Spindrift: My History With the Gears of War Franchise

With Gears of War 4 coming out in October, I thought now was a good time to talk about my history with the franchise.

Long time readers of my article will know that Gears of War is one of my favorite game series of all time. I had heard about Gears of War before I ever even had an Xbox. A friend of mine had described a game to me as soldiers fighting monsters with guns, and that they had chainsaws on the end of their guns. From that moment on I knew I had to play it. Then came the end of a Summer when my parents had planned a trip to North Carolina. A hurricane was said to be passing through so we had to cancel the trip. I asked my parents if we could use some of the money that was supposed to be for vacation, and use it to by an Xbox 360. We went to Best Buy and I was looking through the games to see what I wanted to start with. I noticed something called the ‘Gears of War Triple Pack.’ It came with Gears of War 1 and 2 along with some Gears of War 2 DLC. That and Halo Reach were my first games for the Xbox 360.

I believe I played Gears of War 2 multiplayer first. After that I was hooked on the series. Eventually I purchased Gears of War 3. This was the game that I put most of my time into. I spent countless hours with my friends playing Horde mode, and just as much time in multiplayer. I even made some of my first videos while playing Horde mode. I stacked a ridiculous amount of books onto a cooler so that I could place my iPad on it and have it level to the tv screen. I recorded myself playing Horde mode with my friends. It was atrocious. But I had fun doing it. A few years later Gears of War: Judgement came out, and despite many negative reviews, I liked it. Then Gears of war was put into new hands, The Coalition, who made Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and the upcoming Gears of War 4. I love how much they’ve got involved with the gears community, and how they’re making the series fresh again. Now I just have to wait a couple more days for Gears of War 4 to be out, and I’ll be back in action. Thanks for reading.