This game is insane! It came out years before Halo 3 and COD4, but personlly I prefer Gears to both of these.The cover is system is soo well made, (compared to Rainbow 6's cover system where I must say is appalling) with covering you can actually use tactics where as in Halo the main tactic was run into fights spray spray spray, grenade and finally melee. Yawn. They ruined Halo :( Sad but true Halo 3 was meant to be great I found it extremely average. Storyline was good (still prefer Halo 1 though) and online was rather tedious.
Anyway, back to Gears. Epic have done an great job with gears, people say the graffics are all-right, but I would strongly disagree with that, the graffics are TERRIFIC! The blood that comes from an enemy when you rip them in two with your chainsaw bayonet, its just soooo cool. GoW has the cool factor 'popping' someones head never loses its appeal as when you do 'pop' someones head off, their head really does come off! Their limp body will be left to fall to the floor.
The story is O.K and I would recomend that you play it before going online, just to get used to the control system and the covering. The online just takes this game to a new level admittedly a few more game types would be great but the 4 v 4 deathmatch formatt is still enjoyable.
I would reccomend this game to anyone, who enjoys shot em up's ( First person or thrid ) as it is amazing and stood the test of time as even after being out for 2 years loads of people still play online. And for only £18.99, seriously what are you waiting for! This game is a must have for Xbox 360 owners.