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Gears of War sells 1m copies, gets trilogy

Gears of War sells 1m copies, gets trilogy

Gears of War has sold a million copies.

Gears of War looks set to get at least two further sequels, according to a Microsoft spokesman.

Explaining the latest advertising campaign for the game, a Microsoftie let slip: "The goal of this ad is to establish Marcus Fenix as the hero of the Gears of War trilogy."

Whilst there's no official confirmation, the open end to the game leaves the door open for a sequel - we would expect that the sequel itself could even have a cliffhanger ending a la Halo 2.

The game itself has done tremendously well, surpassing the 1m copies sold mark yesterday, making it a resounding hit with the gaming public. The game is also the most played game on Xbox Live at the moment, beating the age-old favourite Halo 2. Multiplayer games have become so popular that paid subscription rates for Xbox Live have jumped 50% in the last week, off the back of the 2-day free trial included in the box.

In related news, the Xbox 360 games to consoles ratio has risen to just over 5:1. This has split analysts: either things are good for Microsoft because gamers are buying loads of games and Xboxes, or things are bad for Microsoft because early console buyers are continuing to buy games but not too many new consoles are being sold. These are two, equally valid way of looking at the numbers, but we shall have to see how Microsoft spins them.

Give us your thoughts on Gears of War, Xbox Live and the 360 over in the forums.

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orb 22nd November 2006, 13:57 Quote
****ing awesome, gears of war is such a sweet game, as long as they keep co-op I'm buying it for sure.
mikeuk2004 22nd November 2006, 14:07 Quote
I keep hearing about this game as its very hyped up. May have to find someone with a 360 to have ago of it.
perplekks45 22nd November 2006, 14:20 Quote
About the numbers: MS will wait 3-6 months to see how well PS3 + games sell and then say whether the numbers are good or not IMO.

About the game: Haven't played it yet but it looks and sounds more than interesting. Wanted to give Roboblitz a try to see how UE 3.0 'performs' (>3 fps or not :) ) on my system... PhysX required? :| Hmkaaay.
Gunsmith 22nd November 2006, 14:40 Quote
last time i jumped on the xbox hype wagon was when halo was first released, i aint doing that again.
Chuff_72 22nd November 2006, 14:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
last time i jumped on the xbox hype wagon was when halo was first released, i aint doing that again.

There's always one...
Veles 22nd November 2006, 15:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Chuff_72
There's always one...

On the internet, for every person who loves halo theres soemone who hates it, so theres quite a few.

TBH I'm a bit weary of this one, people have made it out to be the must buy amazing FPS (well TPS), I've heard the single player levels just get boring and samey after a while but the multiplayer is meant to be really good.

Really want to play a demo but they're not planning on making one.
rupbert 22nd November 2006, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
On the internet, for every person who loves halo theres soemone who hates it, so theres quite a few.

TBH I'm a bit weary of this one, people have made it out to be the must buy amazing FPS (well TPS), I've heard the single player levels just get boring and samey after a while but the multiplayer is meant to be really good.

Really want to play a demo but they're not planning on making one.

I can whole heartedly recommend this game, I was one of the few who remained slightly skeptical about Gears of War until I finally played it. Playing single player over co-op is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in gaming.

I thought it was impossible for a game to meet the amount of hype it had received (Halo 2 anyone?), but I can state it most definitely does.

If there is one game that defines this new generation of consoles, you have to play Gears of War.
acron^ 22nd November 2006, 17:05 Quote
I bought a month subs to Live Gold just so I could play this on my housemate's Xbox.
rupbert 22nd November 2006, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by acron^
I bought a month subs to Live Gold just so I could play this on my housemate's Xbox.

That's the sign of a great game, not only will it sell systems it will introduce users to parts of the Live facility that they had never used before, it's a win win for Microsoft :)
Petor 22nd November 2006, 17:11 Quote
ive gotta say, i got this game 2 days ago, cant stop playing it :)

its very good, the games use of cover is awesome :D ;)
Veles 22nd November 2006, 17:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by rupbert
I can whole heartedly recommend this game, I was one of the few who remained slightly skeptical about Gears of War until I finally played it. Playing single player over co-op is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in gaming.

I thought it was impossible for a game to meet the amount of hype it had received (Halo 2 anyone?), but I can state it most definitely does.

If there is one game that defines this new generation of consoles, you have to play Gears of War.

I might pick it up then if it's that good.

Is the co-op playable over live? Thats one of the things halo 2 missed that I'd really like to see.

2142 is the shooter of choice for me right now though, damn that unlock and award system, it's got me hooked!
rupbert 22nd November 2006, 17:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles

Is the co-op playable over live?

It is indeed over Live, and it's so smooth it feels like system link!
Bladestorm 22nd November 2006, 18:59 Quote
One thing that comes to mind when I see pictures of this game is a phrase that used to be jokingly thrown out about space marine seargeants "We're so hard we don't need a helmet!" anybody else get that ? or is there some in-game explanation I'm missing for giving them massive armour on there bodies and nothing but a cap on there heads ? :)
DXR_13KE 22nd November 2006, 19:32 Quote
nice..... chainsaw on the front of the weapon rocks :D
if i get a 360 i will get this game.
Neogumbercules 23rd November 2006, 06:00 Quote
Co-op is wicked fun. I played for over 3 hours with my friends girlfriend and we both had a great time. However, I can definitely see how the game can get pretty repetitive. It's got a lot going for it to make those repetetive moments fun though.
R_H 25th November 2006, 03:32 Quote
Didn't Xbox Live add around 900K new users after Gears of War was released?

edit: I see there was a 2 day trial, that probably explains this.
mikeuk2004 25th November 2006, 10:58 Quote
The more I watch videos of this game and instoe demos the more I want it and a 360.

Looks around house looking for items to sell....mmmm Might be onto somehting here :p
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