I’d like to start off by saying that Astro Gaming is no way compensating me for this. There is no incentive, there is no benefit from them as a company. I am writing this based off of my own opinion of their product and sharing my thoughts alone.
That all being said, I personally have been using an Astro Gaming headset since 2007 with the release of Call of Duty 4. Needless to say, I’ve had some experience with them over the years. My experience with them is rather simple, when I play with my headset on, I play better.
I’d like to state the one thing that 90% of Gears of War players struggle with. It’s not the lack of knowledge in regards to a map layout, it’s not the inability to weapon slide, or even the ability to wall bounce. It’s the ability to hear the simple sounds within a map that will allow you to transform the way you handle a battle situation.
The Coalition, in my opinion, did an absolutely amazing job with the sound engineering on this game. They took Gears of War 1 and absolutely reinvented all aspects of the sound. The footsteps are crisp and offer a slight bass when running or sliding, the shots being fired are more realistic, the body chunks slam around like that of a meat grinder, and more importantly; the environment surrounding the player is completely filled with sounds to help you. All of these things that The Coalition worked so hard on can go completely unnoticed to an individual using their basic TV audio. However, you hook up an Astro Gaming headset and use the TR Optic Cable provided, and this game becomes a whole new world.
Going into a match knowing that you will be able to hear that flanking enemy or hear that incoming boomshot, those can be the subtle sounds that are key to your online survival. “These headsets are like $300…you really expect me to pay that?” Well let me give you an example of why you should. I’ve owned 2 Astro headsets since 2007. Why 2? Well because I began with the A40 and then upgraded to the wireless A50s. So if over 9 years, I’ve spent $600+/- on headsets, that breaks down to around $66/year. So one new game a year I don’t get and I can have Astros? Seems like a small price to play for being able to experience the game the way it was meant to be.
If you want an Astro Gaming headset, now is the tim to buy as they are clearing out their last gen headsets for dirt cheap. You can view the last gen headsets HERE. However, if you’re looking for something current and ready to take you to the next level, check HERE.
Lastly, I’d like reiterate that these views are my own, Astro is not compensating me for any of this. This is all from a long time user and fan of such a quality product.
Cory // @RenderCEO