Developer: Epic Games, People Can Fly (PC Version)
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Platform: Xbox 360, PC
Genre: Third Person Shooter
Metacritic Rating: 94/100 Xbox 360; 87/100 PC
Copies Sold: 5.88 million (as of November 2008)
Release Date: November 2006
Gears of War is an armed forces sci-fi third-person shooter game created by Epic Games and released by Microsoft Game Studios. It was originally introduced as an exclusive game title for the Xbox 360 System during November 2006 in North America, Australia, and the majority of Europe and bundled a “Limited Collector’s Edition” along with extra content material along with an artwork book entitled Destroyed Beauty which detailed the majority of the game’s back-story. Even though there were original promises regarding Xbox 360 Console exclusivity, a Microsoft Windows edition of the video game ended up being created by studio People Can Fly and launched a year afterwards, showcasing new subject matter such as extra campaign levels, a brand new multiplayer game mode, as well as Games for Windows LIVE capability. Gears of War ended up selling over 5 million copies and at the moment is the 5th most popular XBOX 360 video game of all time.
The video game is targeted on the soldiers of Delta Squad while they combat a determined adversary in a final attempt to help save the remainder of the human residents of the planet Sera from a persistent and nearly unstoppable subterranean adversary referred to as the Locust Horde. The player takes on the part associated with Marcus Fenix, an ex-prisoner and war-hardened soldier. The video game is founded on the utilization of cover and tactical fire for the gamer to move forward in the game; an additional gamer can play cooperatively throughout the primary campaign to help. The video game additionally features a number of online multiplayer modes for as many as eight gamers.
Gears of War sold more than three million copies in only ten weeks and was the fastest-selling video game in 2006, and also the second-most played video game on Xbox Live throughout 2007. The video game has since sold in excess of five million copies through September 2008. The video game has been well-received by authorities, who lauded its gameplay and comprehensive graphics, and it earned a number of “Game of the Year” honors in 2006. The achievements of the video game resulted in the creation of the Gears of War franchise, such as the 2008 follow up Gears of War 2 and subsequently Gears of War 3 which had been launched on September 20, 2011, after having initially been set to release on April 5, 2011, the date that Epic Games’ Cliff Bleszinski was a studio guest on the late night talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.