Mankind's epic struggle for survival against a dominating Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the planet's vortex.


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Cast overview:
Marcus Fenix / Franklin / KR-64 Pilot (voice)
Dominic Santiago / KR-61 Pilot / Agitated Stranded / Victim #1 Stranded / Drunk #2 Stranded (voice)
Augustus Cole (voice)
Damon Baird / Locust Drone B / Victim #2 Stranded / Berserker (voice)
Minh Young Kim / Old Man Stranded / KR-25 Pilot / Factory Stranded / Johnson (voice)
Jamie Alcroft ...
Victor Hoffman (voice)
Anya Stroud / KR-25 Pilot (voice)
Queen Myrrah (voice)
Anthony Carmine / Drunk #1 Stranded (voice)
General RAAM / Locust Drone A / Theron Guard / Berserker (voice) (as Dee Baker)
Bruce DuBose ...
Redshirt Gyules / Boomers (voice)


Just when the humans of the planet Sera attain peace after a 79 year war amongst each other, the Locust horde comes out the planet's crust to kill every human on the planet. Billions are slaughtered. In a desperate move, humans retreat to the Jacinto Plateau, the last safe place on the planet, and use satellites and chemical weapons to destroy the other 90% of the planet, and hopefully their threat along with them. When the locusts break through the plateau's defenses, Marcus Fenix, a young soldier in the elite Gears unit of the Coalition of Organized Governments (COG), disobeys orders to hold his position at Jacinto's defenses to try and save his father trapped between the Locusts and his own men. Caught an accused of deserting, he is sentenced to 40 years in Jacinto prison. 14 years into the sentence is where the game picks up, when Marcus is rescued by his military colleague and friend, Dominic Santiago. He rejoins the army, and, with the help of Alpha squad members Augustus Cole ... Written by GEARSMAN

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A Nightmare from Below. A Hero from Within See more »


Action | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


Rather than give a vague time frame or simply say, "When it's done," when asked about the release date, Epic said that the game would be released on "Emergence Day". Emergence Day is an important event in the game as the day the Locusts emerged and attacked. However, the developers did not tell the press exactly what calendar date Emergence Day fell on until September 2006, when it was finally announced to be on November 7, 2006. See more »


In the flash back to when the resonator was deployed, Baird hangs back and watches the resonator briefly before Marcus tells him to hurry up. When the player actually witnesses this scene, Baird immediately joins the others after setting up the resonator. See more »


Marcus Fenix: SUCK PAVEMENT!
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Images and quotes of the developers are displayed, followed by a song from Cole. See more »


Mad World
Written by Roland Orzabal
Performed by Gary Jules & Michael Andrews
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Best game of 2006 by far.
13 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow. Gears of War is an astounding game. Top to bottom, the game never ceases to amaze me. The single player, while the story wasn't exactly amazing, and the campaign wasn't exactly that long, the game play is amazing. AMAZING! "Stop and pop" is the way to play this game, as once said by Cliffy B.

The campaign is relatively easy on the lower difficulty, but when you ramp up the difficulty to Hardcore or Insane once you've unlocked it, this game will make you tear your hair out in frustration. I've beaten the game on Insane, it was difficult. Very difficult.

The multi-player is better. I don't even know how that's possible. But it is. The thrill of pulling off that head-shot with the sniper rifle or killing three people from the same blast from the Hammer of Dawn, it never gets old.

Oh, the Hammer of Dawn is a giant space laser.

The only complaint is that you can't break the chainsawing animation, so when you clearly could've dodged the blade in real life, you aren't allowed to move, unless it glitches, and even then, you die when they're not near you.

Overall this game will make you tear your hair out. In a good way. 10/10.

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