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Gears Of War Judgement (2013) Xbox 360
Gears Of War fans did not have to wait long for more Gears Of War action, only this time it would not be about Marcus Fenix!
Gears Of War Judgement was a prequel and it focused on Baird. Who along with Cole Train and two new characters, Sofia Hendrik and Garron Paduk who made up Kilo Squad. The story is pretty interesting in that Baird is actually on trial and the game is told through a series of flashbacks. It was pretty well done, but at the time and especially after the roller coaster that was Gears Of War 3, the story in its narrative and length were not as favorably reviewed as the other games that had come before it.
Each mission has a harder option you can select where you will have some kind of handicap be it having to use a certain weapon or a time limit. This was fun and as each level would see you get a score at the end it did help the replayability.
Multiplayer mode in Gears Of War Judgement was a ton of fun and while it did not reinvent the wheel. OverRun and Free For All as the new game modes were very well received and a nice addition to the returning game modes.
Gears Of War Judgement may not be the most popular game in the series, but it still sold over a million copies and many hard core Gears fans loved being able to delve deeper into the lore.
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Halo Wars (2009) Xbox 360
Halo Wars was the first of two Halo games released in 2009 and this one was met with some raised eyebrows when the first trailers were shown as it was so different from what fans expected from a Halo game. Ensemble Studios were the team behind this and they were tasked with taking the world of Halo and bringing it into the realm of real time strategy.
Halo Wars did actually have a story and the story was the classic, humans vs covenant and it was brought to life with some truly incredible cut scenes which at the time blew people away. People got really into the story and it was a story that you could play through on your own or with a buddy on Xbox Live.
Multiplayer was also an option. This featured the same kind of real time strategy gameplay as the campaign, but you could play against a friend in local or online battles. You could even play against the AI which was handy to let you know the ins and outs of the game. For many console gamers, this was their very first real time strategy game and many people felt that Ensemble Studios did a good job holding these new players to this kind of games hands.
Halo Wars sold very well, it was the best selling console real time strategy game at the time. It was also a game that was reviewed very well also. In all, it was a great side step for the series and it made many gamers interested in the realm of real time strategy.
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Halo 3 (2007) Xbox 360
Released in 2007 and the first Halo game on Xbox 360, Halo fans were very excited to finally get back in the saddle as Master Chief once again. This was said to be the last part of this chapter of the Halo story and it was truly epic in its scale. The idea was that both the evil Covenant Empire and the Flood would be put to rest once and for all, but like any good sci-fi story there was a ton of twists and turns along the way. One thing that was really cool about Halo 3 was the way part of the story was set on Earth! It was kind of awesome how this huge intergalactic war would have a huge part of t settled on Earth.
The campaign could be played with up to four players and each player would be a different character, so not everyone would have to play as Master Chief. Thanks to the power of the Xbox 360, Halo 3 had a huge leap in terms of its presentation, it at the time was one of the most impressive looking games on the console. Most people felt that the campaign was far better than what Halo 2 offered and most were pleased with the way things ended.
Multiplayer was awesome and it was one of the biggest games on Xbox Live, with over 1 million people playing in the first 24 hours alone! Halo 3 was a huge success and one of the biggest selling games on the console. For many people, this still is the best game in the entire Halo series!
Gears Of War 3 (2011) Xbox 360
Gears Of War 3 was the what many of us thought was the end of this fantastic series and it was the end of this chapter in the story. To say that Gears Of War 3 has an epic story is a huge understatement. It is not just the Locust that is a threat, but the Lambent infection that is spreading all over Sera.
Now, this is a big, loud and bicep pumping action story, but the characters are so well written and voice acted that you really do care about them. You are on a quest to find Marcus Fenix’s father who may hold the key to stop the Locust once and for all. One thing that has to be said is that despite being a story about a macho bunch of guys, Gears Of War 3 has one of the most heart breaking moments of any action game.
The power of the Xbox 360 was used really well to bring this story to life with incredible presentation and set pieces that really did blow us all away and make us feel like we were playing a part in a movie.
As well as having a great campaign, Gears Of War 3 also had a huge selection of multiplayer modes. It was by far one of the most played games on the Xbox 360 and something many people have fond memories of. Epic kept many of the popular game modes all the while adding new ones, new weapons, and more customization options.
Gears Of War 3 is a masterpiece and at the time, we felt it was a great send off for Marcus Fenix and the rest of his squad.
Here at Mods “R” Us we love the Halo series and our modded Xbox One are perfect for any Covenant blasting action that you need to do! Join us in our second part of our look back at the Halo series.
Halo 2 (2004) Xbox 360
Fans were just rabid with excitement for Halo 2 in 2004. The game could not have been more heavily hyped and the delay in its release was a real gut punch to many fans who could not wait to play the next adventure in the Master Chief saga.
Halo 2 was a lot grander in its story telling. It was more cinematic and in general had a much larger scale. Interestingly, you did not just play as Master Chief. You also played as Covenant Elite, known as the Arbiter. It was a gutsy move and one Bungie did a great job in keeping under wraps. While many thought this was pretty cool and did add to the Halo lore. Some were disappointed that such a large chunk of the game was dedicated to this. Still while Arbiter controlled the same, he could turn himself invisible and in general, he just had a different feel to Master Chief.
While playing through the story was a lot of fun, the ending was something that split fans back then and it is still hotly debated about to this day. Without spoiling anything, Halo 2 ends on a real cliffhanger. A cliffhanger that fans would have to wait years to be resolved!
Halo 2 really kicked things up a notch with the multiplayer. Many people signed up to Xbox Live just to experience the multiplayer action that Halo 2 offered and when the Xbox 360 first launched the most popular game people were playing online was not an Xbox 360 game, it was Halo 2!
Halo 2 proved that the success of the first game was not a fluke and that Microsoft had a huge franchise on their hands as about this time lots and lots of Halo merch, ranging from t shirts to action figures started to appear.
Gears Of War 2 (2008) Xbox 360
People were very excited for Gears Of War 2 and for many people, this is the best game in the series. Released in 2008, Microsoft and Epic had a smash hit on their hands with Gears Of War 2.
It was just a better and tighter version of the first game. It had better and smoother controls, the graphics were just phenomenal and the story telling was once again incredible. While on the surface the Gears Of War series appears to be about big meat head soldiers. It is actually very character driven and the relationship between Marcus, Dom, Cole, and Baird is just incredibly well done. Without giving spoilers away the search for Dom’s missing wife is one of the most heartbreaking moments you will ever experience in an action game and the game handles it so well it really does not get the credit it deserves for it.
The story is still the COG trying to put an end to the Locust threat, but the twist is that somehow Marcus Fenix’s father is involved with all of this. This was very interesting, but it was left on a cliffhanger and we would have to wait a few years to get it resolved.
Multiplayer was fantastic, even the campaign could be enjoyed by two players with player two playing as Dom. Gears Of War had lots of fun multiplayer battling action such as Submission, Execution, King Of The Hill and Guardian. It was one of the most played games on Xbox Live in 2008/2009.
Horde mode in Gears Of War is one of the reasons many people are so into our modded Xbox One controllers. We are huge fans of Gears Of War and thought it would be fun to look at all the entries in this epic series!
Gears Of War (2006) Xbox 360
Released a year after the launch of the Xbox 360, Gears Of War was one of the first games that really showed the next generation of game consoles was here. Created by Cliff Bleszinski and Epic Games, Gears Of War as a runaway success and it has become one of the staples of the Xbox world.
Gears Of War is a sci-fi, military shooter where you play the role of Marcus Fenix a hulking badass of a man who was part of the COG. He was in jail for failing to follow orders, but he was released when all hell broke loose as the Locust who were living underground, broke out of their underground habitat and waged war on humanity. For a story that on paper sounds kind of straightforward. Gears Of War has one of the best lore’s of any action game and the voice acting was fantastic, really bringing Marcus, Dom, Baird and the rest of the characters to life.
Gameplay wise, Gears Of War is best described as a cover based shooter. You can run and gun, but most of the time you will be hiding behind objects looking for the right moment to move in closer for an attack, some of the attacks were really gruesome and super cool! Gameplay wise, Gears Of War was very tight and was an incredibly fun experience, with many people loving the single player campaign. Gears Of War also offered multiplayer action, but this was just as Xbox Live was really starting to take off.
The original Gears Of War was a huge deal at the time, selling millions of copies and becoming one of the first must own games for the Xbox 360. It also set the stage for what would become one of the biggest exclusives Xbox would have.
Here at Mods “R” Us one of the most popular games we like to talk about is Halo! That is why we are stating this look back on the history of one of the biggest first person shooter series of all time, Halo!
Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) Xbox
Developed by Bungie, Halo Combat Evolved was a launch game for the original Xbox way back in 2001. You could argue that had the Xbox not launched with Halo, interest in the console would not have been as high as it was.
At this time first person shooters on console were a thing, but many people say Halo is the game that showed how to do them right. It showcased the power of the Xbox and it was a must buy for anyone who picked up an Xbox.
A huge part of what made Halo so popular was the story. Players play the role of Master Chief who is a super strong, genetically enhanced soldier who is Earths major hope of stopping an alien race known as The Covenant from taking over and destroying the galaxy. The game is set on a planet/space station called Halo which is actually a weapon which can be used to wipe out all life in the galaxy. While the story in Halo would get flushed out as the series progressed, Halo: Combat Evolved had many of the elements such as The Flood which would stay as a main part of the Halo lore.
Multiplayer and Halo is something that goes hand in hand these days, but in this original release, multiplayer was only available in split screen, where two players could enjoy the campaign together or via link cables. An enhanced version of the game would be later released on PC which featured new weapons and online multiplayer.
Microsoft struck gold with Halo and to this day it is the franchise that many people associate Xbox with.
Battlefield 1 (2016) PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Dice did an incredible job with Battlefield 1. From that very first trailer when people saw that the game was set during World War 1, people were excited as this is a time period that first person shooters have neglected.
The story in Battlefield 1 was very well done. You play as six different characters with each one having their own war story. Each character is set in a different area, for example, France, UK and Italy to name a few. It was just so epic in scope and featured some truly incredible set pieces, voice acting and it was so well done that you really did care about each of the characters “war stories” the campaign was met with huge praise from fans and gaming publications.
Multiplayer in Battlefield 1 is awesome with 64 player battles, a ton of different classes based on infantry, vehicle, and elite. Many of the popular game modes from past Battlefield games would return, but Dice also had some new surprises. Frontlines is a lot of fun where you wage war to take control of five different points of the map. War Pigeons saw you fight over a messenger pigeon that has sensitive intel that could be devastating if it falls into the wrong hands! In all Dice made sure that there was a mode for everyone in Battlefield 1 and we think they did a good job in keeping the classic modes while adding fun new ones.
Battlefield 1 was a huge success, it sold phenomenally well and was praised by critics and gamers alike.
Battlefield Hardline (2015) PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
In 2015, EA let Visceral Visions have a crack at Battlefield as they released this spin off game, Battlefield Hardline.
What really makes Battlefield Hardline stand out from the rest of the series is the setting. Battlefield has always been about war, but Hardline is about the war on the streets where you are trying to stop all kinds of crime from murder to drugs! It was a massive departure for the series and one many people had mixed feelings on. The story was one you either loved or hated, playing as Nick Mendoza you want to rid Miami of crime and you do this by taking on a series of hard hitting, off the books kind of cases.
As far as multiplayer goes, Visceral Visions really changed things up offering many new modes like Crosshair, Heist, Blood Money, Rescue, and Hotwire. Multiplayer was very well received and Visceral Visions did a great job making each mode feel unique and special. For example, Crosshair was a 5 vs 5 mode where you only have one life and you either have to kill a witness the cops are trying to protect or by protecting the witness. Blood Money saw each side trying to get money from the middle of the map and get it back to their own area. You can even steal from each other! Each mode was a lot of fun and as a result, many people had a great time with Battlefield Hardline.
Despite only being a few years old, Battlefield Hardline kind of came and went. This is a real shame as Visceral Visions did a great job and hopefully, this more street level take on Battlefield will return at some point.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Call Of Duty WWII beta on PlayStation 4 this past weekend was WAR mode. Activision has been really hyping his mode up and from what we played this weekend, the hype is justified. It makes multiplayer so much more fun and it actually has a kind of Overwatch feel to it in the way it is designed.
So in WAR mode, you are put on either Axis or Allies. It is random, but after a battle, you switch sides. Now you can run around just killing people, but the idea of this mode is that there are different sections and each section has an objective that you need to complete. Depending on what side you are on will depend on what you need to do.
For example, the Allies need to build a bridge, whereas the Axis need to stop it from happening. This part of the game is so much fun and it really does pump you up. You will have to either escort a tank or push it back. It really does feel like Overwatch and that is not a bad thing at all.
WAR mode really does require you to work as a team as certain parts, the bridge, for example, are impossible if you are not all on the same page as while you are building it, you will just be picked off time and time again unless you have a couple of players watching your back.
There was only one map in the beta, but we really are super excited to try out more when Call Of Duty WWII is released. If you have been looking for a reason to once again get into or even excited about Call Of Duty again, WAR mode is it!
We just wanted to share our thoughts on the first Call Of Duty WWII beta that happened on PlayStation 4 this weekend.
We want to just talk about the overall feel of the game here and our experiences with it. We played a lot of team Deathmatch and it was what you would expect from a Call Of Duty game. We do not mean that as a complaint! The controls were nice and tight and in general, it offered the run and gun style gameplay that you would expect from a Call Of Duty game.
A big deal was made of the class system for Call Of Duty WWII and while we gave each class a good playing with, Airborne was the one that got most play time. It had a more “Call Of Duty” feel to it and if you want to ease into WWII’s multiplayer and not feel overwhelmed this would be a great way to do it.
One thing that has to be given special attention to is the presentation. Sledgehammer Games have done an awesome job and no matter if you are in a snowy village, in the trenches or even on the sunny war torn Gibraltar the game was just pure eye candy. We played it on a standard PS4, so we are very interested to see who good it is going to look on a PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and of course a high end PC.
We are looking forward to the next beta and can tell you hand on heart that we are more excited for Call Of Duty WWII now that we have actually played it.
Now we are moving into PS4 and Xbox One territory so you know that our modded PS4 controllers, modded Xbox One controllers and modded PC controllers are going to give you a big advantage over this game!
Battlefield 4 (2013) PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Battlefield 4 was the first game in the series to be made with the Frostbite engine and it was also the first game in the series to make the way onto PS4 and Xbox, making this the most mass released game in the series.
Once again Dice tried to give us an epic single and multiplayer experience, but for many Battlefield 4’s single player campaigns fell a little flat. They tried to give it an open world kind of feel, but for many people, it just did not work.
Do not worry though as Battlefield 4 has one of the most epic selections of multiplayer modes in the series to date. Dice brought back Commander Mode which was something many people were happy to see. The battles felt more epic than ever before and the vehicles and weapons just had an extra kick to them which made things more intense.
By moving to the Frostbite engine, Dice were really able to cut loose and make some huge levels. Not only that by destroying certain things on a map, players could alter the layout of a level which was a lot of fun to do. In addition to making the environments more destructible, Frostbite also allowed them to make the game look better than ever before.
Players could play as one of three factions, USA, China, and Russia, what was really cool was that thanks to the power of the PS4 and Xbox One, console players could not have 64 player battles.
EA and Dice heavily supported Battlefield 4 with a ton of multiplayer DLC, most of which was very well received by the fans.
Battlefield 3 (2011) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
To say that Battlefield 3 was a huge hit is a massive understatement. You could argue that it was Dice’s Battlefield 3 that showed that this was a game that could go head to head with Call Of Duty. People were rabid with anticipation for Battlefield 3 and it is said that there were over 3 million pre orders for the game.
The story was actually a ton of fun and it was told mainly through a series of flashbacks. Dice created a fictional War of 2014 that saw you go to such locations as Iran, Iraq, Paris and New York it was really well made and most people gave Dice a lot of credit for putting so much effort into the campaign.
Multiplayer was once again huge, especially super huge on PC as it could handle 64 player battles. It featured military battles on a truly epic scale with lots of weapons, plenty of vehicles, many different classes and all kinds of game modes to play. Multiplayer is a huge reason as to why Battlefield 3 was one of the biggest games of 2011.
Dice supported the game heavily with DLC, players were offered a premium membership which for 50 bucks got them a ton more multiplayer maps and content and also saved them a lot of money in the process.
Battlefield 3 was and still is a very popular game and you can even pop on line today and have no trouble finding a game!