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  • Summary: Gears of War blends tactical action with survival horror and thrusts gamers into a deep and harrowing story of humankind's epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. Lead war hero Marcus Fenix and his fireGears of War blends tactical action with survival horror and thrusts gamers into a deep and harrowing story of humankind's epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. Lead war hero Marcus Fenix and his fire team as they face the onslaught of merciless warrior fiends. A revolutionary tactical combat system and breathtaking, high-definition visuals from the Unreal Engine 3 immerse you in a horrifying story of war and survival. A.I. teammates are indiscernable from human players. Voice recognition and real-time lip synching heighten the experience. The battlefield is a lethal place. To survive, suppress your enemy with blindfire, take cover in interactive environments, or use weapons and teammates to outwit your foes. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 88 out of 88
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  1. 100
    Each stage is memorable...They all combine for an unforgettable adventure through 36 hectic, desperate hours of a group of soldiers' lives...A visual and visceral masterpiece.
  2. The dark storyline isn't fantastic, but the way it's presented certainly is. Gritty characters with a rare touch of humanity, intense combat that will leave you breathless, and some great multiplayer modes are sure to keep you hooked until the inevitable sequel comes along.
  3. Rarely do games with this much fanfare actually live up to their talked-about potential, but Gears does something that almost none do - it exceeds the hype. It looks almost unbearably gorgeous, it sounds out of this world, it plays as smooth as butter but most of all - it's fun. Pure, unadulterated, blood-spattered fun.
  4. One of the best team based multi-player games out there. They decided to build the whole experience around two teams. Instead of doing a lot of different modes "pretty good", they built one mode really good. The game is so balanced and fun you will never have to insist that the teams switch sides, on a poorly balanced map, for the next match.
  5. Gears of War cuts straight to the chase and its innovative controls are so intuitive that you’re fighting at full speed before you even realize it.
  6. Gears of War is absolutely rammed with excitement, innovation and atmosphere. This is a next-generation game in every respect, trampling convention and really rewriting the shooter genre with flourish and pace.
  7. Call me a jaded critic, a wet blanket, or anything else, but I'm not going to be dazzled into submission by stunning visuals and overlook a core game design that doesn't impress.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 541
  1. ColinH.
    Jan 27, 2007
    10
    Game is fantastic, addicting, amazing graphics, story line, and gameplay. Hope theres a sequel.
  2. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    For a 2006 game, Gears of Wars still offers some magnificent and extremely well done graphics thanks to the spectacular Unreal Engine of EpicFor a 2006 game, Gears of Wars still offers some magnificent and extremely well done graphics thanks to the spectacular Unreal Engine of Epic Games. The gameplay, without a doubt, is very good, but it’s even more fun. But while its story doesn’t manage to be as captivating and profound as its “Mad World” trailer, it’s still one that without a doubt will leave the player intrigued and interested. However, it lacks a development that helps understanding it better, but a game like this is not supposed to be narrative-driven.

    The gameplay it has is intense and capable of keeping anyone hooked. The enemies are well designed, both the AI and mechanics, along with the variety of these offered throughout the whole story mode, are more than enough to make you have 10 hours full of fun. Its gloomy and dreadful atmosphere, packed together with its sound effects and soundtrack will definitely manage to immerse you in the impressive world at War mood the game tries to transmit.

    There’s not much to say about Gears of Wars, except that it’s a 12-year old gem, that even today, is considered one of the best third-person shooters found in any console, and it without a doubt deserves that title.
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  3. Aug 28, 2010
    10
    for a game thats loaded to the hilt with bugs and glitches its one of the most funest games ive played both online and off. the story mode isfor a game thats loaded to the hilt with bugs and glitches its one of the most funest games ive played both online and off. the story mode is only about 5-6 hours long but its a fun 6 hours . with some of the best voice acting and diolouge in any game to date . it has a good cover mechanic and with 2 player co-op its a blast. not to mention you get a chainsaw on the end of your gun . the animayions of cutting your enimy into little bits of meat just never gets old . the online is the real mear of this game . never in a online game is team work so vital to victory. the fun ive had with my friends on this was just intense . the formulation of stratagy planning are next move just seperates this from all the other ho-hum cockie cutter shooters out there . the game isnt flawless the story in this game is badley told . you are basically in the middle of a story and get no clear sense of how it all started . there are alot of bugs and glitches in this game and even after almost 4 years they still havent fixed 75% of them and they have done like a 100 patches for this game . still this looks and feels original despite the flaws im still giving it a 10 because there are a million run and gun call of duty clones out there but only 1 gears of war and it rains king over every thing els that is a online shooter. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2012
    9
    This game is solid cus there were no third person shooters and **** heads blowin off after getting domed peiced. the only bad thing is theThis game is solid cus there were no third person shooters and **** heads blowin off after getting domed peiced. the only bad thing is the sometimes lag and over powered sniper. Expand
  5. CandyD.
    Jan 5, 2007
    8
    8.5 a pretty game it is, but with no storyline existing to delve into. Its too shallow of a game. On multiplayer side , only 8 players to 8.5 a pretty game it is, but with no storyline existing to delve into. Its too shallow of a game. On multiplayer side , only 8 players to play to is not enough, it needs to be atleast 20 players to be called multiplayer. Expand
  6. Aug 16, 2016
    7
    Gears of War is a military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft.

    + Fun
    Gears of War is a military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft.

    + Fun Gameplay
    + Good Cover Mechanics
    - Bad Story
    - Stupid Characters
    - Repetitive
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  7. andrewjohnson
    Nov 17, 2006
    0
    frist off im not a big first shooter fan anyway but wanted to try this game becuase it was hyped and theres not many good games for the 360frist off im not a big first shooter fan anyway but wanted to try this game becuase it was hyped and theres not many good games for the 360 yet. the game has great graffics but it still dosent challenge the player in new and fun ways. just mindless shooting and nothing else. Expand

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