Thursday, November 09, 2006

Gears of War Toronto Launch

My brother and I were invited to the Gears of War Launch event in Toronto last Monday night (November 6th). This event consisted of a select few members of our Xbox community based in Toronto who were invited to spend more time with Gears of War before the game launched on Emergence Day (November 7th).

Available exclusively for the Xbox 360, Gears of War, developed by Epic Games Inc. and published by Microsoft Game Studios, tells the harrowing story of mankind's struggle against the monstrous Locust Horde. Featured in this game are stunning high-definition graphics and an intense storyline on the scale of a blockbuster movie. In this game, you have the option of battling through a challenging single-player campaign, or you can take the war online via Xbox Live from intense, nail-biting multiplayer firefights and/or thrilling, online co-operative play.

The Launch Event in Toronto was held at The Berkeley Church. Twelve consoles were set up for the fifty guests to try out the game. There were four-vs-four team death matches, and two player co-operative modes for everyone to try. In addition, with many of the Canadian Xbox community members in attendence, the Xbox Canada team was also on hand to capture reactions of community members on-camera.

My brother and I had to leave prior to the end of the event due to work (setup for the Toronto International Art Fair at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre); however, as a parting gift, we were given a copy of the Gears of War game. Given that we only have one Xbox 360 between the two of us, it will be an interesting battle to see who gets to play the game more often. Perhaps this issue will be rectified in the very near future...

Here are a few pictures from the event. Thanks a lot to Microsoft and Epic for putting on this great event.

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