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Published on November 11, 2006 By terpfan1980 In XBOX

That Gears of War "Mad World" commercial (linked below) is just awesome.  As some of the comments at the link mention, the music helps make the commercial the thing of beauty that it is, but it's definitely awesome.


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on Nov 11, 2006
Not to mention that the game is pretty frackin' awesome too
on Nov 11, 2006
havent played the game, but had been following it for a few months and it sure does look like it rocks man  frackin great story  
on Nov 11, 2006
Far too frantic and linear for my blood, though I am looking forward to watching my son playing it. It looks stunning, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Gears Of War spawning a movie or two at some point. Now that really would be cool!

Personally, I'd pay a king's ransom for a true turn-based strategy game on the 360. Something along the lines of Gladius would be nice.


on Nov 11, 2006
I love the song (and Donnie Darko, the movie that featured it and where the song REALLY fit). I was disappointed when I saw it used for the GoW commercial. I have no idea if the game is any good, but it has spoiled the song a bit for me. Hopefully my memory of the commercial will fade, and I can go back to enjoying the song.
on Nov 11, 2006

I love the song (and Donnie Darko, the movie that featured it and where the song REALLY fit). I was disappointed when I saw it used for the GoW commercial. I have no idea if the game is any good, but it has spoiled the song a bit for me. Hopefully my memory of the commercial will fade, and I can go back to enjoying the song.

The song really works well for the video though and makes a great "theme" song for the game.  The game is amazing really.  It may be a bit linear, and is certainly frantic, but in a great way.  The graphics are beyond stunning, just a great example of what a Next Generation video game console can do.

Granted, I've seen some beautiful images from Metal Gear Solid on the PS3 and it looks unbelievable too, but just how many PS3's are really going to be in peoples households this season, and at what price?  I know I am not going to have one anytime soon, if ever, at the price they are asking for them currently.  No matter how impressive the games are on the PS3, the hardware will still cost an arm and a leg and really won't be 'that much better' than what I have right now.

on Nov 11, 2006
I *just* tried playing the game on a friend's xbox... I am definitely not a console shooter guy. I was in the tutorial... and I died Why won't they let me use a keyboard and mouse? They work in the dashboard, why not in games?
on Nov 11, 2006

I *just* tried playing the game on a friend's xbox... I am definitely not a console shooter guy. I was in the tutorial... and I died Why won't they let me use a keyboard and mouse? They work in the dashboard, why not in games?

That question gets asked a lot and the answer (canned it seems) keeps coming up: "to keep a level playing field."

Many Quake/Unreal Tournament type players that are used to keyboard/mouse combos get frustrated at games on the consoles initially, but over time they normally adjust.  Not saying that keyboard/mouse combos aren't something that should be supported, just that it seems (so far) that non-support is a design goal, rather than a forgotten feature.

I will say that my impression of Gears of War so far is that it's quite fun, but I find some of the "take cover" controls a bit less than intuitive for my tastes.  I'm still more used to some other games in the FPS genre and know those controls a lot better currently.  Over time I'm sure I could get decent enough at that part of Gears, but then I'd probably still suck rocks at actually hitting the things I'm aiming at when shooting   (Something I always suck at).

on Nov 12, 2006
Personally I love it, and after a bit of playing with it everything just seems to flow for me.

Why do people always want to use a keyboard and mouse? I know that technically you can be far more accurate with that setup than the typical two joysticks (which is why I believe they do not want to support both) most controllers seem to use but in the end (for me anyway) its nothing more than learning a new controller style - granted I started out on consoles (snes) so when I say learning a new controller style I mean that learning to use a keyboard and mouse just seems to be a different controller style. It may take some time to adjust but it shouldn't be something that keeps you from playing an enjoyable game, granted if you've never used the two joystick setup before your learning time may be fairly long and frustrating.
on Nov 12, 2006
I just played through the game last night with a friend of mine, he was about 2 or 3 hours in when i joined at about 10:30... 6 hours later, after about 10,000 bullets per gun and too many deaths to count, we beat the game, and while i had some minor gripes, they were just that, minor, the game is indeed "frackin' awesome" - though i can see how it could get too frantic for some... the frenetic pace just made it that much more addictive to me, that "one more check-point" mentality that made me stay until 4:30 AM to finish it off (that last boss is a pain in the rear!)

terpfan - i agree the take cover command was sometimes not good, my personal gripe was its reaction, i never did figure out the finer points of it, but overall it worked well

my only other gripes with the game are its length, though there will be a GoW2 i can guarantee that, and some minor technical gripes (whats up with the sniper rifle not forcing you to reload because you are zoomed? really sucks in the heat of a battle to forget to unzoom, reload, and rezoom, only to fire and realize you forgot those steps)

my favorite moments: both players in co-op mode chainsawing the same Locust Grunt (and no, i don't know if we chopped him into 3 pieces, both screens were covered in blood and i couldn't see). Me dying on top of a Locust Wretch with my chainsaw going ( lots of blood!) and that last sweet headshot on the final boss. - Plus the dialogue in the game just rocks, the writers deserve some major props, and whoever decided that the reload feature needed to be skill based gets mad props from me!

EDIT: oh btw, the Corpser (the spider things in the commercial) goes down right nice and pretty too, that boss fight was pretty fun
on Nov 12, 2006

Awesome to see another shooter with a co-op mode in the campaign, there was a long gulf of time where it just got left out.. Duke3D was the last 'old' game I remember it being in, and then there was the console version of Doom3.. between those two there was a patch for System Shock II that added co-op, which was awesome, but anywho..

Gears of War is a very different kind of game compared to Halo, and personally I like that. The first Halo was great but the genre has to move forward; I actually returned Halo 2 to the store a couple days after I got it since it was just... tedious to me. I don't care about multiplayer, and it had no co-op over Live-- or co-op at all? I forget.

It's almost an open-ended puzzler as much as it's a shooter. Find cover and eliminate the obstacles to your progression, don't get hit too much at once, put out suppression fire, take care of your squadmates so they can take care of you, don't let the enemy get close unless you're REAL handy with your underslung chainsaw.. and I'm only a couple hours into the game so far.
on Nov 27, 2006
I was watching my precious G4 when this comercial came on. I nearly broke my television in rage! It's just a terrible use of this great song. Donnie Darko used it right: to convey sadness with an eerie happiness and mental instability. Anyone who actually thinks this comerical used the song in at all the right way has got to go out and rent, buy, or steal Donnie Darko, and watch it to completion.

"The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had," think about that lyric; what does it have to do with war? If you really want to die so bad during a war, you have a gun right there, blow your brains out or shut up and quiting whining.

You say Gears of War needs a theme song? I agree with you. But that doesn't mean it should go out and steal a theme song that doesn't even work. It should get its own theme song and actually make sure it makes sense.
on Jan 01, 2007
to loggerism. if u dont see how this song applies to war, ur blinded by your loyalty to the movie. do u even understand the song yourself? and the game isnt about war per se, its about desolation and desperation, not just killing aliens. the planet is F-ed, Fenix is the last line of defense. there arent any victory parades, theres just winning and surviving or losing and dying. so in those times when ur up against a fate u may not want, in a tired world thats running on empty, how do these lyrics not apply? go ahead, break your tv with all that rage. it should be easy. u can use that thick head of yours to do it.
on Jan 07, 2007
OK, well then answer, if the dreams in which one is dying is the best they've ever had, why try to win? Why fight the fight? Why not just fucking kill yourself; you've got the gun.
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