Posts Tagged ‘Gears of War 2’
OMG. I know. I’m so late to the Gears party that none of you are actually going to read this, yet here I am typing. About Gears. Men in big boots (big boots don’t die), even bigger suits, and guns with chainsaws. Technically I should have orgasmed by now. But here I am having completed it on Hardcore, feeling a little “meh”.
Now, I can totally justify this. Let me start by saying that I get that Gears is a good game. In fact it’s a great franchise, but there are aspects of it I’m not fond of, and they fundamentally dampen the whole experience for me. Firstly, I hate the characters. They are stereotypical, OTT, butch soldiers with a complete lack of personality. Bo-ring. I think the only character I can stomach is the Cole Train, baby (I hope you read that in Cole’s voice). And Carmine. But he’s dead…
Secondly, the whole thing feels a tad cliche. Normally this wouldn’t bother me. In fact, the reason I get so angry at JRPG’s receiving low marks in reviews is because the reviewer normally describes them as cliche, and I’m always like “But that’s okay! We want traditional JRPG’s, no?!”.
I don’t know, maybe I just have a personal vendetta against Gears of War, because reading the above two paragraphs doesn’t really explain why I feel so “meh” towards Marcus Fenix and friends.
With that said I still enjoyed my playthrough, though it was only redeemed by the fact I played it on co-op with a good friend and even gooder (not a word, I know) banter. No, wait, something else redeemed it… The Lancer. What a great weapon! I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of slicing through a Bolter.
I haven’t updated my blog in over a month, which is strange given I’ve been playing my Xbox a fair bit.
I finally got into Gears of War 2, in particular the multiplayer mode, Horde. My friend and I are (very) slowly co-oping our way through the campaign thanks to intermittent connection problems, and the fact Horde is so damn fun the temptation to play it overrides that of the campaign itself.
I happened to buy Gears of War 2 during one of the crazy Anniversary weekends (or something), so the Epic developers had decided to multiply XP by 8, which saw me level up stupidly fast, and change every 9 waves from being a mixed bag of enemies to simply Tickers. Having never played Horde I didn’t know that 9 rounds of Tickers was unusual, and it certainly wasn’t as fun as it is when you have Boomers, Maulers and Bloodmounts attacking you from every angle.
Yes, I like a challenge.
With that said, by the time we had reached Wave 40-odd the Anniversary weekend was over and Horde returned to its normal formula. There’s a good tactic for facing the higher level waves on a map called Stasis, where you kill a couple of Maulers and block the steps with their shields. We managed to complete Wave 50 on Normal using this tactic.
Gears of War. Who could argue that those three words have become synonymous with Xbox 360? It’s ‘our’ exclusive, the one that truly demonstrated what the 360 was capable of, and it certainly deserved the praise both critics and gamers alike showered it with. Like many others, I let myself get caught up in the hype and put my pre-order down for the game’s release in 2006, and while it has become a game I never publicly fault, it’s one that no one ever hears me talk about.
Although I appreciated the game for what it was, and even now I find it difficult to fault the gameplay, I never fell in love with the game like many others did. There were only a couple of reasons why, but I think the main reason was simply a case of characters; big, beefy, over-emasculated, meatheads. Although I enjoyed my playthrough and the occasional dabbling of MultiPlayer (though I failed to master the ‘shotgun and roll’ tactic that success seemed to hinge on), I gave the sequel a miss because the characters pissed me off so much.
Okay, so Cole was pretty awesome. There aren’t many fine details I recall about the characters, but I did enjoy Cole’s quips. And Carmine. You never really know much about him, but I know I like him. However, I just found it difficult to relate to any of the characters, especially physically.
I know, I know, it’s lame, right? I don’t exactly relate to Lara Croft with my modest B cup (and that’s probably wishful thinking), yet I love Tomb Raider mainly because of her. I don’t particularly relate to a 16 year old boy who, despite his age, hasn’t appeared to have hit puberty, yet I still love Blue Dragon. You get my point. It’s pretty illogical, yet it’s just the way it always has been.
Wow, I almost didn’t give a second look to Far Cry 2, but with all the fantastic reviews that have been cropping up it’s hard not to take notice. Then again, today I’ll be picking up Fable II, then it’s christmas just around the corner with Gears 2, Fallout 3 and Underworld all on my wish list. And I’ve still got Condemned 2 to begin, with Infinite Undiscovery on my to-buy list. Argh!