X360 Tuesday, November 7, 2006 | 6:00 PM

The first 10 minutes: Gears of War

The first 10 minutes: Gears of War

Gears of War is finally here, at least for the lucky few who got it in advance or will find it today in the US. And it doesn't disappoint, at all. And for an exceptional game, an exceptional coverage, with nothing less than 3 long videos in great quality, ready to stream from your PC to your 360. The first one if our usual "first 10 minutes", but the next 2 are montage from a few nice sequences from the 90 first minutes of the game. The first montage shows some gameplay and almost nothing about the story, but the second one contains some spoilers. Nothing really important as the story isn't really Gears' strongest point, but you can't say you haven't been warned!

It's worth noting that the 720p videos have been encoded with the VC1/WMV9 Advanced Profile codec, as will be more videos in the future here. They work natively with the 360, but require to install either Windows Media Player 11 or at least the codec itself you'll find on the video download page. Mac and other alternative OS users will have to use a nightly build of VLC, mplayer or any other ffmpeg based media player.

The complete review of the game will be in the next Gamersyde Diaries, hopefully available this week-end.

But I can already say that Gears of War is one of these games that we will still talk about in a few years, as a graphical and technical marvel first, but also because the gameplay is simply excellent with lots of small but so clever little touches.

Gears of War is simply a game that everyone besides the most zealous hater of the genre should have in their collection.

The first 10 minutes: Gears of War
Montage 1
Montage 2 (spoilers)

All comments

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Commented on 2006-11-07 18:02:15
XBOXYDE .. The best Website EVER!! Thank you so much guys for the videos. This will help with the wait until the game is released here in europe. ;)
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:04:39
indeed it is the best website ever! thx for the vids.
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:06:15
This is the first 10 minutes video I'm not going to watch. I've already preordered the game and I'd like to be surprised when I'm actally playing the game.
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:09:59
Yea I'm not going to watch any of this simply because I really must find out for myself :)
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:12:00
brilliant guys :D btw first review ive found worth mentioning at computer and videogames . com etc i rather not type it out due to my respect of this wonderful site :)
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:12:52
Drools *am off to change my pants*
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:13:25
Must....Not.....Watch......Temptation too great....

But this is great for people who haven't decided if they want to get this game or not.
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:13:25
Hmmm, as good as it is that this is uploaded, I am 100% not going to kill my most anticipated 360 game ever. Screens will do for me :)
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:14:47
i read 2 reviews and they were very good, so this game is worth getting, sucks im broke right now lol..but anyway, im downloading the videos ^_^

well atleast ill get DOAX2 next week, and when i have the money ill get Gears of War
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:16:50 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
XBOXYDE .. The best Website EVER!! Thank you so much guys for the videos. This will help with the wait until the game is released here in europe. ;)
I hope you just didn't figure this out. This site has BEEN the best site for awhile now.
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:33:23
omg that was incredible
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:42:05
really hard for me to not watch but want to find out by myself. the first minutes of a game are some emotional ones, you know ;)
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:43:28
Xboxyde, you guys are fantastic!

Gears of War - reviews so far:-

IGN:- 9.4 out of 10 "Outstanding"
Gamespot:- 9.6 out of 10 "Superb"
TeamXbox:- 9.6 out of 10 "Editor's choice Gold award"
1-up:- 10 out of 10
Yahoo Games:- 4.5 out of 5

I Love this console!
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:49:15
Definetly, the best Xbox 360 game released so far,

And this is definetly the best Media Collection of Gears of War Available.

Thank you very much Xboxyde!
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:52:26
So Blim is it region free by any chance ?

Edit:- Nevermind, It's region free supposedly.
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:55:18
Thats cool but Im not gonna watch it.
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:58:53
Hey Blim, stupid question, but will you by any chance be scanning in pages from the artbook and posting them? Thanks for the great videos btw.
Commented on 2006-11-07 18:59:56
I have money for:

Gears of War.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Commented on 2006-11-07 19:03:03
does anyone know if you can still put nades in the locust mouths/stomachs in the SP
Commented on 2006-11-07 19:04:13
Argh, i so wanna live in USA today, i have to wait untill Nov the 17th to get a copy of this promesing game!
Commented on 2006-11-07 19:16:50
Outstanding. Truly a milestone for this generation of consoles…
Commented on 2006-11-07 19:17:35
Why would anyone download these videos and spoil the game for themselves?? I don't get it. I personally don't even want to look at the pics.
Commented on 2006-11-07 19:24:18
Well don't, nobody is forcing you too.

Besides it hardly spoils a game does it.
Commented on 2006-11-07 19:27:06
awesome thx.....i have to wait another 10 days to get my copy :( why to games always release late in uk
Commented on 2006-11-07 19:33:28
It's not about what is told that, but how it is told.

In other words, when I get a chance I am going to watch each of these videos, but I am more wary of how they get into different situations tbh...
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