Gears of War is a 2006 sci-fi third person shooter which began one of the most powerful video game franchises in Xbox 360 history. Throughout the course of the game, players will step into the boots of Marcus Fenix, a military sergeant on the planet Sera, and battle and kill thousands of alien enemies (known as the Locust) along the battlefield with weapons including (but not limited to) machine guns, shotguns, chainsaws (mounted on the barrel of one of your guns), and fragmentation grenades. Combat is realistic and intense, and features blood, some gore, and a fair amount of moderate language (plus a few occasional F-bombs) along the way.
Positive Elements - While using strong violence to achieve goals, Fenix and his Gears recognize their destiny as humanity's sworn guardians, teaching the player heroic values.
Privacy Concerns - Co-operative play is featured in Gears of War, with unrestricted voice communication sported as well, leaving players available to chat with friends, and strangers, too.
Violence and Gore 5/5 - Gears of War is violent, bloody, and sometimes gory as players decapitate, shoot, mutilate, impale, grind, blow up, and fight with many hostile alien creatures throughout the game. Players can shoot off heads and limbs with much blood involved. Brutal finishing moves against wounded enemies include using them as shields or stomping and crushing their heads (gory). Players can also use a mounted chainsaw to impale them in close-quarters combat. Blood is seen smeared on the floors and walls of the playing area at times. Know that there is an option to filter gore.
Sex and Nudity 0/5 - None
Language 4/5 - Mild to moderate cursing such as sh-t and h-ll is common, while there is the occasional f-ck present in the dialogue as well. These words can be toned down in the Options menu.
Substances 0/5 - None.
Age Recommendation: Because of the intense, but not explicit, violent content and gore it contains, and its great gameplay, I would strongly recommend Gears of War to ages 16 and up. If you are still uncomfortable about this game for your child, the Halo series(I will later post reviews for these) acts as a great alternative.
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