Gears of War is the first game developed by Epic Games exclusively for Microsoft Game Studios and Xbox 360. Gears of War thrusts you into a deep and harrowing story of humankind epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. In this third-person tactical action/horror game, live and breathe the role of Marcus Fenix. A disgraced former war hero, Marcus seeks personal redemption as he leads his fire team against an onslaught of merciless warrior fiends. Immerse yourself in an experience so intensely emotional and gut-wrenching that playing will be like controlling a blockbuster action movie. Gears of War utilizes the breathtaking new Unreal Engine 3 to create cinematic, high-definition visuals for a gaming experience that truly ushers in the next generation. Experience beautifully rendered interactive environments and characters so lifelike they appear to be made of flesh and bone. The next-generation visuals create a world in which the tiniest detail is vivid in the largest battle. Gears of War unites next-generation technology with classic, emotional storytelling and a revolutionary tactical combat system, engrossing the gamer in a horrifying epic story of war and survival.
Product Title: Microsoft Gears of War
Power Score: 4.7 | 23 Reviews
Maximum Number of Local Players: 2
Software Name: Gears of War
Release Date: 2006-11-7
Broadcast Format Supported: 1080i (HDTV), 480i (SDTV), 480p (EDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Software Main Type: Game
Brand Name: Microsoft
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
Frequency Band: Players 1-2System Link 2Dolby 5.1 SurroundCustom SoundtracksHDTV 1080i
URL: Manufacturer Link
Local Availability: yes
Network Compatible: With Online Multiplayer
Game Genre: Action/Adventure Game
Maximum Number of Players: 8
Product Reviews (16)
Must have for the Xbox 360
Strengths: Fun online and offline campaign co-op Fun multiplayer modes Interesting Story Frequent Updates Downloadable Content (Map Packs)
Weakness: Host advantage in multiplayer games no dedicated-servers
I got Gears of War Thanksgiving Weekend for free along with my Xbox 360. First game I chose to play on it and I never regret choosing it. The Story is really interesting, with humans on one side and Locust on the other. The campaign has a choice of 3 difficulties, which makes it very replayable online with Xbox-Live friends or offline with friends. There are also a wide variety of multiplayer...
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I got Gears of War Thanksgiving Weekend for free along with my Xbox 360. First game I chose to play on it and I never regret choosing it.
The Story is really interesting, with humans on one side and Locust on the other. The campaign has a choice of 3 difficulties, which makes it very replayable online with Xbox-Live friends or offline with friends.
There are also a wide variety of multiplayer modes:
Assassination Kill the Leader of the enemy
Warzone- Kill all enemies, downed enemies cannot stand back up by themselves
Annex- Like King of the Hill that follows warzone rules
Execution- Kill all enemies, Downed enemies can quickly stand back up by themselves
I personally enjoy playing either Warzone and Annex.
There is also frequent updates. First major update added the Annex game mode. Second major update added new achievements worth 250 points.
I also somewhat enjoy the map packs. The first map pack was free and provided 2 new maps. The second map pack isn't free and adds 2 more new maps, though, it will be free in September.
What I don't like is that there is a advantage for the person hosting the game. Since the host is the host, he experiences no bullet lag when the other players in the game do. If there were dedicated servers, there would be no such thing as the host advantage.
By HowLowCanUGo - Aug 11, 2007
Gears of War
Strengths: This game is top notch. G.O.W.really has high end graphics and the co-op is very fun. The chainsaw bayonets on the lancers are fun. The ability to turn off extreme content is good when around parents.
Weakness: I wish that the final boss was more original i wish we could know more of his background The ally that can be substituted in co-op,DOM needs to be smarter. the grenades were stupid to toss
Over all though this was a very enjoyable game. The AI was smart making it even a challenge on casual mode.I can't wait for GOW 2. This is a good game for you if you want a challenging third person shooter.
By anonymous; - Jun 23, 2007
Gears of War has it all!
Strengths: Best shooter ever. Online and local co-op and multiplayer, one player campaign, new downloadable map and play mode. Best graphics.
Weakness: Several scenes are a bit dark. Online mode sometimes glitchy, other than that eveything else is perfect.
Totally redefine the way i think about a shooter. I am a huge friend of Japanese games and were not into FPS and shooter games before i played GOW. Now i am a big friend of shooter as well as 360 in general. Also i never think before this that Microsoft can come up with such a good piece of software.
By goengland - May 30, 2007
Gears of Mayhem!
Strengths: Looks and plays great. Good Co-Op and Multiplayer. Chainsaws!
Weakness: Sinngle player a little short.
Gears of War is the latest shooter in the development of FPS's and it's very, very good at what it does. It has a short and somewhat easy single player that is best played on the higher difficulty settings. But where the game really shines is multiplayer. It looks great, the pace is frantic, and it's a whole lot of fun. It's really a great fit for the 360 and a must buy.
By Admiral_Ackbar - Apr 23, 2007
Not an Original Shooter but Does Everything Just Right.
Strengths: Graphics, Sound, Co-Op online, Online Play, and Gameplay.
Weakness: Short Single-Player
Gears of War is an action/3rd person shooter for XBOX 360. You play as Marcus Fenix with his allies against the Locust Horde who have pretty much destroyed all civilization. Cover is very important in this game and you'll learn to use it through GOW's cover scheme. The graphics look amazing and nothing on any of the consoles out right now even compares to GOW. Online Co-Op is great. Online play...
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Gears of War is an action/3rd person shooter for XBOX 360. You play as Marcus Fenix with his allies against the Locust Horde who have pretty much destroyed all civilization. Cover is very important in this game and you'll learn to use it through GOW's cover scheme. The graphics look amazing and nothing on any of the consoles out right now even compares to GOW. Online Co-Op is great. Online play is very strategic and requires a lot of team play. My main gripe with the game is that its really short. Only 5 chapters long. Should of been 10. I give the game 5 stars, since its truly a well put together game and a lot of fun.
By JDreborn - Mar 25, 2007