HaloRadar: Gears of War vs. Halo

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Two heroes. Two evil alien races. Two sweeping sci-fi universes. 
Two battles for humanity's survival.

Two franchises. Two multiplayer kings. Two best-selling, megaton-popular action games beloved by consumers and celebrated by critics. Two shooters competing for the title of Xbox 360 champion.

The Halo and Gears of War series are both incredible, but in a world of internet trolls and blind fanboy allegiance, only one can be crowned. So, in an effort to declare a final victor - or at least ignite a flame war - GamesRadar Editors Charlie Barratt and Chris Antista put aside all professional objectivity and fair minded rationality for a bloody (and juvenile) battle royale.

(DISCLAIMER: Truthfully, both of these guys adore both of these games. C'mon, they're not complete idiots. The immature arguments and petty generalizations you're about to read are intended only as a spark to debate. In other words, let the forum explosion begin!)


Why Gears is better:  Chainsaw. Hammer of Dawn. Torque bow. Curb stomp. Oh yeah, did I mention the friggin' chainsaw?

Gears of War wins this category through sheer, perverse originality. Not only is it the first shooter in FOREVER to actually try something new, it pushes that "something" to the goriest and grittiest extremes imaginable. Seriously, would you rather carve screaming aliens into chunks as their blood splatters on the screen... or tickle them to death with neon pink sparklers? Do you want a tiny purple laser pistol that spits adorable green pellets... or a giant ass laser beam that microwaves aliens from the sky? Your choice, pansy. 
- Charlie

Why Halo is better:  Lies! Okay, that chainsaw bayoneted Lancer is easily the Muhammad Ali of modern game weaponry, but other than that (and the Hammer of Dawn), what the hell else do you have? Not an iconic assault rifle or a Plasma Sword, that’s for damn sure. And that’s barely scratching the surface of Halo’s arsenal. Sticky ‘nades, Splas0rz, and vehicles that murder fools to death! In terms of variety, it’s no contest. You can keep your “Shotgun X” and cardboard tube sniper rifles. Oh, and you’re grenades look like Hasbro Skip-its, so suck on that. - Chris

Why Gears is better:  Again, the difference is creativity. Like practically every other game in the history of electricity, Halo 3 boils down to one simplistic formula - run, jump, shoot. You might as well slap Master Chief with a mustache, drop him in some overalls and call it a platformer.

Gears of War, on the other hand, adds an extra dimension of authenticity with its cover system. A real soldier couldn't hop and rocket bounce his way out of trouble, so why should Marcus Fenix? Instead, you must find salvation in the protection of your environment, the timing of your exposure and the speed of your reloading. The experience is truly intense. - Charlie

Why Halo is better:  Slanderous! I feel that even beyond the 1st / 3rd-person perspectives, both differ enough to coexist peacefully in Shooterland. Gears is about being a beleaguered, against-all-odds pack mule, and I don't mean that as a slight because I think it works very, very well. But Halo puts you in the role of a streamlined super-soldier. While Marcus Fenix is cowering behind concrete slabs for cover, Chief is running up and spitting melee in the enemy's face. And how 'bout that jump button? - Chris

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  • Die - September 30, 2009 3:55 a.m.

    Gears 2 is better than gears 1 and all the galos.Bungie if your going to rate something mature make sure its 4 right reasons bungie gears has reasons. halo a cus word are you shitting me that is so retarded. so all u galo fans can suck cock my cock get the messasge
  • MasterFenix - December 7, 2008 2:54 a.m.

    Gears. Better story, more strategic - hell, I even found myself a little nervous fighting the locust because they were so much bigger and badass than the flood or Covenant. Don't get me wrong, I love Halo, but it's just so easy compared to Gears.
  • MultiGamer - November 27, 2008 3:47 p.m.

    Halo does not suck. Just because you like a certain game dosen't mean that every other game is crap, okay?
  • DB-CRAZZY - November 27, 2008 2:22 p.m.

  • HotSht95 - November 26, 2008 9:39 p.m.

    HALO SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gears win in every catagory envirorment a war torn planet based on egyption architecture goood guys a pussy master chief or a hulking pissed of mofo who tells his enemys to eat shit and die does chief even talk in game maybe not versus multiplayer but still beats halo coop and dont even bother argueing with the bad guys catogory grunts/drones jackels/snipers brutes /boomers i mean cmon halo fans just pretend to like it because of the hype but we all know it sucksand does halo even have a story we dont even know WTF the covenant are attacing us for and they need books to explain the rest hahahahhahahahhahhahahhahahaghhahhahahhahahhahhahhahahha and once again weapons in halo seem to pussy like they should be in viva pinata a "needler" or a torgue bow yeah that s a tuffy just like this pointless article and yeah udo suck at gears whoever was crying about the multiplayer
  • JOSHI360 - November 20, 2008 12:29 a.m.

    I love both of these games. if i had to pick one........ well, shit. im gonna go make a roflcopter. just kidding i would go with halo. no gears of war. i am undecided.
  • JOSHI360 - November 20, 2008 12:25 a.m.

    Gears is a great game. For me its hard to decide. Probably ...... well, shit. Screw you guys im gonna go make a roflcopter. just kidding. probably halo.
  • Smeggs - November 17, 2008 4 a.m.

    I like both, but I like one more than the other. I can sum this up in just a few words each. Halo=Melee in the face GoW=CHAINSAW IN DA SKULL, BITCH!
  • ninja88102 - November 16, 2008 5:36 a.m.

    Get serious guys, sure halo has pretty mountains but Gears has it were it counts. In any halo game all you have to do is charge into the enemy while firing randomly, and you still win...while Gears takes actual skill with better weapons. The graphics are way better and the game is built around coop like chris said.
  • purpleshirt - November 15, 2008 2:50 a.m.

    I think halo wins all these "halo vs bio shock halo vs gears halo vs cod" for the simple reason that halo is the one being compared nobodys saying gears vs cod its always halo and thats why halo wins
  • jar-head - November 14, 2008 6:05 p.m.

    for both GOW and halo multiplayer, you really wana watch out for UberZ Snipers with shotguns....
  • T0M95 - November 14, 2008 5:58 p.m.

    This is like comparing the Lancer to the Assault Rifle. OK, so people with a gaming history will pick the Chief, but there are more people in the world that are only just getting into games, and they are going to look at the boxes and say " Ooh this green guy looks pretty cool with his gu-OMFG GUN WIT TEH CHAINSAAAAAAAWZ!!!!1!1!1!!!1!!". I rest my poorly thought out case.
  • HisGrace - November 14, 2008 1:56 a.m.

    Man freak this!!Gears is a beast,no dis-respect to Halo but they havent stepped up! Dont forget about the shotgun,tag bombs on people,sniper..and the story mode is a beast..give Gears its respects1
  • Dread7 - November 14, 2008 1:46 a.m.

    Gears and Gears 2 beats the entire halo series. Yes Hao is a good game but Gears characters are actually believable and so is the setting the wepons are a lot more creative and the gritty graphics and settings makes it look so much more like a war instead of Halos perfect environment.
  • rebel748 - November 13, 2008 9:02 p.m.

    I know calvinzawolf posted a long time ago,but seriously...what is with halo is that Master Chief is a CYBORG!A SUPER-SOLDIER!Jesus,next you'll be saying that GTA 4 isn't realistic enough because you can take more than one bullet,because I suppose it doesn't matter to people like you if someone is a war veteran or a super-soldier.Halo wins.
  • KHS_Kid - November 12, 2008 1:49 a.m.

    Gears wins with #1 and #2 just puts it way over the edge
  • anti-love3 - November 11, 2008 2:54 a.m.

    gears is a little better then halo because it has a better story and weapon selection.
  • Musicgeek4 - November 9, 2008 5:48 p.m.

    I Loved Halo played all three was a fanatic. My friends tried to show me other games but none were as good as halo. And then i saw Gears and that is the first game that truelly beat down and curbstomped Halo for me. Everything about is new. Unlike halo which the more i look at the more i see the simalerities to COD4 etc.
  • Nitemarish - November 8, 2008 11:38 p.m.

    @ Prayers: You obviously haven't even played Gears of War, and your language is barely English. Oh yeah, you're a fanboy. I like both series, but at the moment, I prefer Gears. We'll see if that changes when Recon comes out.
  • JusticeIroquois - November 7, 2008 11:49 p.m.

    well, i love halo, but never played gears so I'm not logically allowed to say that halo is better there for THE XBOX 360 WINS lol