Xbox 360's own Gleaming diamond
kolidan wrote this review on .
I think it's safe to say that the Gears audio is just as sophisticated as the graphics. The guns sound great, the chainsaw is intimidating (it’s just that sound), and the score is compelling. The vocals are good, though the dialogue could use a serious work over. maybe for a sequel you can maybe improve the dialogue. Marcus is a bit snippy at times, making me question just how long he's been rotting in a damp cell HEHE. I didn't know cigarettes were part of imprisonment. The wretches can be a touch on the annoying side of things, especially when logging long hours playing on insane difficulty. Which is going to test you to your limits I bet?
The campaign is the one part of the game I found completely underwhelming and im very sorry to say that. The story is weak at best, and while some may challenge that the game is fun and we should leave it at that, I say this: Arcade games are meant to be fun and addictive. This is not Dig-Dug. This is not Contra. This is not Tetris. Big budget games need to deliver a story that keeps me interested in characters and somehow connected to their story. Gears just did not show up to bat. We finish act 3 to find that all of our work to that point was for nothing, and we don't really have much back-story to keep us going. Even as a prologue to an imminent trilogy, the game needed more of everything - more character development, more plot, more background, more story. But overall I would say the campaign mode could have had a little more attention but im not going to complain anymore. The multiplayer system is fairly graceful. Players can choose to play either ranked or unranked (player) matches, though the latter doesn't offer any achievements which can really bring down the fun rates. The games can be joined either from a player specific search, or through the "Quick Match" menu selection. I have personally had much better luck specifying my own searches but they both work well. The quick match selection often attempts connections to full games, replying a "Lost connection to the host" message and forcing a full refresh of the quick match game list. This can be quite annoying at times but you can live with it.
After choosing a match, players are taken to a lobby where they can decide to play as either the Locust or a COG and from there select their avatar. COG's can play as any of the single player cast members, and Locust can play as any of the baddies. For the most part, this is a good system, though one of the Locust bears remarkable resemblance to a COG, causing some confusion during intense battles. The online play mode is one of the more enjoyable aspects of this great game. Games are all based on kills. Warzone is a classic one-life-to-live style deathmatch. Execution is similar, though players must be killed by a predefined execution (curb stomp, chainsaw,punching etc. Assassination, the last option, requires players to kill the team leader on the opposing force. Again, the selection here is a little underwhelming, though the gameplay is fun. Maps are fairly adaptable, but I've already found myself tired of several map choices. Hopefully future downloads will address this issue.
This game is just truly amazing the graphics gameplay online play one word amazing. This game is well worth the money and I would defiantly suggest buying this game. Actually this game is the reason to buy an xbox 360 and that’s a fact.