Gears of War: Ultimate Edition PC Help Page

Table of Contents

NOTE: Some users may experience issues when downloading the game.  These are known issues and are currently being worked on, but won’t affect your download size.  Please don’t pause or restart your download as it will only extend the length of the download.

Before You Play

Run Windows Update
  • Open Settings
  • Select Windows Update and check for updates.  64-bit Windows 10 version 1511 or later is required play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10
How big is the game?

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition requires a minimum of 60 GB of free hard drive space to download.

To determine how much available disk space your device has:

  • Go to Settings, select System, and then select Storage.
  • The used disk space for each drive on your device will be displayed. Check to make sure you have at least 60 GB of available space on your hard drive.

 If you have more than one drive or partition, make a note of the one with the most available space. Then under the Save locations section, make sure that New apps will save to: is set to that drive or partition.

Important: If you have already started downloading the game, you should cancel and restart the installation to allow the game to be saved to the new location.

Update Drivers

You need to have the latest graphics and sound drivers installed on your computer for an optimal experience when playing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10.

The latest drivers currently are:

  • NVIDIA: 362.00 (Windows version - 10.18.13.6200)
  • AMD: Crimson Edition 16.2.1 (Windows version - 15.301.1901.0)

You can also update your display drivers by opening the support software provided by the manufacturer (if any installed).

Search for the following software on your PC: 

  • Geforce Experience NVIDIA (Download Here)
  • AMD Gaming Evolved (Download Here)

You can also visit the manufacturers’ websites for more details on drivers and software:

Downloading the game

After purchasing the game from the Windows Store, it may appear as though the download is not progressing and the progress bar may be slow to move. However, the game is downloading at a typical rate and will be completed shortly.

AMD Performance

AMD is an important partner bringing the promise of DirectX 12 to life for gamers everywhere. We are working closely with them to address a few issues encountered in Gears of War on some AMD Radeon hardware and expect they will be addressed quickly in an upcoming update.

Intel display adapters on laptops

You may encounter the following message (after pressing Start/Enter at the title screen) when running Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 on a laptop:

Steps:

  • Close the Game
  • Open the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Select Manage 3D Settings
  • Select High-Performance NVIDIA processor in the ‘Preferred graphics processor’ menu
  • Select Apply 

For laptops with AMD graphic cards, please visit: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/LaptopsFAQ.aspx

Note: If screen-tearing occurs, setting Lock Framerate to OFF should help reducing the issue 

G-Sync™ Enabled Monitors

G-Sync™ is not supported by Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10. Running the Game with G-Sync™ enabled will cause significant performance issues. If you are using a G-Sync™ enabled monitor, you should disable it from the NVidia Control Panel. Alternatively, you can set Lock Framerate to OFF in the Video settings.

AMD and Ambient Occlusion setting

There are visual issues with AMD graphics cards and the Ambient Occlusion setting, it is strongly recommended to turn this setting OFF. We are readying a fix to be deployed in the coming days.

To turn OFF Ambient Occlusion:

  • Launch Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10
  • From the Main Menu, go to Settings
  • Select Video and set Ambient Occlusion to OFF
Picking the Right Settings

Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 has been remastered to support up to 4K resolution fidelity on PC. As such, this means our 'High' and 'Highest' texture options in the Video options menu include 4K quality textures.

To provide some additional clarification on recommended texture settings:

  • If your video card has 4GB of VRAM, we highly recommend using the 'Medium' texture settings with all other settings set to 'High'
  • If your video card has 2GB of VRAM, we highly recommend using the 'Low' texture setting with everything else set to 'Medium' or Lower 

As always, we encourage you to test a combination of settings to achieve the performance benchmarks you want for Ultimate Edition.

System Requirements

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 is only available for Windows 10 (64-Bits) and requires a DirectX 12 compatible graphics card.

Minimum Specifications

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 version 1511

Processor: Intel Core i5 quad-core @2.7GHz+ / AMD FX 6-core

Memory: 8 GB RAM (2 GB VRAM)

Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 260X / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti or equivalent (DirectX12 Compatible)

Hard Drive: 60 GB available space

DirectX: 12 

Recommended Specifications 

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 version 1511

Processor: Intel Core i5 @3.5GHz+ / AMD FX 6-core

Memory: 8 GB RAM (4 GB VRAM)

Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 290X / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or equivalent (DirectX 12 Compatible)

Hard Drive: 60 GB available space

DirectX: 12 

Ideal Specifications for 4k

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 version 1511

Processor: Intel Core i7 @4GHz+ / AMD FX 8-core

Memory: 16 GB RAM (6 GB VRAM)

Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 390X / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti or equivalent (DirectX 12 Compatible)

Hard Drive: 60 GB available space on a SSD

DirectX: 12

 


 

DirectX 12 Compatible Graphics Cards 

NVIDIA: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/dx12/supported-gpus

AMD: http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/directx12

 

Create a DXDiag to find out your system specifications 
  1. Press the Windows key   + [ R ] 
  2. Type dxdiag in the Run box (lower left corner of the screen)
  3. Click OK to open the DirectX diagnostic tool
  4. The System tab will display useful information such as:
    • Operating System
    • Processor
    • Memory
    • DirectX Version
  5. The Display tab will display useful information regarding your video card (GPU):
    • Name and type
    • Driver version

You can save a full report by clicking Save All Information…

For additional help go to Gears of War Technical Support and Help Forums

Windows 10 FAQs

Which version of Windows 10 do I need?

You need to be running Windows 10 with the November update (version 1511 or higher) to play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10.

To see whether you’re running this version on your PC:

  1. Go to Start, enter System, and then select About;
  2. Look for Edition to see if you are running Windows 10;
  3. Look for Version to see if you are running the November update (1511);
  4. Look for System type to see if you're running the 64-bit version of Windows.

If you are not running Windows 10 version 1511 (or above), you will need to update before you’ll be able to download the game. There are a couple of ways you can do this:

  1. Go to Start, search for Settings, select Update & security, and then select Windows Update.
  2. Go to the Windows 10 November update: FAQ page to get the latest update.
     
How to download Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10
  1. Press the Windows Key   and Select the Windows Store tile 

       Or

  2. Select the Windows Store tile   on the task bar
  3. Type Gears of War: Ultimate Edition in the search box (upper-right corner)
  4. Hit the [ Enter ]
  5. Click on the price box to acquire the Game and begin downloading
     
How long will it take to download the game?

The download time will vary depending on the speed of your Internet connection. On average, it takes around 5.5 hours to download 55 GB over a steady 25 Mbps connection.

Do not cancel the download or shut down your computer while downloading Gears of War for Windows 10.

For better results, make sure you are not downloading any other games, apps or updates at the same time. Streaming videos will also slow down your download rate.

Notes: Additional Internet fees may be applied by your Internet Service Provider.

Known issues:

  • Windows 10 download progress bar does not accurately display progress despite downloading without issues.
  • When pausing and resuming the download it may appears that the download resets to 0%. This is a known display issue and actual download progress has not been affected.
      
How many times can I download and install the game?

You can install Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 on up to ten different Windows 10 devices using the same Microsoft account.
 

How to launch Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10
  1. Press the Windows Key 
  2. Type: Gears of War
  3. The Game will populate at the top of the search list
  4. Hit [ Enter ] or click on it
  5. The Game will launch
     
I have downloaded the game on a PC with lower specifications than the minimum required

We recommend that you check your PC specifications first to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.

If you’ve already purchased the game, you can try adjusting the in-game graphics options by doing the following:

  1. From the Main Menu, go to Settings
  2. Select Video and lower down the Screen Resolution (The lower the better)
  3. Set the Default Settings Options to LOW
  4. Adjust the Texture Quality to Lowest
     
What can I use to play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10?

You can use a mouse and a keyboard or an Xbox One controller (with a USB cable or a Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows).
 

Do I need to have an Xbox Live Account to play the game?

You’ll need a Microsoft Xbox Live account to play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10. You can use your Xbox 360 or Xbox One account if you have one, or the Microsoft account you used to purchase the game.

For more information, visit the Microsoft account FAQ page.
 

Do I need to be online or connected to the Internet to play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10?

You can play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 offline as long as you have reached the Main Menu at least once while connected to the internet. Keep in mind some Xbox Live features, such as Xbox Live Multiplayer Versus, Xbox Live COOP Campaign or the Leaderboards will not be available until you go online.
  

I already have the Xbox One version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Are the two versions of the game linked?

The Xbox One and Windows 10 versions of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition are different versions. Therefore, there’s no link or crossover between the games.

As you’ll need to have an account on Xbox Live to play, you can earn achievements and Gamerscore in both games. However, any progress you make on the Xbox One version will not carry over to the Windows 10 version, and vice versa.
  

How to Quit Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10
  1. Click on the Close Window button (upper-right corner)
  2. Select Quit Game from the Main Menu
     
How to uninstall Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10
  1. Press the Windows Key 
  2. Type: Gears of War
  3. The Game will populate at the top of the search list
  4. Right click on the Game
  5. Click on Uninstall in the drop-down list
  6. The Game will uninstall

  Or

  1. On the Start menu select Settings
  2. In Settings, select System > Apps & features
  3. Select the program, and then select Uninstall
  4. Follow the directions on the screen 


PERFORMANCE: Misc. Tips & Tricks
Available Memory – RAM & VRAM

Your PC’s available memory is shared between all running Software and Apps. In order to get the best possible experience, close all other programs before running Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10.

Note: You can find out the state of your PC memory by opening the Task Manager.

You need to have the latest graphics and sound drivers installed on your computer for an optimal experience when playing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10.

The latest drivers currently are:

  • NVIDIA: 361.91 (Windows version - 10.18.13.6191)
  • AMD: Crimson Edition 16.1.1 (Windows version - 15.301.1801.1001)

Steps to update your drivers:

  • Open Device Manager
  •  Expand “Display Adapters” and “Audio inputs and outputs”
  • Right-click on your graphics and audio hardware and select “Update driver software…”
  • Click on “Search automatically for updated driver software”
  • Install new drivers (if any)

You can also update your display drivers by opening the support software provided by the manufacturer (if any installed).

Search for the following:

  • AMD Gaming Evolved
  • Geforce Experience (NVIDIA)

Please visit AMD support pages for the latest on AMD drivers and software.

Please visit NVIDIA support pages for the latest on NVIDIA drivers and software.

AMD Performance

AMD is an important partner bringing the promise of DirectX 12 to life for gamers everywhere. We are working closely with them to address a few issues encountered in Gears of War on some AMD Radeon hardware and expect they will be addressed quickly in an upcoming update.

Intel display adapters on laptops

You may encounter the following message (after pressing Start/Enter at the title screen) when running Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 on a laptop:

Steps:

  • Close the Game
  • Open the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Select Manage 3D Settings
  • Select High-Performance NVIDIA processor in the ‘Preferred graphics processor’ menu
  • Select Apply

For laptops with AMD graphic cards, please visit: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/LaptopsFAQ.aspx

G-Sync™ Enabled Monitors

G-Sync™ is not supported by Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10. Running the Game with G-sync™ enabled will cause significant performance issues. If you are using a G-Sync™ enabled monitor, you should disable it from the NVidia Control Panel. Alternatively, you can set Lock Framerate to OFF in the Video settings.

AMD and Ambient Occlusion setting

There are visual issues with AMD graphics cards and the Ambient Occlusion setting, it is strongly recommended to turn this setting OFF. We are readying a fix to be deployed in the coming days.

To turn OFF Ambient Occlusion:

  •  Launch Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10
  • From the Main Menu, go to Settings
  • Select Video and set Ambient Occlusion to OFF
Framerate and Refresh Rate

The game has ‘Lock Framerate’ set to ON by default. This setting locks framerate to 30 FPS in Single Player and 60 FPS in Multiplayer.

If ‘Lock Framerate’ is turned OFF, the framerate will be able to go as high as your monitors selected refresh rate (i.e. 60Hz monitor will lock at 60 fps) and hardware allow. If you want to play at a higher refresh rate, you will need to ensure your monitor refresh is correctly set to achieve a refresh faster than 60hz.

You can find this in Windows 10 by going to Display Settings -> Advanced Display Settings -> Display Adapter Properties

Input Lag

If you find the input in the game to be unresponsive, try the following to reduce input lag:

  • Select “Game/Gaming” mode if your display supports it
  • Set your display Refresh Rate (Hz) as close as 60 as possible
  • Turn off all video-processing options on your display (i.e. DRE, 3DNR…)
  • Make sure you are using one of the following cables:
    • DisplayPort
    • HDMI 1.4 (or higher)
    • DVI
    • VGA
Display Resolutions

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 supports multiple display resolutions. These can be changed at any time via the Video Settings accessible from the games Main Menu. It is important to set the in-game resolution to match your native display resolution or select a lower one. Lower performance and low visual quality will be experienced when using resolution settings greater than your display can support.

To check and change your display resolution:

  • Right-click on your desktop and select “Display Settings”
  • Select “Advanced Display Settings”
  • Select the “Recommended” setting

To achieve 4k resolution, you will need the following cables:

  • 3840x2160 at 30Hz – Minimum HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2a
  • 3840x2160 at 60Hz – DisplayPort 1.2a or HDMI 2.0

Sources: HDMI.org, DisplayPort.org

Audio devices

If you encounter issues with your audio device, try switching to an audio device that's capable of at least 44.1kHz sample rate and reboot the Game.

Supported Audio setups:

  • 1.0 MONO
  • 2.0 STEREO
  • 2.1
  • 4.0 SURROUND
  • 4.0 QUADRAPHONIC
  • 4.1
  • 5.1
  • 7.1

For more information on how to improve your computer’s gaming performance: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/815069


 

Windows 10 XBox App

The Xbox App brings your Xbox Live friends, games and achievements across Xbox One and Windows 10. You can share content, view achievements and chat with friends across both platforms. Inside the app also allows you to customize recording settings for the game bar, as well as various other options.

For more information, visit The Xbox Experience on Windows 10 page.

 


 

Game Bar

The Game Bar allows you to quickly start and stop gameplay recording, take screenshots and record the last 30 seconds (by default) of gameplay. These settings can be changed by clicking the cog wheel on the lower-right hand side of the Game Bar.

Keyboard shortcuts:

   + [ G ]: Open Game bar

   + [ Alt ] + [ G ] : Record the last 30 seconds

   + [ Alt ] + [ R ] : Start/stop recording

   + [ Alt ] + [ Print Screen ] : Take a screenshot of your game

  + [ Alt ] + [ T ] : Show/hide recording timer

You can change the amount of time recorded by default in Game Bar > Settings.

You also have the option to add your own shortcuts. To do that, open the Xbox app and go to Settings > Game DVR > Keyboard shortcuts.

 


 

Performance Benchmark

The benchmark is designed to showcase heavy combat, which will allow you to see how the game is performing on your computer. Three values are displayed in the lower left hand corner of your screen, Current FPS (Frames per Second), Average FPS and Current Milliseconds (the time it took to draw the previous frame). Depending on the results, you may want to change your video settings (explained below) to achieve better performance throughout the game.

You can access the benchmark by going to: Main Menu > Extras > Performance Benchmark

Video Settings

SCREEN RESOLUTION – Select the resolution you want to use when playing the game.

FULL SCREEN - Select whether you want to play full screen or in a window.

LOCK FRAMERATE – Select whether framerate in single player and multiplayer is locked or unlocked. Locking the framerate is recommended for lower-end PCs to experience steadier performance.

BRIGHTNESS – Adjust the brightness of the video output.

DEFAULT SETTINGS OPTIONS – Set the default settings for the video options. Low, Medium, High or Custom settings are available.

ANTI-ALIASING OPTION – Select the level of anti-aliasing. This smooths jagged lines or edges in textures and geometry. Choose between None, FXAA.

TEXTURE QUALITY – Select the level of quality for the textures in the game. Scales from Lowest to Highest. You will need to reload your game from the Main Menu to see this change applied.

SHADOW QUALITY – Select the level of quality for the shadows in the game. Scales from low to high.

AMBIENT OCCLUSION – Select whether ambient occlusion is enabled or disabled. This creates more realistic shadows around objects and adds depth to the environment. 

MOTION BLUR – Select whether motion blur is enabled or disabled. This setting increases realism, creates a sense of speed and can smooth the gaming experience.

VISUAL EFFECTS QUALITY – Select the level of detail for the visual effects in the game. These effects include explosions, fire, smoke and blood. Scales from Low to High.

Note: All videos and audio settings are saved locally on your PC and will not be associated with your Xbox Live Account.

CONTROLS

XBOX ONE CONTROLLER DEFAULT LAYOUT

Are you a new player? Or are you just looking to improve your game? Familiarizing yourself with the control layout will be imperative to surviving in Campaign & Versus. If you aren't comfortable with the default layout, you can also try other controller layouts available in the Controller Options menu in game.

ALTERNATE CONTROL SCHEME

This control scheme separates the Cover and Mantle actions from the Evade and Roadie Run actions. The    button remains mapped to Cover/Mantle, and     becomes Evade/Roadie Run. The Use Item/Revive actions are moved to the     button, and the Point of Interest action is moved to the     (click down). The alternate control scheme was first added to Gears of War 3 and brought back to Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10. With this control scheme, players are less likely to get pulled into cover when trying to run through the map.

 

TOURNAMENT CONTROL SCHEME

This control scheme swaps the     button specific actions with the      actions. With this setup, players can quickly maneuver in and around cover without moving their thumb from the        for camera movement.

 Note: Alternate and Tournament controls do not apply to Keyboard & Mouse.

 

Keyboard and Mouse default layout

MOVEMENT

 

COMBAT

 

OTHER

 

RESERVED KEYS

Gameplay

COG Weapons

LANCER ASSAULT RIFLE - The workhorse COG weapon. Fully automatic. Intended for midrange combat. The weapon’s Chainsaw Bayonet activates when in close proximity to an enemy. Press and hold   button or press and hold [ F ] to chainsaw an enemy.

GNASHER SHOTGUN - Short-range weapon that can occasionally take down a Drone in one shot. Most effective at less than 3 meters. Squeeze    or click [ Mouse1 ] to shoot.

SNUB PISTOL - Standard issue sidearm for all Gears. Regular firing mode is a single shot, but you can fire as fast as you can squeeze    on the Xbox controller or click [ Mouse1 ].To enable a moderate zoom, squeeze    and then press    on the Xbox Controller. When using keyboard and mouse controls, the default key bindings to use the zoom are [ T ] or click [ Mouse3 ].

GRENADE Standard COG-issue fragmentation grenade. When    is pressed and held, a visible arc shows the grenade’s trajectory. Move    to alter this projected arc—and never miss. When using mouse and keyboard controls, use [ Mouse2 ] to aim your grenades. NOTE: Smoke variants are only available in multiplayer.

LONGSHOT SNIPER RIFLE - Best used at extreme ranges, this weapon has high-caliber ammunition that removes most man-sized threats with a single well-placed head shot. To activate the integrated scope, hold     as if aiming normally, and then click    to zoom. To do this with the mouse and keyboard, aim with [ Mouse2 ] and use the [ T ] or click [ Mouse3 ] (using default key bindings).

HAMMER OF DAWN - The Hammer of Dawn is a satellite-based weapon capable of leveling small buildings. It must be orbitally aligned overhead to fire. Your HQ contact lets you know when it is available. The Hammer requires the target to be acquired by a ground-based observer with a targeting laser. To do this, a Gear must have line of sight on the target and press and hold    or [ Mouse1 ] until the target is locked.

 

Locust Weapons

HAMMERBURST - The Hammerburst Assault Rifle is the Locust's standard issue assault rifle carrying a six-round burst fire mode with a large magazine. The Hammerburst features a short barrel and compact size and was built for medium to long-range fire fights. Aim with     or click [ Mouse2 ], or shoot from the hip. Fire with     or click [ Mouse1 ].

BOLTOK PISTOL - The Boltok Pistol is the standard-issue sidearm of the Locust, especially the Drones. It is a high-caliber, double-action revolver with a 6-round capacity. Landing each shot counts. Like the Snub Pistol, squeeze     or click [ Mouse1 ]. To zoom, aim and then press down on the  or press the [ T ] or click [ Mouse3 ].

BOOMSHOT - The Boomshot is a single-shot projectile launcher used primarily by Locust units called Boomers. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these launchers, prepare to decimate your opponents. Fire with     or click [ Mouse1 ].

TORQUE BOW - The Torque Bow is a deadly weapon used exclusively by elite Locust foot soldiers called Theron Guards. This weapon fires an explosive tipped arrow that’s lethal if charged long enough to penetrate an opponent. With this weapon you can arc arrows or simply go for one-shot kills. Aim with     on the controller and then hold the     down. Using keyboard and mouse controls, aim with [ Mouse2 ] and then hold down [ Mouse1 ]. You will see a blue arc path and a reticle. Once the arc straightens and the reticle turns orange, releasing the fire button will shoot an arrow that will penetrate your target.

Life

Life is simple. When you see a target bleeding—it’s taking damage. Same goes for you. Health regenerates when you’re not taking damage—so use cover. When nearing death, you’ll see a Crimson Omen filling with blood at the center of the screen. When your Crimson Omen is full in single player campaign—you’re dead. If you are playing a Versus Match or Campaign in co-op, you can instead become "DBNO" (Down But Not Out). Your teammates or co-op partner can then revive you.

Some multiplayer playlists use "Execution rules." These prevent you from being killed in a DBNO state unless you are Executed. An Execution can be a headshot, close-range explosion, melee attack, or a curb stomp.

Some multiplayer playlists allow you to revive yourself (This can also be set as a preference when hosting Private multiplayer games.). When self-revival is an option, going DBNO will prompt an    button callout or [ Space ] to tap repeatedly in order to revive yourself.

Revival

If your squad mate is down, you can revive them. Get near them and press    or press [ E ] to revive your teammates

Squad Commands
The Tac/Com

In Campaign, Marcus or Dom gain access to the “Tac/Com”, which is used to issue orders to their squad. Don’t worry, your Gears have graduated bootcamp; they know when to defend themselves, take cover, and return fire all by themselves.

Campaign
  • Open Tac/Com - press and hold the    on Xbox controller or press and hold [ Shift ] on the keyboard to see your squad’s status and mission objectives.

 In combat, while holding the    or [ Shift ] on the keyboard:

  • Squad Regroup - Press    on Xbox controller or press the "Quick Look" action (Default key is [ Q ] ) on the keyboard to have your squad regroup and form-up on your location.
  • Squad Attack - Press    on Xbox controller or press the "Cover/Run" action (Default key is [ Space ] ) on the keyboard to put your squad into an aggressive stance for a short time. They are more likely to close in on enemies and instigate combat.
  • Squad Cease Fire - Press    on Xbox controller or press the "Melee Attack" action (Default key is [ F ] ) on the keyboard to put your squad into a defensive stance for a short time.  They are more lkely stay in cover and only expose their positions when necessary.

Note: Only the squad leader can issue orders. 

Multiplayer

In multiplayer mode, the Tac/Com is used to show the status and location of your teammates. The Tac/Com will also show locations of the weapon pick-ups in the map.

Targeting

SHOOTING FROM THE HIP - Keep your attention on the center of the screen, once you have a target centered, squeeze     or [ Mouse1 ] to fire.  This method of targeting is fast, but relatively inaccurate.

AIMING - To take aim, press and hold     or click [ Mouse2 ]. A reticle appears and will glow red as you focus on a potential target.

MARKING - While aiming holding down    or click [ Mouse2 ], you can click     or press [ C ] on your keyboard to mark an opponent. This will put an indicator above the opponent's head to notify squad-mates of the opponent's location.

ZOOMING - Equip either a Longshot Sniper Rifle, Boltok, or Snub Pistol and aim down the sights. Click down on     or press the [ T ] or [ Scroll Up ] to zoom to extreme magnification.

BLINDFIRE - To shoot without breaking cover, center a target onscreen as if you were shooting from the hip, and press     or [ Mouse1 ] to fire. This move sticks your gun out of cover and fires.

Note: If you take aim while in cover, you remain mostly in cover but your head may be exposed.

Melee & Grenade Tagging

MELEE - Press    or the [ F ] to melee. If an enemy is within range -- attempt to bash their brains in. WARNING:  If an enemy is close, they can melee you as well.

However, Gears have one great melee advantage: the Lancer Assault Rifle has an integrated, carbide-tipped, variable-torque Chainsaw Bayonet. If you’re holding this rifle while initiating a melee attack(hold the melee button/key instead of a single press), the Chainsaw Bayonet activates and you can dish out a high-RPM death. Few Locust can withstand this brutal assault. But be warned; if you are attacked while revving your chainsaw, you can get stunned. This will interrupt your advance and leave you vulnerable to subsequent attacks while you recover.

In multiplayer games, press    or the [ E ] near an opponent who has been grievously wounded (but not yet dead) to deliver a savage curb stomp.

GRENADE TAGGING - If you close the distance between yourself and an enemy while holding a grenade, you can use the melee attack to "tag" your grenade. This attaches the grenade to the enemy, leaving them incapable of escaping a devastating explosion. WARNING: If you remain in the explosion radius after tagging an enemy, you will also get caught in the blast.

Active Reload

To reload your weapon (assuming you have ammunition), press     or press the [ R ]. This will activate a slider on the top right of your screen. Click reload again when the moving slider enters the reload bar.

Success is a matter of timing and practice; each weapon has a different sweet spot for Active Reloads.

There are three possibilities when attempting an active reload:

SUCCESS: If you succeed, you reload faster.

PERFECT: If you achieve a perfect reload, you reload much faster and gain a small boost to damage (setting can be disabled in Versus multiplayer).

FAILURE: If you fail, you spend more time reloading than if you didn’t try. 

Movement

EVADE - Tap  or the [ SPACE ] while moving. If there’s no cover, you can dodge and roll to avoid getting shot. You can also evade or roll out of cover.

ROADIE RUN - A crouching run that makes you harder to target. To roadie run, press and hold    or the [ SPACE ] while out of cover. You can’t fire while roadie running.

Cover

GETTING INTO COVER - Use cover in combat or DIE. Move toward anything that looks like cover (debris, doorway, etc.), and press     or the [ SPACE ]

EXITING COVER - To break cover, move away from the cover point or press    or the [ SPACE ]

MANTLE -  To jump over low cover, move the left stick in direction of the jump as you press    or the [ SPACE ].

COVERSLIP - To quickly slip around the corner of cover without having to back up first, move the left stick in the direction you want to slip, and then press    or the [ SPACE ].

SWAT TURN - While in cover, minimize exposure when reaching a nearby cover point by using a SWAT turn. Move the left stick toward adjacent cover, and then press    or the [ SPACE ].

Online Play

Co-Op Play

To play the campaign mode of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 with a friend, you can choose to host or join an Xbox Live Public game session, a Private Live game session, or a Local Network game.

There are a few methods to enter an Xbox Live Public game:

  • Host the game as Marcus: Invite an Xbox Live friend to your squad via the main menu roster or the Xbox App and select either Campaign > Host Public or Private Xbox Live
  • Join a game as Dominic: Join a friend’s game via the Xbox App or join a random Xbox Live game by selecting Join Co-op game > Xbox Live

When you choose to Join a Public Xbox Live session, you are given the option to choose a game with a Preferred Act and Preferred Difficulty to join. Your Preferred Act will take precedence to your choice in Difficulty.

WARNING: If either co-op player dies on a split-path, the Objective will be failed and the host must reload the last checkpoint. If the second player leaves the session, the Objective will fail as well and the host must restart the split-path.

Private Live games will ensure only your Xbox Live Friends can join your campaign session.

Local Network games will list your game as a Local session where others on the same network can view and join you.

When you join a game, you play as Dominic Santiago. When playing in co-op mode, it’s important to remember that Marcus and Dom need to cover one another in combat. In some cases, Marcus and Dom can take different paths to get alternate angles of fire.

By working together, you can expose weaknesses in enemies who might otherwise have impenetrable cover.
 

Versus Multiplayer

To play the multiplayer mode of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10, select Versus from the Main Menu and then select Xbox Live, or Local Network. Local Network lets you compete with others (eight players maximum) on a local area network. Xbox Live lets you fight alongside and against other players (eight players maximum) with Xbox Live online multiplayer functionality.

When playing on Xbox Live, you can play Social, Competitive or Private matches on dedicated servers. 

  • Social matches: Play casual, public matches on Xbox Live. You may be placed into matches in progress
  • Competitive matches: Play competitive matches on Xbox Live. Matches will only start when all players are present
  • Private matches allow you fully customize maps and other multiplayer parameters for the match

You can look at the stats from your Versus matches here. 

When players take enough damage, they fall, “bleed out” and eventually die (if the Self-revive setting is disabled). Enemy players can finish them with a few more shots or a melee attack. During this bleed-out time, the downed player’s squad mates can revive them. If you melee a knocked-down opponent (without the chainsaw-equipped Lancer Assault Rifle), you perform a curb stomp maneuver as a coup de grace. Depending on game type, that maneuver can qualify you for bonus points.

Players on the same team are able to chat with each other on Xbox Live, when players are dead, they are able to speak with other dead players.

PRIVATE GAME SETTINGS

When you host a Private multiplayer match, you can: 

  • Set the number of rounds in a match.
  • Adjust the “bleed out” duration. This is the number of seconds until a player who is knocked down dies. Other players on your team may be able to revive you during this time.
  • Set the max duration (in minutes) of each round for applicable game modes.
  • Toggle friendly fire -- that is, whether fire from your squad mates can damage you.
  • Toggle if a Perfect Reload provides damage boost or not.
  • Set if power weapons respawn after use or after pick up.
  • Turn self-revive ON (like Gears of War 3) or OFF (like the original game).
  • Set the time between the spawn waves.
  • Select the order and type of maps that cycle through the match.
  • Select if any of the power weapons are swapped.

 

TEXT CHAT

Text chat is available in the Versus Match Lobby, as well as in game. To bring up the chat window press the [ Y ], type your message and press [ Enter ] to send. You can press [ Tab ] to toggle between the available Team channel and Global channel.

Messages from COG players are in blue, and Locust player messages are in red. Chat from Spectators in a match will appear in white in lobbies, but Spectators cannot text chat during gameplay.

Note: There is no controller button for text chat.
 

VOIP

Voice Over IP allows you to chat with other players while playing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10. VOIP is turned ON by default in the Audio Settings.

Co-Op

To use this feature, simply plug in a microphone and start talking to your Co-Op partner. This option is turned ON by default, and can be turned OFF at any time in the Audio menu, in Settings.

Versus

    • From the Lobby:
      • Highlight a Gamertag and press the  button or [ Mouse1 ] to open the menu and select “Mute in chat”.
    • In-Game:
      • Pause the game and select “Players” from the menu, highlight a Gamertag and press the  button or [ Mouse 1 ] to open the menu, select “Mute in chat”.
         
Note:
    • Muting users will also affect Text Chat messages. 
    • You can disable in-game VOIP if you are hearing multiple chats due to running external voice communications (Party Chat, other)
Multiplayer Game Types


WARZONE: 
A COG fire team is pitted against a Locust fire team. Last man standing wins the round. The team with players still alive wins the round. No respawns.

TEAM DEATHMATCH: Needs no further explanation. First team out of respawns loses…

ASSASSINATION: Each team has a leader, Colonel Hoffman (COG) and General RAAM (Locust).  The goal is to kill the leader of the opposing team. Players who kill the leader of the opposing team become leader of their team for the next round.

EXECUTION: This game type is similar to Warzone, but instead of bleeding out when knocked down, you revive. The only way to kill an opposing team member is to deliver a coup de grace, so you must get close enough to melee.

ANNEX: To win, a team must score a set amount of points before their opponents. To earn points, a team has to capture and hold the hill. To capture a hill, a player has to stand inside the ring, the more players, the faster the hill will be captured. Once captured, the points will begin counting down and players are able to leave the hill. Once all points have been depleted from the hill, it will move to the next location. Unlike King of the Hill, while the hill is not controlled by a team, its total points will not count down. Kills do not count towards your team's score in this game type. Players have unlimited respawns and there are no execution rules.

KING OF THE HILL: To win, a team must score a set amount of points before their opponents. To earn points, a team has to capture and hold the hill. To capture a hill, a player has to stand in the ring, the more players, the faster the hill will be captured. Once captured the points will begin counting down and players are able to leave the hill. Once all points have been depleted from the hill, it will move to the next location. Unlike Annex, the hill's points will always count down even if a team doesn't control it, meaning the hill location will change far more often. Kills do not count towards your team's score in this game type. Players have unlimited respawns and there are no execution rules.

GNASHER EXECUTION: Play a match with Gnashers only and no respawns.

2v2 GNASHER EXECUTION: Play a 2v2 match in a small area (“Boxes”). Only shotguns, no respawns, first to 10.

BLITZ: This game type is similar to King of the Hill, but with instant capping of rings and requiring the player to stay in the ring to keep control.

Online Troubleshooting

Incompatible Game Version
You might encounter the following error message when attempting to play Xbox Live Co-op or Versus:

“INCOMPATIBLE GAME VERSIONS
You have a different version of the game than the host”

This message means that you have not updated to the latest game version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

To resolve this issue, return to the main menu and sync your game by entering either of the following menus:

  • Versus > Xbox Live
  • Campaign > Join Co-op Game > Xbox Live
  • Campaign > Host Co-op Game > Public or Private Xbox Live

 You will see the following message: “Downloading Latest Multiplayer Data” and will be up-to-date with the latest data.

Note: If the issue persists, close and restart the game

Missing Save Data
Switching Xbox Live Accounts on the Xbox App can result in a temporary desynchronization of save data. If your save data is missing or if the Game is not able to synchronize your data, please sign-in on the Xbox App and restart your computer to recover the account data.

Online Service Error
You might encounter the following error message when the Game is failing to connect to Gears of War Services:

"ONLINE SERVICE ERROR:
Gear of War: Ultimate Edition services login failed, access to online multiplayer is not available.
You are not connected to Xbox Live. Please check your connection and try again.”

Try the following to fix this issue:

  • Check your Internet connection
  • Sign in your Xbox Live Account and boot the Game
  • Sign in your Xbox Live Account and reboot your computer

Error when syncing cloud data

You might encounter the following error message when the Game is failing to sync your data to the cloud:

“We can’t sync your data with the cloud right now.”

Try the following to fix this issue:

  • Close the Game and reboot your PC.

Support & Useful Links

For additional help go to Gears of War Technical Support and Help Forums

Xbox Support for Gears of War: https://support.xbox.com/xbox-on-windows/game-titles/gears-of-war-ultimate-edition-windows-10-faq

Terms of Use: For terms of use, visit www.xbox.com/legal/LiveTOU

Xbox Live: Xbox Live is your connection to more games, more entertainment, and more fun - http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live 

Microsoft Windows 10 Online Support: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/support

AMD Drivers & Support: http://support.amd.com

NVIDIA Drivers & Support: http://www.nvidia.com/page/support.html