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    Gears of War (PC)

    Post by DeTekT on Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:45 pm

    The Good



    • Satisfying gameplay in story mode

    • Very addictive online offering

    • Really stellar graphics from both a technical and an artistic standpoint

    • Fully-featured level editor included.


    The Bad



    • System requirements can be a little steep

    • New chapters added to this version don't fit quite so well with the old ones

    • Difficulty could have used some slight tuning.




    Released near the end of the Xbox 360's first year on the market, Gears
    of War was a defining moment for Microsoft's console. Its gameplay
    relied heavily on forcing you to take cover to avoid enemy shots, which
    meant that it required a healthy dose of patience as well as a steady
    trigger finger. It then beat that mechanic into your head over the
    course of its quality story mode, while also letting you team up with a
    friend online to take on the nefarious Locust forces together. Of
    course, it also had an amazing team-based multiplayer mode in which up
    to eight shooters could connect and go at it in a variety of different
    modes. Over time, more multiplayer maps and modes were added to the
    collection via the Xbox 360's download service. All of that great stuff
    is now available on the PC, on which the game looks better than it ever
    did on the Xbox 360, and without sacrificing anything in the process.
    If you've never played Gears of War, or if you just haven't played it
    in a while, do yourself a favor and try this new version of the game.







    The game's story component puts you in the shoes of Marcus Fenix,
    who up until the very beginning of the game was serving time in prison
    for treasonous behavior. But the war effort requires his special brand
    of badness, so he's quickly set free, dressed up in his old soldier
    garb, and put back into action with the members of Delta Squad. Your
    enemy is the menace known as the Locust, which seems to be an
    amalgamation of different races and creatures, all seemingly devoted to
    exterminating your kind and taking over your planet. The game's plot
    points are inconsequential and work in a number of meaningless
    MacGuffin devices that serve as the only impetus you need to march from
    point A to point B while gunning down bad guys the whole way. You'll
    blast even more bad guys in the PC version of the game, which has a new
    section at the start of the final act that fills in a blank left by the
    360 version. It does a better job of explaining how you go from running
    away from a huge beast with rocket launchers mounted on its head and
    shoulders to showing up at a train station to take the battle to the
    enemy general before he ruins everything.
    The new content in the campaign is significant because it's
    new, but it's not especially noteworthy in the grand scheme of things.
    If anything, it probably would have worked better as a separate
    "deleted scenes" mode than as an integrated part of the game because it
    changes things up a bit in ways that betray the difficulty progression
    of the game. The new content often takes place in wide-open areas that
    are larger than any areas found in the console version, and it also
    brings together different combinations of enemies than you see in the
    rest of the game. Likewise, it forces you to cover a lot of distance
    between most checkpoints, and it feels much harder overall than
    anything in the "old" sections of the game. One section even features
    multiple paths to get to the same location, which seems weird and out
    of place, given the rest of the game's extremely linear nature. The new
    content is pretty good, but it's not so mind-blowing that you need to
    drop everything immediately to see it.
    Of course, the rest of Gears of War is completely intact here,
    as well. And the complete package, done better than it was on the Xbox
    360, is exactly the sort of mind-blowing that you might need to drop
    everything if you haven't already played it. Aside from a few
    frustrating cases in which the checkpoints are a little too far
    apart--and perhaps the need for a difficulty setting that falls between
    the too-easy "casual" and the occasionally punishing "hardcore"
    setting--it's hard to find many faults with the campaign, which will
    probably take new players around 12 or 13 hours to complete. The
    war-torn world you navigate through looks really great, and you're
    always wondering what will be around the next corner.
    The gameplay is really satisfying, too, thanks to a very brutal
    graphical style that makes your weapons look like they're doing extreme
    damage. Likewise, you'll appreciate the quality control with a
    mouse/keyboard setup or an Xbox 360 gamepad, which is fully supported
    in the game. Your main tactic in the game is to run up to an object and
    quickly hide behind it, then occasionally pop out to fire off some
    shots and quickly get behind cover again before you take too much
    damage and explode into a bloody mist with several meaty chunks. With a
    mouse and keyboard, you're mostly using the standard WASD shooter
    control scheme, but the space bar is used to run and to get behind
    cover, and you can hold down the right mouse button to pop up out of
    cover and take aimed shots. With the gamepad, the left trigger is used
    to manage cover, the right trigger shoots, and A is used for running.
    Both setups work just fine, though holding the space bar to run feels a
    little awkward. Furthermore, the mouse lets you turn and aim much
    faster than a gamepad does, which means that the mouse will probably be
    the control scheme of choice for online matches.
    Up to eight players can come together online and break off into
    two teams for a handful of different game types. Examples include
    warzone, which is the normal team-deathmatch style of play, and
    execution, which forces you to run up and chainsaw or boot players
    who've been downed to finish them off. Other modes, such as king of the
    hill and annex, make the game a little more tactical by requiring you
    to claim and hold various points on the map. All in all, the
    multiplayer offering is just as savage and great-looking as the
    single-player mode, and with plenty of maps to choose from, it can keep
    you busy for a very long time.





    The graphics in Gears of War have never looked better than they do in
    the PC version, though that, of course, depends on your machine. If you
    can exceed the game's system requirements, the game looks pretty
    amazing at higher resolutions and delivers a good, smooth frame rate.
    It certainly looks much better and sharper than the Xbox 360 version of
    the game, and it does so without looking like the typical console-to-PC
    translation. The game also comes with a fully featured level editor,
    another thing you don't typically see in console-to-PC translations.
    Though some players may still prefer to play it with a gamepad, this
    feels like a PC game, top to bottom.
    With a great loadout of weapons, a healthy multiplayer package,
    and an action-packed story mode, Gears of War is a terrific action game
    that, even after a full year, still stands apart from the pack. Whether
    you're a superfan of the first game who is looking for some additional
    content, or a PC buff who's been wondering what the console kids have
    been up to, Gears of War on the PC is most definitely worth your time
    and money.
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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by Bretteo on Wed May 07, 2008 11:40 pm

    NIce one chris Very Happy

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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by Jamez on Sat May 10, 2008 12:05 am

    kool looks good
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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by DeTekT on Sat May 10, 2008 10:53 am

    gears ftw it's still in the charts even though it was one fo the first games out Very Happy
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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by Bretteo on Sat May 10, 2008 7:54 pm

    Laughing yeh it is a awesome game Very Happy
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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by Jitto on Mon May 12, 2008 10:45 pm

    better on the xbox 360 id say/....
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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by Bretteo on Mon May 12, 2008 10:51 pm

    i thought it was only for 360 ??
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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by Jitto on Tue May 13, 2008 8:11 pm

    nope its for pc as well
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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by Bretteo on Tue May 13, 2008 8:18 pm

    Ahhhhh yeh i forgot about that Wink

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    Re: Gears of War (PC)

    Post by Hybrid on Tue May 13, 2008 9:18 pm

    Laughing

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