Querying the Domain: Have you met my chainsaw bayonet?
Yo are you doing any cool video game reviews lately? I just stumbled into a gut wrenching song from 'DOOM' game and even though I'm not a heavy metal guy it sounded very satisfying. Also any recap on The Grand Tour? The politics and all of that is starting to wear on me lately and this blog is a bit refreshing with the variety of posts.
Well actually... yeah, I do.
So... once again, I ask, is the new Gears of War game any good?
As a matter of fact, it is.
Something Old, Something New...
The classic ridiculous movement system that NEVER does what you want it to, when you want to? Check.
Awesome destructible-cover system that at least sort of realistically attempts to humanise the brutality of the combat and makes it clear that you can't just slaughter your enemies at will? Check.
Weapons that combine superbly realistic functionality with completely unrealistic attachments like chainsaw bayonets, and the ability to somehow fire thousands upon thousands of rounds without ever having the barrels melt? Check.
Grinding nihilism, extreme brutality, and no sense of real hope or victory even after winning through the toughest possible boss battles? Check, check, and triple-mother-humpin'-check!
(Yeah, I know, my use of profanity is pretty limp-wristed. That is for two reasons. First, I have never been a sailor or a drill-sergeant- to my knowledge, anyway. Second, this IS still, sort of, a family-friendly site, up to a point. The fact that this "point" hangs about as high off the ground as a badger's badger, is somewhat ancillary.)
So Gears 4 has certainly taken everything that made the previous games so good, and so infuriating.
You still die randomly for no good reason whatsoever. Hardcore mode is still extremely irritating. The enemy AI is still tough, brutal, and disciplined- yet predictable to at least some degree. And the gameplay is still thrilling and addictive.
The new Gears game even preserves the one massive flaw of all previous games in the series: in the one vehicle-based segment, the bike you use is nearly undriveable.
I don't know what it is about the Gears franchise, but I have never found a single one of the games to be good at the vehicle- or creature-based stuff. It doesn't matter whether you're driving a Junker, a Centaur, a Brumak, or a bike- the controls are clumsy and stupid, and it's impossible to manoeuvre whatever you're driving properly. Somehow, the thing that my beloved HALO franchise does so brilliantly- namely, vehicle-based third-person combat- is something that the Gears franchise is completely useless at doing.