Gears of War in Mad World

Microsoft is rolling out the XBox game “Gears of War” with a TV ad featuring Unreal Engine 3 footage. Marcus Fenix, the principal character in the Epic Games ‘Gears of War’, leads a squad of human soldiers on the planet Sera, fighting an underground enemy known as the Locust Horde.

Gears of War TV ad still


Gears of War TV ad still

In the 60 second spot Fenix inspects a war-torn street, looking at a reflection in a puddle and turning over the broken head of a statue. As the ground begins to explode Fenix runs through the rain, narrowly escaping the Locust Horde only to come face to face with a Corpser, a huge spider-like beast.

See Gears of War – Mad World at YouTube

Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube

XBox Gears of War ‘Emergence Day’ in the USA was November 7. Already the original XBox game has broken records for sales, earning awards in gaming magazines and web sites.

Credits

Gears of War Limited Edition Strategy Guide at Amazon.comThe XBox Gears of War TV ad was developed at McCann Worldgroup, San Francisco, by creative directors Scott Duchon and Geoff Edwards, copywriter Matt Burnell, art director Nate Able and agency producer Hannah Murray.

See David Wen’s interview with art director Nate Able at Welcome to the Ranch.

Filming was directed by Joseph Kosinski via Anonymous Content, with creative consultant David Fincher and executive producer Jeff Baron.

Visual effects were designed at Digital Domain by executive producers Ed Ulbrich and Lisa Beroud, VFX supervisor Eric Barba, VFX co-supervisor Vernon Wilbert, VFX producer Melanie La Rue, Previs supervisor Chris De Santis and editor Russ Glasgow.

Mad World Soundtrack

The soundtrack to “Were You There” is “Mad World”, written by Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears and released in their 1983 album, The Hurting. The version used in this TV ad was performed by Michael Andrews (piano and arranger) and Gary Jules (vocals) accompanying the end of the cult movie, “Donnie Darko.”

Gears of War TV ad still

Mad World Lyrics

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere

And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression

Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
‘Cause I find it hard to take

When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad World

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen

Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me

Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

Download ‘Mad World’ from iTunes – Donnie Darko version and Tears for Fears version…

Donnie Darko version

Tears for Fears version

Gears of War Strategy Guide at Amazon.com

  • http://txadv.blogspot.com David

    This is one of two video game commercials to ever make me stay in the room and watch.

    Great use of music!

  • Deanno

    The commercial for this game brings a tear to my eye…
    it makes me wanna go buy xbox 360 just so i can play this game

  • lauren

    i love gears of war i might be a girl but i just love it and the music i love to i av put it on my ipod and i just listen to it all day lol

  • nonya

    sweet jesus i love gow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wooooooooooooooooooooo

  • ren

    I wonder if the sequal to Gears of War will be called Cogs of Conflict?

  • Gsta_Homie

    Lol, I beat the campaign, and played this online. It is INSANE! I love the game so much, such good graphics, but it mixes that in with amazing gameplay, the outcome has no words that can properly describe it.

  • julian lopez

    YEAH gears is what dat is. I AM A LOCUS FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its the best game in the whole world. i eat, live, and breath this game i love blowing up cogs and sniping there heads offffffffff whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo like gears? I LIKE GEARS. hopefully there will be more locus to choose form and bigger areans.i hope they let us customize our own LOUCS. i love the voices of the locus. and in time we might be able to talk thought the headset and what evey we say they say now that WOULD ROCK no game will be able to beat that and you know it.thanks fo r listening. SERVE THE QUEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!