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Shoddy quality control spoil an otherwise enjoyable game, Microsoft and Epic should be ashamed of themselves,
This review is from: Gears of War (PC DVD) (Video Game)It's unbelievable to think that Microsoft or Epic bothered to test this game at all before shoving it on the shop shelves to make themselves a bit of cash - the "save game" errors are so glaringly obvious that you'd have to be the most moronic beta tester not to have noticed them.
I played the game offline, choosing not to connect to Windows Live due to all the problems I'd already read about it. I updated my game using the Title Update patch, and STILL the game proved a nightmare...so the patch doesn't solve the problems...well not for me...and I have no problems with any other games, and have a system that can run Crysis, so it's definitely the fault of the game.
It appears that the game is unable to load certain checkpoints, so if you quit the game and then try and continue at one of these checkpoints the game hangs. To load a later level you can go into the "checkpoint" folder in the programs files and copy and rename a later one to "level0" (or whatever the first level is called) and then "start a new game" and it will start you at this later level. However this doesn't get past the problem that some levels will ALWAYS refuse to load.
So what happens when you get to fight the first major end level baddie...well I wouldn't know 'cos I can't load that level...and what happens when you defeat the end boss and win the game, well I wouldn't know that either, as the end boss got stuck on some scenery which meant I couldn't kill him, so I gave up and uninstalled the game after hours of frustration battling the checkpoint problem.
...and all this is a pity because it such an enjoyable game. It can get slightly repetitive towards the end, as you just meet the same enemies over and over again, and there's no real story, but it's an enjoyable ride and the graphics and gameplay are first rate.
If this game actually worked properly I'd give it 4 stars, but the problems are so bad I can only give it 1, as the fact that I've had to miss sections means I've only had half a gaming experience.
Epic and Microsoft should think of their customers more rather than just their wallets. There is no way this game should have been released in the state it is.
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2008 01:29:22 BDT
Billy Budd says:
I agree completely. I bought the game just after release and when it worked it was a joy to play but so many weird bugs just ruined it. Not least of which the occasional wiping of my saved games.
I sold mine on Ebay and was hoping to buy it again when a decent patch is released. Looks like that hasn't happened yet.
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