Gears of War – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Strong Language and Intense Violence

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Parents should keep this game out of the hands of children. The level of graphic violence is quite high, featuring blood-spattered fatalities, dismemberment, and too many instances of violent death to count. The characters in the game also spout salty language that most parents probably wouldn't want to hear their own child repeating, and although there is no sexual content in the game, it's quite clear that this is intended for mature audiences only.

Co-op gamers should celebrate. The ability to go through the entire story-based campaign with a friend (splitscreen or over Live) is awesome, and basically turns what would otherwise be an extremely beautiful but straightforward game into a must-play.

Action fans will have undoubtedly already been through the game by the time this review sees publication but for those who haven't, it's an extremely solid third-person shooter that excels individuals and plays it safe everywhere else. Although the playtime is relatively short, it wisely ends before wearing out its welcome. The gameplay emphasizing the utilization of cover is nothing new, an extension of several other games which employ the same mechanic. However, it's worth noting that this game absolutely nails the controls and has an extremely low learning curve.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers have the option to turn on subtitles for the game's dialogue, a very welcome addition. Although all of the pertinent information is displayed on-screen, being alerted to enemies by sound plays an important role during firefights. It may not be a crucial element, but it is a small advantage that hearing-impaired gamers will have to do without. Even so, the game is extremely playable and the lack of sound is not a significant problem.