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Introduction: Gears of War is not a Strategy game, just for your information. Gears of War is much better (for me) than a FPS Game, mainly because Gears of War does not make your head spin, and the controls are easy to adapt to and the camera view is excellent. You play Marcus Fenix, a soldier under the COG unit (Coalition of Ordered Governments) who got locked up in a prison in the beginning, and was saved by your buddy, Dominic Santiago.

Gameplay: Gears of War’s gameplay is very unique, most probably because of the cover system and the ‘Over-The-Shoulder’ camera position.

  • The cover system, which is quite obvious, is your character covering from cover to cover to dodge enemy fire. The best and fastest technique in covering is that you duck and run (Hold A) and then when you see yourself close to a cover (boulder or wall etc;), press A again, and your character will automatically cover himself. I think you get the idea.
  • The ‘Over-The-Shoulder’ camera position is excellent and unique, because you can see what your character looks like, how he moves and there is a wide angle for you to look out for your opponents be it in Multiplayer or Singleplayer (This ‘Over-The-Shoulder’ camera position is a great help in close combat like shotgun fights or chainsaw duels etc;).
  • The weapons are amazing, such as the very unique weapon, the Lancer. The lancer is your everyday bulky rifle, with a chainsaw attached to it. How cool is that? Long-Range combat and Short-Range combat. When your opponents gets too close for comfort, show him what your chainsaw can do. But beware though, the chainsaw kill is a little bit slow, so when you see another opponent coming in, dont chainsaw the other opponent. The other dude could just run towards you and blast you off with a shotgun. So thats tip #1.

Multiplayer: Multiplayer gameplay is great, I might have stated this in the Gameplay section, but yeah. It is true. GoW in multiplayer could be the best multiplayer you could ever have in your X360, besides from Racing games etc;. Because of the wide angle from the excellent ‘Over-The-Shoulder’ camera, you can easily spot your opponents coming towards you. So, you could be prepared, get some cover etc;. The maps are excellent. I would recommend some easy maps for beginners such as Gridlock, Mansion or even Canals. Not to say the other maps are too advanced, but you could try it.

Overall: Gears of War is definately in my top 10 list of awesome/favorite games. This game deserves a 9/10 (Sometimes in Singleplayer, your teammates just cant work with you. You tell them to regroup and they say ‘Negative’. Should be a problem there, but who cares). Gears of War 2 is a definate buy for me, but not now. I’ve got other games to consider buying first anyway.

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Review 1:

Fable II.

The Beginning: Firstly, you start out as a boy (note that your character does not have any voice/dialogue), who lives in the street of Bowerstone Old Town, a part of Albion. You (sparrow) and your sister (rose) finds a shop which sells ‘magical items’ which rose does not believe in, but then a lady named Theresa appears and hints to rose that it might be worth 5 gold coins to buy the ‘magic’ musical box which could grant 1 wish to the person who buys it.

Gameplay: You will enjoy the flexible gameplay of Fable II, because the special features is that you can wonder a world 10 times bigger than Fable, and you can absolutely do anything you want with the villagers. Firstly, you can start by entertaining them by doing some funny emotions such as Dancing, Whistling, Victory Arm Pump, Farting and also, this game features some ‘flirty’ stuff aswell, such as Pick-up lines, Seducing, Blow Kissing etc;. Flirting can be done with a man or a woman, it depends whether you want to just have fun and ‘who cares’ or you want to do the appropriate thing to bring back a girl to your house.

Flirting and Sex: It is incredible on how this is so fun to be messing around with. You can flirt with a woman, and then when the bar reaches to a ‘ring’, you can get married with her. So, you buy her/him a ring from the Jewellery/Gift shop, and then propose to her/him. After you get engaged, go to your house and set it as your marital house. Then after that, when she gets real horny, you can get her to sleep with your on the bed. Too bad folks, no sexual intercourse is seen on the screen. You can either choose Unprotected or Protected sex. I dont really have to say this, but this is a game feature: If you choose Unprotected sex, you will have a baby, and then you must take care of her and stuff, and then she’ll grow into a positive woman/man. If you kill your wife while there is a baby, the ‘ministry’ of marriage or something will confiscate your baby. So watch that sword, Heroes/demons.

Combat: Your hero does not die, you just get knocked out and then you’ll be revived again and you can continue to kick ass. Although, when you dont pick up the Experience/Strength/Will/Skill orbs, they will disappear once you get knocked out, so when you feel alittle loose, dont forget to pick all of the orbs alright? Right. The combat style is really interesting, because it’s really quick and easy. You can switch your ranged weapon with the Y button, and then you can switch back to your melee weapon with the X button. It’s really just one click and then you get your weapon of choice. If you dont feel like using realistic stuff, you can try your magic skills with a press of a B button and then your hero will attack with the magic of your choice. You can choose this either on the menu screen or just pressing and holding either RB or RT. Cant remember.

Weapons: Fable II offers loads of different types of weapons, such as Melee, Long Ranged and Magic, and each of them has alot of sub-categories. For weapons, you have Axes, Maces, Longswords, Cleavers, Hammers, Katanas and Cutlasses. It’s really cool to be playing with all this killing toys. Axes, Maces, Hammers and all those heavy looking stuff are all very strong but also very slow, so pick carefully. Dont forget about the legendary weapons such as the Daichi Katana, which isn’t heavy, but very light and fast and very strong with a eletrical kick with it. For long ranged, there is Blunderbusses(short barrelled weapons which have incredible damage in short-range), Crossbows, Clockwork Rifle (quite complicated, but it’s just like your normal rifle), Pistols and Turret Rifle (multiple barrels, each with it’s own chamber). It’s quite cool, because you get to play with guns in medieval/classical type of games. Lastly, you have Will, or Magic, some of you might say. You have a wide selection, starting from: Chaos, Force Push, Inferno, Raise Dead, Shock, Blades, Time Control and Vortex. I dont think this needs explaining. Everything is good, and you go have fun with it alright.

Crime and Jobs: Becareful walking through the streets of Bowerstone/Oakfield and other such places, because if you commit a crime, you may get caught and will be fined with a specific amount of fee. The crimes are the following: Assault (attacking with magic), Attempted Murder, Murder, Drunk and Disorderly Conduct (commiting a crime while drunk), Trespassing, Dereliction of payment (short for not paying your fine), Public Indecency, Extortion, Harassment, Vandalism, Resisting Arrest, Violating Parole and Stealing. Get these crimes into your head, and dont do them unless you have a huge sum of money you dont know what to do with. If you are a good hero, you do jobs to earn money. You can either do these jobs as offered: Bartenders, Woodcutters, Blacksmiths, Bounty Hunters, Civilian Displacement Agents (people who put other people as slaves) and Assassins. Well, if you dont want to do a job and would like to slaze around and doing nothing, you can resort to a crime, like stealing? But It might not be worth it, because you get caught EVERYTIME, OR if you dont want to do both, how about a little gamble at the local inn or something? There are three gambling games you can participate in order to get some cash: Spinnerbox (I have no idea what this is, just play it), Fortune’s Tower and Keystones. They are fun games, but I dont think you might earn alot of cash from it. If you would like to invest your money, you can buy a shop, and then it’ll earn you money every 5 Mintues. Great stuff.

Overall rating: Fable II deserves a 9/10 for being such a great game. It has more to offer than this review, but this review is still pretty good, because It covers most of the basic stuff. Alright, that’s about all of this game. Seriously, I enjoyed this game alot. I finished the whole game in just 3 days. Pretty neat stuff eh?

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