Developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios, Gears of War is a tactical third-person shooter video game. It was released on November 7, 2008 exclusively for Xbox 360 in North America. Europe obtained its copy on November 17, 2006. A limited edition was also released that included additional content and an art book titled “Destroyed Beauty” that detailed the game’s backstory. North America also received a version of Microsoft Windows on November 6, 2007 that also contained additional features.
The main story features Delta Squad soldiers fighting to save the humans of the planet Sera from a ruthless cavernous foe, Locust Horde. Players assume the character of Marcus Fenix. Marcus Fenix is a former prisoner and a war-hardened soldier.
In the game you must use cover and strategic fire to advance through the different scenarios. You can also use a second player to help you on your mission. There are also online modes where players play different modes using up to 8 other players.
The most important aspect of this game is the use of cover. After progressing to the more difficult levels, even a few seconds of exposure to enemy fire can result in your death. Players can accurately aim at enemy targets or use blind fire while hiding behind cover. Blind fire helps prevent imminent damage by exposing heads from behind deck. There are many roll and cover maneuvers available to players with the touch of a single button and steering from the left stick.
The main focus in the Gears of War game is on Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad’s encounters with the Locust Horde. Delta Squad members include: Marcus Fenix, of course, Dominic “Dom” Santiago, Augustus “Cole Train” Cole, and Damon Baird. Marcus Fenix has just escaped from the Jacinto Maximum Security Prison by Dominic Santiago. When using cooperative mode, the second player will assume the identity of Santiago. When playing multiplayer games, all four members of Delta Squad can be used. More players are also available, such as Private Anthony Carmine, Lt. Minh Young Kim, and Colonel Victor Hoffman.
Gears of War first takes place fourteen years after Emergency Day. The day of the apparition was a day in which the inhabitants of Sera presented the life of the Locust. To form the COG, Marcus Fenix is allowed to rejoin the military after his four-year prison sentence. They take him to meet the Delta Squad after Dominic Santiago escapes from prison. The point is to locate a device called a “resonator” that will map the development of the Locust tunnels, which is also known as the gap.
Gears of War developed after three main influential games. These include Resident Evil 4 and Kill Switch.
Gears of War was highly anticipated in the 2006 Xbox 360 games and was buzzing until its release in 2008. When Gears of War debuted during the 2005 E3 show, it won many awards, including several “Best 360 Game” awards. from IGN, 1UP and Gamespy.