Computers, Games, Software

Gears of War PC

Yeah, it has been a rumor for a while, but this news source has heard Mark Rein from Epic as saying it is coming to PC.

For those that don’t know the background on this game, almost all of the development was done on PC, and was slated to be released as such. In the last few months, news dropped off, and it resurfaced as an Xbox 360 exclusive. The whole thing smacks at what happened with Halo. Instead of pulling games slated for release on PC, I wish console developers would make their own, or release on both platforms.

I am not going to purchase an Xbox 360, nor am I likely to purchase a Playstation 3, so any games that are “exclusives”, are simply games that I will not be playing. For anyone keeping up with the PC game market, it sucks when new generation console systems are released. I would like to see this area pick back up sometime soon – I am in a desert.

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8 thoughts on “Gears of War PC

  1. From the actual interview (http://interviews.teamxbox.com/xbox/1893/Mark-Rein-Interview/p1/):

    “People ask me, “Are you going to do it on PC?” Yeah, eventually…I don’t think that’s any great secret that we would like to do it on PC, but for now it’s a 360 game. Eventually we’ll get around to a PC version. I just don’t know when.

    The big challenge is to make a game that was designed solely for the console…to take advantage of every last little corner of that console, to fill every little crack and run as many threads as we could and do as much to exploit the power of that machine, and make it run well on enough PCs to be worth releasing. That’s a challenge.” (His emphasis.)

    Gears of War was never designed to be a PC game. Yes, it was developed on PCs. All console games are developed on PCs. That doesn’t mean they are designed for PCs. What happened with Halo is not what is going on with GoW. Halo did go through the process you outline.

    I’ll be playing GoW tonight. It’s a pretty good game. Definitely very pretty.

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  2. I can’t play unless it’s like at the lan. Games just aren’t the same without the atmosphere. It’s been so long since I’ve touched on a good game, regardless of platform. The last thing I can say I truly, TRULY had fun with was Zelda: Ocarina of Time on N64. I mean, I know that sounds bad, considering how long ago it was, but most of the time I just played games to pass the time even though they were boring or poorly done. Now that’s not to say there weren’t moments I have enjoied some games sine then, but nothing has pleased me like it should have. Maybe it’s just growing up or maybe my taste have refined. I have a poor selection from which I have sampled too, I don’t try a whole lot of games so I might be missing out. Then there is the guilt of playing. The thought that I could be doing some productive. Yeah… so… I posted a blog in your blog 😉

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  3. GoW is a rather short, but fun game. It took me a while to get the hang of the controls, but they aren’t that bad for the single player portion of the game. I played online a lot last Saturday (I wasn’t up for hauling my gear to campus), and that might just be the dumbest thing I have ever done. I don’t know how anyone can play such a game competitively with a controller. While the camera may be third person, the aiming is still very much first person style. In other words, I need a keyboard and mouse to be effective online. Plus, every just runs to the middle of the map and starts shooting. There is zero tactics to 90% of the games. I played a couple matches where the teams actually tried to use some tactics, but not nearly enough. So, Gears is fun, but not online in my opinion.

    As for games not being fun. You have to actually play a few to find some you would enjoy. If you liked Ocarina of Time you would surely like Wind Waker. That’s the best game I have for my Gamecube. From what I have gathered at the LAN parties, you like cars. There are LOTS of good racing games available. I’m playing through Need For Speed: Most Wanted and Project Gotham Racing 3 right now. NFS is very much an arcade style racer (no damage, etc.) and PGR is arcade style with simulation elements (no car tuning, but driving is very lifelike). Then there are the simulation games like Gran Turismo (too much “grind” for me now) and Forza Motorsport (I’m keenly interested in the forthcoming sequel).

    PC games? I mostly play RPGs and FPS games on my PC. If I’m not at a LAN party, mostly I play RPGs on my PC. The majority of my game time is spent playing console games. Outside of FPSs and (some) RPGs, a console has a much better selection of games. Actually, real-time strategy games should be included in the PC list; but I suck at those, so I don’t really play them.

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  4. I tried Wind Waker and I couldn’t get over the waiting for 10 minutes to sail to the opposite side of the map. It was cool at first, but damn. I did enjoy it for a while though.

    I actually don’t like games that are stereotypical of a genre. I want to play something that I will actually remember. I actually hate racing games, but let me give you a few examples of my favorite games:

    On Gamecube:
    Pikmin, Eternal Darkness, Resident Evil *, Super Monkey Ball, Prince of Persia, Lord of the Rings: Two Towers

    On PC:
    Homeworld 1 & 2, No One Lives Forever, Age of Empires 2 & 3, Call of Duty, Max Payne, Dawn of War, Stepmania

    All of those stick out in my mind because they were fun, and they suck you in. These are the kinds of games that seem to be absent from the market right now.

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  5. I was replying to the other poster for the most part.

    Once you acquire the ability to “wake the wind”, traveling around the map is nearly instantaneous. It’s a really good game, and one I will probably play again.

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  6. Yeah, I have a heard time finding the time or funds to find a game I actually like. However I do own Forza on xbox! I also played through NFS:MW on PC. I’m a big fan of sandbox games like GTA though. RTS is fun too. I just haven’t seen much lately 😦

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