You can call it a tough market, a crowded gaming climate, or just plain ol’ nerdvana, but Epic Games picked a brutal launch window to deliver the highly acclaimed Xbox 360 shooter Gears of War to PC gamers. Surrounded by huge AAA titles like Call of Duty 4, The Orange Box, Unreal Tournament 3, and Crysis, poor Gears ran the risk of being overlooked and underappreciated. But before you shed any tears for this fantastic third-person shooter, you’ll be relieved to know it doesn’t need your sympathies. It’s every single bit as fun it was on the 360, and even surpasses the original version in a few ways.
PC gamers who toughed out the wait have been rewarded with five new chapters in the single-player campaign (Impasse, Comedy of Errors, Window Shopping, Powers That Be, and Jurassic Proportions). These new chapters add about 15% more gameplay and story in between Chapters 4 and 5, and focus on your team’s race to a train station, pursued by the gigantic Locust horror, the Brumak. (The Locust are Gears‘s bad-guys.) While these chapters make that portion of the story stretch a bit uncomfortably, the showdown between yourself and the A