If you stop for a moment to consider mischief, you’re most likely going to be stopped for a long long time, as something will kill you.
Two-player co-op in this game is amazing. You really need the other player in Gears. Especially on the higher levels, the chance to have another person run and revive you when you are totally destroyed by a taunting monster is a blessing.
If it were one-player, you’d be toast.
Teams can revive each other, however, at least until the point where one character is killed. Then… you’re up Gears creek, my friend.
That’s not to say that Gears doesn’t offer any moments of levity. Hell no, the game's characters are foul-mouthed as anything you could hope for, and they drop one-liners faster than Robin Williams on acid. They are rude, crude, and in the mood… for destruction.
Actually, Robin Williams on acid would be scarier.
My favorite moment of Gears so far, was during a lull in a particular fierce battle. I was hiding behind a boulder, and praying for the Gods of ammo to deliver unto me some… well, ammo.
My sister ran up to the boulder and began to complain about how many enemies there were, all the while reloading her gun, only to suddenly scream and begin shooting at me like a lunatic.
Rather, at what she thought was me.
She’d managed to find a totally different boulder where one of the locust were hunched down and hiding, and she’d thought it was me. When she stopped right next to it, of course, it began to shoot at her.
“DEAR GOD!!” she screamed. “That’s NOT YOU!!!!!!!”
And, as I sat there and nearly choked to death on drool while laughing at her and attempting to take a drink of my soda, she proceeded to blast that poor creature into video-game oblivion.
Gears of War has been fun as all get-out, is what I’m trying to say, I guess.
At the moment — as I mentioned earlier — we’re running through the difficulties and seeing how “easy” we really did have it earlier in the game. Where we’re at right now, should I have to qualify it, I think we’re at a solid “one death per minute” rate and holding.
It's still a blast.
My only hope and prayer is that the game I have sitting on my counter — waiting for me to be finished with Gears — is one-tenth as fun. What game is that? Find out when I babble about that one, bubba.