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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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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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Not really but it is an absolute shame that you cannot get either of the next 2 installments of this great, story rich game for the PC. Although there are now myriads of console game system shooters out there that are extremely popular, in my honest and humble opinion... I know I am not alone when I ask, who wants to play a 3D shooter on a console system? Make it for the PC! Please! We are not dead, we will buy your game! --end rant... LOL!
As for this classic first run of the series that WAS thoughtfully ported to the PC, it is great and one that you can play over and over and over. It's discontinued now so if you haven't snapped one up for your collection yet I'd do it soon before they are all gone. Even almost 5 years later and after it has been discontinued this game has never dropped off in price due to it's popularity.
The game is quite difficult but, playable and manageable on harder difficulty settings as there are many to start and insane ones that you can unlock. There are hidden items that you can find for unlockable points awards on Windows Live and an array of weaponry that seems to suite everyone. The game is still quite active for online player "death-matches" and is completely compatible with the newer Windows Live 3.0 desktop client software.
Look forward to alot of continues as even the easy difficulty level is ranked "Hard" and being brutalized often as some of the death scenes will leave you feeling a bit split on the side. The game can be a little upsetting at times but, war is hell!
Game play is challenging enough to have you actually plan and orchestrate surgical attacks and that is what I and every other war style FPS player looks for in this type of title. The casual "rush-in" style of guns-blazing, blind-fire attacks will almost always result in you getting hammered later on in the game. The difficulty and computer AI gives the player a little room to breath with a diminishing curve as the game progresses.
The graphics are what you would expect from a new generation media intensive interaction and thus you will definitely want a sturdy graphics card. If your card can wing it you could always get the game and upgrade the card later and have a re-match with all the gory glory full on. You will want at a minimum of 256MB's of dedicated video RAM and support for: DirectX 9.0c and second generation 2.0 shaders -- and this is the minimum. All that said, you will be able to play the game with varying performance and graphics but, it will be accessible to you.
(This is how I installed GoW on my P.C. and have not a single problem with lost game saves, hiccups, crashes, or un-expected game behavior.)
1.) Download and install the Microsoft Games for Windows Live Desktop Client 3.0 or use Windows Updates to upgrade your current client.
2.) Go to the Gears of War 2 web-site and download the P.C. patch for Gears of War. A bit vague here as the patch is on the GoW 2 for XBox 360 site.
3.) Install your GoW game on your P.C.
4.) Install the P.C. patch for GoW, that you downloaded from the GoW 2 for XBox 360 site, right after you've installed the Gears of War game on your system.
5.) Restart your P.C. to get your software and system registries some setup time and burn in to prevent registry difficulties.
6.) Get your game on.
Some other games that use the Unreal Game Engine (a.k.a. - Unreal Technology) are as follows:
1.) Batman, "Arkham Asylum" -- Eidos Games.
2.) Section 8 -- SouthPeak Games.
Played the demo for Batman and it was excellent. FPS styled action adventure with hybrid free roaming and linear based mission play. Same style as Gears of War.
Section 8 is the same style of play from the approach of GoW and Batman, "Arkham Asylum" with some cool twists and unique features. Played it , solved it. Way easier than GoW.
GoW gets four stars for the fact that the game could have had a little more by way of a twist a plot game play styling. It is pretty much a linear game that when you pass a checkpoint you are done with the previous sections like it or not. They should use automatic save points like the Cry Engine used in Crysis (fantastic game) and allow the player to really ambush the crap out of the enemy. GoW gets five stars for gameplay because it earned five stars for gameplay. It gives you everything that its genre demands and then some as well as solid game play mechanics that are seasoned to say the least.
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. Every time I popped a bubble, it was like a miniature party was being thrown for me. When I had my fill with the bubble wrap, I turned my attention to the game.
The game was wrapped in a beautiful wrapper. Clear, my favorite kind. Had just the right amount of wrapping on it. Not too much, nor too little. When I opened the box, there was a chocolate coin inside! May have been a little old, but it was delicious!
Upon installation, I discovered everything that ever has been and will be. It answered all my questions and gave me hope for the future.
Buy it! 6/4!
I am running 64bit Vista with an AMD 5000+ Black Edition processor, 4GB of 800Mhz dual channel RAM, 2 160GB SATA HDD's stripped, and 2 XFX 8600GT XXX edition PCI-E video card in SLI config. There are only games installed in this instance of Windows. With all of this I still have issues with studdering while running the game on mostly medium and low settings. Online play is good, but I have issues finding people to play with within a reasonable time frame. Even with the extra content, I think that the Xbox 360 version is better.
They did a fantastic job porting to PC the game is still amazing, Id say I even prefer it now on PC over Xbox because of the better controls with mouse and keyboard, better graphics (depends on your PC specs),and basically because its just still a lot of fun to play and I haven't stopped playing it ever since it arrived at my front door.
If theres any doubt in your mind on whether or not you should get this for your PC just go ahead and throw it in your cart and get it ordered you will not regret it, I certainly haven't.
Also if you already have a gamertag on Xbox you can use it for Windows Live just gotta sign in, and if I'm not mistaken it comes with a free month of gold membership so no worries(I purchased factory sealed copy).
I know the prices might be a little high on here for being a game that was released over 3 years ago, but don't let that turn you away Amazon has been the only place I was able to find it the cheapest and if your a true gears fan you know its definitely worth the $$. PLUS the campaign includes an extra chapter right in the middle exclusive to PC and every multiplayer map ever released for PC.