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    13u12n's Gears of War (360)

    [January 12, 2007 04:28:45 AM]
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    Since I play with the same people a lot, we all know the strategies certain players will use on certain maps, and we all try to counter strategize. It makes the game fun and usually leads to learning new and more effective strategies. As I've talked about in my last gamelog, a tactic I like to use is weapon camping. If there is a particularly dangerous player that I would like to get rid of, I find the weapon that that player likes to use, camp it, and kill that player rather than fighting that player out in the open where I have a chance of dying. Of course that tactic usually doesn't work more than once because then that player will start to be suspicious and check if I'm there before picking up a weapon. Since I use this tactic a lot, I guess it would be safe to categorize myself as a sneaky player. I'm not the type to openly engage the opposing team, I would much rather catch an opponent by surprise, giving me an advantage over them. Bringing this back to the team thing, I personally think it is better to have a team composed of like-minded players because that way teammates can agree better on tactics. I personally do not like to play defensively, allowing the other team to do whatever they want, while waiting for them to find us. I bring this up because during my play I was in such a team and I felt that I played worse for the sole reason that I was not able to do what I do best. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy my gaming experience as much because I was losing more than I'm used to, but Gears of War is still a great game.
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    [January 12, 2007 04:28:33 AM]
    After getting used to the new maps, I played in a private match with some friends of mine. The difference between regular matches and the private matches I play is that with the private matches, I can play knowing that each and every player is capable and not new to the game. It makes for a much more exciting match. I guess that brings up a point about online gaming. In games that revolve around team play, it sucks not having a group of people with whom you play with a lot and can develop strategies with because a lot of the time, winning matches comes down to having good teamwork rather than having that one player who is really good. Of course if each team is communicating effectively, then it will come down to tactics and skill.

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    [January 11, 2007 09:27:08 PM]
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    The next map is Raven Down. After the first few rounds I realize that the battle gets very hectic because the map is small, so it is very hard to hide. It ends up being a shotgun/chainsaw fest. There are only 2 grenade pick-ups on this map. The rounds end very fast compared to all other maps. Usually on other maps, when it gets down to 1v1, the battle comes to a slowdown where the 2 players are searching for each other, while hiding from each other at the same time. This is almost impossible to do on this map, leading to short rounds.

    After playing each of the maps a few times and reflecting on what each has to offer, I have to say I enjoy both maps, but that I am also disappointed by them. I enjoy them because they are refreshing and force me to think up new tactics for them, but they are disappointing mainly because of the weapon selection. Neither map had any torque bows or hammer of dawns, as well as some of the weaker weapon pick-ups. Although it is possible to plug the weapons in with the weapon swap option when creating a game, I would have liked the designers to focus on all the power weapons with the new maps.

    Well I'm sure I've talked a lot already, so I'll end this gamelog here for now. I'm off to play some more Gears of War for more stuff to write about in my next game log.
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    [January 11, 2007 09:26:46 PM]
    I'll start out with a little background info. It's Gears of War for the Xbox 360. It is easily the best console shooter out right now. It was the only reason I bought an Xbox 360 and is the only game I have for it. I have already beat the campaign mode on casual, the easiest difficulty. I have been playing the game's online multiplayer for the last month or so. I enjoy it much more than the single player mode because online play offers a real unique experience in every game.

    Now onto the topic of this post: new maps! 2 new maps have just been released for this game. They are called Raven Down and Old Bones. Raven Down takes place in an outdoor area in which there is a downed helicopter in the middle of a cross-shaped battlefield. Old Bones takes place in a large museum. The first map I decided to try was Old Bones, so I host a match and wait for some players to join up. After starting the match, I try to figure out what weapons are available on the map. I find that there are 2 grenade pick-ups, 1 boomshot, and 1 longshot. After a few rounds of exploration, the two teams begin fighting over the power weapons, mainly the longshot and the boomshot. One of my favorite aspects about this game is the cover system. One tactic that I use on all maps, which I applied on this one, is weapon camping. It is where I will camp around the corner of a weapon pick-up, wait for an enemy to pick up the weapon, and during the pick up animation, proceed to kill him with a quick gnasher shot to the head or a chainsaw, both of which are very satisfying.

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    13u12n's Gears of War (360)

    Current Status: Playing

    GameLog started on: Tuesday 28 November, 2006

    13u12n's opinion and rating for this game

    Best shooter I have ever played.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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