If I hadn’t played a few chapters of Gears of War 2 first, I would never have gotten into the Gears franchise with the first game alone. In many ways, I wish I had just stuck with the second game and ignored the first, because the first game has soured my opinions of the series a little bit.
The gameplay was always fun, so don’t get me wrong there. However, I need a little more than that to go on to truly like a game. I picked up the original game because I wanted to learn more about what was going on in this post-apocalyptic world. What are the Locust? Where did they come from? While I understand why they didn’t go into all of these explanations with the first game, a little narration as to what is going on would have been nice. At the very least, it would have been nice to know what the hell they were doing at all.
I rolled along just fine with the first Act and about halfway through the second Act. At that point, I thought that the team was just trying to find a way to get back to base. I didn’t understand why they went underground until they planted the resonator. Then I thought, “Okay, now I just got to get them out alive and back to base.” Nope. Now we’re running through Fenix estate and boarding a train with a light bomb. I know I’m a natural blonde, but I shouldn’t have had that hard of a time figuring out what was going on.
The plot seemed to be so scrapped together as an after-thought, like the game was meant to be a shooter first and then the story was tacked on. And you know, that’s most likely what happened. I’m not saying that this makes it a bad game, just not a game for me. I like shooting things as much as the next shooter fan, but I like to know why I’m doing it other than kill them before they kill me (which really is a good reason).
So yes, unfortunately, Gears of War is not something I can recommend unless it’s a bargain bin purchase. That said, I’m still really looking forward to Gears 3‘s release as I approach completing Gears 2.