Gears of War

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Gears of War
Gears of War cover
Developers
Epic Games
Windows People Can Fly
Publishers
Microsoft Game Studios
Engines
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2007
Gears of War guide on StrategyWiki
Gears of War on Wikipedia
Gears of War
Gears of War 2007
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition 2016
Gears of War 4 2016
Gears POP! 2019
Gears 5 2019
Gears Tactics 2019

This page is for the original release. For the updated version, see Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

Key points

Install Title Update 3 to fix an issue with expired digital signatures.[1]
Comes with exclusive content (a new singleplayer chapter, 3 extra multiplayer maps and a map editor).

General information

Epic Games Forums
Gearspedia - A wiki for the series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Icon overlay.png
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 2]
No longer available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Title Update 3 fixes an expired digital signatures issue that prevents all earlier versions of the game from launching.[1] This is a required update.
Exit Asus Auto Updater (if it is running) prior to installing to prevent installation issues.[4]

Update Games for Windows - LIVE[edit]

Update Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable[citation needed]
  1. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable.
  2. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  3. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client (not required for W10 - it is built-in with Xbox UWP application).

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\WarGame\Movies
  2. Delete or rename:
EpicLogo.bik
ESRB.bik
ESRB_chi.bik
ESRB_kor.bik
MGSLogo.bik

Unlock framerate[edit]

Permanently unlock the game's framerate[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\WarGame\Config
  2. Edit WarEngine.ini
  3. Find [Engine.GameEngine]
  4. Change bSmoothFrameRate=TRUE to bSmoothFrameRate=FALSE
  5. Save your changes

Field of view[edit]

Increase field of view[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\WarGame\Config
  2. Edit WarCamera.ini
  3. Find [WarfareGame.WarCameraMode_Default]
  4. Edit FOVAngle=<#>
  5. Save your changes

Temporary alternative:
Open console (~) and enter set WarfareGame.WarCameraMode FOVAngle <#>

The FOV for zooming can be changed in the WarWeapon<Difficulty>.ini file. Each gun must be changed individually.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Gears of War for Windows\WarGame\Config\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\XLive\Content\E000002D9621B011\

Video settings[edit]

Display settings
Display settings
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80° horizontal by default. See Field of View
Open console (~) and enter set WarfareGame.WarCameraMode FOVAngle 100
Windowed
Via options or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
In-game setting requires DirectX 10 rendering enabled. However it can be forced for DX9 through the Nvidia Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 62 FPS by default.
Open console (~) and enter set Engine.GameEngine bSmoothFrameRate 0
Antialiasing is activated in the game when the video option "DX10 active/antialiasing on" is active. By default it uses x4 multisampling and can not be reduced or overrided in any control panel (at least in DX10).

Disable motion blur[edit]

Disable motion blur[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open WarEngineUserSettings.ini.
  3. Change MotionBlur=True to MotionBlur=False
  4. Save your changes.

Input settings[edit]

Controller support.
Controller support.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Delete cannot be bound to commands as it is used to delete bindings.
Mouse acceleration
Smoothing enabled by default; see Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Presets only.
Controller sensitivity
Low, Medium, High options.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Disable mouse smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open WarInput.ini.
  3. Go to the [Engine.PlayerInput] section.
  4. Change bEnableMouseSmoothing=true to bEnableMouseSmoothing=false.
  5. Save your changes.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, dialogue
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output[5]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
Russian
Ported from Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Available here.
Russian
Fan translation by ««Spirit Team», «SyS-team», «ENPY Studio»
Latin American Spanish
Only available on retail Launch.
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Xbox 360 version only.
LAN play
Versus, Co-op
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
2 players for co-op.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 80, 3074
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

"You cannot run the game with modified executable code. Please reinstall the game." error[edit]

Install Title Update 3 to fix an issue with digital signatures.[1]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10
Shader Model support 3, 4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Games for Windows - LIVE

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.4 GHz
AMD 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1700
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: Legacy activation, supports local profiles.

References