Gears of War (2006)

Video Game  |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  12 November 2006 (USA)
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Mankind's epic struggle for survival against a dominating Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the planet's vortex.

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Marcus Fenix / Franklin / KR-64 Pilot (voice)
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Dominic Santiago / KR-61 Pilot / Agitated Stranded / Victim #1 Stranded / Drunk #2 Stranded (voice)
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Augustus Cole (voice)
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Damon Baird / Locust Drone B / Victim #2 Stranded / Berserker (voice)
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Minh Young Kim / Old Man Stranded / KR-25 Pilot / Factory Stranded / Johnson (voice)
Jamie Alcroft ...
Victor Hoffman (voice)
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Anya Stroud / KR-25 Pilot (voice)
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Queen Myrrah (voice)
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Anthony Carmine / Drunk #1 Stranded (voice)
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General RAAM / Locust Drone A / Theron Guard / Berserker (voice) (as Dee Baker)
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Redshirt Gyules / Boomers (voice)
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Just when the humans of the planet Sera attain peace after a 79 year war amongst each other, the Locust horde comes out the planet's crust to kill every human on the planet. Billions are slaughtered. In a desperate move, humans retreat to the Jacinto Plateau, the last safe place on the planet, and use satellites and chemical weapons to destroy the other 90% of the planet, and hopefully their threat along with them. When the locusts break through the plateau's defenses, Marcus Fenix, a young soldier in the elite Gears unit of the Coalition of Organized Governments (COG), disobeys orders to hold his position at Jacinto's defenses to try and save his father trapped between the Locusts and his own men. Caught an accused of deserting, he is sentenced to 40 years in Jacinto prison. 14 years into the sentence is where the game picks up, when Marcus is rescued by his military colleague and friend, Dominic Santiago. He rejoins the army, and, with the help of Alpha squad members Augustus Cole ... Written by GEARSMAN

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The gears of war are lubricated by the blood of soldiers See more »

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The famous chainsaw gun was almost cut from the game due to creative differences between Epic and Microsoft. See more »

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In the flash back to when the resonator was deployed, Baird hangs back and watches the resonator briefly before Marcus tells him to hurry up. When the player actually witnesses this scene, Baird immediately joins the others after setting up the resonator. See more »

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Myrrah: They do not understand. They do not know why we wage this war. Why we will fight, and fight and fight... Until we win... Or we die... And we are not dead yet.
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Written by Roland Orzabal
Performed by Gary Jules & Michael Andrews
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Great game, weak story.
21 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gears of War's biggest weakness is a interesting but bare bones plot but what it makes up for it is it's addictive and (very)gory intensely fun shooting action.

What Epic Games has done is nothing short of brilliant and although not really original, the core gameplay mechanics are very well-done. Besides the critically-acclaimed Halo series, the focus on cover makes for some really exciting and strategically intense firefights. The graphics are really nice, detailed, and has a dark, gritty, medieval-industrial/Gothic hybrid feel that fits really well with the atmosphere. The voice acting is a little cheesy but it's supposed to be this way. It feels like the action flicks of the '80s and '90s.

However, Gear's major flaw is the story. Nothing is even remotely explained; not even the real reason for why the bad guys want to destroy humanity. None of the characters are developed, even the Locust Horde and their leader, General Raam. The lack of any real development sucks what little life remains from the characters and it makes it a little depressing.

Gears of War is a great action game marred only by a weak, paint by numbers plot with emotionally devoid characters.


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