Gatling Gears Review
Xbox 360 | PS3 | PC
Gatling Gears Box Art
System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Dev: Vanguard
Pub: Electronic Arts
Release: August 30, 2011
Players: 1 (Online Co-Op)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Violence

On a console controller, the big advantage is the two-joystick setup, which is superior to using WASD to make your mech walk and the mouse to direct its gunfire. However, if you want to throw a grenade, you have to hold down a trigger to display a cursor, and then move the cursor onto your target with a joystick. All this extra work makes grenades almost completely useless in hectic firefights. By contrast, with a mouse, you can simply place the cursor over your target and hit the space bar. To me, that's a good reason to stick with a keyboard and mouse, which isn't an option if you buy the console version.

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I also came across a non-control-related issue in the PC version, though. Maybe a third of the way through the game, my HUD simply disappeared. I couldn't see how much life I had, or how many missiles or rocket I'd regenerated, unless I paused the game. The problem persisted when I quit and re-loaded my file. I don't know if this was a glitch, or if I pushed a button combination that turned off the HUD, but the instructions didn't help me undo the problem. So, until the developers fix this, it's a strike against the PC version.

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But why complain about little things? Put simply, Gatling Gears is fun. It's the kind of game that will practically force you to play it for longer than you planned. It looks great, it fits in to a long history of addictive games, and at five hours, it gives you your money's worth while leaving you wanting more. As far as I'm concerned, Gatling Gears II can't come soon enough.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
This game looks terrific for a downloadable title.
3.7
Control
The console and PC setups both have minor problems; we slightly prefer the PC configuration, but either will work fine.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects give you a sense of immersion, and the music makes your campaign feel epic.
4.0
Play Value
Five hours of mindless fun. Ten dollars. What's not to like?
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • A twin-stick, top-down shooter for XBLA, PSN, and PC.
  • Twenty-five level campaign.
  • Online co-op and survival mode.

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