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Gears of War - PC

by Microsoft
Windows XP
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews) 5 answered questions

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  • Gears of War's story plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster
  • Unreal Engine 3 technology brings out the smallest details in the largest of battles
  • To survive you must suppress your enemy, take cover, and use weapons and teammates to outlast the Locust Horde
  • Gears of War for Windows features original content and all-new achievements to unlock
  • LIVE supports online matchmaking for Gold members

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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000VBFW7E
  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,424 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Gears of War is a third-person shooter that places emphasis on using cover to avoid taking damage while moving towards enemy forces. The game uses a number of weapon archetypes, but predominately featured is the Lancer, an assault rifle that has a mounted chainsaw bayonet that can be used to kill foes at close range. The player can attempt an "Active Reload" of a weapon to reload it faster and temporarily boost the damage from the gun, but failing to perform the Active Reload correctly will cause the gun to become momentarily jammed while the player's character fixes it. When the player takes damage, the "Crimson Omen", a red cog representing the player's health gauge, will fade into the screen, becoming more defined with larger amounts of damage. The player can seek cover to recover their health, but if they take too much damage, they will become incapacitated. Once this occurs, a skull will fill the center void of the omen. Depending on the game type being played, the consequences will vary. If single-player career mode is being played, instant death will follow. If there is a second player, they will have to revive their fallen teammate.

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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost saved games ruin an otherwise excellent port January 3, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an exceptionally good game. The cover mechanic is one of best implemented to date, the enemy AI is decent, it is beautiful, the weapons are interesting and feel solid, the boss battles are jaw-dropping, and most importantly it's a lot of fun. They even managed to make reloading your weapons compelling. The characters are a little over the top and the dialogue reflects that. But the storyline is suitably grand and it serves to move the campaign along well enough. This should have been a slam dunk must-have PC port of the XBox game.

But it's not. Saved games disappear. The save system is not only an offensively straight port of the console check-point system, but you have to create a Windows Live account to save your progress at all. What? Why? Don't answer that. I know why, and it has nothing to do with the gameplay experience.

I knew there was no quicksave feature when I bought the game, but I didn't know that the game would routinely lose all of my saved progress and achievements. There's a 40 page thread on Epic Games forums about this problem that's been around since the PC version's release in November. If there has been an official response from Epic or Microsoft I haven't been able to find it. That is too long for a massive problem like that to go unacknowledged and unresolved. Unless you have the time to finish the game in one sitting, don't buy this game until they fix the vanishing save games. Go play Half-Life 2, Bioshock, or some other game with a quicksave feature instead.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So many bugs... December 3, 2007
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
It might be a fun game to play... but installing and playing it is so hard! I needed to reinstall windows so that would work. I still have some random freezes. Windows Live is not available in my country, so I can only play (and save) offline. But worst than all, every 2-3 days it loses all save data and I have to start it all again from chapter 0 !

Common, next time test the game before releasing! Or release it as beta.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful because the game is actually cool. January 5, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I purposely got the pc version (windows vista) of this game instead of xbox 360 version just b/c I like playing FPS or any shooting games with mouse better than a controller. Also, windows version of GoW has better graphic than xbox version if you have a good graphic card and has more single campaigns.

Anyway, I've had so much expectation for this game. It took about 1 hour for me to install the game, but it wasn't a big problem for me. The problem started when I started playing it. The game crashed every 5 ~ 10 minutes and therefore impossible to progress. I searched for solution by googling and solved the problem by running the game "as administrater." But that wasn't all. I got to Act 3 of 5 after playing a few hours. The next day, I pressed "continue campaign" but it told me that there was no saved games. I was shocked and pissed. Indeed, it was painful to start all over again. I tried to find solutions online but still no luck.. This game could have been a great action-filled shooting game, but those critical flaws killed it. I recommend getting xbox version, or other better FPS games such as Call of Duty 4, etc.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Brand new PC built just for games, (new Quad processor, 2GB memory, 8800 GTS by Nvidia, 750 GB drive, etc.) Flawlessly loads and runs every game I have except for this dog. What a buggy piece of software.

Other issues:
Must create an online account.
Constant crashes, and freezes.
Save points require unnecessary replay of long segments of game whenever you get killed.
Control over the character is unintuitive, even keyboard play brings with it unnecessarily difficult movement I always associate with console hand controllers. Give me a keyboard and mouse that tap into modern character movement and control (like Far Cry or Crysis, or even Unreal Tournament) any day over this kind of game control approach.

I may pick this up again some day down the road, but this baby is being retired early because its difficulties in operation trump its benefits.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bugs and repitition June 27, 2008
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The first problem with this game is that you need to sign into LIVE to save any progress in single player mode. If anything happens to your Live ID you loose your game. At least when it's saved on your hard drive you have the option of backing up any game progress and can restored it if anything happens.

But most of all it wasn't that good of a game. I was first attracted to it because your blood splattered on the monitor when you got shot. As it turns out, not enough to make the game good. I bought it at a higer price than the $29 but wouldn't pay that if I had to do it again.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 'Gears' Grinds to a Halt on the PC September 16, 2009
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I realize Gears of War is the darling of the gaming industry, and there's some great reasons why the X-Box version of Gears of War deserves that acclaim. For the PC, however, the customer truly gets the shaft. Most of the problems with Gears of War for the PC have been a complete showstopper for many, many users out there. I put the game away for a year. When I re-installed it last weekend, it was because I had hoped the last round of patches would make things better. It amazes me that here we are, years later, and still this game is plagued with problems.

What problems?

1) Installation may take 2 hours or more. Something in the system (signs point to DRM) throttles back installation of the product. I have no idea why it does this, but I've witnessed it on more than one machine. This same issue may be what causes the game to take 2-3 minutes to launch every time I go to run it.

2) After installtion, the game will not be able to launch without patching. It will accuse you of having tampered with the code and tell you to re-install the game. Don't bother reinstalling, because that won't change anything. Instead you have to patch the game. There was a server certificate issue that Epic/Microsoft fixed after it broke a lot of users' installations. The workaround involved moving your PC's calendar to a date/time before the problem (which, by the way, can cause other bad things to happen with other programs). I ended up rolling my clock back, patching, then rolling forward and rebooting to properly get the job done.

3) And speaking of patches...the patcher will often crash. Thankfully, it finishes the job before dropping dead; the last patch crash I witnessed appears to be the patcher attempting (and failing) to launch the game for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly satisfied! This game may be old but still runs ...
Greatly satisfied! This game may be old but still runs perfectly fine on Windows 7. If only there was more people online!
Published 11 days ago by Allen Segovia
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
i canned it it did,nt work or install
Published 16 days ago by jimbob
1.0 out of 5 stars would have liked to know that before I bought some software you ...
Won't run on new computers. would have liked to know that before I bought some software you can't return. Be careful
Published 22 days ago by Lisa Zanelotti
3.0 out of 5 stars despite that the targeting system is pretty useless. Great idea
Saw all of the reviews, and though I have decades playing FPSs and RPGs, I just couldn't get into the 3rd person view of this, despite that the targeting system is pretty useless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shane Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it.
Good storyline/storytelling, good action and gameplay/game mechanics. Would play again just for kicks... In fact I already have, lolol.
Published 2 months ago by K3_Cubed
5.0 out of 5 stars does run on windows 7
great game graphics are good voice acting top notch.really runs well on pc.but to run on windows 7 you'll need the patch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by guydodge
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Don't remember buying this.
Published 6 months ago by Moses7
4.0 out of 5 stars Patch hard to find, but it's out there.
It's a bit tricky to find the right patch to get this to work, but otherwise a great game.
Published 7 months ago by Two Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 months ago by ROGER L ARMSTRONG
5.0 out of 5 stars Shower me in gold and call me Carol
This game is amazing.

First, I'd like to talk about the packaging it came in. A+! Amazing. Not only was in a box, it had bubble wrap. Each bubble contained confetti. Read more
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