Friday, July 8, 2011
Old Skool Games: Gears of War
Since I now have an Xbox I decided to play an old game that I thought was really good the first few times I played it, but, as it turns out, isn't all that great. The first couple times through Gears of War a few years ago led me to believe it was one of the greatest games at the time. I was originally swayed by the amazing multiplayer because I didn't really spend much time on the campaign other than learning the controls. Turns out I was wrong.
Gears of War was a great game at the time because of the graphics and in your face gameplay with curb stomping bonuses, and nowadays it's just average at best. The campaign took me less than 6 hours even on the hardest difficulty and now that there's better games to play the online setup feels lonely because if you wanted to play Gears you'd be playing the second one. I must admit though, I still enjoy the second Gears because of the inclusion of an offline multiplayer with bots.
The lack of a substantial offline multiplayer makes the first Gears of War a relic in my view. The only reason to buy the first Gears now is because you have a need to play through the first campaign to get the full story and you have no friends that have it lying around. Everything about the second game is miles ahead of the first, and you'd be crazy to pay any amount of money for a 6 hour campaign.
I just checked, and this game was released November 17th 2006, which isn't that long ago. The difference between this Gears and Gears 2 was massive considering that there was only 2 years between the two. I guess that what I'm hinting at here is that video gaming is progressing at an amazing speed if 2 years is all it takes to make a revolutionary game obsolete. I'm just wondering how awesome games will be in the next couple of years.