Gears of War emerges

Epic Games' Xbox 360 shooter now shipping to retail, expected to be widely available by Sunday.

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The Gears of War may have turned slowly for Xbox 360 owners desperately craving a sci-fi shooter to fill the system's Halo-shaped hole, but their waiting may soon be at an end. Microsoft Game Studios has confirmed that Epic Games' Gears of War is shipping to retailers and will begin appearing on store shelves today, with the game expected to be widely available by Sunday, November 12.

According to GameStop, Gears of War is the second most preordered Xbox game of all-time, second only to Halo 2. Jeff Green, Microsoft's corporate vice president of global marketing for the interactive entertainment division, said in a statement that "Gears of War is a title we know will deliver on all of its promise, and we expect the game to reach 1 million copies faster than any new titles for Xbox."

To celebrate the launch, Microsoft is holding several Emergence Day festivities beginning on November 12. Xbox Live Gold members will be able to participate in a 24-hour leaderboard tournament, with the winner getting a Gears of War-branded guitar and a place in a worldwide Gears of War tournament in 2007.

In addition, winners will also be drawn each hour to receive prizes such as Samsung surround-sound systems; a free Gears gamer pic and theme will be on Marketplace; metal band Megadeth and the game's designer, Cliff Bleszinski, will play with fans online; and MTV will air a Gears of War: The Road to Launch featurette.

Gears of War is rated M for Mature and retails for $59.99, with a limited collector's edition fetching $69.99. For more on the game, which is receiving critical praise across the board, check out GameSpot's full review.

Discussion

179 comments
ASHLEY_123
ASHLEY_123

I wish games were released in Europe closer to the US release dates (especially GOW)!

ASHLEY_123
ASHLEY_123

Can't wait until the 17th (unfortunately).

009876543
009876543

i cant for my 360 im getting a pack with an extra controller and gears of war for christmas but i am gonna buy live that day too

trackmanep233
trackmanep233

TheKey, i hope you know that Resistance got 9.1 and its only a launch game. you and your precious 360 had to wait a year to get a killer app. by the way there's no way in hell ps3 will ever get bum rushed just brand name penetration is enough to sell twice as many consoles as the competitor. b/c obviously playstation 2 was worse than x-box, but i never heard x-box selling 100 million consoles. the only thing microsoft has going for them is their precious 'live' w/o the online features xbox would have tanked.

thekey
thekey

vitz3 "I can't wait for the glitch reports to flood in. Seriously WTH is the big freaking deal with the who chainsaw crap. Resistance and their developers crap out better games than this." I can't wait to see the broken PS3 reports and how angry you die hard sony fan boys get when you just spent $600 and it will cost you another $200 to get them fixed. If resistance gets more than a 7.5 I will be suprised. insominac can't even ware Cliffy B's shirt Gears of war sales are going to DUST the PS3 launch sales. The PS3 is going to get bum rushed by the Wii nevermind the 360.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

Stop reading and go play the damn thing

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

I'm sure it's a great game and all but... Is this a press release or a plug deal sealed with under the table money? This doesn't seem very newsworthy.

V-Nine
V-Nine

Nice game. Will wait for Halo 3 to do a fair comparison.

sicmaggot
sicmaggot

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Fish345
Fish345

All i see is PS3 with Gears of War takin a massive dump all over it, its simply that good, Long Live the 360!!! It's just a shame i wont have it until the 17th.

capthunt
capthunt

Ewww Xbox. Make for PC plz!!

dbeddow
dbeddow

GTCzeero "Overhyped" :) too funny

flex49
flex49

vitz3 I can't wait for the glitch reports to flood in. Seriously WTH is the big freaking deal with the who chainsaw crap. Resistance and their developers crap out better games than this. ______________________________________________________ Ho-hum....another PS3 fanboy on the jealousy card. You and I both know that Insomniac and their game Resistance will not reach the heights of GOW. I can't wait for ALL the PS3 glitches to flood in....can you vitz3?

Blacksamurai87
Blacksamurai87

Frankazami: The graphics aren't as good because the Wii isn't as powerful. Duh. Gears of War is an amazing game not only for the graphics, but for the amazing gameplay. As for Wii, Zelda is going to be my fav game of all time. I can feel it.

j_vega07
j_vega07

Damn Friking shippment in my city didn't arrive yet. They said every store will have it on Sunday Here .....Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mike-oxbig
mike-oxbig

This game looks the DON. End of.......

queensballer
queensballer

Greatest game to date! Check my icon out =]

Frankazami
Frankazami

OMG OMG OMG I know its quite blatantly obvious but this looks so MUCH better than anything on the Wii. Like 100000000000000000000000 times better. I'm especially dead certain of the fact that no other Wii title in the future will look anywhere as close to being good as this game. Yeah, people are going to be like duh but sorry I just had to beat it over everyone's skull that X-box 360 is most definitely millions of LIGHT YEARS ahead of wii in the graphics department. Whether it be on HD, ED, or SD that is the honest to God truth.

glinz
glinz

Nothing like picking the soon to be 360 game of the year on my 25th b-day I am getting the gift that chainsaws and curbstomps its way to the top!!!

GrimBee
GrimBee

Gamespot gave this game one HECK of an awesome score. I wonder how much resistance will get? The war has begun!

vitz3
vitz3

I can't wait for the glitch reports to flood in. Seriously WTH is the big freaking deal with the who chainsaw crap. Resistance and their developers crap out better games than this.

NinjaShadows
NinjaShadows

THIS IS THE F&*%$# BEST GAME IVe EvER F&@)!in PLAYED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maximo1
maximo1

It's so freaking awesome! I've been playing it all day. I just thought I'd chime in with something you already know by now. -Goodnight all

chaos_theory_09
chaos_theory_09

I live in Canada so hopefully my EB games will get it in tomorrow. I checked in today and they didn't have it yet! I'm so looking forward to playing this game!

LordGamer0001
LordGamer0001

that is sweet. they are doing alot for this game.

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

This game is going to kill and destroy anything in your mind........COOL!!!

mattbyrnes
mattbyrnes

Awesome game. I didn't even pre-order and picked it up 4 hours ago. This game looks so good on my 50" HD. Good job on making a game this enjoyable. I can't wait until I get Live hooked up again on friday (moving).

jj4
jj4

I cant get it until tommorow because of shipping BULL SPIT Me and my friend were waiting so long

freerunner01
freerunner01

GEARS OF WAR IS THE GREATEST XBOX 360 GAME currently our for the system...

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

OK, now that the game is out and the reviews are universally top-notch, can Epic get off their behinds and release the demo they have so far refused to put out? If they do so they might convince the other 10% of 360 owners to get this game. Hopefully before the flood of microtransactions come rolling out. *fingers crossed*

fattyxboxbutt
fattyxboxbutt

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thekey
thekey

This game is FANTASTIC!!!! GO Gears of War and Go 360!!!!! Watch it sell a million copies before the PS3 launches!!!!!

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kc_hynes8

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kc_hynes8
kc_hynes8

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Notoria
Notoria

I'm very pleased all these mags and sites thinks the game is so good. Makes me proud I preorded the Collectors Edition, goodbye 92$ (Canada).

Notoria
Notoria

I'm very pleased all these mags and sites thinks the game is so good. Makes me proud I preorded the Collectors Edition, goodbye 92$ (Canada).

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

I'm glad this game was able to live up to the hype. It looks incredible.

aphex5
aphex5

I've been watching PS3 gameplay movies in HD on my 32"lcd monitor,i also had the opportunity to play a genji and ride racer on a ps3 2 days ago and i had come to the conclusion that the PS3 graphics were only slightly better but it still kinda made me think i would have to get a PS3 eventually.Just played Gears of War for about 2 hours and there is no doubt that it completely blows anything on the Ps3 out of the water as far as pure next gen graphics go.Unbelievable.

aphex5
aphex5

I've been watching PS3 gameplay movies in HD on my 32"lcd monitor,i also had the opportunity to play a genji and ride racer on a ps3 2 days ago and i had come to the conclusion that the PS3 graphics were only slightly better but it still kinda made me think i would have to get a PS3 eventually.Just played Gears of War for about 2 hours and there is no doubt that it completely blows anything on the Ps3 out of the water as far as pure next gen graphics go.Unbelievable.

kaito2
kaito2

repus3000-Are you new to internet gaming sites? GS, IGN, etc, have been filled with advertisements for games that went on to get mediocre reviews. Your corporate conspiracy theory lacks real evidence.

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

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GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

GAH! WHERE ARE THE BLOODY SHIPPING TRUCKS TO WINNIPEG?

mrrobinet
mrrobinet

Does gamstop call u when its in stock. If you pre-orderd it that is.