Gears of War

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Gears of War
Gears of War cover
Epic Games
Windows People Can Fly
Microsoft Game Studios
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2007
Gears of War guide on StrategyWiki
Gears of War on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.
Gears of War
Gears of War 2007
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition 2016
Gears of War 4 2016
Gears POP! 2019
Gears 5 2019
Gears Tactics 2020

This page is for the original release. For the updated version, see Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

Key points

Install Title Update 3 to fix an issue with expired digital signatures.[1]
Comes with exclusive content (a new singleplayer chapter, 3 extra multiplayer maps and a map editor).

General information

Epic Games Forums
Gearspedia - A wiki for the series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 2]
No longer available digitally.

Essential improvements


Title Update 3 fixes an expired digital signatures issue that prevents all earlier versions of the game from launching.[1] This is a required update.
Exit Asus Auto Updater (if it is running) prior to installing to prevent installation issues.[4]

Update Games for Windows - LIVE

Update Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable[citation needed]
  1. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable.
  2. Uninstall Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace.
  3. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client.

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\WarGame\Movies
  2. Delete or rename:

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Gears of War for Windows\WarGame\Config\

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\XLive\Content\E000002D9621B011\

Video settings

Display settings
Display settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80° horizontal by default.
Open console (~) and enter set WarfareGame.WarCameraMode FOVAngle 100
Via options or toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
In-game setting is not available, but you can force the x16 AF from the control panel of AMD (CCC)/RadeonPro or in the respective NVIDIA control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
In-game setting requires DirectX 10 rendering enabled. However it can be forced for DX9 through the Nvidia Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 62 FPS by default.
Open console (~) and enter set Engine.GameEngine bSmoothFrameRate 0
Antialiasing is activated in the game when the video option "DX10 active/antialiasing on" is active. By default it uses x4 multisampling and can not be reduced or overrided in any control panel (at least in DX10).

Disable motion blur

Disable motion blur[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open WarEngineUserSettings.ini.
  3. Change MotionBlur=True to MotionBlur=False
  4. Save your changes.

Input settings

Controller support.
Controller support.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Delete cannot be bound to commands as it is used to delete bindings.
Mouse acceleration
Smoothing enabled by default; see Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Presets only.
Controller sensitivity
Low, Medium, High options.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse acceleration

Disable mouse smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open WarInput.ini.
  3. Go to the [Engine.PlayerInput] section.
  4. Change bEnableMouseSmoothing=true to bEnableMouseSmoothing=false.
  5. Save your changes.

Audio settings

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, dialogue
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output[5]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Ported from Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Available here.
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Xbox 360 version only.
LAN play
Versus, Co-op
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
2 players for co-op.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 80, 3074
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed

"You cannot run the game with modified executable code. Please reinstall the game." error

Install Title Update 3 to fix an issue with digital signatures.[1]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10
Shader Model support 3, 4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Games for Windows - LIVE

System requirements

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.4 GHz
AMD 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1700
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: Legacy activation, supports local profiles.