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Published on November 18th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Gears 2 Matchmaking Tips From The Source

Rod Fergusson, Senior Producer of Gears of War 2, has seen his fair share of people having problems with Gears’ matchmaking.

After working with the team, he has a couple suggestions for you:

  • If you’re experiencing long delays (longer than 2 minutes) or you’re seeing your matchmaking search restarting over and over again, please try a different playlist as that indicates a possible population issue with the currently selected one.The problem seems to be heightened for parties of 1 and parties of 4 so please try to invite at least one friend into your party before matchmaking.

    Try to have five people if you can.

  • After a match, if you’d like to continue to play with the 9 people you just played with, simply press Y to look at the previous match stats and press X to invite them all to your party so you can continue to play in a Private match if they accept. Private matches, while not arbitrated, gives you the flexibility to set exactly which map and mode you want to play along with customizing other aspects of the game.
  • And as always, please ensure that your router is set correctly so that your NAT is considered “Open” by Xbox LIVE as “Moderate” and “Strict” NATs make Xbox LIVE matchmaking more difficult. There are many guides available online to walk you through the process of correctly configuring your router for Xbox LIVE so I won’t go into the specific details here.

Freakin’ win. That’s the way to let your userbase know what’s going on: other devs take notice!

Gears 2 Matchmaking Update [Epic Games Forums]

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