Platforms: XBOX 360/PC

Game Supports: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Chinese text.

Audio Support: English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French.

Supports 1-2p offline/online co-op, 1-2p offline multiplayer.

Played in English and German.

Story: Dom Santiago decides to free his best friend Marcus Fenix from prison to help Delta Squad fight the Locus.  Note that this takes place after Gears Judgment and Raam’s Shadow.

Good or Bad Story?: Things get really interesting down the line and a bunch of shit happens. Also this is Dom and Marcus’s story. G00D!

Graphics: Gears of War was released in November of 2006 and playing it in 2014…..the game looks……really…….good! The game has a gritty dark visual style that makes it look like a black and white movie, but down the line you’ll get to see more colors. Gears of War was made to show what was possible using the Unreal Engine 3 and it still impresses.

Audio: The music captures the feel of the post-apocalyptic world as well as it also gives you cues when a battle will start and when it ends. The English voice acting is really good with characters like Marcus being voiced by Bender from Futurama, Baird being voiced by the Hulk from MVC3 and recent Marvel shows, and Cole Train being voiced by a NFL player and even looks like him. The German voices are also really good and I found Marcus’s German voice to be a lot better than his English voice.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Gears of War is a 3rd-person shooter that supports co-op with 2 people offline and online. You play Marcus and at all times Dom will be at your side, but at times you’ll have 2 other guys accompany you both. So what can you do in Gears? Well you shoot Locus for fun, throw grenades, melee them with your guns, pick weapons and ammo, look at interesting things, switch between 3 weapons, take cover(an essential part of the game), dodge(any direction), explore to find tags, stomp Locus when their on the floor, and use your Lancer to chainsaw them in half.

Unlike most shooters you can’t just run and gun in Gears, you could if you want, but that will get you killed. In Gears you must always take cover as that is how you will last in fights. Pretty much everything can give you cover and you can move from cover to cover with a press of a button. You also can sprint straightforward and this sprint can make you go to cover. From cover you can aim your gun and shoot or you can blind fire. The game also has a Active Reload which in which if your press the reload button when the white line touches the white rectangle then you get a damage boost for a few seconds, but if you press the button on the black portion than your weapon will get jammed for a few seconds and you’ll give your opponents a perfect chance to attack you.

Since you always will have at least 1 more person with you than you can give them commands to follow you, attack, and retreat. You also have an indicator that shows you where they are at and if you are low on health they will revive you and you can do the same for them since all of you must be alive to continue. You will at times get the option to choose different paths to decide how to deal with a situation, there are 2 boss fights, and there is plenty of intense action.

Bad: Easy mode is not easy its literally normal mode, why is that? Dodging isn’t as smooth as it should be there is a bit of delay. Even though you can order your team you’ll forget that option is there and it ends up being useless. And your friends are dumb as they will at times run up to the Locus just to have you go save them and the AI will not ever attempt to revive fallen allies(except you) even if they are in front of them.

Differences: The XBOX 360 version includes a story mode, co-op both offline and online, and offline and online multiplayer where you can play either the humans or Locus.

The PC version includes everything that the 360 version has, but features new content like additional campaign levels and a new multiplayer game mode.  As well as mouse and keyboard support in addition to a gamepad.

Overall: Gears of War is a really good shooter that has intense action all over and is a great game to play with friends more so than playing with AI controlled 1s. Gears of War is 1 of my favorite IPs of the current-gen and its 1 of the best games on XBOX 360. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, story, gameplay, voices, music.

Dislikes: AI, easy mode, dodge input delay.

Wishlist: Another Gears, the levels from the PC version to be released on 360.


Recommended for fans of: Gears, Epic Games, People Can Fly, Bulletstorm, Madworld, shooters, Unreal tournament, Binary Domain, Quantum Theory, Vanquish.


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