Gears of War

released on Nov 07, 2006

A third-person tactical shooter from Epic, running on the Unreal Engine 3. Gears of War 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.

Unlike other shooters, Gears of War is all about teamwork in a big way. All game modes, levels and scenarios are designed specifically to encourage co-operative play, whether it be with A.I. partners or human players (with A.I. teammates designed with specific strengths, weaknesses and personalities.) On top of that, voice recognition will be available for players, and obviously voice chat to discuss strategy with your friends. In addition to voice chat, gamers will be able to experience individualized matchmaking, view player statistics, earn player achievements, customize their games, and build and personalize their gamer profiles over Xbox Live.

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Eh. I think nostalgia goggles cloud this game. It really has not aged gracefully

Playing for the first time in 2022 with no nostalgia attached... this was kind of a slog to get through. Hopefully the sequels improve. There's some light worldbuilding but not really any story to speak of; go here and shoot the things, now go here and shoot the things, etc. The level of machismo is so ridiculously over the top, everyone's a giant meathead with testosterone levels off the charts. Maybe this is part of the charm(?), but I find it more eyerolling than anything

Gears of War é um shooter na sua essência mais pura, ele não tenta reinventar a roda e isso o torna perfeito em sua execução, o enredo apesar de simples é interessante e os personagens são carismáticos e possuem ótimas interações, o gameplay é basicamente atirar, correr e jogar granadas e é o suficiente para torná-lo um ótimo jogo.

so many great ideas at work here from the monsters to the weapons as well as the story and the characters. wish the gameplay wowed me as much as everything else

Great game with a cool cast and story, loved cutting some heads off with the chainsaw.


Its showing its age a lot more than Gears 2, especially in comparison to Ultimate Edition, but...god damn the game is still fun. What it obviously lacks in scale compared to its sequels, it makes up for in spades with consistency and pacing. All five acts of the story (except maybe 1 and 4) feel very distinctly their-own in terms of visuals, level design, and atmosphere, and the game does an excellent job keeping itself varied without forgetting why you bought the game, to shoot alien guys. Act 2 is the standout: As night falls, a horde of the bat-like Kryll swarm the sky, and they kill you near instantly if you stay in the dark for long. So mid-combat you'll need to light up specific safe areas by shooting bombs, whilst also avoiding being overwhelmed by the locust horde. Later in the game you ride minecarts in a cave system, effectively turning it into a rail shooter but still letting you take cover.

Basically, its a very "small" feeling game that implements variety in a way that really really works, never once bogging the game down (thats a lie, theres one chapter at the end of Act 2 sucks) and instead just being plain fun throughout.

The Co-op is pretty fun too, I really like how its a lot more lax due to the ability to revive your teammate. You can sink a lot of time into grinding out every shootout in the single-player strategically: What guns do you bring, which do you swap mid-fight, when do you use your Frags, what enemies do you prioritize...but you can also just turn the volume down and beat it at a lax but still challenging pace with your bud!

Overall, I really love Gears as a franchise, but out of the original trilogy I still think Gears 1 reigns supreme.