A fortnight ago saw the release of Gears of War 2 on the 360. The first game was actually the first game I ever played on the xbox, but I only got around to buying it a few months ago in preparation for the sequel (needed to know the whole backstory etc). I quite liked it, and I thought that all the pre-release talk about the new game seemed quite promising so I picked it up on the day it dropped and happily joined the 2 million other people who got it during that opening weekend in shooting the shit out of those pesky locust.
A week later, after I’d finished the solo campaign and played a handful of multiplayer games, I decided that I was definitely bored of playing it. Then this week I popped into Game to swap it for World at War. And it’s not even like I’d played it a lot (it only took 3 or 4 sessions to get through the main story – and to be honest, I barely touched the multiplayer).
I actually enjoyed the single player a lot – though some of the boss battles were painfully straightforward, even on Hardcore. In fact, I don’t think there was anywhere in the game that took more than a few attempts to beat. But at least it was fun, and I thought the story was more than good enough to get you involved. The multiplayer however; not fun. For a start, having to wait nearly 10 minutes to even find a game (literally) put me off before I’d even started. Add to that the inability to easily mute the absolute fucktards that love to talk constant shit throughout each game (I’m no prude, and I’m up for a bit of gamesmenship, but I just don’t want to have to sit and listen to a 14 year old taking everyone through every painstaking detail of their game, complete with random racist outbursts whenever they get shot. It’s beyond irritating). Oh, and you can’t even quit a game if you wanted to. Also, I still find the lack of a straight-foward team deathmatch a bit shit.
Co-op campaign is fun, and the multiplayer horde mode is great if you’re in a decent team. My one regret with taking the game back is I’ll never see Wave 50 but I’m pretty sure I’ll get over it. (Besides, I can always indulge in the Nazi Zombies for some horde-esque fun). But generally, there was nothing that’d keep me playing the game past this two week mark. So bye bye Marcus Fenix for now. Maybe GoW:3 will get me back into it…(?)