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Original 'Gears of War' was a crap shoot, says Epic Games

The original Gears of War was a risky venture for Epic Games, it has been revealed.

Senior gameplay director Lee Perry described its cover-based gameplay as "a total crap shoot" because the studio wasn't sure whether people would enjoy it.

"Cover-based play was a total crap shoot for us, because we didn't know whether people would find it fun to get into cover and not get shot," he told Digital Spy.

"For all we knew, people might just see that as cowardly and defensive. But we hit this really magic time to launch a cool new IP, because the Xbox 360 came along and people were willing to try new styles of play.

Perry added: "The timing worked out really well, and we were very fortunate to take advantage of that. The rest is history."

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beast242tru2312d ago

when i first saw gears of war 1 i was drooling i'll never forget it

gamingdroid2312d ago (Edited 2312d ago )

"For all we knew, people might just see that as cowardly and defensive. But we hit this really magic time to launch a cool new IP, because the Xbox 360 came along and people were willing to try new styles of play.

Perry added: "The timing worked out really well, and we were very fortunate to take advantage of that. The rest is history."

This part "because the Xbox 360 came along and people were willing to try new styles of play", right there tells you we need new consoles to usher in new IPs!

Personally, I do enjoy the sequels though so I have plenty of games to play.

Inside_out2312d ago (Edited 2311d ago )

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I remember reading about Gears, how they convinced M$ do go with more memory by demoing the game for them to show them the difference. M$ later called it the Billion dollar add on. How M$ almost went with Valve and Half life 2 had it not been for Valve's infamous history with delaying games. They went with Epic and little Cliffy b.

There was rumors everywhere about this new game that Epic had. Monsters that lived underground and rifles with chainsaws...WHAT!!! They were seeing the game behind closed doors and people were being blown away by the graphics. Blood and guts were said to be splashing everywhere including on the screen. The cover system was being called a game changer. There were pictures in magazines and short animated clips...surely, these couldn't be real...I mean they looked insane. Then a rumor starting circulating that M$ and Epic would have a live, in game demo played at E3 2006, in front of the whole world....wow, The day came, press from around the world were invited to see what M$ claim would be the beginning of the next gen. The music stopped...a little guy, familiar to all in the gaming world but not the masses at large took the stage...all hell was about to break loose and there would be NO MERCY......

http://youtu.be/cwEW6pBBs1M

...grunts and screams erupted from the monitors and deep breaths from the audience. The seamlessly blended cinematic moments and ridiculous shot gun blasts shaking the stage...Epic wasn't kidding. Marcus Fenix yelled out commands..." two left " and " I'll take those " the crowd giggled at the sheer awesomeness. Then Cliif saved the best for last...a roadie run and a glorious sideways view of blood and guts everywhere as Marcus Fenix chainsaws a Locust in half...another seamless cine and the crowd erupted. Next gen was here and it was real and more importantly...it was BADASS!!!

meetajhu2312d ago (Edited 2312d ago )

"Gears of War 1" a game that made me buy Xbox360. Halo a game that made me hate xbox360.

@loco

Same :)

LocO_o2312d ago (Edited 2312d ago )

Gears was the reason I bought a 360.

I remember it like it was yeserday: Enjoing my PS2 with no plans to jump to next gen just yet when BANG...Mad World trailer and the rest was history.

scofios2312d ago

Same here i was still enjoing my PS2 , when i went to friend who bought a 360 on release we played Condemned , DOA4 , call of dutty 2 , and before i know i had a 360 too .

gamingdroid2312d ago

I didn't know a single game could make one hate the platform?

WitWolfy2312d ago

It was a breath of fresh air. Was also the reason why I bought the 360... Good times... Good times...

AKissFromDaddy2311d ago

The multiplayer is still amazing.

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