Rage or GOW3
October 4, 2011 7:51 PM   Subscribe

Which should I buy for 360, Rage or Gears of War 3.

Trying to reduce the number of games I buy so I gotta make this count.
posted by Ad hominem to Media & Arts (33 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
You could rent, or use Gamefly?

Also, are you in it more for single or multiplayer?

Either way, if you must buy, I'd probably go for Gears.
posted by tau_ceti at 7:53 PM on October 4, 2011


Gears of War 3 for sure. Rage is pretty much an all-round disappointment unless you really, really, loved Borderlands and want more of that with even less plot and characterization.
posted by Hargrimm at 7:54 PM on October 4, 2011


I've finished Gears 3, and just started on Rage. My immediate reaction is "wow, this game is pretty okay!" Gears had its problems, but they were problems with a basically-great game, one that I keep coming back to for multiplayer, co-op and deathmatch alike. Rage is... fine. I'm having a pretty good time. And it looks great. But it's really not a challenge which I'd pick.
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:54 PM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gears. You know you already like Gears and it's more of the same, but better. Rage has been pretty much universally panned. Plus Gears is like $70 at JB.
posted by tumid dahlia at 8:20 PM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gears. You know you already like Gears and it's more of the same, but better. Rage has been pretty much universally panned. Plus Gears is like $70 at JB.

which JB? Is it cheaper at EB?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:28 PM on October 4, 2011


Any JB (my apologies, though, it must have only been $69 during release week, it's the same price as Rage now, $79). JB Hi Fi is always cheaper than EB. Even if EB has a big special, it's still going to be cheaper at JB. JB also give you better trade-in value for old games.
posted by tumid dahlia at 8:43 PM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]



Any JB (my apologies, though, it must have only been $69 during release week, it's the same price as Rage now, $79). JB Hi Fi is always cheaper than EB. Even if EB has a big special, it's still going to be cheaper at JB. JB also give you better trade-in value for old games.


I haven't found that, but that would be a derail.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:44 PM on October 4, 2011


Must be a different story in Sydney then. My experience in both Brisbane and Melbourne is the EB is always the most expensive option. But yeah, get it cheapest wherever you can, and in any event EB will generally price-match if you can show them a catalogue or website or whatever.
posted by tumid dahlia at 8:45 PM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Didn't really like Borderlands, so I guess I can pass on Rage.

What about Spacemarine, I was looking forward to it but my interest kinda waned. GOW or Spacemarine? Any other recommendations? I am already committed to Arkham City on the 18th
posted by Ad hominem at 8:56 PM on October 4, 2011


Space Marine is Pretty Good. But it's not great, and you'll probably prefer Gears. Regardless, there's a demo for Space Marine - at least there is here in the US - which should help make the decision there.
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:02 PM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've heard good things about Space Marine.

Dark Souls is meant to be ultra-hard, but really satisfying.

Skyrim? Not my thing but yeah.

I'd get Gears, just because I marathoned the first two and loved them.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:02 PM on October 4, 2011


Oh wow sorry Ad hominem, because I'm stupid and don't pay attention to things and am stupid I mistakenly thought that Lovecraft In Brooklyn posted this Ask, so I was addressing the specifics of my answers to him. But the generality remains the same: GoW3 is the superior game.

I haven't heard too many amazing things about Space Marine but I've likewise heard nothing bad. Honestly, whenever spoilt for choice, I'm not trying to shill for Epic or anything but you would be hard-pressed to go wrong with a Gears game (that you haven't played).
posted by tumid dahlia at 9:02 PM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Space Marine is Pretty Good. But it's not great, and you'll probably prefer Gears. Regardless, there's a demo for Space Marine - at least there is here in the US - which should help make the decision there.

the Space Marine demo is a covermount DVD on the new Official Australian XBox Magazine
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:03 PM on October 4, 2011


Np problem, took me a couple minutes to figure out you guys were talking australian currency. Plus EB and JB threw me off, EB was electronics boutique here which closed many years ago and JB was JB toys, which also closed. I thought you guys might be answering from 1989 or something.

Seems like Gears has it, but if they have a used copy (they will) I'll pick up Space Marine.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:11 PM on October 4, 2011


fwiw, I'm pretty sure Space Marine is available on Steam, and would likely be cheaper than a boxed 360 copy, if your PC can handle it (and I doubt it would be too demanding).
posted by tumid dahlia at 9:19 PM on October 4, 2011


I only have a laptop, a non-gaming laptop at that. The money isn't really the issue, the issue is that I buy games, and unless they are very very good I play them once, and never play them again. I would sign up for gamefly but I'll just wait for netflix to carry games.

Dark souls looks interesting, but it is the successor to Demon Souls is it not? Too hard for me.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:41 PM on October 4, 2011


Eurogamer and The Guardian like RAGE, which should count for more than Gamepro and such
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:44 PM on October 4, 2011


Sounds like Gears would be your best value, at least from the reviews I've read. The Joystiq review for Rage made it sound pretty lackluster, and while I've heard great things about Space Marine, you'll probably find more polish in Gears.

You don't mention if you've played the first 2 Gears. I hadn't, so after hearing great things about 3, I picked up the Gears 1 + 2 combo pack for 30 bucks. Not for the story continuity, but mostly cause it was a cheaper way to find out if I enjoyed the games. So far, so good!
posted by TangoCharlie at 11:03 PM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, if you feel up for a shooter that is sort of in a lawless desert setting plus vehicles, play Far Cry 2 (if you haven't already). Man I love that game.
posted by TangoCharlie at 11:07 PM on October 4, 2011


If you want things to explode, and like Bionic Commando but hate Mike Patton, you should get Just Cause 2.

Hell get Just Cause 2 anyway.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 11:08 PM on October 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Everything I have read about Dark Souls states that they refined the Demon's Souls gameplay. So it's just as difficult, but may be a little less annoyingly so.
posted by griphus at 6:19 AM on October 5, 2011


So what I am hearing is I should buy Far Cry 2, Just Cause 2, Dark Souls, Space Marine, GOW3 but skip Rage? How about Dead Island?

I will go to the store and make a snap decision based on the first game I see.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:12 AM on October 5, 2011


Also. Bast answer for you! Best answer for you! Everyone gets a best answer!
posted by Ad hominem at 11:14 AM on October 5, 2011


Dead Island not so much, IMO. It aspires to so much it doesn't achieve.
posted by Samizdata at 11:33 AM on October 5, 2011


Now, where's my best answer?
posted by Samizdata at 11:33 AM on October 5, 2011


I don't know if you should get a best answer for requesting a best answer. But there ya go.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:23 PM on October 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ha ha, you came here looking to "reduce the number of games you buy", and now you have a shopping list.

At the risk of confusing things, on the Gamers With Jobs podcast, they were fairly glowing about Rage, sooo... you may want to check out some reviewers you know you usually get along with. (To be fair, they said they were "only 7 hours in", and seemed oblivious that -- at least according to the Joystiq review -- it's an 8-hour game. I wonder how much of a difference that would make.)
posted by TangoCharlie at 12:44 PM on October 5, 2011


Yeah, After all this I am still on the fence. Dark Souls has entered the race as a dark horse contender.

I know I will like GOW3, it is one of my favorite game series, but I might not want to play another cover shooter right now. Rage seems like even if it has flaws it may have a nugget of brilliance that demands I play it, but the comparison to borderlands gives me pause.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:32 PM on October 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you're on Steam, Just Cause 2 is usually like 5 bucks.

BTW, my local game store has started advertising Batman: Arkham City preorders....
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 3:28 PM on October 5, 2011


I know I will like GOW3, it is one of my favorite game series, but I might not want to play another cover shooter right now

One more reason to get Dark Souls instead.
You can probably pick up Gears later for half the price.

Disclaimer: I actually have not played Dark Souls yet, I don't even know if I'll like it myself, so don't blame me if you end up hating it (:
posted by Bangaioh at 4:42 PM on October 5, 2011


Space Marine is pretty cool, but they did something that has pissed me off. The main mechanic for healing is to stun an enemy and perform an "execution" move. Now I am stuck in a part with no cover and it is all shooty against pointy boyz. I hate when a company decides to "mix things up" a bit when you are used to a mechanic.
posted by Samizdata at 6:58 PM on October 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Samizdata: "Space Marine is pretty cool, but they did something that has pissed me off. The main mechanic for healing is to stun an enemy and perform an "execution" move. Now I am stuck in a part with no cover and it is all shooty against pointy boyz. I hate when a company decides to "mix things up" a bit when you are used to a mechanic."

Let me clarify that. Add "in melee" after "stun an enemy" and "with almost no cover and a lot of enemy grenades" after "all shooty".

Cheers!
posted by Samizdata at 7:06 PM on October 5, 2011


Finished Rage last night. Quite fun. Very derivative of several other games, but does it well. Described to a friend as Doom 3 got it on with Borderlands, then fostered the kid with Oblivion for crafting and questing. Not at all what I expected though.
posted by Samizdata at 10:01 AM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


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