"Amazing...Simply Amazing"5.0 starson by Poison4Life
Pros: great graphics, Awesome Gameplay, Comfy Controls, Satisfying co-op and Awesome Multiplayer
Cons: Too short, Too much A button
Summary: Only one year in, the Xbox 360 has its Killer App. And I mean killer. Gears is probably the best game out there right now here in 2006-07. The game is so damn good that both my friends and I are trying not to hammer our way through to the credits. We've still clocked up over 15 hours of game time each, because we're milking this baby for all it's worth. The campaign is unusually short, but very entertaining if you start on the Hardcore level. Gears is one of those titles that arrives every couple of years and raises the bar so high that it almost spoils every game released in the following six months. Including the savoured Halo 3. Don't get me wrong, i'm not saying Gears is perfect. But its annoyances are so quickly overwhelmed by the sheer brilliance of everything that it does right, you'll soon forget all about them. The visuals in Gears that were made by Epic are absolutely fantastic! Each of the 360's three CPU cores must be screaming in agony as they display the startling scenery that Epic beats out of them. The armour worn by warriors is comprised of an intricate patchwork of three dimensional plating. Characters are animated with a cohesive grace rarely seen in a video game; there's none of the awkward gaps between two different animations that we've all had to put up with until now. The ontrol scheme is different, but new and very comfy. The problem witht his though, is the A button. "Context-sensitive" is the new lens flare of controls; we've seen it in the streamlined movement of the latest Splinter Cell outing, and Gears follows this trend. The A button is the door to context-sensitive heaven. This single button allows you to run, to dodge, to jump over obstacles and even to move into a cover position. That's one busy little button. Sometimes you might get a little pissed at the game though, becuase you'll try and sprint but instead you end up taking covering, and throwing you're 360 controller down yelling " **************!" It may be a little hard to get used to for the oldschool FPS players. But it probably will take you about half-an-hour to master the scheme.
Now that we've covered the bad-stuff, lets head to the good. And there is lots of it.
While the levels aren't quite Battlefield 2-big, they're not far off. Unlike Battlefield's sparse deserts, this wide open, apocalyptic Earth is chock full of scenic delights, with dilapidated buildings, burnt-out cars and bloody corpses sprawling as far as the eye can see. The unreal engine 3 is just as capable of rendering enclosed areas, decorated with so many intricate features that it would make the Doom III engine blush. Large areas, small areas; this engine handles them both with a panache that would make John Carmack proud. A fe critics didn't like the games drab colour scheme, but if they were expecting a technicoloured rainbow in this game's apocalyptic setting, perhaps they'd be better off playing Viva Pinata.
This is where the gut-wrenching, cranium-exploding gameplay comes into its own. Gears is a pure-blooded shooter, so if you don't like these games, there's a good chance you won't like Gears. Hell, if you don't like shooters you're probably not even reading this review, so we can tease you about being the boring MMORPG nerd that you are, and tell you to go save some wood elves or some such. However, if you do like shooters, get ready for a serving of some of the most satisfying, bullet-riddled, epic gunplay you've ever had the joy of working your trigger finger out to.