Top positive review
very well made. not very innovative. must have if you enjoyed past gears games.
on October 9, 2014
shipping and quality of package were great.
Content wise: The game delivers more Gears of War. it kinda feels like glorified DLC, in that nothing important seems to happen in the world of the series. They introduce a character from the "other side" (russians basically, from the war that preceded the locust uprising), but he never gives much insight or backstory. They introduce a couple new weapons that aren't that different. I don't recall any new enemies. just saying the story and core shooter gameplay are just more of the same. I think this pisses me off more than it should because there are so many opportunities there begging to go somewhere. especially in the Rashoman style "here's how i remember it" twist they offer for each level. This ends up being mostly a difficulty choice, instead of an interesting story element.
but. that said.
- The level design is fantastic. Really enjoyed the detail and skill in the art of the levels. felt as good or better than the previous games. Really felt like you visited some new places, which are still part of that Gears world. Also had some really interesting european vibe moments (i loved a bit where you evade snipers by dropping pipes for cover, and eventually finding basements that connect)
- the courtroom drama played out in a solid way (giving each character their segment, then resolving in the now, and continuing on to redeem their judge-and-jury fellow). And I had no idea a second portion of game would unlock, taking place during the end of Gears 3, which weaves in some of the same characters.
- I really dug some of the optional memories. Basically I loved the ones which would mess with the visuals (adding dust storms, or poison effects, or extra darkness), and I hated the one's that just added a timer, or extra enemies. Kinda dug the one's that messed with your weapon loadout (had the same appeal as weird achievement, in that it forces you to play the game in unusual ways. which leads to learning new fun things).
- i didn't play any of the multiplayer. amybe someday. meh. (burned out on Gears3. didn't see anything here to change it up). (but also, didn't really look).
Again, the stories didn't pay off in a spectacular fashion. Nothing new here. but what is there is extremely well made and polished. (well several times i did experience a bug where my downed body would float around, unable to be revived, which made it impossible to beat a level. but my co-op buddy managed to end the level before this bug screwed it up, twice, so it felt like accidental challenge. wee.)
if you can get it for less than 20 bucks, and you have enjoyed gears before : it's a must buy.