I’m sorry my fellow videolamerians, but I’m gonna be the first one to say that Gears of War was a big disappointment. After going through the game twice, I can safely say I will never play that game ever again. I traded it in, got $20 for it, and picked up Condemned: Criminal Origins with my winnings. And amazing as this may sound, I’m having a far more enjoyable time with C:CO than I ever did with Gears.
I know, it sounds like complete blasphemy what I just said. But let me explain my heresy before you stick that spike up my pooper.
Gears of War seemed to cater to the more hardcore shooter fans, and while I do like those kinds of games, I was hoping to see a little more innovation.
And by that I mean presentation. That game was so full of holes in terms of story and presentation that it made it hard for me to get involved with the universe. The gameplay was there, but what’s the point if nothing is driving me to succeed?
You have a beautiful-looking planet just steep in history, but damned if I know what that history is. Epic did a horrible job of explaining what was going on, even within the game itself. The whole surprise of Fenix’s Dad being some crazy scientist was only discovered after the fact. That’s not supposed to happen in a game. You’re supposed to know immediately how important what you’re doing is. Gears failed at that horribly.
I’m sure there are a few of you that love Gears of War, which you should. In a technical sense, it’s a great game. But for me, it was merely a great shooter with no substance. And I’m not talking the generic “zero substance” that most games have. Gears of War didn’t even seem to try.
And what I really don’t like about this whole issue is that I’m sure many people agree with me, but are afraid to say it. Like a game can do no wrong if it sells nearly a third of the system’s install base. And it is Gears of War, after all.
Gears of War is a great shooter, but that’s not all I want with a game like that.