Opinion: Gears of Whore

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Gears of War is done, the story has been told, and closure has been achieved. However, if the gaming world has taught us anything, it’s that publishers will push out more games until a series stops selling.  This means the mythology gets more unnecessary backstory and the fanboys can continue to play the same title over and over. It’s marketing brilliance at its best. But it’s not right.

Can there be too much Gears?

Yes, I understand fan love. Realistically, I wouldn’t be in this industry if I didn’t. Just like most other gamers, I am all for making sequels; in fact, some of this year’s best titles have been sequels. However, now that news has arisen that the Gears of War series is being handed to the folks at People Can Fly, I have to ask: to what end? Oh, to make prequels. Huzzah!

They can now explain and explore every tiny line of dialogue or location Epic has created until there is no mystery or love left. Now, even though People Can Fly are yet to begin work on a new Gears title, I’ve been sent into a rage. Why, you ask? Because Gears of War is done. It doesn’t need more games. The series has played its course: the controls, gameplay and story are at the end of their life. We got to experience a kickass trilogy, now let’s all move on. It’s time for Epic and co to leave it as is and create some amazing new world using all the knowledge learned from a truly memorable trilogy.

Instead, they just continue making more games in the series. Yes, it’s a bitter standpoint, and I’ll bet there are people reading this saying, “But I would love to play more Gears games.” Well, truth be told, so would I. the problem lies, like most things in life, in Star Wars. You heard me… Star Wars.

The rule that has been taught to us through Star Wars is all the fan love and attention in the world will not guarantee customers the experience that they want. Instead, we got The Phantom Menace. The world you love will fill with things you didn’t need to know and characters you wish you could forget. As more titles flow out, diluting your love for the world, the overall experience is less exciting and increasingly annoying.

I personally cannot wait for the Gears of War prequel that has a friendly wisecracking grub voiced by Eddie Murphy. But I digress. The point I am getting at is that this effort could be used for a more fleshed out Bulletstorm with less story and more awesome moves to play with, or prehaps a darker story-based Painkiller reboot. Both titles still have room for growth. Instead, it seems that Epic and co are content with aiming for more of the same.

Seriously, I want a new Painkiller game

At the end of the day, People Can Fly may surprise me and deliver a totally unique experience with a distinct Gears flavour. However, I fear I will just see Gears of War become like Assassin’s Creed: a yearly release series with little difference. Hey, at least maybe Marcus will get a new hat…

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  • Anonymous

    Hmm, sounds like Gears has caught a bad case of the Halo’s.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing that keeps call of duty going every year is the massive love of the multiplayer by millions of people..
    Gears multi sucks arse…
    You should be asking Dave what he thinks, he bought the season pass.

  • Spencer_97

    I can see what your talking about, you don’t want gears of war to turn into the CoD series and I utterly agree, but to be honest I want to see one more game from the GoW universe, a sequel from the 3rd game, killing stranded or uniting the CoG something like that. The ending to GoW 3 was horribly amazing, so amazing that I want to see what happens, to see what the characters’ lives develop into. I wanna hear Baird complaining in the background and the awesome C. Carmine cracking jokes. I wanna see Anya and Sam too.

    I also want to dIsagree with what Bagmup said; Are you fucking serious? The GoW multiplayer was diverse and amazing, games like CoD developed into laggy matches were half the players were camping and the other half were complaining.