Gears of War is a military science fiction game franchise created and originally owned by Epic Games, developed and managed by The Coalition, and owned and published by Microsoft Studios. It follows the conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts the Lambent and the Swarm. The franchise consists of five third-person shooter games, which has also been supplemented by a comic book series and five novels.
It became one of the best-selling franchises for the Xbox 360 and is well known for its emphasis on cover-based combat, in which players can use objects to avoid gunfire or safely engage enemies.
- Gears of War 3: A 2011 third-person shooter game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360. Set 18 months after the end of Gears of War 2, it follows Marcus, Dom, and the last remnants of humanity as they band together to survive against the Locust and Lambent while trying to find Marcus's father and end the war.
- Gears of War: Judgment: A 2013 third-person shooter game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360. Its story takes place during flashbacks recalled by Baird and his team (Kilo Squad) during his hearing at a COG military tribunal, mainly to Kilo Squad during the early time of emergence day the locust have seized control of many human areas and seek to take over Sera.
- Gears of War 4: A third-person shooter developed by The Coalition and published by Microsoft Studios for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One. It takes place 25 years after Gears of War 3, after the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon that brought down destroyed all Imulsion and the Locust and the Lambent, knocking out the use of fossil fuels and brought on worldwide windstorms, forcing humanity to adapt new ways for survival.
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