Gears Of War Pc

I Reel Back in my chair, chuckling, as a group LOL breaks the silence in Epic's dimly-lit testing room, twinkling with the LEDs of 14 state-of-the-art games machines. We're playing the Gears of War PC's new King of the Hill mode, which has just seen myself and four other players kill each other viciously from behind one after another in a hilarious cartoon chain of death. As the legendary lead designer CliffyB said to me earlier in the day, the new multiplayer game is indeed, 'fucking hilarious. Gears of War has shifted over four million copies on Xbox 360 alone, won countless Game of the Year awards and become one of the most popular online shooters of all time. Until Gears' console release this time last year, developer Epic was more famous for Unreal Tournament and the all-conquering Unreal Engine 3, used as the de facto modern game engine to build titles such as BioShock.

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Now the company is preparing to unleash on PC not only the hugely entertaining violent blaster Unreal Tournament 3 but also Gears of War - a massive game event that we're marking with a studio visit and hands-on feature of both games, as well as unique cover art specially created for us lucky buggers here at PC.

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OK, I'm assuming here that you know what Gears of War is about - that it's a third-person action shooter starring Marcus Fenix and his three Coalition of Ordered Governments cohorts taking on the evil Locust menace yada yada yada. So no faffing about here - I wouldn't be the bluff Yorkshire chap that tells it like it is if I continued to blather on round the edges like a News 24 reporter filling between bulletins. Gears of War, a game that was built for the Xbox 360 from the ground up, Is enormous amounts of fun to play'on PC, with a host of new single-player missions, mouse/keyboard support, a new multiplayer mode, three brand new maps and co-op play over Games For Windows Live.

My first experience of Gears on PC had to be the new five singleplayer missions built around the Act V encounter with the infamous Brumak beast, which Cliffy B succinctly described as 'four storeys of teeth and guns,' and was only previously viewed in a brief cutscene on the Xbox 360 game. The new level is unlocked from the beginning, so if you want to jump in and experience the Brumak battle immediately from the off, you can. Although be warned, it appears near the end of the game, so if you're new to Gears, you will be pwned...

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'The Timgad level was always an idea early in development, but ultimately you have to decide how much to bite off and still keep the quality you want' said senior producer Rod Fergusson. 'Also you get the biggest bang for the buck with the Brumak. No-one was really asking for new weapons or a new character, they were all like, 'I want to fight that thing!'

You begin the level at a drawbridge (apparently based on London Bridge) that shorts out, meaning you and the team have to get power to the sector, just as hordes of Locust enemies descend on the area - including the Brumak - kicking off a manic shootout that eventually splits the four-man COG team in two, taking you and partner Dorn into the grim nether-regions below the structure. The Brumak is a dominating presence throughout the levels, so even though you don't get to take it on until the fifth chapter, the hefty beast will never be too far away, trying to smash its way down through the girders of the bridge to your position below, or cutting off your escape route with collapsing concrete. The new sections have some memorable set-pieces, including my personal favourite - a shootout in an old theatre overrun with sniping enemies in the balcony, scuttling Wretches on the stairs, and an insect-like behemoth Seeder in the main stalls. Still, I'd rather face all that than a Royal Variety Performance.

After a further series of intense firefights with the Locust, you and your team eventually come face-to-face - well, face-to-ankle - with the Brumak, the frightening Rancor-like monster, loaded with multiple gun/rocket launcher installations and controlled by a grunt atop its head. I won't reveal any spoilers here how you see off the lumbering piece of alien filth, but suffice to say that taking the Brumak down was an immensely satisfying boss battle, and I felt like the tearful, sobbing Rancor-keeper inReturn of the Jedi when I walked away from its massive, lifeless corpse.

The House

Gears looks fantastic on PC - crisp, hi-res visuals with great scalability, from mid-range cards to DirectX 10-compatible behemoths that'll run 1920 x 1200 pixel resolutions and above, for life-like facial animation, smooth movement (caught in the Epic mo-cap studio just around the corner) and beautiful-but-war-torn architecture of a civilisation torn to shreds by a brutal alien invasion.

Epic have also succeeded in making the transition from controller pad to mouse/keyboard really smooth too, giving you the option of traditional' keyboard mapping, with the space bar used for the action button for going into cover and running, or using a nifty double-tap Advanced mode - hit W twice quickly and hold down, for example, and Marcus will run forward using that trademark over-the-shoulder 'war reporter' shaky-cam. After a few minutes of the latter combined with mouse-look, I'm confident you'll never need that Xbox 360 pad for Windows. Although the dynamic context-sensitive on-screen prompts will cleverly change from mapped keys to buttons automatically if you do prefer to plug one in. You big girl.

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Onto multiplayer, and it was here that I had a thorough thrash of the aforementioned new King of the Hill mode on the three brand new maps specially created for Gears on PC by People Can Fly, the Polish developers responsible for the Stakegun-powered shooter Painkiller (see Painkiller vs Gears box). They are: Courtyard, a city park with some great high areas to use the awesome Hammer of Dawn orbital laser weapon; Gold Rush, an industrial level set on an emulsion drilling platform at the bottom of a massive crater; and Sanctuary, a very gothic 'non-denominational religious building', with atmospheric, creepy lighting.

'King of the Hill is sort of a spin-off from Annex, where you're taking over territory, but instead of it constantly changing, there's only one bit of territory per round and one team member has to be in that circle to score points,' said Fergusson.

'Also you play execution rules', so if you snipe someone in the circle from afar, and he goes down injured, he's still in there getting points! You have to move in there and finish him off.' This, combined with the fact that Epic have also added instant breaks, so that any opposing team member making a suicide run into the circle can drain it to a neutral status immediately, means you get some hectic, thrilling and very funny matches that can be won or lost right up until the final few nail-biting seconds.Multiplayer is locked into Games For Windows Live, but before you begin to ready those fingers for forum flaming, it'll be completely free to play. All you have to do is sign up for the Silver package, and the Gears of War multiplayer modes are also compatible with Windows XP as well as Vista - no-one will miss out as with the Halo 2 and Shadowrun debacles (see the Gears For Windows Live box).

All of the new maps are fantastic with King of the Hill four versus four, but Fergusson assured me that every multiplayer map featured in Gears of War PC (that include the additional Map Packs 1 & 2) are compatible with other modes - and of course, you'll be able to play with a friend through the entire single-player missions co-operatively. Gears of War will also ship with an editor, although don't expect to completely overhaul the game with a new mod, as the utility has been tailored for creating your own multiplayer maps - the PC-from-the-ground-up title Unreal Tournament III is Epic's flagship mod-maker.

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Top Gear

Gears of War is not your typical PC blaster - being a third-person action game described by CliffyB as 'the iambic pentameter of shooting' and built specifically for the Xbox 360, the game wears its console heritage on its bloody sleeve.

However, Epic have looked to have created an excellent PC version of Gears, complete with new single-player content, new maps, better mouse/ keyboard control and free integrated Games For Windows Live co-op and multiplayer across as many different PC configurations as possible. As Epic gear up for development on the game's inevitable sequel, it's great to know that PC owners will finally get to play this killer series, and face-off against the Brumak beast - a fight that Xbox players can only wet dream about.

Gears of War is a video game franchise that debuted on November 9, 2006 with Gears of War for the Xbox 360 and was a best-seller. The fictional universe of the series takes place on the fictional planet Sera and focus on a war between humans and creatures known as Locust. The franchise has since spawned a novel and a comic book series, with a film currently in pre-production.

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Gears Of War Pc 2006


Original release date(s):
  • NA: November 9, 2006
  • EU: November 12, 2006
  • AU: November 24, 2006
Release years by system:
2006—Xbox 360
2007—Microsoft Windows[1]
  • A Limited Collector's Edition was released in a steel case with an additional disc with environment and stages artwork and a book titled Destroyed Beauty.

Original release date(s):[2]
Release years by system:
2008—Xbox 360[2]
  • A Limited Edition version was released featuring a SteelBook case, bonus content DVD, a book titled Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2, and exclusive Xbox Live downloadable content.[3][4]

Original release date(s):[2]
  • WW: September 20, 2011
Release years by system:
2011—Xbox 360[2]
  • A Limited Edition version was released featuring a SteelBook case.

Original release date(s):
  • NA: March 19, 2013
  • AU: March 19, 2013
  • EU: March 22, 2013
Release years by system:
2013—Xbox 360
  • It serves as a prequel of the first game.
  • Epic Games co-developed the game with Polish studio People Can Fly.

Original release date(s):[5]
  • NA: August 25, 2015
  • AU: August 25, 2015
  • EU: August 28, 2015
Release years by system:
2015—Xbox One
2016—Microsoft Windows
  • A remaster game of the original Gears of War.
  • The first game in the series not developed by Epic Games. The Coalition led the game's development.

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
2016—Xbox One
2016—Microsoft Windows
  • Set 25 years after Gears of War 3 and the single-player campaign focuses on the story of Marcus Fenix's son, J.D. and his friends Kait Diaz and Del Walker.
  • The first main entry in the series to be developed by The Coalition

Original release date(s):
  • WW: August 22, 2019
Release years by system:
2019—Microsoft Windows
  • Mobile real-time strategy video game in which two players battle using Funko Pop!-stylized characters from the Gears fictional universe, with gameplay similar to Clash Royale.
  • Mediatonic led the game's development.

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
2019—Xbox One
2019—Microsoft Windows
2020—Xbox Series X and Series S
  • Direct sequel to Gears of War 4 with Kait Diaz as the central protagonist, while J.D. Fenix is playable in the first chapter of the campaign
  • Gears 5 will receive visual enhancements for the Xbox Series X upon its launch, including higher resolution textures, new visual effects such as volumetric fog, and running at higher frames per second[6]
  • A Limited Edition version was released, which includes the Ultimate Edition of the game, a Limited Edition Xbox One X console, controller, headset, wireless keyboard, mouse from Razer, external hard drives from Seagate, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and the standard versions of Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War 4[7]

Original release date(s):
  • WW: April 28, 2020
Release years by system:
2020—Xbox One
2020—Microsoft Windows
2020—Xbox Series X and Series S
  • A spin-off title with gameplay similar to the X-COM series, and serves as a prequel of the first game.
  • Set one year after Emergence Day and 13 years before Gears of War and focuses on Kait Diaz's father, Gabriel Diaz.


TitleRelease dateISBNMedia type
Destroyed BeautyNovember 9, 2006Supplementary book
  • Released with the Gears of War Limited Collector's Edition package
Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2November 7, 2008[2]Supplementary book
  • Released with the Gears of War 2 Limited Edition package[3][4]
Gears of WarDecember 2008 – August 2012Comic book series
  • Written by Joshua Ortega[8] with art by Liam Sharp[9][10][11]
Gears of War: Aspho FieldsOctober 28, 2008[2]ISBN978-0-345-49943-1Novelization
  • Written by Karen Traviss[12]
  • First novel in an expected series and is considered canon material[2]
Gears of War: Jacinto's RemnantJuly 28, 2009[2]ISBN978-0-345-49944-8Novelization
  • Written by Karen Traviss[13]
  • Second novel in an expected series and is considered canon material[2]
Gears of War: Anvil GateAugust 31, 2010[2]ISBN978-0-345-49945-5Novelization
  • Written by Karen Traviss
  • Third novel in an expected series and is considered canon material[2]
Gears of War: Coalition's EndAugust 2, 2011[2]ISBN978-1-4391-8395-3Novelization
  • Written by Karen Traviss
  • Fourth novel in an expected series and is considered canon material[2]
Gears of War: The SlabMay 8, 2012[2]ISBN978-1-4391-8407-3Novelization
  • Written by Karen Traviss
  • Fifth novel in an expected series and is considered canon material[2]
Gears of War: Rise of RAAMJanuary 2018 - April 2018ISBN978-1-6840-5238-7Comic book series
  • Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe with art by Max Dunbar
Gears of War: HivebustersMay 2019 - March 2020ISBN978-1-6840-5417-6Comic book series
  • Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe with art by Alan Quah
Gears of War: AscendanceJuly 30, 2019ISBN978-1-7890-9261-5Novelization
  • Written by Jason M. Hough
Gears of War: BloodlinesApril 21, 2020ISBN978-1-7890-9478-7Novelization
  • Written by Jason M. Hough

Other media[edit]

TitleRelease dateMedia type
Gears of War: The Board Game2011Board game
  • A board game released by Fantasy Flight Games and designed by Corey Konieczka.
Gears of WarTBAFilm
  • Rights to the film were purchased by New Line Cinema, with Stuart Beattie writing the script along with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, who will be producing it.[14]


TitleRelease dateLengthLabelRef
Gears of War: The SoundtrackJuly 31, 200769:08Sumthing Else[15]
Gears of War 2: The SoundtrackNovember 25, 200862:27Sumthing Else[16]


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  12. ^Traviss, Karen. Gears of War Aspho Fields (Gears of War). Del Rey. ISBN978-0-345-49943-1.
  13. ^Traviss, Karen. Gears of War Jacinto's Remnant (Gears of War). Del Rey. ISBN978-0-345-49944-8.
  14. ^Berardini, César (2008-01-02). 'Gears of War Novel Update. Movie Script Confirmed'. TeamXbox. Archived from the original on 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  15. ^'Music from Gears of War The Soundtrack'. Game-OST. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
  16. ^'Music from Gears of War 2: The Soundtrack'. Game-OST. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
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