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Gears of War, Viva Pinata coming to PC

Gears of War, Viva Pinata coming to PC

We have a pinata in the office, an evil pinata. Nobody knows why he is here or where he came from.

Okay, before we go any further, I have a confession to make. I ... never played Gears of War. Yes, I know I should of and yes I know its supposed to be a good game. It looks like a good game.

Still, on the plus side, at least I'll get to play it when it comes out on PC under the Games For Windows brand.

Microsoft announced recently that Gears of War will no longer be an Xbox 360 exclusive and will switch to PC in the near future with DirectX 10 support integrated in. Yum.

What's more, the game will see a fair few extras flung in, including five new levels, a new level editor and quote, unquote, "Some very big surprises". As long as those surprises don't include massive spiders jumping out of toilets at us then we'll be fine.

Also shifting to the Games For Windows brand will be the Xbox 360 game, Viva Pinata which, to be honest, I never even wanted to play because it used too many shades of neon for my personal tastes. Still, at least it makes a great excuse to show everybody the completely random pinata which for some reason has always sat directly behind me, staring at me with its cold, evil eyes.

A recent press release gives the full list of games which are now on the Games For Window list and, while the list is fluffed up a bit with some lesser titles there are some big hitters on the list too.

  • Strangehold
  • Blacksite: Area 51
  • Clive Barker's Jericho
  • Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  • Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
  • Fallout 3
  • Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
  • Operation Flashpoint™ 2
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
  • The Witcher
  • Turning Point™: Fall of Liberty

On top of this, Eidos, SEGA and THQ have all announced they will be joining Microsoft in supporting the Games For Window Live Online service, with titles like Gears of War and Kane and Lynch already signed up.

Any of these games on your 'must-have' list? Already played Gears of War on the 360 and want to tell me just what I'm missing out on? Do all that, and more, in the discussion forum.

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Fod 11th July 2007, 11:45 Quote
wooh! jericho :)

GoW - meh.
DougEdey 11th July 2007, 11:50 Quote
GoW is designed for Console, it won't work right because all the anti console fanbois will hate it.
LeMaltor 11th July 2007, 11:56 Quote
Just play it with a 360 controller then, works great with a PC :)
p3n 11th July 2007, 12:16 Quote
Can you say "Vista Only"?

Would definitely mean I wont be buying it as I could get a 360 for that price...
will. 11th July 2007, 12:16 Quote
Looks like I am actually going to have to invest in a 360 controller...

Turning Point: Fall of liberty looks interesting. Games(tm) had a good feeling about it anyway.
Silver Shamrock 11th July 2007, 12:31 Quote
Some nice titles there that's for sure but i just wish Dead Rising would get a port!!
Hugo.B 11th July 2007, 12:32 Quote
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Can you say "Vista Only"?

Would definitely mean I wont be buying it as I could get a 360 for that price...
Same here, if Microsoft is calling Vista a gaming platform(which it does) they should make the OS scaled down and faster, leaving more resources for games, and sell it at a lower price, leaving more money for buying games.
But I think a scaled-down vista would bear a more than slight internal resemblance to XP... and that could cause problems.


H.B.
John_Edward 11th July 2007, 12:45 Quote
So, more "windows" gaming.
I see that XP is not an windows any more, as those "games for _windows_" won't work with it..
Oh well, any news on that DirectX10 port for XP :P ?
DXR_13KE 11th July 2007, 13:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by John_Edward
Oh well, any news on that DirectX10 port for XP :P ?

in other news, hell froze over and MS sues the makers of the port for 1 trillion dollars.
CardJoe 11th July 2007, 13:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Silver Shamrock
Some nice titles there that's for sure but i just wish Dead Rising would get a port!!

UBER QFT!
Redbeaver 11th July 2007, 14:09 Quote
Jericho and Gears of War.......

....who needs Crysis? :D

jk... i know i do........ :D

Vista here... (which IMO; works faster than XP on some of the games i play)(like LOTRO and BF2/2142)(oooh go ahead, flame away), just another reason to get another 8800GTS to do SLI :D


it'z all goood..... its *gooooood*....
capnPedro 11th July 2007, 15:23 Quote
I actually quite want to try playing GoW. It sounds good from what I've heard from my friends with 360s.

Oh and about the Piñata... they're all evil!
devdevil85 11th July 2007, 16:28 Quote
GOW is "Ok". The graphics looked nice, but artificial and the gameplay seemed almost "slow", but also realistic in speed. I almost got fed up with the "wall-sticking" because whenever I didn't want to, I would stick to the walls or whatever was next to me, and when I did need to "stick", I would also have to hit the button a good 2-3 times. Either way, I am not a console FPS guy, whatsoever so I have a bias against games like these in general, but I would still recommend you play this Joe. It's a good game, but it should still not be retailing for $50, for as old as it is. Hope that helps....
completemadness 11th July 2007, 17:09 Quote
now when they say "games for windows" do they actually mean that or will it be "games for vista" ??

if its the latter, im not that interested, although gears of war looks pretty interesting, if it works on XP i might try it :)
Amon 11th July 2007, 17:48 Quote
The exec at E3 was using God mode for the demonstration. Cheater.

It will be made available on Windows XP.
TTmodder 11th July 2007, 17:50 Quote
Scaled down vista = windows xp with dx10 support ;)
SPQQKY 11th July 2007, 18:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fod
wooh! jericho :)

GoW - meh.

Dito, I'm a big Clive Barker fan, can't wait to play this on the PC.
LVMike 11th July 2007, 18:16 Quote
hey Viva Pinata was entertaining...
mikeuk2004 11th July 2007, 20:59 Quote
Games for windows is a crap idea. If most the games got that way then I will be gaming more on console as I cant afford to by anew PC with Vista for a very long time. I want supreme Commander but not got Vista. :(
bestforbuy 11th July 2007, 22:13 Quote
That wouldn't be such a thing , just think how people will play gears of war in a PC , it is a game for controllers only
Aankhen 11th July 2007, 22:15 Quote
WANT NOW

In particular, I want GoW and Stranglehold. Maybe Viva Piñata too.
Neogumbercules 12th July 2007, 02:02 Quote
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We have a pinata in the office, an evil pinata. Nobody knows why he is here or where he came from.

That pinata showed up in my house a long time ago. We didn't know where it came from either. We figured it was a fun gift from a family friend. We became complacent. One day we went out for dinner and when we came back, the house was reduced to rubble and the pinata floated above the ruins, laughing. Suddenly it ascended into the sky and vanished. I suggest you try to get rid of that thing before it's too late
CardJoe 12th July 2007, 09:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neogumbercules
That pinata showed up in my house a long time ago. We didn't know where it came from either. We figured it was a fun gift from a family friend. We became complacent. One day we went out for dinner and when we came back, the house was reduced to rubble and the pinata floated above the ruins, laughing. Suddenly it ascended into the sky and vanished. I suggest you try to get rid of that thing before it's too late

I would, but he breathes fire on me whenever I try to touch him...
DougEdey 12th July 2007, 09:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
I would, but he breathes fire on me whenever I try to touch him...

That's his special place.
Hamish 12th July 2007, 10:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
I want supreme Commander but not got Vista. :(

:| SupCom doesnt need vista, in fact was vista even out when supcom was released?
heir flick 12th July 2007, 10:51 Quote
im up for gears of war, i almost bought a 360 just to play this game. hope it runs on xp im not ready to jump to vista yet
[USRF]Obiwan 12th July 2007, 13:50 Quote
I'am getting sick of those 3th person shooter ports to the pc. I dont want 3th person, i need first person. I have a mouse, i have a keyboard. I hate console controllers, it hurts my thumbs. I dont buy 3th person games either and never will. Unless the person you must control has the same "behind" as Lara C.
completemadness 12th July 2007, 23:40 Quote
omg its 3rd not 3th

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Neoki 13th July 2007, 00:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by completemadness
omg its 3rd not 3th

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Originally Posted by [USRFObiwan

I'am getting sick of those 3th person shooter ports to the pc. I dont want 3th person, i need first person. I have a mouse, i have a keyboard. I hate console controllers, it hurts my thumbs. I dont buy 3th person games either and never will. Unless the person you must control has the same "behind" as Lara C.

Ha ha read that cringeing (spelling)

Obiwan quit complaining seriously if you dnt like them games dont buy them ;)
[USRF]Obiwan 13th July 2007, 09:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neoki
Ha ha read that cringeing (spelling)

Obiwan quit complaining seriously if you dnt like them games dont buy them ;)

Thanks to both of you for correcting my ignorance. if you have problems with my grammar try to answer me in just one good dutch sentence, and let me see how good you both are. But dont worry, I will pm the mistakes you made and not make a fool of you in public.

:D
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