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Old September 24 2008, 01:56 AM   #1
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I Can't Stand Gears of War!

I've played it for several hours now, and I really do not get the love for this game. I find it to be one of the most frustrating and awkward shooters I've ever played. What am I missing?

I'm playing on the easiest difficulty, yet I routinely get cut down with almost no warning. On the level I just played, I would be insta-killed over and over without explanation before I finally sussed out that you get attacked if you leave the light.

The weapons are the weakest ones I've ever used in a game. I shoot these boffos in the head ten times and they still stand there. Not to mention how weak it "feels" firing.

But the worst thing of all is the movement. You either walk at a super slow gait, or race forward like a maniac with your head down unable to see... and then you'll automatically latch onto the nearest surface. The entire cover mechanic is awful; I can't even move forward properly, instead I just leap laterally from one opening to the next. It's so painful just to detach from cover. You can't even jump, you have to scramble over tiny half-blocks.

The graphics are nice I suppose, but the enemy soldiers are identical to my guys. I honestly can't tell who is who until they start shooting at me; they're identical huge blocky thugs. And everything is just one vast monochromatic war-torn city with no differentiation whatsoever.

There's practically no story, just beefy steroid freaks tossing curse words back and forth.

So for those of you who love the game, why do you love it, and what am I missing here? For point of reference I love all three Halo games, and I've always felt they had the perfect handling/controls for a shooter (well, the 3rd one felt a little strange at parts).
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Old September 24 2008, 02:05 AM   #2
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Re: I Can't Stand Gears of War!

From your analysis, I'm not even sure we played the same game.
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Old September 24 2008, 02:06 AM   #3
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Re: I Can't Stand Gears of War!

yeah, i played the prison break tutorial and then just lost total interest
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Old September 24 2008, 04:11 AM   #4
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Re: I Can't Stand Gears of War!

I really like Gears of War, as well as Halo games. Like I always say, not every game is for every gamer. GoW was not like Halo, and it was just not for you.

I like the game because it's a different kind of shooter. To me, it was fresh, the graphics was amazing, the music was great. The game also felt intense. The controls take a little getting used to. The 'jump' is more like a dive. There are definately flaws in the game. It needs more color than gray, gray, and gray. I agree with enemies and allies looking too similar. BTW, Which gun were you using? Some of them really suck.

I read somewhere that the lead designer, Cliffy B, thought about this game when playing paintball. He was taking cover, firing back, and thinking, in a game, he would jump out, circle-strafe, and take out his opponent. But that wouldn't work here or in real life. So the core design in Gears is made so you have to use cover. That's why the controls are the way they are. Also, they make the enemies tough to kill for the same reason.

Anyway, I can't wait for Gears of War 2.
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Old September 24 2008, 04:30 AM   #5
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Re: I Can't Stand Gears of War!

I found the controls awkward compared to other shooters, however, I got used to it to a degree with some practice. Also, realize the game was designed to emphasize a shooter's need for cover. Hide. A lot.
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Old September 24 2008, 04:51 AM   #6
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Re: I Can't Stand Gears of War!

I also wasn't very impressed by Gears. The single player was decent, but I just didn't like the multiplayer at all (I especially don't like games where you die once and you're out for the round). I don't even have my copy anymore, my brother took it with him to college.

I've already decided I wont be picking up Gears 2, I'll just play through the single player when my brother brings his copy home during Christmas break.
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Old September 24 2008, 05:37 AM   #7
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Re: I Can't Stand Gears of War!

EAT SHIT AND DIE. FIGHT THROUGH THE PAIN.
Yeah, the "story" and "world" is pretty much what boys in 8th grade would come up with. In fact, I'm pretty sure I drew dinosaurs with guns at some point.

Anyway, the difference is that this game is meant to be slow. If you're not using the cover system, then you are literally not playing the game right. You need to use blind fire as well.

It might also help to play it with someone so that when you die, the game doesn't automatically end.
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Old September 24 2008, 05:42 AM   #8
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I LOVED this game. Finished with no problem on the second to hardest level. Some gamers just don't have enough skillz. I would eat you alive!

Don't sign up with the army, rawhide. War is dark. Too many greys. American weapons don't work properly and there are waterbugs in the shadows.

I kid, though. As another poster said, games aren't made for everyone. Some like it; some don't. And, for the record, Halo does NOT have a story. It's just a bunch of inexplicable events strung together with a completely mysterious hero. But still fun.
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Old September 24 2008, 05:53 AM   #9
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I LOVED this game. Finished with no problem on the second to hardest level. Some gamers just don't have enough skillz. I would eat you alive!

Don't sign up with the army, rawhide. War is dark. Too many greys. American weapons don't work properly and there are waterbugs in the shadows.

I kid, though. As another poster said, games aren't made for everyone. Some like it; some don't. And, for the record, Halo does NOT have a story. It's just a bunch of inexplicable events strung together with a completely mysterious hero. But still fun.
have you read the HALO books? thier Canon
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Old September 24 2008, 06:00 AM   #10
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How many times did you get killed stepping into the dark before you figured it out? I figured it out when its mentioned right before the dark levels start. I guess you have to pay attention...
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Old September 24 2008, 10:29 AM   #11
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My main issue with the game is the weapons. The main chainsaw gun feels like a nerf hose to me. Like I'm shooting egg yolk at the baddies or something. I do enjoy the torque bow though.
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Old September 24 2008, 11:04 AM   #12
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Re: I Can't Stand Gears of War!

The thing is that the Lancer is supposed to be used as a tracer gun, which is why it has the most ammo - it's best used in blind fire or at least to help you zone it on a shooting area before switching to another weapon.
It's also the easiest to active reload, so you can do some extra damage that way.
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Old September 24 2008, 12:35 PM   #13
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Re: I Can't Stand Gears of War!

Apart from CO-OP factor, Gears was so average it was beyond belief...It had crap team AI plus was far too linear for my taste though the worst thing apart from the voice acting of your character was the guns. I would of gotten more damage from a spud gun than the crappy thing you get given.

GEARS is a game for a generation already gone just like Bioshock.
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Old September 24 2008, 01:30 PM   #14
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NX_01 Mark wrote: View Post
Apart from CO-OP factor, Gears was so average it was beyond belief...It had crap team AI plus was far too linear for my taste though the worst thing apart from the voice acting of your character was the guns. I would of gotten more damage from a spud gun than the crappy thing you get given.

GEARS is a game for a generation already gone just like Bioshock.
I haven't played it, but I'm very surprised the voice acting on your character was poor considering it was done by John "Futurama's Bender" DiMaggio.
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Old September 24 2008, 02:02 PM   #15
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The main dude sounds like he's been smoking for the past 50 years or is trying to play Christian Bale's Batman
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