I must confess that I am one of those poor folks who don't have xbox live and probably never will. Most of the games I have in my collection seem devoid of character and seem lifeless without that blessful option to log onto the network and take on all who appear for a challenge. But from all the games I have played so far Gears Of War is the pinnacle as of yet that I have obtained. Its not the story that attracts me to the game it has to be the action. Gears Of War truely is like any other average quality first person shooter game you can get your hands on. Not really any good aspects towards story or anything new towards game mechanics. I must nod my head towards the creators of the game towards the AI through. The AI of the game kept me button smashing the whole time and left me turning the console off a ton of times before I fliped out and destroyed my joystick or my t.v. I have to as well acknowledge the great work done for the graphics for the game. The graphics really brought out the feel for the game rather well. Everything else seemed generic in feel and normal through. So in retrospective GOW is a great game and will not leave you disappointed.