Gears of War releases in South Africa

Gears of War for Windows cover art We all knew that Gears of War was coming to the Windows PC gaming platform and now its official. Yes it should be in stores later this week and will run on Windows XP and Windows Vista machines. One thing that is awesome about Games for Windows LIVE (basically Xbox LIVE) is that online multi-player is completely free and only requires a silver account. I understand that if you want to use the advanced TruSkill matchmaking functions you will need a gold account. Anyone care to confirm this?

JOHANNESBURG 6th November, 2007 – Microsoft Game Studios announced today that the eagerly-awaited “Gears of War” for Windows (Windows XP/Windows Vista) has shipped to retailers worldwide and will be in stores later this week. After launching exclusively for the Xbox 360 last November, “Gears of War” is now bringing the fight to Windows, featuring five new campaigns and new multiplayer modes.

With the Xbox 360 version of the game selling more than 4 million copies to date, “Gears of War” has been lauded by critics for its gripping campaign and fast-paced multiplayer action. Windows gamers can look forward to the “Gears of War” experience for the very first time, and will get to choose between doing battle via mouse and keyboard, or using the Windows-enabled Xbox 360 controller. From renowned developer Epic Games, “Gears of War” for Windows will engage gamers in hyper-realistic combat, allowing players to fight for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet.

In addition to retaining all of the content from its Xbox 360 counterpart and all previously released downloadable content (seven multiplayer maps and the Annex game mode), “Gears of War” for Windows will feature exciting original content, all-new Achievements to unlock and ultra-high resolution visuals, including support for DirectX 10. Five new campaign chapters expand upon the riveting story (including an epic battle with the fearsome Brumak.) The action-packed multiplayer offering is bolstered with three exclusive multiplayer maps – a “King of the Hill” game type.  A new game editor will allow users to develop an unlimited number of user-created levels with complete access to the Unreal Engine 3 Editor.

Players can get their hands on “Gears of War” for Windows for the estimated retail price of R 319.00, with a rating of 18V. For more information, please visit http://gearsofwar.com/news/.

* Games for Windows LIVE is supported to deliver online matchmaking for LIVE members.

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