When I first got Gears of War, I thought there was no way it would live up to all the hype, but it would be a good way to kill time until Halo 3 came out. When I started playing, I was unimpressed. The lack of a jump button and the cover mechanic seemed unnatural. But when I found myself still playing the game several hours later, I thought, “Maybe there’s something to this.” I’ve now beat the game on Hardcore difficulty a few times, and I can safely say that the game lives up to the hype. It’s beautiful, and the gameplay is addictive. There is always a second player, which is controlled by either the computer or another human, so co-op is just as enjoyable as single-player. The way these huge guys throw themselves into cover is satisfying, to the point where using cover and rolling around is a rewarding experience, not something that gets in the way of the firefight. The plot is poorly explained, but there’s a real sense of urgency that comes through, and at the end of the day, it’s just a lot of fun.
Scott is a CSS Ninja who has been creating web sites for over 15 years. He lives in sunny Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter, and spends his free time playing video games and watching movies. He is probably not a Cylon.