that’s left to do is send a few friendly warheads their way, although it’s always easier said than done. Luckily you have Delta Squad to help out. Delta’s a 4 man group of bad-ass soldiers who wear ridiculously bulky armor and feel no need to wear a helmet. Think Chaos Space Marines from Warhammer 40,000.

Gears of War’s gameplay is strictly stop-and-pop, if you run-and-gun, you’re just going to get yourself killed, and fast. Because of this, there are multiple objects to plant yourself behind. Taking cover is as easy as tapping the A button when near a wall or barrier. While taking cover, you have multiple options on how to proceed, each having its own advantages and disadvantages. You can pop-up and fire leaving your head exposed to the enemy, hold your gun out and blind fire sacrificing accuracy for protection, or maybe you don’t want to fight head-on into the Locust, in which case you can flank your enemy and slaughter them that way. It all comes down to the situation and how you want to handle it. Moving from cover to cover is easy as well. Holding down the A button will make your character drop into painful looking position and sprint. While sprinting you won’t be able to use your weapon, but in times of retreat, the roadie-run can be your best friend.

If your opponent’s gunfire won’t scare you into taking cover, maybe his appearance will. The Locust Horde is filled with about 6 or 7 different types of enemies. The most often encountered being the Grunt, who is built like a human with the skin of a lizard. You’ll run into different types of Grunts, mainly recognized by their choice of weapons. Some carry the standard Lancer rifle every COG soldier uses, others will carry the equivalent to the shotgun, and the most menacing wielding the Torque Bow. One Locust in particular will have you on edge every time, though it’s only encountered a few times. The Berserker is a monstrous beast towering about 14 feet high. It may be blind, but it has the hearing of 1000 humans. If you make the slightest noise, it’ll charge like a bull in your direction, trample your body, and then pound you with its fists.

Some Locusts, such as the Berserker, will only be killed by a specific weapon. This weapon, known as the “Hammer of Dawn”, paints an object with a laser and sends a message to a satellite in space. The satellite then shoots a beam of energy down to Sera and into the target. The Hammer can’t be used all the time though, the player has to be in open sky, and even then, the satellites have to be on the same side of the planet.

Battles in GoW can get pretty heated. You’ll find yourself thinking less and less and actually doing more and more. For example, GoW has an ingenious and simple feature called active reload. Whenever you reload and little bar will appear on the top right corner of your screen indicating how long until your reload is finished. But inside this bar are two meters. After hitting the reload button again inside the first meter you get a fast reload. The second meter is located inside the larger one, which makes this a pretty small target to look for. When you hit the reload button in this meter you get a fast reload along with a power boost that will give your bullets more damage. If you miss both meters your gun will jam, hindering it useless for about three or four seconds. Active reload won’t take you long to master, but it’s a very well-implemented feature that gets a thumbs up.

With all the insane action going on you’re lucky to have Delta Squad along for the ride. Unfortunately they’re not the sharpest tools in the shed. Stupid? Defiantly not. Smart? Meh. You’ll mainly use them as a distraction to cover-up your flanking maneuvers. They’ll drop a lot, but Gears of War has a feature that will incapacitate your teammates instead of killing them……that is, if they weren’t chainsawed or blown apart by a grenade. Squadmates can be revived by hitting the X button when next to them. Although if you don’t want to risk your own skin to save them, you can simply clean out the remaining Locust and your teammate will get back up.

Like all Xbox 360 games, Gears of War has unlockable achievements spread throughout its gameplay. Some are easy to get, others will take you while. Beating areas on singleplayer, making progress through your multiplayer game, and playing cooperatively are all ways you can get those precious points.

Overall Gears of War’s single-player is pretty well done. The gameplay is solid, but the story is something to be desired. Two difficulty modes are supported, with a third unlocked after beating the game. GoW will take you somewhere between 9 and 10 hours to complete and is split up into 5 chapters. You’ll start the singleplayer to learn how to play the game, but you’ll finish it wanting more.


With the singleplayer aside, I can start to talk about the area where Gears of War really shines, multiplayer. You have two types of multiplayer you can get into, both Xbox Live aware. There’s cooperative mode and your competitive versus mode. Cooperative puts you and your buddy, who will be playing as Dom, into the singeplayer game. All chapters are available as well as the difficulties you or your buddy has unlocked. This allows for a dynamic duo experience.

In the versus aspect of the multiplayer you have three gametypes to choose from, Assassination, Execution, and Warzone. This is another area where you really think a little more thought could have been put into. At first you’ll be satisfied with the three gametypes, but then you’ll only really play Warzone. After you pour your time into that you’ll get bored, which really takes away from game’s lasting appeal. All gametypes support a max of 8 players. To some this seems a little small, but once you start to play the game, you’ll understand that Gears of War is all about squad based tactics, from the singleplayer to the multiplayer.

Assassination places one member from each team as the leader. In order for one team to win, they have to kill the opposing team’s leader. Execution takes GoW’s incapacitation feature and implements it into the multiplayer. When someone is incapacitated, they can pound the A button to revive themselves. In order to kill someone in Execution you have to literally execute them, whether with your pistol or with a satisfying curb stomp. Warzone, which is where you’ll spend most of your hours, is the standard Team Deathmatch gameplay, putting two teams against each other with every player only having one life.

The hype machine called Gears of War is one of those games, that no matter what your genre preference is, you have to play it, from its gorgeous graphics and textures, to its awesome and intense action. The story seemed like it could have been put into overdrive a little more, but where it lacks in singleplayer it makes up in multiplayer. There’s nothing more satisfying than playing along side a friend against the Locust Horde, or curb stomping a downed opponent in Warzone. There haven’t been too many killer apps for the 360, so go do yourself a favor and pick up this game up.

by Sam LaSelva (9) on Dec 20th, 2006 · Xbox 360

Action packed all the way.

The Good
I liked the constant action of this game. I also liked some of the characters in this game, and of course the weapons of this game. Incredible presentation and enormous attention to detail, make this game a must have for any gamer.

The Bad
This game was very, very hard. So hard that at times you find yourself wanting to pick up your game system and throw it out the window that's how hard this game is. However a good challenge isn't alway's a bad thing, however when you have enemies that take an hour to kill, that's a bit ridiculous.

The Bottom Line
A game that almost anyone will enjoy, but be warned it's a very hard game. And takes some getting used to, and quite a bit of patience and quite a bit of practice.

by David Bryan (21) on Aug 24th, 2007 · Xbox 360

Definitely On Par With Halo!

The Good
The main thing I love about this game is the atmosphere! From the musical score to the intense sound of bullets whizzing past your head, you feel as if you are actually part of the war. It's been a very long time since I've played a game and actually felt a part of it. The controls are perfect as they are basic so you don't get frustrated trying to remember what button does what when you are already worrying about that incoming Berzerker! Even though the controls are basic, you can pull off some snazzy moves like Blind fire, covering behind objects, aiming and running for more cover. Oh and the graphics...DROOL

Also, it's been a very long time since I've played a game which you don't mind been killed on! I was stuck on a few areas for quite a while and I had a smile on my face every time I died, it's just so much fun to play!

The Bad
I can honestly say that there is nothing I hate about this game! When I first picked up the controller and entered the Gears Of War world for the first time, my immediate thoughts was "This is a bloody hard game!". But as you play on, you start to love it and you feel the difficulty is spot on!

The Bottom Line
If you're after a game which is just as much fun to play as Halo, this is the game for you. It's not exactly like Halo because these are two different games but in my opinion, Gears Of War is more playable and atmospheric than Halo. Halo 3 had better be good to top Gears Of War!

by Reaver (1732) on Nov 26th, 2006 · Xbox 360

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....

by Starbuck the Third (22659) on Jan 13th, 2010 · Xbox 360

Plus 84 player ratings without reviews

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