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Lost saved games ruin an otherwise excellent port

1 Rating: 1, Useful: 15 / 16
Date: January 04, 2008
Author: Amazon User

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.

Great Game and Fun to Play

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 24 / 33
Date: November 10, 2007
Author: Amazon User

Do not listen to naysayers. Before you install the game update your Windows Live from Microsoft and you will have no problems. The game runs very smooth and is beautiful to look at. The gameplay should be familiar to most people who have probably seen it on Xbox 360. Highly recommended for any action oriented gamer. Very high production values.

Gears of War comes to the PC

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 15 / 18
Date: December 06, 2007
Author: Amazon User

Arguably the best game to hit the XBox 360 yet, Epic Games' Gears of War comes to the PC with a more than solid translation from console to PC. If you've played the game before on the 360, you'll feel pretty much right at home here with what the PC edition of Gears of War has to offer, as it boasts the same gorgeous graphics, brutal gameplay, and addictive multiplayer that helped make the game such a hit in the first place. For newcomers to Gears of War, you'll get to see what all the fuss is about for the most part, although there are a few flaws to be found. Most notably is the fact that there are a few glitches and bugs to be discovered as you progress throughout the game, but they don't detract from the overall experience of the game. The difficulty curve could have been tweaked a bit as well, but as far as flaws go, they end there. Gears of War supports the keyboard and mouse as well as the XBox 360 gamepad, but either way, the control remains tight. There are some new additions, including added mission chapters and maps, and while they aren't anything spectacular, they're still worth playing through. As mentioned before, the game is a sight to behold, even more so now on the PC, but beware that there are some pretty steep system requirements to witness Gears of War in all it's visually brilliant glory. That aside, if you have the hardware and have never before experienced Gears of War, you should definitely give it a try now that it's on the PC, and see for yourself what all the fuss was about when the game was first unleashed last year.

Beautiful to look at, but a console port to the PC, and all that implies

3 Rating: 3, Useful: 54 / 108
Date: November 11, 2007
Author: Amazon User

I have the 360 version of this game. The voice acting, graphics and artwork, and basic pace was pretty decent, but I grew bored of console type checkpoint saves a long time ago, plus the 360 controllers just don't do it for me with this game, so I was waiting for the PC version.

Well, I spent full price the day it came out, and boy am I disappointed. Beyond the fact that price already fell $10 in the first week, the game is not that much fun to play. There is no save system other than arbitrary checkpoints. How bored are we all with replaying the same 10 minute scenes over and over and over and over again. I know I am

Also, its a 3rd person view, which is fine, but you can't really run and aim, nor can you jump or duck. These are some simple basics that all shooters need to allow full range of movement. I don't mind dying in these games, happens all the time. But I do mind playing the same boring passage 100 times without getting anywhere. The atrocious and annoying berserker part comes to mind here, where no matter what you do, you die 100 times before something lucky happens and you get through it.

This is a decent game, don't get me wrong, but for the PC it is a console port, plain and simple. No save system, lousy controls. Nuff said

So many bugs...

2 Rating: 2, Useful: 9 / 11
Date: December 03, 2007
Author: Amazon User

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.

sick game!!!!

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 7 / 8
Date: November 10, 2007
Author: Amazon User

I don't know what the other reviewer was talking about with the low rating...but this game is sick. I just got it and am not finished yet, But it is easily the best looking game I have ever played. This is not just graphics either, but the look is gritty and realistic (not cartoonish like the Halos) actually adding to game play.

I hope you love staring at black, gray and white !!!

2 Rating: 2, Useful: 8 / 11
Date: February 06, 2008
Author: Amazon User

Gears of War is a game that could have been great....but fell far short.
I hope you like staring at a black, white and gray screen for hours at a time because that is about the only colors you are going to see throughout the whole game!!!

Ever play a first person shooter before? Nothing new here. I am not going into the minutiae like some people do. Here is the whole picture synopsis.

This game offers something different in the way of weapons and the movements of your character. You do and don't get the typical machine gun. Yes, it is a machine gun but it feels and sounds solid and futuristic when playing this game. Your movements are interesting. You can cling to, duck behind and walk along walls for cover like you have always wanted to. Peek out, shoot around the corner then duck back behind it.

Sadly, that is the whole scheme of the game...peek, shoot and duck. Wash, rinse, repeat. Thankfully, the enemy will try to flank you, run right up to you and throw grenades at you. That definitely keeps it exciting.

Tell you more about the grenades? OK. They are cool looking, they are powerful and the throwing system is unique. And it is also very disappointing! You hold your Mouse 2 button to create a "throw path" for the grenade to follow. When ready, you click the Mouse 1 button to throw it and BOOM! This works great when you are on level ground. In many cases, the camera angles for the throwing system completely prevent you from seeing where you are throwing the grenade. Effectively neutralizing your aim. Also, you can only carry 4!!! Yes, a measly 4 grenades.

Which brings us to ammo. There are no health power ups or armor power ups to go hunting for. You automatically regenerate these when you are not being shot. AWESOME! Ammo is abundant and you can pick up your dead enemies weapons, allowing you to switch weapons and stock ammo to your hearts content. Again - AWESOME!

The biggest SUCK factors of this game are as follows -
Video is excellent but the colors are only gray, black and white.
Game play is fast and fun but it gets repetitive.
No save system. Checkpoints....YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The game is entirely scripted so you know when the enemy is coming every time.
When you die, you are forced to go through some of the same cut scenes over and over!!! Some can be skipped, others cannot!!!!!
It feels like they ported it from the XBOX 360 instead of making a solid version developed specifically for the PC.

Overall, it was OK. Not bad, not great. I played a friend's copy so luckily I did not have to actually pay for it. I definitely don't think it is worth $45. Maybe $30. No way would I pay more.


3 Rating: 3, Useful: 7 / 9
Date: November 16, 2007
Author: Amazon User

This is primarily a review of single player.

Its hard to see what the fuss is about. The best I can figure, it was the first real next gen title on xbox 360 and was good enough and had shiny enough graphics to show off the potential of the system. For that, it was Game of the Year according to many critics.

On the PC, though, it is underwhelming. As expected graphics are excellent and silky smooth, as are the controls, so fundamentally its a very solid shooter, and can be recommended if that's all it was hyped as. The cover system is interesting and probably revolutionary on the consoles, where precise movement and aiming speed is limited by controls, but on the PC it feels gimmicky. I can manage my own cover, thank you - just let me sprint and lean around corners and I will expose far less of myself than your system forces me to do. Its useful here as a way to cover ground, and maybe there is a place for it yet in PC shooters, but practically speaking its a novelty for those of us who already studiously exploit cover wherever it is found.

Partly due the cover mechanism and partly do to level design, the game eventually feels like an amusing game of whack-a-mole, where you pop up from cover and shoot your enemy, then he ducks and you duck, then he pops up and shoots you, etc. until one of you is dead. Theres a bit more to combat than that of course, but nothing we haven't seen before.

Story-wise, there isn't much of one, which is a shame since the characters and gameworld are gritty enough to support something truly memorable and fun.

All in all, on the PC Gears of War is a solid shooter, with great graphics and controls, but one cannot help feel it's better suited to the TV than the PC. There's just nothing really standout about it in a world of COD4, Crysis, Portal and all the rest of this season's superb releases. Unless you feel determined to play a third person shooter, that is, which is a pleasure I'm occasionally guilty of too.

If I had had a clue about the problems that come with this game...

1 Rating: 1, Useful: 7 / 9
Date: January 10, 2008
Author: Amazon User

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.


5 Rating: 5, Useful: 5 / 6
Date: November 23, 2007
Author: Amazon User

Great game, love it! It runs pretty smooth on my PC, I have a AMD Sempron 3.4+, 2GB Memory, NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT 256MB, Win XP (Screw Vista) and runs amazing with all the settings on the highest without no problems, I dont know why some people says that the loading time takes forever, i dont have that problem, the game never crashed or freez at all. If you got the system to running : go for it!, great game play, a lot fun, specially on co-op I decided to get this insted of COD4 mostly because it was $10.00 less and boy I hit the jackpot. All those that say that the game have issues, my guess its because they're running it on a system with less than 1GB of memory or some. Its a most!

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