Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gears of War Judgment review

Gears of War: Judgment is the newest addition to Gears of War. This game has some major changes to it in controls, enemies, and the main character. The story, instead of focusing on Marcus Fenix, focuses on Deamon Baird, a friend to Marcus Fenix during the three games and a brilliant engineer. Gears of War: Judgment focuses at the beginning of the fight with the locust from Baird's time in a city called Halvo Bay. Like the previous three games there is a main locust bad guy, this baddy is called General Karn.
Now I have to admit there are a few things I didn't like about this game, one is the removal of Horde and Beast modes, removing the locust to play as on versus, removing the the ability to be downed in versus thus removing executions, some other things I just nitpicked are that the first Hammerburst is not reintroduced to the campaign but is only used by the kantus in a new game mode. However there have been additions to the game, including more starting weapons, more weapon skins, character skins, and the new multiplayer mode called Overrun. It's a combination of horde and beast, one team of players play as locust creatures, another team plays as a team of humans. There are three stages in the game where the COG must defend E-hole covers in the first two stages, and a generator at the last stage. Now I don't entirely like it because there are classes for the humans with pre-choosen weapons and abilities. There is the Scout class, who can climb up some ledges. The Soldier class, who can throw down ammo for the team. Medics, who can revive friends and increase health temporarily. And the Engineer who can put down a sentry and repair barricades. The Locust have a total of eight locust to choose from the strongest being a corpser.
The campaign is long with usual COG tags as pickups, but this time it tells you how the person who owned them died. The game removes lambent enemies but more locust are added. However with many enemies comes shorter chapters and the story is told in large pieces at different parts.
Despite this game being part of one of my favorite game series, I have to rank it as normal, good with more people, but only for the campaign and Overrun.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Next Review

The next review shall be the latest addition to the Gears of War series, Gears of War: Judgment.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Gears of war 3 Review

Gears of war 3 is what to me a epic sequel to Gears of war 2, featuring tons of new weapons, new characters, enemies, and a leveling up system. Gears of war 3 has a story that finishes the game series with an exception of it's sequel called Gears of war: Judgment, the whole point of the campaign is to find Marcus's father Professor Adam Fenix and you go threw many new enemies including the Extremely dangerous Lambent enemies.
Unlike it's prequels, Gears of war 3 gives you the ability to have a four player campaign experience, however this comes with a danger of little ammo, the game doesn't give you tons of ammo like the other two, it gives you ammo in the usual crates, but mainly from the battlefield. The game is well designed to give you limited ammo and at one point of the campaign trolling you with ammo that you can see and goes away when you try a might fall off a cliff when you approach it. Now some things that gave the game series a way of getting into a fight have been removed, I'm talking about the Emergence holes, they will not appear in the game instead enemies will fly out of the ground as if they were shot out of a cannon.
There have been special additions to the game featuring a special modification in Horde where you can buy and upgrade some fortifications. You don't get all the fortifications right away, you have to level up the stuff you can build by investing money gained from killing enemies into repairing that fortification, from leveling up these fortifications you can unlock stronger versions of them to build. It's good to spread out what you upgrade so you can get the remaining fortifications too, like you need to upgrade your level in the decoy fortification to get the sentry fortification. Now there are five fortification types, barrier the most basic used to slow down enemies or even stopping some in their tracks until the fortification is destroyed, decoy which makes all enemies target it, useful if you're surrounded on all sides, Sentry which shoots at any enemy which gets within range, Turret which gives you extra firepower as you have to mow down some enemies charging at you, and the most expensive Silverback which gives you a machine gun, rocket launcher, and portable cover for your friends all in one object. Also you can only place fortifications where you have a base set up, you can expand your base for a price, but doing that doubles the amount of objects you have to repair. Also unlike the second games horde, every ten waves there is a Boss wave, this may feature special enemies appearing like Reavers, Berserkers, or a Lambent Berserker.
Several weapons were added to the game too, like the Sawed-off Shotgun, a substitute for the Gnasher Shotgun, or the Retro Lancer, the Lancer that was used before the Lancer assault rifle. Also added with these new guns are Executions for every gun in the game. In versus however you have to get a certain amount of kills to unlock the execution. Also in addition of new guns there is a new grenade called the flame grenade.
There is a addition to the campaign and horde which allow you to use Mutations, these mutations can be good, bad, or funny. Like you can use infinite ammo with one mutation while another makes it so you cannot find any ammo out side of weapons dropped in battle, while another will make it so that enemies blood is replaced with flowers. These mutations can be gained by completing some requirements in game, like beating the campaign with four people.
A additional thing added to the game were medals, ribbons, and a level up system. Medals are the primary source of exp, which you use to level up or display your stats and skill of a gun or type of guns, some can even unlock weapon skins or characters. Ribbons are sources of exp that you get by completing a certain requirement like chainsawing three guys in a row on versus, horde, or the campaign on arcade mode. A certain amount of ribbons of one type can unlock something if interest. Levels can unlock a lot of the characters you can get and you naturally level up, quickly when you begin, and it gets harder to level up as you progress.
The newest addition to the gears game happened in Gears of war 3 called Beast Mode. This is the opposite of Horde, where instead to surviving, you play as the locust and must eliminate the human bots. It's called beast because you play as the powerful classes of the Locust Horde, like you can play as a Boomer, or a Berserker. Slightly like Horde, there are fortifications that pose as a way of slowing you down, however unlike Horde you have a one minute length to destroy all the humans, however as you tear down fortifications and kill humans you gain time to cause more destruction and you must buy the locust you play as.
I have to say that Gears of war 3 is still the highlight of the series to me as even though the new game is fun, it has a lot of downsides to it too. I rank this game as one of my favorites and say that it is a must have game for Gears of war fans.
D-Pad out.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Next Review

Attention, the next review will be Gears of War 3. That is all.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Gears of War 2 review

Gears of War 2 is the sequel of Gears of War and in terms of the style of gaming, is slightly more forgiving to new and old players. The game has many more new additions to the old Gears including special Executions that will allow you to finish off a enemy with style. However some guns have specific executions that can only be done with that gun. Two guns with such executions are the Gnasher, and the Longshot. There is also a difference between the executions length you can choose from, like short, medium, and long. There is also a special Meat shield executions which you take your downed enemy and use them as a human shield, taking up bullets for you before they fall to the ground. However just taking them as a meat shield (with an exception of the leader in capture the leader) counts as killing them and even if you get headshot before a single bullet hits them and you die, that person won't get back up.
Gears of War 2 there are new enemies with only one special enemy that can be found three times in the first game removed. First there is the Kantus which is a healer, if one of the locust are down, the kantus will start screeching and revive them. However even after the locust is revived the kantus will continue to screech for a couple of seconds leaving it open for attack. Second there are Tickers which are, literally, walking bombs. They will attempt to run at you as blow up, in groups these little guys can kill you instantly. Thirdly there are Bloodmounts which are fierce melee opponents. Bloodmounts charge right at you and only stop if you shoot their helmet enough and have a rider who will shoot you unless you kill him.
Gears of War 2 also has a game mode that is all co-operative called Horde. You and four other friends hold out against fifty waves of locust ranging from the regular Drones to the new every enemy besides the berserker. This leaves you to waves of enemies where you only respond between waves. This can be challenging to new players if they haven't played the campaign and faced all the enemies.
Gears of war 2 also has new weapons, like a whole new Hammerburst and new heavy weapons which you can't carry everywhere, just till they run out of ammo or you drop it. You can't mantel over walls with heavy weapons ether so that restricts the places you can take them. Like the previous Gears there is plenty of ammo so running out of ammo isn't a concern.
Gears of war 2 also has a deep story which concerns the future in Gears of War 3. It also gives you information about the Locust Horde and some information about Sera's past, and some info on Jacinto the last human city in the game. I won't say much but I will say that a third group is introduced in the game. The Lambent, a army of locust corrupted by imulsion the planets fuel. It even gives you a first hand encounter with a locust Brumak turning into a lambent beast.
The game is very good but even now I have to say the third game would be the best selection instead of Gears of War 2, though the games good, the third game is probably a better selection to this game as it's more challenging that this game and has even more enemies.
D-Pad out.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Next Review

The next review will be Gears of War 2. Also I shall now do the other sequels of Gears of War in order up to the newest game Gears of War Judgment.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Game review plus announcement

Gears of War the first game is a awesome game that can be confusing to some people at the game functions. Gears of War is a third person shooter that uses a special cover system making it a game where you can interact with cover, crouching behind a wall or hiding behind a pile of rubble. The game has a interesting story too for all those players seeking a good game with a interesting story.
The story goes that years before the game takes place there was Sera, with mighty armies or people including a powerful superpower called the COG, the Coalition of Ordered Goverments. Then the day known as Emergence day happened. A nightmare race of humanoid creatures burst through the surface of Sera attacking every human stronghold. The COG ordered a retreat to the last city standing called Jacinto, which is on a solid granite strata that the named enemy called the Locust couldn't dig threw. While sounding this retreat the COG also announced that they'd use their most powerful weapon, called the Hammer of Dawn, to level every COG city other than Jacinto. Many people refused to go into the COG's protection and lived in the No-mans-land or even in the Locust's territory, and became known as Stranded.
You play as Marcus Fenix, a inmate at the prison in Jacinto, a War Hero in a past war now imprisoned for abandoning his post and costing a lot of Jacinto. You are visited by your friend Dominic Santiago who opens your cell door with a bot named Jack, he throws you a bag with armor and a weapon, called the Hammerburst and is used by the locust, and tells you things have changed and now he's needed at the front lines again.
Now as for the game, it's a extremely well detailed game with plenty of weapons that you are sure to love including the games main weapon called the Lancer assault rifle which is called that because it has a chainsaw bayonet which can be used in close quarters to saw open most locust. The finer points of the game are the detail put into the characters bringing out something people can like about them, and the gore that happens when you saw someone open or gib them with a grenade or rocket launcher. And a important thing about gameplay is STAY IN COVER OR DIE as you will die faster than most enemies. However the game does include funny moments where you can have a nice laugh while in danger.
The enemies in the game are frighting in a fight as they are harder to take down than you on Hardcore which is normal difficulty. There are a multitude of enemies as it is featuring the distinct and common Locust Drone to the large, nearly unstoppable, enemies called Berserkers. There is danger everywhere as some enemies will try to keep you pinned down from coming close to them while others carry the Lancer and will easily kill you up close, to even exploding enemies that go for close kills and in swarms.
The game however gives you plenty of ammo as you use quite a bit of ammo to take down one enemy. But this game is full of danger with even a night segment where you have to stay in the light or be eaten by a nocturnal threat called Kryll that will eat anyone, even your enemies.
The game is two player, and becomes easier with a partner because you don't die instantly, but you go into a state of down but not out, your partner needs to get to you then before you bleed out. Speaking of the health system, the health system is unique because as you take damage the trademarked symbol of Gears of war, called the Crimson Omen, slowly appears and when the skull appears you're already dead.
This is a game that can give you a good intro into the gears world, and is a must have for those starting to play the series. It is a excellent game that you can never forget and has awesome multiplayer options. I rate this game as one of my favorites but is outranked by it's sequels, TF2, and one other game series. This game is exclusive to the Xbox 360 and is worth the money to get.

I've decided to do series reviews, where I look at the entire series of a game and give a overall score based on how well all the games go together.