Gears of War manages to shine both online and offline, and in both single player and multiplayer modes.
Melfencik wrote this review on .
The Bad: Campaign is rather short and not all of it is that great, Multiplayer has some bugs, Some enemy's are more annoying to fight than fun, Story is non-existent.
Ever since the Xbox 360 was announced one game in particular, Gears of War has been pushed as the systems killer app. It is finally out and for the most part it doesn't disapoint. Its campaign is short and the multiplayer has a few bugs but other than that Gears of War is a standout game in all regards. The campaign places you as Marcus Fenix, a soldier that was sent to prison but has now been released to fight against this group of enemys called the locust horde. And thats about as deep as the story gets. This is a pity but after the playing the first act or so it will become clear that the quality of the action was well worth it. The action is about the best and most intense you'l find in any shooter. Gears of war is a tactical game so it requires you to take cover and use fire and manuever tactics alot to beat some of the battles. The locusts in general are very good enemies. The soldiers will take cover, flank you and will advance aggresively. They will also use the same weapons to the same effect as you and the first time you get chainsawed in half by a locust will be a rather disturbing experience. Not all the enemies are this much fun to fight however, some namely the wretches that show up around half way through the game are simply annoying and irritating and no real fun to fight. This is a pity as the third act has you fighting nothing but them.
The campaign is rather short though and will only take about 7 or 8 hours to beat even on hardcore difficulty. It makes up for this by never really getting boring and having a fully featured co-op mode. The co-op mode is great fun to play both locally and on Xbox Live and some parts of the game feel like they were made for it. There is also a great multiplayer component which is a team based deathmatch that has a few minor variants. It doesn't feature a massive variety of options but makes up for that by being highly replayable and very fun and intense. It is one of the few multiplayer games were i had to think about the tactics i would have to use to bring one guy down. It does have some bugs though and lag is rather noticeable. From a technical standpoint Gears of War in amazing. The graphics are probably the most detailed of any game on the market. The amount of detail into everything is massive and there are very few complaints you could have about them. The sound also ties in very noticeably with a good musical score, solid voice acting and great sound effects.
In all Gears of War is a game that shouldn't be missed. Its few rough patches are more than made up for by both its technical prowess and just how fun the game is to play. Oh and don't forget that you can use a chainsaw.