Release Date: 7/1/2008 Category: Shooter Number of Players: 1-8 UPC: 882224743068
Gears of War [Two-Disc Edition] : Xbox 360 Description
Expanded Description Anointed by the games media as Microsoft's first "killer app" for its Xbox 360, Epic Games' Gears of War is a futuristic third-person shooter emphasizing tactical action over run-and-gun battles. Players are thrust in a climactic clash between what's left of humankind and a swarming underground race called the Locust Horde. The main protagonist is Marcus Fenix, a once disgraced soldier looking to redeem himself by leading a ragtag squad against the monstrous threat.
Since the alien army vastly outnumbers the team, players must use the post-apocalyptic world to their advantage, such as seeking cover behind dumpsters, pillars, cars, rubble, and other objects. The developer has adapted its award-winning Unreal technology to create interactive environments with a physics-based damage system. Players, for instance, can shoot down structures to forge new routes or opportunities to trap the enemy. Up to three squad mates will accompany Fenix in each mission, with basic commands such as "advance," "hold," or "freelance" available to guide them.
A behind-the-shoulder view similar to the one employed in Capcom's Resident Evil 4 is the default perspective in Gears of War. Weapons include an assortment of grenades, pistols, assault rifles, and other long-range blasters, many of which offer a means to engage enemies in melee combat. The Locust Horde is not averse to lunging, rushing, or gnawing at soldiers, so players have the opportunity to perform grisly finishing moves by quickly tapping specific button sequences during close encounters. Cooperative support for two players is offered throughout the campaign, and up to eight can battle each other in team-oriented modes via Xbox Live.
The two-disc edition of Gears of War features previously released multiplayer map packs, the ability for players to earn up to eight additional multiplayer achievements worth 250 extra "gamerscore" points, and trailers for the highly anticipated sequel Gears of War 2.
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Game Special Features
Eliminate an aggressive alien threat from a behind-the-shoulder viewpoint
Utilize the war-torn environments to take cover, create new routes, set up traps, and more
Eight-player Xbox Live support complete with matchmaking, stat tracking, and achievements
Earn up to 250 extra gamerscore points with eight new multiplayer achievements
Watch trailers for Gears of War 2
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick
ControlInstruction CONTROLS: Left Trigger = aim; Right Trigger = shoot, throw grenade; Left Bumper = see objectives and squad status, orders; Right Bumper = reload; Right Bumper (Twice)= active reload; Left Thumbstick = move; Back Button = see multiplayer scoreboard; Start Button = start, pause; Y Button = look at point of interest; X Button = use, interact; B Button = melee; B Button (Hold) = chainsaw; A Button = evade, get into or out of cover, mantle, cover slip, make swat run; A Button (Hold) = roadie run; D-Pad = switch weapons; Right Thumbstick = look; Right Thumbstick Button = zoom