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 the Xbox 360 in North America. Europe got it's copy on November 17, 2006. There was also a limited edition that was released which included bonus content and a "Destroyed Beauty" entitled art book which detailed the game's back-story. North America also received a Microsoft Windows version on November 6, 2007 which also contained bonus features.
The main story line features soldiers of Delta Squad fight to save the humans of planet Sera from a ruthless cavernous enemy, Locust Horde. Players assume the character of Marcus Fenix. Marcus Fenix is a former prisoner and war-hardened soldier.
In the game you must utilize cover and strategic fire in order to advance through the various scenarios. You can also use a second player to help assist in 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 utilization of cover. After advancing to the more difficult levels, even a few seconds of exposure to enemy fire can result in your death. Players are able to aim precisely at enemy targets or use blind-fire while taking safe-haven behind cover. Blind fire helps avoid oncoming damage from exposing the heads from behind the cover. There are many rolling and cover maneuvers available to players with the touch of a single button and direction from the left thumb-stick.
The main focus in the Gears of War game is on Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad's encounters with the Locust Horde. Members of Delta Squad include: Marcus Fenix of course, Dominic "Dom" Santiago, Augustus "Cole Train" Cole, and Damon Baird. Marcus Fenix has just been escaped from Jacinto Maximum Security Prison by Dominic Santiago. When using the co-op mode, the second player will assume the identity of Santiago. When playing multi-player games, all four members of Delta Squad may be used. There are also more players available such as Private Anthony Carmine, Lieutenant Minh Young Kim, and Colonel Victor Hoffman.
Gears of War first takes place fourteen years after Emergence Day. Emergence day was a day in which the habitants of Sera where introduced the life of the Locust. A former COG, Marcus Fenix is allowed to reinstate into the military after his four year sentence in prison. He is taken to meet Delta Squad after Dominic Santiago escapes him from prison. The point is to locate a device called the "resonator" which will map the Locust Tunnels Development, which is also known as the Hollow.
Gears of War was developed after three main influential games. These include Resident Evil 4 and Kill Switch.
Gears of War was a highly anticipated in the Xbox 360 games of 2006 and held the hype till it's release in 2008. When Gears of War premiered during the 2005 E3 show it won many awards including several "Best 360 Game" awards from IGN, 1UP and Gamespy.
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