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Gears of War - it's been 10 years

Disclaimer: The following is written by an opinionated oaf and should not be taken particularly seriously. If you get offended, it's your own fault for reading it and taking shit seriously. No facts were considered, opinions withheld, spelling checked, and certainly no proof reading occured. Read at your own risk.

10 years ago today, Gears Of War on the 360 was released in the UK. I remember the day exceptionally well, primarily because the missus had gone in to labour that Friday in the early hours of the morning. 

I'd put off ordering Gears due to the impending life changing moment, but by 9.30am nature was taken a while so I drove to PC World to buy it. The night, the kid still hadn't dropped, we'd been sent home to "wait" by the hospital, so I was online with the guys playing the game.

And what a game. It cemented online friendships, and a very merry bunch of guys we all were. 4 vs 4, we were usually full each evening when the regular game started at 10pm - yep, we STARTED the proper evening games at 10pm. These days the old boys have finished their Horlicks and fallen asleep before then.

The deadroom was superb, before party-chat came along and simultaneously improved and destroyed the online goodness of the early 360 years. Of course, back in the first few years on the 360, you could actually chat to randoms in a mature way. Fuck it hurts me to think what online gaming has now become with the endless faceless bullshit hate.

We played Gears, all of us, for a good chunk of time. A few games joined in the online party, mainly Rainbow 6 Vegas, but Gears was the main attraction. It was brilliant knowing we'd have a good crowd every single night online. You wouldn't want to miss the games and you wouldn't want to miss chatting to your mates. I think Gears fell off around the time Halo 3 launched, in September 2007.

10 months primarily playing one game, that's not bad.

Online would never be the same. Gears was the pinnacle. We played a lot, and being the great dad I am, I mannaged to play while spending time with the kid. Of course, being the great dad I am, I ensured he couldn't see the chainsaw action, balancing him on my legs away from the screen.

Yep, I miss Gears. Gears 2 and 3 didn't do it for me, each one felt like a watering down of the rawness of the first. I'm tempted to get Gears 4 on the PC, but I know what I'm really longing for is those halcyon days, not solely the game, and those days ain't coming back. Plus I'm not ready to deal with the bullshit that is the MS Store and UWP bollocks.

It's a shame the 360 didn't have photo or video capture like modern consoles, we'd have hundreds of hours of quality action. Mainly Andy and Tiger, on the same team, shooting each other when the round starts Biggrin

Yep, we played it a lot, and a few of us got the PC version, and I made a map for it. If I can sort out the GFWL nightmare I may fire that back up.