Games For Windows Live

Games For Windows Live 3.5.50

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Though several games such as Dark Souls and free-to-play MMOs have left the Games for Windows Live framework it still provides access to certain titles that require it on the PC and provides access to a small social network with many of Xbox Live's own features. Best of all in the multiplayer games that do use it it provides some fairly robust matchmaking and game balance features. View full description

PROS

  • Allows running GFWL games
  • Tracks achievements
  • Provides social networking

CONS

  • Can't play with friends
  • Requires registration

Is this game fun?

Good
7

Though several games such as Dark Souls and free-to-play MMOs have left the Games for Windows Live framework it still provides access to certain titles that require it on the PC and provides access to a small social network with many of Xbox Live's own features. Best of all in the multiplayer games that do use it it provides some fairly robust matchmaking and game balance features.

What's in a name

Games for Windows Live provides chat via voice and text a list of those you've recently played with and other basic social networking functionality. Over time this has become harder to use except on games which still support it. Those games also benefit from GFWL's TrueSkill rating which helps ensure that players are matched with those of similar skill. Unfortunately this also results in it being harder to play with friends who will often differ in TrueSkill. Finally GFWL also provides access to achievements and a GamerScore which serves as a point total of the achievements you've earned.

Conclusion

Games for Windows Live has features are great for game balance and single-player fun but poor (and waning somewhat) for social networking. If you're fine with registering and keeping an account it is a great boon to those multiplayer games which use its matchmaking.

Games For Windows Live

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Games For Windows Live 3.5.50

— User reviews — about Games For Windows Live

  • "It is great."

    This is a interesting shortcut for me because I can play many games by Microsoft Games Studio. More.

    reviewed on August 16, 2015

  • aggelos.kokkinis.3

    by aggelos.kokkinis.3

    "Bad Program"

    Always hard to use. Not user friendly. I try not to buy games with windows live. More.

    reviewed on February 22, 2013