Game Groups > Games for Windows releases

Games for Windows (GFW) was a set of standards for Windows games regulated by Microsoft Corporation, active between 8 November 2006 and 25 August 2013.

The standards include:

  • support for regular and widescreen resolutions
  • setup that involves as few steps as possible
  • support for both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) processors, as well as those with multiple cores and threads
  • support for parental controls
  • support for Xbox 360 controller if gamepad input is available
  • support for the Games Explorer application (present in Windows Vista, 7 and 8.x, deprecated in Windows 10)
  • support for launching through the Windows Media Center application (present in select editions of Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.x, deprecated in Windows 10)
  • additional quality assurance testing from Microsoft

Notes

  • Not to be confused with Games for Windows Live (GFWL), which refers to a package of multiplayer servers and digital rights management (DRM) solutions for certain games which already comply with GFW standards. These belong to the Games for Windows Live releases group instead.
  • Some games, such as later Command & Conquer titles, comply with some or all of the Games for Windows standards but do not bear the label.
  • Some games only bore the GFW label on the package in some regions (e.g. Demigod, Legendary)

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Title (Year ) Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail 3D Jagd Simulator 2011 (2010) Windows Action
n/a
box cover thumbnail Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (2008) Windows Role-playing (RPG)
8.0
box cover thumbnail Age of Empires III: Complete Collection (2009) Windows Compilation
n/a
box cover thumbnail Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties (2007) Windows, Macintosh DLC / Add-on
7.7
box cover thumbnail Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs (2006) Windows, Macintosh DLC / Add-on
8.0
box cover thumbnail Airline Tycoon 2 (2011) Windows Simulation, Strategy
6.6
box cover thumbnail Aliens vs Predator (2010) Windows, Xbox 360 (+2 more) Action
6.7
box cover thumbnail Alone in the Dark (2008) Windows, Xbox 360 Action
6.4
box cover thumbnail Alpha Protocol (2010) Windows, Xbox 360 (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
6.6
box cover thumbnail Bee Movie Game (2007) Windows, PlayStation 2 (+2 more) Action
6.7
box cover thumbnail Beijing 2008 (2008) Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Sports
6.2
box cover thumbnail Bionic Commando (2009) Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action
7.1
box cover thumbnail BioShock (2007) Windows, Xbox 360 (+5 more) Action
8.7
box cover thumbnail Black Mirror III: Final Fear (2011) Windows Adventure
7.7
box cover thumbnail Brink (2011) Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action
7.0
box cover thumbnail Call of Duty: World at War (2008) Windows, Xbox 360 (+2 more) Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Clive Barker's Jericho (2007) Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action
7.0
box cover thumbnail Codename: Panzers - Cold War (2009) Windows Strategy
6.9
box cover thumbnail Company of Heroes (2006) Windows, Android (+2 more) Strategy
8.9
box cover thumbnail Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (2007) Windows Strategy
8.3
box cover thumbnail Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor (2009) Windows Strategy
6.9
box cover thumbnail Conflict: Denied Ops (2008) Windows, Xbox 360 (+2 more) Action
5.9
box cover thumbnail Crazy Machines: Elements (2011) Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Puzzle
6.6
box cover thumbnail Crysis (2007) Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action
8.5
box cover thumbnail Crysis: Warhead (2008) Windows Action
8.2
box cover thumbnail Deer Hunter Tournament (2008) Windows Simulation, Sports
n/a
box cover thumbnail Demigod (2009) Windows Strategy
7.3
box cover thumbnail Devil May Cry 4 (2008) Xbox 360, Windows (+1 more) Action
8.3
box cover thumbnail Dick Marcinko: Rogue Warrior (2009) Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action
3.5
box cover thumbnail Disciples III: Renaissance (2009) Windows, OnLive Strategy
6.1
box cover thumbnail Disciples III: Resurrection (2010) Windows Strategy
6.3
box cover thumbnail Dishonored (2012) Windows, Xbox 360 (+1 more) Action
8.3
box cover thumbnail Disneyā€¢Pixar Ratatouille (2007) Windows, PlayStation 2 (+4 more) Action
6.5
box cover thumbnail Disneyā€¢Pixar Wall-E (2008) PlayStation 2, Windows (+4 more) Action
6.7
box cover thumbnail Dungeons (2011) Windows Strategy
6.5
box cover thumbnail Dungeons: The Dark Lord (2011) Windows Strategy
6.9
box cover thumbnail East India Company (2009) Windows Simulation, Strategy
7.1
box cover thumbnail Elven Legacy (2007) Windows Strategy
7.1
box cover thumbnail Empire Earth III (2007) Windows Strategy
5.4
box cover thumbnail Empire: Total War (2009) Windows, Macintosh (+1 more) Strategy / tactics
8.6
box cover thumbnail Exorcist (2010) Windows Adventure
n/a
box cover thumbnail Exorcist II (2011) Windows Adventure
n/a
box cover thumbnail Exorcist III: Inception of Darkness (2012) Windows Adventure
n/a
box cover thumbnail F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (2009) Windows, Xbox 360 (+2 more) Action
7.7
box cover thumbnail Fallout: New Vegas (2010) Windows, Xbox 360 (+3 more) Role-playing (RPG)
8.1
box cover thumbnail Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition (2012) Windows, Xbox 360 (+2 more) Compilation
8.2
box cover thumbnail Football Manager 2010 (2009) Windows, Macintosh Simulation, Strategy / tactics, Sports
7.8
box cover thumbnail Frontlines: Fuel of War (2008) Xbox 360, Windows (+3 more) Action
7.5
box cover thumbnail Grand Ages: Rome (2008) Windows, OnLive Strategy
7.3
box cover thumbnail Gray Matter (2010) Windows, Xbox 360 Adventure
8.0

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