Fans react to Gears of War at the Match Made in Hell

By Spencer . October 5, 2006 . 3:56am


Last night Microsoft and New Line Cinema held a “match made in hell” where two hundred or so lucky people got to watch a screening of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and afterwards play Gears of War. This is the first time Gears of War has been shown to the general public and they got to play the same polished build on display at X06. We were on the floor of the Los Angeles event and it was pretty clear that most of the people at the event were there to play Gears of War.




Right when the credits rolled flat screen panels with Gears of War went up and the audience cheered. The product manager went up to demo the game with an intro movie and a brief overview of the controls. The A button is used for action like running and taking cover. The trigger buttons fire your gun and you can switch weapons with the D-pad. He went on to emphasize that Gears of War is not a first person shooter, it’s a third person action game and multiplayer combat is designed for teams. One interesting feature in Gears of War is the revive ability, when you’re shot you just remain down and not dead. A friendly player can come up and revive you, which brings you back in the game. The only way to truly eliminate an opponent is with a melee chainsaw attack or to “curb stomp” them while they’re down on the ground. Before the match begun the audience screamed for some chainsaw action. The demo continued briefly with Marcus, the soldier searching for redemption, chop up a Locust Horde soldier with the chainsaw attached to the Lancer gun.




The audience roared in excitement and the first group got to come down to test out Gears of War. There were two games of four on four matches running on the Gridlocked multiplayer map. Only one extremely fortunate gamer got to play Gears on the movie screen while the rest of the audience watched, anxiously awaiting their turn. The first match was clearly dominated by the Locust Horde players who quickly discovered how to utilize cover effectively and the curb stomp technique. As a bonus to the Gears of War shirt that everyone got they snagged extra swag, an Xbox 360 shirt and cap.


What did the players think of the game? We pulled a couple of gamers to the side after they got some hands on time with Gears of War to get their reaction.


One enthusiastic fan said he “loved the gore and blood and.” His buddy Sepher played in the same match and said that Gears of War “plays really well. It’s going to require a lot of team tactics.” After playing one of the first matches another gamer claimed that Gears of War was “kick ass” and while the general tone of the audience was positive we spoke to another gamer who was more critical of the game.


Daniel got to sit in on the second Gears of War match and he wasn’t as thrilled as the rest of the audience. A couple of bugs and issues with the game distracted it from being the blast that everyone else claimed it to be. “Every time I started the match I’d be firing. Sometimes I was behind a car and I couldn’t fire. Another guy next to me his controller stopped working.” Daniel admitted that it could have been a problem with the controllers or the build, but there was another problem with the game’s general control set up. “You hold A to run, but you also press it to duck. If you run near a car you stop running and duck behind it. It doesn’t seem like a glitch to me. It seems like the game doesn’t know if you want to run or duck behind the car.” Is Gears of War going to be a huge hit? Daniel has his doubts, “No not in this state. Not in its present form.” Gears of War might have not lived up to the amount of hype behind it for Daniel, but that didn’t stop him from having a good time along with everyone else. Want to see what Gears of War looks like? Watch a quick clip of the game below and yes the curb stomp is in it.



So why tie in Texas Chainsaw Massacre to the game in the first place? They both have chainsaws. No one really seemed to mind too much about sitting through the movie to get their hands on Gears of War. Right after spending sometime playing Gears of War Sepher said, “Five minutes of this is better than two hours of the movie.” He admitted to not being a film junkie, but that bold statement either a punch in the face towards Texas Chainsaw Massacre or a plug for Gears of War.




Even if the movie wasn’t that great and everyone only got to play the game for about five minutes the audience was ecstatic about the event. There really aren’t that many public gaming events so it isn’t a surprise that Microsoft got a genuinely positive reaction from the gamer community by throwing the Match Made in Hell. Hopefully, this will start a trend and more companies will have premiere junkets for their games. At the very least we’re pretty sure Microsoft is going to continue throwing gamer parties in the future. Anyone want to see a Halo 3 or Blue Dragon premiere?


Update 1: Gamerscore blog has more shots from Los Angeles and the scoop on the New York plus San Francisco Match Made in Hell.


Update 2: G4TV gives us a second take on the Los Angeles event and we Aeropause has fan reactions from Chicago.

Read more stories about & & & & & on Siliconera.

  • The video is not working, says private.

  • video now working sorry about that

  • Tybo

    I was at the LA event. The event was great, Microsoft need to do more events like that. The people who play on the big screen was garbage, I never seen so many people trash at one person in my life. For future reference if you play at a event like that and you play on a big screen make sure you know what your doing. The movie was good it was just gory even though I knew the ending already.

  • Burnt Toast

    Hey Spencer… it’s Joseph from the event. Anyways, after you had left there was actually plenty of time for people who stuck around to play Gears two, three, even four times. After we had asked if everyone had a chance to play the game once, we realized we still had another HOUR scheduled before we were planning to close up shop.

    Hope you had a good time and it was a pleasure to meet you. :)

  • Barakaka

    I was at the Event in Chicago. The game played remarkably well. I had no problems with the chainsaw as some people keep saying. Some people bicth because they dont know how to use something!

  • fazer

    yea so the video still isn’t working.

  • Chris

    you can tell that idiot doesnt know what hes doing… yes the A button is CONTEXTUAL… why the hell are you roadie running against cover… its designed for running from cover to other cover to avoid getting blasted and reduce your size … if he was dumb enough to roadie run everywhere which doesnt make sense then i can understand why he had issues…

    The game isnt a spray and prey game and im really tired of spray and pray people trying it and then blaming the game… try to play realistically and stick to cover and the game plays out a thousand times better… i swear the few multiplayer demos ive seen i felt like bi*ch slapping the guy playing because rather than using the cover he thinks hes rambo and ends up on the mat getting curb stomped or chainsawed or… shot in the head while on the floor…

    and ya you guys forgot you can finish someone off while there on the ground with a few more shots if your not close enough for a curbstomp :)

    lol people couldnt get the chainsaw to work… ya you know why because … YOU CANT CHAINSAW FROM 10ft away LOL this isnt doom :) hehe

  • rijimbo

    I noticed the split screen is horizontal. Does anybody know if it can it be changed so that it’s side by side? I hope so, with 16:9 screens side by side is so much better.

  • sephr dooz, call mitzi 203-227-0074

Video game stories from other sites on the web. These links leave Siliconera.

Siliconera Tests
Siliconera Videos