Gears of War 2 patch finally released

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After quite a lot of moaning and groaning over all of the issues that were being had by Gears of War 2, Epic Games has finally released it’s first major patch that not only fixes tons of bugs and exploits but changes some balancing issues as well.

Amongst other things, they have made firing from the hip possible with the boomshot and more importantly the shotgun, as a previous issue would cause the bullets to shoot straight down for some really odd reason. This ability to fire from the hip will make a lot of old school Gears of War fans happy again but there is a catch.

Epic have also removed the ability to fire your weapon straight after you roadie run, effectively killing the “shotgun rush” ability in every way.

That might be a relief to some but a serious kick in the nads to others.

More after the jump.

This means that all of the people who wanted the pace of the game to be upped somewhat are sitting in pretty much the same position as they were before the patch came out.

Either way they patch fixes a seriously large amount of issues with the multiplayer (most of which really shouldn’t have been there in the first place) and have at least shown that they are listening to their fans.

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The list is pretty damn long so instead of posting it here, you can check out the thread on the Epic forums by clicking here.

[Thanks Poddle for the tip]

Last Updated: January 22, 2009

Nick De Bruyne

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  • Crud

    “Amongst other things, they have made firing from the hip possible with the boomshot and more importantly the shotgun”…weird, I haven’t had any probs firing from the hip with the shotgun…

  • do you host often? It doesnt happen to the host, but it does sometimes work off-host.

  • Crud

    no don’t host at all…doesn’t really work with a 384 line :/. btw size of the download?

  • Its just an update, I have a 4mb line, and it took a few seconds at most. So it cant be very big.

  • Macethy

    I’m totally pissed at Gears 2.Played split screen the other day and all my stats vanished!All my Seriously 2.0 and Party like it’s 1999 stats were reset to zero and in the logbook in the menu it shows the achievements that i got asif i havent gotten them! 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡

  • Wolfy

    im on iburst and im capped aswel and took me like 2 minutes to download the update. and im running at a 384kb/s line when im capped aswel… or so they told me

  • Wolfy

    Thats so weird…… Thats a first, The worst that ever happend to me was my rank went from 2 stripes to one for no apparent reason but all is dandy again

  • Wolfy

    And yt no updates for matchmaking… AT ALL. The only time i can really play GOW2 the way it was meant is when my friends come on . To avoid searching for party members

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