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Gears of War wins over the critics

It appears that the Xbox 360's "killer app" has finally come to fruition. Gears of War has been hyped and bragged about for months now and many gamers had begun wondering if the developers were just trying to blow smoke. But as more and people got time behind the controller to play the game, it appeared that the game was indeed living up to the hype.

Well today with the official release of Gears of War, the reviews have been pouring in and they are all overwhelming positive with all of them stating that YES, this is THE killer app for the Xbox 360 platform. These are the ratings for the game from some of the top game review website:

IGN: 9.4/10
GameSpot: 9.6/10
1up: 100/100
TeamXbox: 9.6/10
DailyGame: 90/100
GameInformer: 95/100

Here's what 1up had to say about the game that they gave a perfect score:

Each stage is memorable. Even as I write this a week after beating the campaign, I can recall dozens of "oh wow" moments, like the first time I encountered the shrieking wretches (that horrible noise they make will haunt you for days). Or when the blind, hulking berserker was stalking me by sound and smell alone. Or the part where I was defending my old home from a Locust onslaught (it felt like a smaller scale, more domesticated version of Lord of the Rings' Battle of Helm's Deep). Or when I looked at the face of an apartment complex, and dozens of drones were firing at me through the windows, their muzzle flashes strobe-lighting the darkness like we were on a CNN newscast, live from some war-torn third-world country. Or the parts where I have to blow up propane tanks because staying in the light will keep the flesh-tearing Kryll at bay.... They all combine for an unforgettable adventure through 36 hectic, desperate hours of a group of soldiers' lives.

While I'm sure that just about every Xbox 360 owner out there is scrambling for their copy of Gears of War, don't forget to post your own thoughts on the game in the comments section.



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Better than Halo?
By TimberJon on 11/7/2006 3:16:19 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about that one.. But hey! I'll let GoW take the top spot until Halo3 is released. Then we will see. I'm curious to see the whole scope of weaponry, cover, and interactive objects. Length of time is also important... hopefully its not over in 8 hours.

Very interested in seeing its multiplayer/online features.
This game is already going to be a HOT HOT seller, so hopefully Dailytech will post its retail $$$ sales periodically, see how it stacks up with other titles.

Picking it up tonight.




RE: Better than Halo?
By Hydrofirex on 11/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: Better than Halo?
By Zirconium on 11/7/2006 3:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
Is it all about resolutions and eye candy? From the looks of it, Gears of War is going to be fun in addition to looking good. Compare that with say, Doom III, AKA "There's A Zombie In the Closet... Again."


RE: Better than Halo?
By Pirks on 11/7/2006 4:02:18 PM , Rating: 2
well, I hope Epic spent two years after release of Doom 3 wisely. I wonder if in 2006 they were able to reach the level of beauty and style I saw in the Doom 3 inferno in 2004 :P


RE: Better than Halo?
By Mazzer on 11/7/2006 4:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
I just watched the gamespot review which i guess spoils some boss battles but I don't think it is anything major. Any who, its gorgeous when being play. Like drool over beautiful. The 360 has been out for a year and we are seeing a game like this . Lets wait and see how GOW2 looks when more power gets tapped out of the system.
On the easiest mode it is supposed to take about 7hours for whoever wanted to know above. But I think the main draw is going to be the co-op/multiplayer which is supposed to be extremely great.


RE: Better than Halo?
By Hydrofirex on 11/7/2006 6:15:01 PM , Rating: 2
Have you seen Dark Messiah of Might and Magic? That game looks absolutely stunning at high-res with HDR, the new FEAR is amazing as well, and there's always Half Life 2 for a "wow" moment. And jeez, Oblivion jacked all the way to it's max in an outside environment is stunning - beyond stunning. I haven't seen anything in this game that wow's me beyond what a PC can do - even at regular resolutions.

*Shrugs* I might be biased though, I haven't dug consoles since the SNES. They seem like a technological throwback to me, like the Mac equivalent for gamers.

HfX


RE: Better than Halo?
By obeseotron on 11/7/2006 6:41:00 PM , Rating: 3
I played Oblivion for a hundred hours on the PC, and beat FEAR. I picked up GOW today, and it absolutely blows them out of the water graphically. Not that those games look bad, or a high end PC couldn't run Gears of War, but the fact is there is no Gears for the PC, and Gears is in my opinion the new graphical benchmark.


RE: Better than Halo?
By Fenixgoon on 11/7/2006 6:58:25 PM , Rating: 3
of course GOW graphically demolishes anything out on the shelves - it's using the unreal3 engine. it's not because the 360 is so leet - it's just that U3 is an amazingly powerful engine.


RE: Better than Halo?
By ViperROhb34 on 11/7/2006 10:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
Lets back track what you said..

A powerful Engine is worthless unless the hardware its running on is powerful enough to push those polygons,triangles, pixels.. whatever..

Point made..


RE: Better than Halo?
By GreenEnvt on 11/7/2006 10:53:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not always true, a well coded engine can put out the same level of graphics (or better) as a poorly coded one, even with much less hardware processing power.

It's like the P4 vs PentiumM, the P4 had way higher clock rates, but the PM was a WAY more efficient chip, and blew the P4 out of the water.

Halflife2's Source engine was one coded pretty well, it looked better them Doom3 and was smoother then Doom3 on equal hardware.


RE: Better than Halo?
By NotAok on 11/8/2006 10:20:26 AM , Rating: 2
agreed...

but the 360 is a beast, end of story.

Gears of War is only a taste of what's to come on the 360.


RE: Better than Halo?
By ViperROhb34 on 11/7/2006 9:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
I've played both FEAR and just bought Gears Of War.. both played on my High Def Wide Screen.. Gamestop here, in Columbus Ohio, had Gears handed out today at 3:30pm a day early then the "Launch"

I can HONESTLY say.. blown up.. stretched out in all its glory in HIGH DEF .. Gears of War beats FEARS ass hands down !!

Just being honest.. although FEAR is good.. GEARS is better..


RE: Better than Halo?
By tuteja1986 on 11/7/2006 9:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
You can't compare Gears of War with Halo , Halo is a straghit a FPS while Gears of War is Thrid Person shooter/Platfomer. Also the game has a very addictive multiplayer.


RE: Better than Halo?
By ViperROhb34 on 11/7/2006 10:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, we all know it looks especially stunning in High Def on widescreens.. How does it look on regular tv??

Anyone ? I don't know .. I'd edpect it to look better, but not the same detail as high def .. I guess thats a question you never here PS3 fanboys asking if anyone will say "That game doesnt look that great" while seeing it on regular 480i tv..

I like what Gears did with the game play..

There's some "Realism"

If you try and quickly load you ammo.. sometimes like in real life you fumble.. sometimes you load quicker..but wheny ou fumble it ends up taking more time and you lose the gamble.

I like the camera view when you "Running" crouched ( holding down B ) and the camera looks, acts like another person is following you..

I like how its a bit more strategical.. The AI of the badguys are 'Smart' ..

I like how you can't run and gun unrealisitically with the sniper rifle..


i dont know
By GhandiInstinct on 11/7/06, Rating: 0
RE: i dont know
By KaiserCSS on 11/7/2006 8:38:39 PM , Rating: 3
Everybody wants to be a critic.

Although some people are particularly bad at it.


RE: i dont know
By ViperROhb34 on 11/7/2006 10:14:04 PM , Rating: 3
Yes and the same old people posting shit like they actually have a 360.. I mean.. Most of us can tell who these "Posers" are saying they own a 360 so they sound UNBIASED, yet they always say something that makes you understand they are really not gaming fans, but Sony fanboys in disguise.

I especially like the one guy ( I won't mention his name ) who post often about how bad Xbox, MS is.. yet he claims to own/bought ( Count 'em ) TWO OR THREE Xbox's

WHAT kind of freaking idiot would you be to be so displeased against a product .. and have bought more then one - whatever the reason.. Just so you can say I have one and sound unbiased - while the whole time you trash a product you don't even own !!

Wuhahahahahahaha You know who you are and I hope you read this you fool !!


RE: i dont know
By Hemipower on 11/8/2006 11:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
This guy must have a vendetta or something. Im pretty sure your talking about me and you know your a 360 fanboy all day. your the type that would with blind obidience like a dog go and buy the extra hard drive and memory card like MS said to watch hd. I didnt know i had to buy something and than never talk about it and just accept it for what it is. but what you fail to understand is that i will not waste another penny on a 360, its called bestbuy warranty. they are all free. i currently own two of them, one thats mine with (the black knight case mod) and my brothers 360.

All the things i am disapointed in are all things i had to experience first hand, and they are all still not enough to make me sell the system. Games like phantasy star, gear of war, and other games which when they work make me want to keep it dispite all its shortcomings.

If anyone asks me if it is worth the purchase i will never tell them no but if they are looking for an all in one type thing than i would recommend the ps3. Again it also depends on the games you like to play.

anyways your a retard that has to justify his 360 purchase by talking crap about other people. I will post you the reciepts from BB if your are still in doubt of the problems the 360 has had.


RE: i dont know
By Hemipower on 11/9/2006 12:03:48 AM , Rating: 2
By the way GOW has already been taken by God Of War if im not mistaken;).

Gears of war is great but is far from what I expect the real next gen games to look like. Yes i do expect more from both the 360 and ps3 and even PC. I think the game is still too lifeless in colors.

The game is good and the story is ok. The short game reminds me of halo type game. With the real fun in co-op or online. Ill give it an 8.5 and my fav. 360 game so far.


RE: i dont know
By AzureKevin on 11/15/2006 8:27:00 PM , Rating: 2
You misspelled "you're" way too many times. It's "you're", not "your". One is a contraction, the other is possessive. Get it right, please. I can't take your argument seriously when you don't even know how to use or spell your own language correctly. Sorry, but I'm not going to lie.


I'm going to wait for this one...
By the king of burgers on 11/7/2006 4:22:53 PM , Rating: 5
GoW can't hold a candle to Sneak King
http://youtube.com/watch?v=7o_lzS_O88k
November 19th baby!




By R Nilla on 11/7/2006 4:45:59 PM , Rating: 2
that's hilarious, and only $3.99... I wonder how much gameplay it will offer.


By Aikouka on 11/7/2006 5:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
There's actually two games coming out from Burger King for the X360 and thanks for reminding me... I was actually looking forward to getting these! Can't beat a dumb game for $3.99 ... that's cheaper than XBOX Live!


Iam playing GEAR OF WAR
By ViperROhb34 on 11/7/2006 6:36:30 PM , Rating: 3
My cousing and I reserved Gear Of War about a month ago at Gamestop.. we picked up our copies today after 3pm..

He lives 2hrs away in aohter big city and I in the capital of my state. But we were both thinking the same thing.. I hope this game isn't just eye candy ! WE BOTH HOPED IT WOULDNT SUCK.

We've been playing online co-op mode for about an hour now and taking a break ( Only because my girlfriend called and now I feel I MUST post something about the game before I go back to it )

First off.. the visuals in the game truely are next Gen.
I don't know how good this game looks on REGULAR 480i TV because it truely won't have the same detail on regular TV, but luckily for both my cousin and I - We both have 1080 capable high def sets..

Anyways, back to where I was.. the visuals are stunning.. detail is great on a high def tv set ! I looked on the ground.. I saw paper ( trash ) and in many games there would be a couple different textures of the same paper.. In this game there is literally 30 pieces of different paper !Large detail !

Now to the game play.. at 1st it started off a tad slow in co-op mode.. but we're playing the middle difficulty setting ( the hardest isn't available till you beat the middle which seems difficult enough - I've been killed enough to know ) The gameplay has some unique features that suck you in.. like the grenades are thrown with a projectile type of graphics that show where and how far it'll go .. You can skip cinematics by pressing X or Y ( one of those ) ..

I really think this game rocks so far.. and what is exciting about that is Im only playing the campaign..
Online team play looks to be kick-ass ! But No there yet ... Can't wait for more next gen.. Assasins Creed on 360.. Woot

Peace..




RE: Iam playing GEAR OF WAR
By AzureKevin on 11/15/2006 8:33:25 PM , Rating: 2
That's the power of the Unreal Engine 3.0. It's been in the works for at least four years; I remember watching a tech demo about that long ago, and at that time I was thoroughly impressed. Now, it's been four years and I'm still waiting for Unreal Tournament 2007. Even after all this time, it's still going to have a decent wow-factor.


1up hasn't reviewed GoW yet
By Loc13 on 11/8/2006 1:50:18 PM , Rating: 2
When I looked at the article, 1up gives 10/10 to GoW, I immediately doubted it because 1up is usually harsher than other game sites. After looking it up in 1up, it has n't been reviewed. But judging from screenshots and other game sites, the game does look like a killer app for xbox360. If more games of this caliber shows up, I might consider buying a xbox360. But 1 is not enough to convince me just yet.




RE: 1up hasn't reviewed GoW yet
By Loc13 on 11/8/2006 1:59:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry let me take that back. I wasn't looking carefully enough. It was indeed reviewed at 1up. Just not mentioned in the Editor Ratings... Grr


This is not emergence day
By IndyJoe on 11/7/2006 3:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
Emergence Day is November 12th. Microsoft is having tournaments and other things related to Emergence Day. The game coming out isn't considered emergence day.




But the real question is..
By parkerlewis on 11/7/2006 3:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
Does it have real-time weapon change?




Killer App
By Clauzii on 11/7/2006 8:17:36 PM , Rating: 2
With a game like this, it looks like killer app should be taken literally :)




Ehh
By zerocool84 on 11/8/2006 2:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
I won't get a 360 until they come out with a really good RPG here in the states.




By Cybermind on 11/8/2006 2:31:51 PM , Rating: 2
Think hard. If the XBOX360's killer app is a game... what does that say for the real power/usefulness/value of the console..?

Just because cliffy and the crew (or whoever is shovelling the FPS garbage nowadays) beat a dead horse (FPS) harder than the next horse rustler doesnt make it a killer app - it makes it the latest FPS clone.

With people so dead inside on the innovation front, dont ever expect a real killer app for this xbox or any other. Microsoft and their cronies just don't have the balls - they play the safe ground of "me too" and thats what they will always do.

And dont give me your crap about respondesign and yourself!fitness. a hair brained half-attempt at imitation doesnt amount to a killer app either - and ms didnt stick their necks out AT ALL for that venture, they hid behind a mask.

grow the hell up and stop calling another frikken boring FPS a killer app - or you wont know a real one when it slaps you across your little cheeto filled faces.




GoW
By fijillian on 11/7/2006 3:04:52 PM , Rating: 1
I have read so much about this game I can't wait to get my hands on it! I get my copy tommorrow!




good thing i...
By One43637 on 11/7/2006 3:52:49 PM , Rating: 1
glad i pre-ordered this months ago so i won't have to be in a rush to pick it up tonight.




1up
By gramboh on 11/7/2006 5:59:10 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Each stage is memorable. Even as I write this a week after beating the campaign, I can recall dozens of "oh wow" moments, like the first time I encountered the shrieking wretches (that horrible noise they make will haunt you for days). Or when the blind, hulking berserker was stalking me by sound and smell alone. Or the part where I was defending my old home from a Locust onslaught (it felt like a smaller scale, more domesticated version of Lord of the Rings' Battle of Helm's Deep). Or when I looked at the face of an apartment complex, and dozens of drones were firing at me through the windows, their muzzle flashes strobe-lighting the darkness like we were on a CNN newscast, live from some war-torn third-world country. Or the parts where I have to blow up propane tanks because staying in the light will keep the flesh-tearing Kryll at bay.... They all combine for an unforgettable adventure through 36 hectic, desperate hours of a group of soldiers' lives.


Anyone else see some terrible writing in that 1up blurb?

"their muzzle flashes strobe-lighting the darkness like we were on a CNN newscast, live from some war-torn third-world country"

Just sounds bad

"Or the parts where I have to blow up propane tanks"

Changing from past tense?

Bad writing/editing galore on 1up.





GoW
By fijillian on 11/7/06, Rating: 0
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