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Gears of War 2 Gets Its Matchmaking Patch

Lonely hearts, get that Lancer out of your mouth! Gears 2 matchmaking is back in business.

I love that Microsoft essentially forces everyone to use the phrase "title update" when describing, you know, patches for Xbox 360 games. It's as if someone decided that "patch" is a dirty word. Instead, the net effect is that "title update" are now dirty words, and they have that sleazy "let's not call it a patch" vibe thrown in for good measure!

Anyway, there's now a title update available for Epic's Gears of War 2. Senior Producer Rod Fergusson posted these changes on the game's official boards:

- Adjustments to make Public matchmaking faster, especially in the single player party and the four player party case. Some of these adjustments should be felt immediately and some will play out over several days as our update enables us to reduce player segmentation by reducing the number of servers required to do matchmaking. This will increase the number of possible matches available for you to join.

- A tweak that should prevent us from losing some of our additional detailed stats data that we gather for gearsofwar.com. Due to the large number of concurrent matches, our stats gathering servers were not able to collect data for every single match played. The Xbox LIVE leaderboards are 100% accurate but our existing stats web pages may have some missing data prior to the update.

- A fix to address the issue where some players were unable to start the story-based campaign if Xbox LIVE was down or unavailable.


So those of you who were stuck waiting for what seemed like days to get into a Gears 2 public match should be seeing some relief right about now.
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Posted by Jeff
I love that Microsoft essentially forces everyone to use the phrase "title update" when describing, you know, patches for Xbox 360 games. It's as if someone decided that "patch" is a dirty word. Instead, the net effect is that "title update" are now dirty words, and they have that sleazy "let's not call it a patch" vibe thrown in for good measure!

Anyway, there's now a title update available for Epic's Gears of War 2. Senior Producer Rod Fergusson posted these changes on the game's official boards:

- Adjustments to make Public matchmaking faster, especially in the single player party and the four player party case. Some of these adjustments should be felt immediately and some will play out over several days as our update enables us to reduce player segmentation by reducing the number of servers required to do matchmaking. This will increase the number of possible matches available for you to join.

- A tweak that should prevent us from losing some of our additional detailed stats data that we gather for gearsofwar.com. Due to the large number of concurrent matches, our stats gathering servers were not able to collect data for every single match played. The Xbox LIVE leaderboards are 100% accurate but our existing stats web pages may have some missing data prior to the update.

- A fix to address the issue where some players were unable to start the story-based campaign if Xbox LIVE was down or unavailable.


So those of you who were stuck waiting for what seemed like days to get into a Gears 2 public match should be seeing some relief right about now.
Posted by Milkman

Sounds good.

Posted by brukaoru

I hope this solves the problem. I don't play public matches but I've heard plenty of people being frustrated about it. Looking forward to seeing less "match making sucks" threads now. 

Posted by MattyFTM

About time, the matchmaking was horrible. I only played about 2 games of multiplayer because it took so long to connect.

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Posted by daniel_beck_90

Now Gears of War 2 is almost flawless !!!

Posted by MrBrian

Its cool a big game like this gets fixed in a couple weeks but old broken Castle Crashers is still busted online even though they say the patch was submitted like a month ago

Posted by IncredibleBulk92

How come the Gears of War 2 patch has taken about 2 weeks to be certified but the castle crashers patch has taken over 2 months.

Its complete BS how long some things take to pass through
Posted by Driadon

Thank god. There where times I was sitting there waiting to find a match that I started thinking I was playing Shadowrun!

Posted by Afroman269

now if only we can fix the abusive smoke grenades and the god like chainsaw

Posted by heavymtlhead
Posted by CylonAndrew

Well, this is welcome news. I also noticed that when people are burnt with the flame thrower, they are chared black instead of red now.

Edited by Branthog

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Posted by crunchUK

well duh patch makes it sound that it's incomplete somehow... whereas title updates sounds... more new lol

Posted by code305

nice.

Posted by Daeth_On_Demand
Afroman269 said:
"now if only we can fix the abusive smoke grenades and the god like chainsaw"

Too true, too true.  I like that it only took two weeks to fix a matchmaking issue that should have been ironed out long before the release of the game, but I want updates for smoke grenades, chainsaws, and (perhaps) the shotgun.  The real issue I have with Gears 2 (now that the matchmaking is hopefully going to go a bunch faster) is the way that when I play at 3:00am, I get stuck with a bunch of UK people, and I get no kills because I have 1-2 seconds bullet lag.  Seriously, I don't give a crap if I have to wait a little bit longer to play against people who won't lag me like crazy, I just don't want to continue lowering my kill/death ratio because of something that is outside of my control.
Posted by Double0hFor

THEY BETTER FIX THAT CHAINSAW VACUUM SOON, SHITS OUT OF HAND

Posted by HistoryInRust
Tarsier said:
"I didn't see any problems with the matchmaking. If you just choose "players choice" it only takes about 10 seconds to find a game! Am I the only one who figured this out?
"
I think you're just one of the lucky ones.  I've been spamming the "Player's Choice" option since the game's release, and I think I've played a whopping two matches?  Yeah, two matches to date.  Hideous. 
Posted by Ninja_Tino

Milkman, your picture looks like Jeff giving a blowjob. p.s. I love Jeff, not taking the piss here, but it really does.

Posted by samcotts

The online isn't fixed untill the matchmaking system is removed altogether, and I know that's not going to happen.

Posted by Afroman269

Hopefully this includes laggy ass games. I have finally gotten used to the shotgun because all you have to do is aim at their body mass instead of blindfiring like most people did in the first one. Wish they kept the chainsaw configuration like Gears 1 where you can shoot them once and flinch them instead of emptying a clip into a guy in Gears 2 just so they can put down the god damn chainsaw. Way too noob friendly.

Posted by HistoryInRust
samcotts said:
"The online isn't fixed untill the matchmaking system is removed altogether, and I know that's not going to happen."
Word.
Posted by Tru3_Blu3

There's one glitch that no one is pointing out:

High sensitivity automatically changing to Medium after your Meatshield gets destroyed.

^This is really annoying.

Edited by TaintedSun

I'm not really sure why people assume and expect things to be perfect the first time around. People and companies make mistakes, mistakes that are understandable and tolerable. Give every imbalance and every network issue it's fair share of time to get fixed. You have the time; I'm sure most of you have plenty of new games to play, seeing as nearly 15 decent titles came out in the last month or two.

- Edit -

On topic - Good to see Epic's getting things working for everyone.

Posted by Sabata

Wish they would fix the split-screen chat already...

Posted by Ossi

Good. The only matches I can seem to get into are Wingman ones, that take maybe 10sec. But everything else I'm sitting there for 5 - 10min watching player found notices disappear then reappear every 40seconds.

Posted by TheGamerGeek

I'm still getting stuck waiting for matches for 10 + minutes sometimes :(

Posted by CB

Before this I actually didn't have a problem getting into matches except for the occasional one where it would take 5 mins.

Posted by GioVANNI

Yeah, I don't even like the matchmaking system at all.  I liked GoW1 Multi-player because I could just jump and play, with anyone I damn well please.  Matchmaking should be for ranked, and GoW1 type multi-player should be for unranked. 

Edited by Ma7moud
For people who are still having slow matchmaking:
Some of these adjustments should be felt immediately and some will play out over several days as our update enables us to reduce player segmentation by reducing the number of servers required to do matchmaking.
Posted by RHCPfan24

Good news :)

Posted by HTTenrai

Sounds great....except now I've found Left 4 Dead's versus mode.

Yeah...maybe I'll go back if I ever get tired of tonguing people down elevator shafts to their dooooooooom.

Posted by Cheapoz

This game is still mad broken, 6 ways from Sunday. If any game ever needed a Beta, this was it.

Also, in the "Resistance 2 vs Gears 2" argument, how come Resistance 2 reviews were saved by great Multiplayer, but most Gears 2 reviews simply said that they didn't get to try multiplayer?

Resistance 2 - Crap campaign, good multi
Gears 2 - Awesome campaign, great (but mad broken) multi
Posted by Karmum

Can't wait to update this once my 360 arrives back at my house.

Edited by BagManForHire

about damn time ill play it again hate waiting 15min to play a 5min game

update: it still taking way too fucking long 
Posted by Sweep

I downloaded the update and have noticed absolutely zero improvement. The matchmaking is still taking forever both when solo and in larger groups - the system will still fill up a room then clean it out again saying "Remote parties restarted the matchmaking process." The problem is not fixed at all.

Also how come Epic released its update so fast and castle crashers is taking such a ridiculously long time to essentially fix what is the same problem. Although, the patch didn't work so I guess it doesn't matter....

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Posted by daywongsong

It's bad to see this had to happen lost alot of players but it's better late then never I assume nice to know they actually fixed it.

Posted by JoelTGM

I thought Gears 2 would be my main multiplayer game, but it's just not fun.  That's cool they are working to fix the slow matchmaking, but laggy games, smoke grenades, and unstoppable chainsaws really turned me away from this game.  COD5 is much more enjoyable.  I play it everyday with my brother and friends.

Posted by Aaron_G

I'll remember not to use "patch" in public.

Posted by TwoOneFive

i wish socom reviewers were this forgiving. 

Posted by Discorsi

matchmaking was worse for me this time around.  maybe this will be one of those it will take a couple days bullshit

Posted by MKHavoc

Good.  I've been playing with bots for the past few days because it was so bad.

Posted by NAZAR3NE

People, this TU is just for matchmaking, now stop whining and go MeatBag some NuBs!

Posted by kagato

Glad to see the update sooner rather than later, it was taking an absolute age to get into any good games.

Posted by wefwefasdf

Since the update, I have no seen no improvement in online performance. If I wasn't playing with friends, it would have been frustrating to play...

Posted by Roger_Klotz

It still takes a long time to enter into a match but at least they know that its an issue.

Posted by Kohe321

GoW2 rocks.

Posted by Media_Master

Well, they fixed it

Posted by Cheetoman

Yea it was pretty ridiculous. Think longest i waited was 25 min or so for a freakin match!

Posted by kagato

Tried connecting to some mulitplayer games last night but i couldnt get into a single game, i didnt think it was possible but they have broken it even worse than before.  Worst thing was that before the patch i could connect after 5 mins or so, now it just sits waiting for players...

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