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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Gears of War (also known as just Gears) is a Third-Person Shooter video game franchise previously developed by Epic Games and currently developed by The Coalition and published by Xbox Game Studios. By Word of God, gameplay emphasizes tactical maneuvers rather than More Dakka, and is the recent Trope Codifier for Take Cover!-style gameplay, forcing you to shoot carefully and outflank as much as you can (though Regenerating Health makes it a little easier). There isn't a jump button and everything is angled towards making the combat as personal and violent as possible (the main gun used has a chainsaw built into the grip, called the chainsaw bayonet). You can give your squadmates orders, but if one them goes down, you have to pick them up and get them back on their feet. Finally, there is an Active Reload system that buffs your damage output if you hit the right timing window but jams your gun if you mess up.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The general story centers on the soldiers of Delta Squad as they fight to save the human inhabitants of the fictional planet Sera from a relentless subterranean enemy known as the Locust Horde. The Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) is fighting back with their own soldiers they call "Gears". The Locust are relentless, vicious, can pop out of the ground almost anywhere and seem to be numberless, but the COG have superior technology and the capital city of Jacinto is located on a plateau of solid granite, making it the one place the Locust can't tunnel up.The player assumes the role of Marcus Fenix, a battle-hardened former war hero. When in cooperative play, the second player takes control of Fenix's best friend and fellow soldier Dominic "Dom" Santiago. Alongside them are fellow soldiers from another squad who they seem to frequently join with: former pro athlete Augustus "Cole Train" Cole and smart-mouthed Damon Baird.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Besides dealing with the humanoid footsoldiers there is a great deal of focus on monstrous creatures you have to face such as the dinosaur-like Brumak (with a cannon on its back and chainguns on each arm), the crab/spider-like Corpser and the "monkey-dog" Wretch. Alongside that, the games are about building atmosphere and drawing you into the moment, investigating abandoned warehouses and exploring a labyrinth of underground tunnels. These are not games to play in the dark.On the way, they do manly things like blowing stuff up, delivering one-liners and growing beards.In January 2014, Microsoft officially purchased the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, officially becoming an internal, first-party property. They handed the reins of the franchise over to Black Tusk Studios, which would go on to rename themselves The Coalition (a reference to in-game mythology, following the trend of official Halo developer 343 Industries). Their first work on the series was a remastered version of the first game titled Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was released August 2015 for Xbox One and PC (via the Windows 10 Store) March 2016. The first original work from The Coalition was Gears of War 4 and launched worldwide on October 11, 2016.At E3 2018, The Coalition revealed three new games: Gears Pop, Gears Tactics and Gears 5. The first one will be a mobile game where players will battle the Locust as the series' characters in Funko Pop! form, the second is a PC release that will focus on epic cover-based battles that the series is known for and the final one is a direct sequel to Gears of War 4. It will star Kait Diaz as the Player Character rather than JD Fenix and will focus on Kait's personal quest to discover her family's connection to the Locust Horde and promises to take the series “back to where it all began”. All three games are set to be released in 2019, with Gears 5 releasing on September 10th, 2019.
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Chunky Salsa Rule: In Execution Mode of multiplayer, if an enemy is downed, all further damage inflicted from beyond a certain distance away is negated; you have to get close to them in order to finish them off. There are some exceptions, however: aside from the typical explosives, shooting the victim's head with a pistol, shotgun, or sniping weapon will blow their head off, finishing them off from any distance.
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Victory Is Boring: In Gears 4, Cole says that "in a weird, messed up sorta way", he missed the Locust while they were gone. Marcus agrees.
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Anyone Can Die: The games make an effort to introduce major characters and have them die along the way, as this is an unrelenting war. It was invoked by Cliff Bleszinski regarding Gears of War 3, as being the final game all bets were off and even the core characters were at risk.
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Friendly Sniper - Sam
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Gatling Good: The hand-cranked Mulcher is man-portable and can... well, mulch soft targets at close range. The Silverback mounts what seems to be a more powerful variant, and gatling turrets appear occasionally in COG bases. There's also the Vulcan Cannon, which is more like an actual modern-day gatling gun and sounds like a cross between a chainsaw and thunder.
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Score Multiplier: In 3, you can play an "Arcade" version of the campaign where your score is recorded in which enemies you kill. So many points reaches another multiplier level where you get more points for each kill and the multiplier goes down when a player character goes down, if a player is killed the score resets to X1.
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Abnormal Ammo: Nemacysts are huge, flying, squid-like creatures who constantly vent toxic sludge, and are fired as flak or hunter-killer missiles from Seeder arthropods. The Ink/Smoker grenades are actually baby Nemacysts tied to a Bolo Grenade handle. The Digger Launcher in the third game fires a small burrowing creature which digs through the ground ignoring any cover in its path, popping out from the ground if there's any enemy in its trajectory then detonating itself.
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Goggles Do Nothing: Played straight with Baird until the second game, where he wears them on two occasions, once when he repairs the tank, and once when he pilots a Reaver, as well as when he wears them for intimidation in the books. Played straight again in Gears of War 3. It is explained in the backstory that goggles are worn to prevent shards chainsawed enemy bones from flying into the wearer's eyes. Subverted with the Locust Horde, who, having eyes sensitive to light from living underground, occasionally wear tinted goggles to protect their vision.
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Fake Longevity: The first game has achievements for 100 multiplayer games with a kill with each weapon and 10,000 multiplayer kills in total. Gears of War 2 takes it to ludicrous extremes with "Party Like It's 1999" for playing that many multiplayer rounds (with or without bots, and with or without even being online) and "Seriously 2.0", which requires 100,000 total kills across all game modes. For reference, playing through the campaign once gets you about 1000 kills. The third game takes this Up to Eleven, introducing several longevity awards with absurd requirements: the "Doorman" medal requires you to grind opening doors, which would take dozens if not hundreds of campaign run-throughs to achieve; the "Allfathers" medal requires you to play 15000 matches (not rounds, matches) of multiplayer; the Founder ribbon requires you to be the one who founds the first base in Horde 2.0 hundreds of times, and so on. In addition, this article details how "Seriously 3.0" in Gears of War 3 might be the toughest achievement to ever unlock.
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Heroic BSoD: Friendly Sniper Padrick Salton begins suffering one after the death of his spotter. It becomes even worse after he scouted the areas hit by the Hammer of Dawn counterattack that killed most of the human population.
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Unexpected Gameplay Change: After spending the entire game skulking cover to cover, Gears of War 2 ends in an unstoppable juggernaut section, followed by a point-and-click Final Boss. The earlier Reaver-piloting Rail Shooter sections certainly count. Likewise, the trip to the town of Mercy in Gears of War 3 and the beautiful submarine segment to Azura, albeit somewhat boring. Gears of War: Judgement was made by People Can Fly (the makers of Painkiller), and plays like a weird hybrid of normal Gears of War gameplay and run-and-gun horde shooters like Painkiller and Serious Sam. It received mixed reception from fans of the series as a result of this.
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Darker and Edgier: Gears of War 2 carries a darker, more personal story than the last, with various named characters dying, though none of them came from the original game, but were advertised as being in the sequel. Gears of War 3 takes this Up to Eleven.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: Niles of the top-secret New Hope outpost is obsessed with cleanliness, despite the place being very unclean, and seems to be practicing some rather amoral experiments for the good of our future. Sounds very much like the "scientist devoted to a certain fascist government's advancement" type; even lampshaded by Dom, saying the place looks like "...an internment camp."
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Flamethrower Backfire: Flamethrower Locust mooks go up in flames after a few shots to their fuel tank. The Player Characters thankfully have no need for the thing.
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Marcus and Dom. Long time friends who always stay close together. The novel Aspho Fields give a bit of backstory of Marcus and Dom growing up, as well as shedding light on quite a bit of angst between Marcus and Anya prior to their Relationship Upgrade. Their argument in Gears of War 2 comes close to a break-up. Yahzee made a joke of this part. "[Marcus] is aided by his best friend - AND NOTHING ELSE - Dominic."
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Your Mom: Prescott gets furious if you lose a multiplayer round.
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Your Head Asplode: Done by headshots from almost all weapons in Gears of War if they hit your head when it does enough damage to deplete your Hit Points. They even sell an action figure of a Drone with its head a-sploding. Gears of War 3 hilariously introduces a "Mutator" for Arcade Mode and Horde 2.0. What does it do? Enemies victim to would-be-fatal headshots frantically run around the map attacking anything without mercy. Makes for funny moments when all that's left of their craniums is a bloodied stump while managing to continue screaming.
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Blatant Item Placement: The game is based around cover after all, but there are times when bombs specifically reducing buildings to chest-high walls becomes very obvious.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Marcus in the extended universe. Shades of this appear in the actual game when Gears of War 3 rolls around: "It was always his work my father cared about... his research." Poor Marcus.
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Marcus in the extended universe.
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Dressing as the Enemy: Subverted. Marcus briefly mentions doing this to sneak into the Nexus in Gears of War 2, but he and Dom decide to go in guns blazing instead as revenge for Maria. Can be played straight in the "Deleted Scene" DLC if you can take the sneaky option.
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Second Hour Superpower: In Gears 4, the iconic Jack-of-All-Stats Chainsaw Lancer doesnt't become available until Act 2, starting you with more niche weapons such as the Hammerburst and the Enforcer.
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Mayor of a Ghost Town
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Mayor of a Ghost Town: Griffin, after your trip to Char.
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Incurable Cough of Death: Rustlung, which seemed pretty pointless in Gears of War 2 until it turned out to be the first step towards Lambency in humans in Gears of War 3.
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And This Is for...: Used by Marcus after he stabs Myrrah; See This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!. Clayton Carmine can also say some kills are for his brothers Anthony and Benjamin.
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Never Trust a Trailer: The "Ashes to Ashes" trailer showed Delta Squad fighting in Char completely intact. In the actual game, Dom dies before you visit Char.
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Our Orcs Are Different
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Our Orcs Are Different: Cliff Bleszinski once said in an interview that the inspiration for the Locust Horde came from the Uruk-hai. He explains this by saying that the Uruk-hai tend to be smarter and tougher than regular orcs. As such, he designed the Locust to be smarter than the usual average bunch of "horde" monsters in other settings, via taking cover, not rushing into COG fire, etc.
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Rule of Fun: Canonically, the chainsaw bayonet was developed because the traditional blade bayonets break on Locust skin. In Gears of War 3. the Retro Lancer is integrated into the gameplay, yet the blades don't ever break. The "active reload" mechanic within the game consists of a minigame while reloading: press the reload button within a specific and small window of time and the weapon will reload faster. Press it within an even smaller, more specific window will give the weapon a temporary stat bonus (increased range, firing rate, damage...) and reloads the weapon instantly if pressed correctly. However, missing it causes the weapon to jam and ends up taking much longer to reload. This minigame is never explained, not even HandWaved, and is quite obviously just there to make reloading more fun.
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Violation of Common Sense
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Violation of Common Sense: Tickers explode when shot or when they get close, so naturally you want to keep your distance. If you don't, and instead close in and hit them with a (non-chainsaw) melee attack, not only will they not explode, but they will be sent flying away too far to hurt you with their explosion, and if they don't explode when they land, they'll be disoriented and wander aimlessly instead of charging you when they get back on their feet.
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The Chick
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The Chick - Valera
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The Medic
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The Medic - Anya
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Necessary Drawback: The Hammer of Dawn is easily a Game-Breaker if there wasn't a few things holding it back. The target has to be outdoors and not under cover so that "the satellites can be aligned". In multiplayer, there's a limit to how long you can use it.
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Death from Above: The Hammer of Dawn satellite laser, required to use with a laser marker. In Horde 2.0 the Command Center fortification allows you to upgrade to calling in a mortar or Hammer of Dawn strike. Since you have no direct control over where it drops, it can surprise both you and your teammates.
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Poor Communication Kills: Most of the conflict between the Outsiders and COG in Gears 4 comes from neither side trusting or really trying to communicate with each other. JD and Reyna don't put any real effort into convincing Jinn they're not taking her people. While Jinn is suspicious of everyone and doesn't hesitate to send in the kill bots.
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The Stoic
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The Stoic: Marcus
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The Virus
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Sadly, Gears of War 3 has Dom of all people pulling one of these at the end of Act 3 to save Marcus, Anya, Sam, Dizzy and Jace from the never ending hordes of Lambent. Adam Fenix dies not long after reuniting with his son by using himself as a test subject in his quest to eliminate Imulsion, then activating a world-affecting bomb that he knows will kill him as well as all Lambent and Locust.
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: Bernie's account of actually using a chainsaw bayonet. It takes quite a bit of effort, shes covered in blood, and has a few pieces of the victim's bone stuck in her eyes.
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Senseless Sacrifice: In Gears of War 3, going to Mercy costs Delta Squad time and Dom in their quest to acquire fuel to reach Azura. They end up not even getting the fuel they went there for since Dom blew it all up to save them. In the cutscene, it seemed that Delta still had ammo for their weapons, so Dom could have jumped over to them and they all could have concentrated fire on the tanks to make an escape without him dying. Not to undermine Dom's Heroic Sacrifice, but it could have been avoided.
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: Marcus and Dom. Long time friends who always stay close together. The novel Aspho Fields give a bit of backstory of Marcus and Dom growing up, as well as shedding light on quite a bit of angst between Marcus and Anya prior to their Relationship Upgrade. Their argument in Gears of War 2 comes close to a break-up. Yahzee made a joke of this part. "[Marcus] is aided by his best friend - AND NOTHING ELSE - Dominic." There's also indications in the opposite direction; more than one scene in Gears of War 2 and production interview gave us signs that Marcus and Anya have more than a strictly professional relationship between them. Naturally, the novelizations and subsequent Gears of War 3 outright confirm this. Baird and Cole are also very close, to the extent that Cole was the only person Baird really cared about before he met Marcus and Dom.
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Boss Battle
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Berserkers just completely fell off the face of Sera after the first game, only re-appearing as a potential Boss Battle during boss waves in Horde 2.0 and as a playable unit in Beast mode.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Breaking the Fourth Wall After losing a multiplayer match on the COG side in Gears of War 2, Chairman Prescott will deride you. He might say: "Reload, refocus, respawn!". Failing an active reload and causing the gun to jam as Griffin in multiplayer in Gears of War 3 may have him say "Fuckin' noob!", clearly at you. In Gears 3, picking up a weapon as Cole may have him spout "Oh, hell yeah! They gotta stop handin' us toys to play with!" Those weapons have to be placed by someone...
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The Juggernaut
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Judgment has a new creature called the Rager, who initially looks like a skinnier drone with typical armaments but can morph into a more grotesque creature with spikes who behaves like a less durable Berserker.
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Obstructive Bureaucrat - Prescott, although in this case he was trying to undo all the government secrets he had been hiding
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Bloodier and Gorier: Kim's death at the hands of General RAAM in Ultimate Edition is much more brutal than it was originally, with RAAM booting Kim to the ground instead of backhanding him in the face, and stabbing him multiple times instead of just once. This is most likely because RAAM now has the events of RAAM's Shadow to be pissed about. To Kim's credit, he manages to at least try to fight back this time, instead of being sucker punched like before. The executions from Gears 4 are now somehow even more violent. Not to mention that you can also gib a downed enemy pretty messily with even the Snub and Hammerburst. In the previous games, shooting a downed enemy with a conventional weapon would leave their corpse intact.
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Deal with the Devil: Adam Fenix makes one with Queen Myrrah before the events of the trilogy. Myrrah promised Adam that she would not invade Sera should he find a way to destroy the Lambent. He fails to do so, thus Myrrah is forced to kick-start the Human-Locust War. Its highly, highly implied she was going to do it anyway.
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Sequel Difficulty Drop: The second game is much less insanely difficult than the first, even if you still play on Hardcore instead of the newly added Normal difficulty. You can take noticeably more damage before going "down but not out", Locust are slightly less durable, the range and accuracy of the Hammerburst assault rifle has been increased to make it a viable long-range weapon, and the overall level design is more user-friendly and forgiving than before. Most notably, your A.I. squadmates are MUCH smarter and more useful, actually capable of holding their own even in heavy firefights, compared to the first game where they would charge the enemy suicidally and end up going down in the first 10 seconds, leaving you all alone and surrounded by Locust. Also worth noting is that A.I. squadmates gained the ability to revive other characters in 2, while downed characters gained the ability to crawl. In the first game, reviving a downed character involved running straight to whatever (presumably dangerous) spot he had been in when downed, and caused a game over if all the human players dropped (which was especially frustrating when playing solo). In 2 and 3, this is no longer the case, as a downed character can slowly crawl away from the action and be revived by player and A.I. alike. The "down=dead" rule was brought back on Insane difficulty in 3, but playing campaign in Arcade Mode swaps out the automatic mission failure for a 25-second respawn counter, with the defeat only triggering if all human players are dead simultaneously. Gears Of War 3 continues the trend, at least on the Normal difficulty, which is even easier than the Normal difficulty of the second game. You can survive a lot of damage, especially compared to the previous 2 games, and can even "rambo" your way through many areas. Your A.I. teammates are also a lot more competent, which helps a lot. It should be noted that Word of God is that the Nintendo Hard nature of the first game was completely unintended, and the sequels are a result of the developers making the single-player campaign more balanced.
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Praetorian Guard: The Palace Guards in the second game, who guard the Nexus Palace instead of regular drones, and are just as tough as Theron Guards. The third game has Chairman Prescott's Onyx Guard, elite Gears personally loyal to him, although you only fight them as the "final boss" of Beast Mode when playing as the Locust.
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Crapsack World
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Crapsack World: If the games didn't make it clear, the horrible event in the books really will show how terrible a place Sera is, even before the Locust emerged.
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Knight in Sour Armor
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Knight In Sour Armor: Most of the main cast in all the games have shades of this, but special mention goes to Paduk from Judgment.
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Ambiguously Brown: Samantha looks vaguely Hispanic, but her accent is Claudia Black's own British/Australian mix. Otherwise the games are pretty good with being clear about various character's ethnicity. In game, she's described as being Kashkuri, the in-universe equivalent to the Australian Aborigines.
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Chekhov's Gun Imulsion irradiated wretches called "Lambent Wretches" in the first game return with a new angle in the second. Dom's combat knife in Gears of War 3.
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Last Lousy Point: A number of Onyx medals in Gears of War 3 take a lot of time to get, even if you boost them in private matches. To claim the "Seriously 3.0" achievement, you need to have them all. Ribbons are not exempt from this trope either. While even some of the tougher ribbons can be easily gotten in different game modes that provide better opportunities to get them, there are 4 particular ribbons that are noticeably difficult to get. The "Long Hauler" ribbon requires you to complete all 50 waves of Horde in one sitting. Getting through all the way to wave 50 can easily take you 2 and a half to 3 hours and that's not even counting if you repeatedly fail waves which will lengthen that time even more. Additionally, most people seem to drop out at around wave 20 and if you don't have at least two other players with you, completing the last waves is nearly impossible. Also, if you have to leave in the middle or your Xbox crashes and boots you off, back to Wave 1 for you! There's also the "Trick Shot" ribbon which requires you to score a headshot on an enemy with the Torque Bow and have that same arrow stick into another enemy and kill them. Good luck ever coming across two enemies that will be lined up perfectly for this shot without getting killed beforehand. Even when playing with bots, this orientation of enemies will pretty much never present itself and that's what makes this ribbon so frustrating to get. Next, there's the "Survivor" ribbon which requires you to revive yourself FIVE times in a SINGLE ROUND. Since you'll be forced into Gnasher duels for the majority of matches, the only way this could happen is if you're engaging enemies from a distance behind a piece of cover where you can't be hit from if you get downed there, leaving you to revive yourself in peace. However, since you can only go down twice before dying the next down, you HAVE to die at least twice, then hope that someone doesn't follow you to a good (or the same) spot for this ribbon so you don't get flushed out. Finally, there's the "No Smoking" ribbon which, naturally, requires you to kill someone with a smoke grenade. The only viable way to do this is in Team Deathmatch, Warzone or Execution. You basically have to pick out the last enemy remaining, down them twice, let them get revived and then run up to them (hoping that they don't kill you before you get to them, or you'll be screwed) and stick them with the grenade while you run away. Worse yet, there's an achievement requiring you to have each ribbon at least once. Going for all the achievements? You must get these ribbons one way or another. The "Foreshadowing" achievement added by "RAAM's Shadow": to get it, you must execute players playing as Lieutenant Kim while playing as General RAAM. This cannot be done privately, only in public multiplayer, where nobody ever played as Kim to begin with, even in the last two games, and certainly won't now since doing so will make them a highly sought-after target. And if they do play as him, it's because they are incredibly skilled at the game and want to be a highly sought-after target so that they just have to wait for free kills to come directly to them. "I've Got This!". You must get 10 kills in one round of Guardian while playing as your team leader. Guardian cannot be played privately. You are not guaranteed to get a turn as the leader every match. Leaders cannot respawn. If the team leader is dead, nobody else on the team can respawn either, which means if the enemy leader dies too quickly it will be impossible for you to get the required amount of kills. It also must be done on a map from the "Forces of Nature" map pack. To top it all off, it unlocks a set of weapon skins. It's the Last Two Lousy Points in One. The original "Seriously..." was this, due to the leaderboards recording all of your ranked kills, but not all of them counted towards the achievement for reasons that were never fully explained. You could potentially have enough recorded kills to get "Seriously 2.0" and still be nowhere close. All of the other kill-based achievements had the same problem, but were only for 100 kills to "Seriously..."'s 10,000. Unlocking Richard Prescott for use in multiplayer. To unlock Prescott, you must earn the silver Allfather's medal. Being a silver medal, this doesn't sound too bad; until you see the medal's requirements. The Allfather's medal requires you to have a medal in every available game mode (Team Deathmatch, King Of The Hill, etc.). The bronze medal for any game mode requires you to play 100 matches of that game type (not rounds, MATCHES). Since there are a total of 6 game types that count for the medal, you have to play a total of 600 matches just to get the bronze Allfather medal. The silver Allfather's medal requires you to play THREE HUNDRED matches of every game type, clocking in at a total of 1800 matches just to unlock a character. Even if you set the number of rounds to complete a match to 1 so you can boost them in a private match, you'll be in for a huge amount of grinding. This will be even slower if you only play matches online, as the default number of rounds for winning a match in most game modes is 2, with the exceptions of Wingman (which uses the number of total kills a team gets to decide when the match ends) and Warzone and Execution ( which requires FIVE rounds to be won to conclude a match). It also doesn't help that very few people even play Warzone, Execution and Wingman online. Some players have taken to just leaving the game running in MP while they go do something else, but even then, it will still be a painfully slow process to unlock Prescott and will most likely tank your versus k/d ratio in the process. (Fun fact, this troper still hasn't unlocked Prescott despite having the game since it came out in 2011 and Re-Uping all three times). Also, to a lesser extent, unlocking the Savage Theron Guard. To get the Savage Theron Guard, you must earn the Onyx "I'm A Beast!" medal. To do that, you must complete Beast Mode on all four difficulties. Did I mention that you won't get the medal if you fail a wave? Fail even one wave in your run and you have to start all the way from wave 1 again or the medal won't be given to you. Doesn't help that this mode has a very unforgiving timer if you don't get to killing ASAP. Also, if you're looking to do this on Hardcore and Insane, you have to host a private Beast match so that you can change the difficulty, as it is set to Normal in public matches. Even if you do get enough people to play a private match with you, you'll still be in for one hell of a fight. The humans' AI is absolutely brutal at these levels, having ridiculous accuracy with even short-ranged weapons like the Gnasher and Sawed-Off Shotgun and massive damage output, forcing you to use weak-ass tier 1 locust so you don't burn through your pile of cash (Even if you do this, 5 people getting killed constantly will still use up so much cash that you probably won't even have enough cash to use higher tier locust). Most of the locust units in this mode are either clunky to control (Savage Corpser, Berserker), incredibly slow (Boomers) or are tall easy targets (Kantus and Armored Kantus) and have a difficult-to-cover weak point (Giant Serapede). Normal humans are easy enough to kill, but Heroes and Onyx Guards must be executed or finished with an explosive to be perma-killed. Oh, and they can revive themselves nearly instantly if they aren't taken care of quickly. You'll need a lot of patience and trial-and-error before you can finish this mode without failing on the highest difficulties, insuring that the Savage Theron Guard will be the last locust unlocked for most players. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition brings a new lousy point with it in the form of the "Brothers To The End" achievement. To get this one, you must defeat General RAAM in co-op on Insane difficulty without either player going "down, but not out." Anyone who has played the original Gears 1 will remember just how brutal RAAM's battle was, even with the AI glitch that prevented him from attacking you. This glitch no longer works in Ultimate Edition, so players will need a player just as competent as them and a solid strategy to get through this. Between RAAM's Troika, the Kryll and Reavers constantly pelting you with shots from every direction, you'll be killed if you even think about sticking out from cover to target RAAM. Doesn't help that RAAM is still Made of Iron and the Tyro Pillar is a very cramped battlefield. Getting this achievement is as much of a Luck-Based Mission as it is of skill in the players and a single mistake or stroke of bad luck will certainly lead to a lot of retrys.
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Back for the Dead: Despite surviving Gears 4, Oscar is pretty swiftly killed shortly after his first appearance in Gears 5.
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In Medias Res: The first game opens with Marcus being busted out of jail. The war and some small details are sprinkled throughout the rest of the game. There is an intro movie that explains the world but it only plays if you idle on the main menu for a minute, and not when you start the game. Averted in the Ultimate Edition Updated Re Release, which starts off with the intro movie. The story of main Judgment campaign is told in this fashion.
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Body-Count Competition: At one point in Gears of War 2, Marcus and Dom see a long line of Locust drones walking far below them. Dom makes a comment about practicing with their sniper rifles, and for each successive kill, Marcus numbers his kills.
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Mythology Gag: Clayton Carmine◊ is a big one to his decreased younger brother Anthony. In Gears of War, Anthony was killed by sniper fire after standing up to display his issue with his Lancer assault rifle jamming constantly as he reloaded it. To list how Clayton's design references it, "Practice reloading" and "Keep your head down" are written on his armor. If that wasn't enough, a mark on his helmet implies he was shot in the head but survived anyway. Clayton honors the memory of the two fallen Carmine brothers with a memorial tattoo on his arm of their helmets. Gears of War 2 has no shortage of them either, even though it only has one game to Call-Back to. "This is the part where he tells you he'll take it under advisement." and "Hey, Colonel, I guess we ARE the support, huh?!" come to mind. Also, the entire time you're with Benjamin Carmine in the Hollow, Dom doesn't stop making stealthy quips about Anthony, while Marcus tells him to knock it off. Gears of War 3 is filled with these. The tier 4 medal for interacting with objects during the campaign (i.e. hitting buttons) references Lieutenant Minh Young Kim's oft-repeated line in the first game of "I'll open the door; I've got the code." A player using Dominic Santiago will sometimes hear him repeat one of his earliest lines from Gears of War, "This is gonna be awesome!" After killing a COG character, Queen Myrrah will sometimes reference a line from the Gears of War 2 opening cinematic, "You brought this upon yourselves!" Early in the first game, after first meeting Augustus Cole, Dom and Marcus talk about when they saw him play. Marcus will quip "I remember you owe me 20 bucks" to which Dom replies "Yeah? See me after the war." One of the first collectibles in the third game is a 20-dollar bill on Marcus' desk with a note from Dom. After Delta Squad hijacks a Gas Barge, they find Dizzy hunkered down in a supply depot holding out against the Locust. Marcus asks if Dizzy is "taking on the grub army single-handedly again." Dizzy replies with "I guess I shoulda learned my lesson against Skorge." If you can manage to get through a round of Gridlock without anyone destroying one of the ash people, the next round will begin with an instrumental version of Gary Jules' cover of "Mad World", the same song used for the Gears of War commercial. It's also the music that plays during Dom's Heroic Sacrifice. "Who wants toast?!" makes a comeback in Gears of War 3 as one of Marcus' one-liners when throwing an incendiary grenade. Gears of War 4 has one gameplay trailer where Marcus and his son JD's squad take shelter in Marcus' greenhouse, which is then ambushed by DeeBees. The second the bullets start flying, Marcus angrily shouts "Shit, they're gonna mess up my fuckin' tomatoes!", calling back to the first level in Gears of War 3 in which the Lambent attack the Sovereign and Dom shouts "You fucked up my tomatoes, you assholes!"
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Ascended Glitch
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Ascended Glitch: A glitch in the second game allowed players to use any weapon they wanted (read: the Gnasher) while holding the Boomshield, instead of being limited to their pistol. Although it was patched quickly and wasn't present in the third game at all, it showed up as a legitimate feature in Judgment.
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: A Black Comedy example. In "RAAM's Shadow", Zeta team discovers the remains of an evacuation center in a high school gym. Among the carnage is a charred body jammed in a basketball hoop.
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Kill Sat
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Kill Sat: Now in convenient tactical-usage size, the Hammer of Dawn.
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Blood Sport
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Blood Sport The fictional Thrashball is more tame than most examples, but it still requires players to wear some fairly heavy armor, and management discourages but does not ban acts like "accidentally" stomping on prone opponents or "accidentally" punching opponents in the face, neck, or groin when diving for a catch. It's worth noting that Cole broke nearly every record the sport offered, including the most number of injuries received in one play. Yes, play. Not match. Subverted in Gears 4 where Cole himself reinvents the game using bots rather than living players, as humans are likely not allowed to partake in something that dangerous when there are so few of them left. In Gears of War 3, there is a small Easter egg where you can peek in through a window and see a group of Savage Locust watching a cockfight between Feral Tickers.
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Bag of Spilling
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Bag of Spilling: Especially prevalent from games Judgment onwards. At several points during the campaign, the player will lose whatever weapons they were carrying on person just prior, and will either be forced to use whatever they could find or the standard loadout again. 4 and 5 are especially egregious about this, since at least there are narrative breaks in Judgment to justify the change in loadout between scenes or levels, whereas in the titles of the new trilogy, the protagonists will sometimes lose their entire loadout after a short cutscene with no explanation given as to how.
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Hurricane of Puns
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Hurricane of Puns: It's not that many, but there's a few: the soldiers of humanity are called Gears, the largest government on Sera is called the Coalition of Ordered Governments, and there are COG tags instead of dog tags. The Pendulum Wars count as well. In fact, one track on the first game's soundtrack is entitled "I Will Kryll You".
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: In Gears of War 4, the name of Kait's mother is Reyna, which means "Queen" in Spanish. Guess who Reyna's mother turns out to be?
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Easter Egg
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Easter Egg: There are a bunch of silly gags that can be found, such as a toaster ("Who wants toast!"), a cowboy hat wearing Corpser and a giant Lambent chicken!
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Revolvers Are Just Better
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Revolvers Are Just Better: While the Boltok revolver used to have a slower firing rate and more damage compared to the standard Snub pistol, achieving its active reload allows it to fire faster. It even makes for an impromptu sniper rifle in a pinch, due to all pistols having a zoom-in function.
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Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: The novels shift P.O.V. between numerous different characters from throughout the series...except for Marcus. This likely serves to highlight his personality as The Stoic and how he constantly suppresses his true thoughts and emotions, even from the audience.
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Mauve Shirt
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Mauve Shirt: The game series embodies this through the use of the Carmine brothers (Anthony, Ben and Clay), where the original was a faceless member of the team who got killed early on while complaining about his gun jamming. Due to his unexpected popularity they brought him back as his brother in Gears 2, still faceless but lasting longer through the campaign and a more fully developed character. Bringing in the third Carmine, still helmeted, they actually allowed the fans to choose whether he lived or died in the end through an X Box marketplace charity drive. As such most fans were wondering when/if he would die. Other characters in this mold include Kim and Tai. Tragically, Dom of all people manages to end up becoming the biggest example of this in the series. The players have gotten to know him across the entire series, playing as him in co-op and getting to see how much of a loyal, selfless and Nice Guy he is. Although the Anyone Can Die trope was invoked in Gears of War 3, absolutely no one was expecting Dom to be the only Delta Squad member to die. Even though he went out in a Dying Moment of Awesome combined with Heroic Sacrifice, it's safe to say that Dom's death brought tears to the entire fan base.
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Anti-Rage Quitting: The first two games and Judgment didn't do anything to encourage players to stay in games and there was no penalty if you decided to leave in the middle of a match besides whatever your score happened to be. Gears of War 3 and 4 actively promote this, thankfully. If you leave a match early in 3, you are given a Negative Penalty, which basically substracts experience points from your level (and can actually de-level someone hilariously enough). In 4, you are given a temporary ban of 15 minutes that increases for every cumulative match you quit and prevents you from doing anything multiplayer-related. However, there are no penalties for leaving the time-consuming Horde mode, which is a real sour point for players that wish to finish it to the end.
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More Dakka
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More Dakka: Gears Of War 2 has a man-portable Mulcher minigun. To help realism slightly, it requires you to set it down to fire it with anything that vaguely resembles accuracy, and you are unable to sprint, roll or mount over cover with it.
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Awesome, but Impractical
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Awesome, but Impractical: The heavy weapons. Sure, it's pretty awesome to shred enemies with the Mulcher or drop mortars on the Locusts' heads, but they make you move at half your normal speed and you can't roadie run or mantle over cover while you have them. Not to mention that they have horrible accuracy when blind fired and aiming with them makes you completely immobile. In the Mortar's case, it also has severely limited ammo and its attacks are audible from even the other side of the maps. The Buzzkill as well. You'll feel like a total badass if you can ricochet the saw blades to kill hidden enemies and it only takes about 2 shots to kill infantry, but besides the standard weaknesses of all heavy weapons, the blades can just as easily kill you instead. Just about any weapon that isn't one of the starting ones (Lancer, Hammerburst, Gnasher, etc.) count as this, if only for the fact that most enemies don't carry them, so ammo is often scarce and they all require precision in some way. The Boomshot and Hammer of Dawn play this the straightest. The Boomshot can One-Hit Kill any infantry and does great damage to big enemies as well, but you'll never have more than 3 or 4 shots and will often discard it in the same area you grab it. The Hammer of Dawn can only be used outside, can't be blind-fired from cover, and takes a few seconds before the Kill Sat even starts to drop and in multiplayer, its ammo gets chewed through very quickly. Executions, full stop. They're absolutely awesome to look at and nothing is quite as cathartic as smashing your foot into an enemy's face with a curb stomp, but you're completely helpless while you're performing them and will 9 times out of 10 be killed before they finish. The only real practical executions are the Meatshield and sometimes the Retro Charge.
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Darkness = Death
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Darkness = Death: The Kryll in the first game are a race of near-unstoppable flesh-eating bats who swarm anything not covered in light. It made this true for pretty much anywhere dark.
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Empty Shell
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Dom's life, especially, is practically made of this trope - after losing his brother and kids, the only thing that kept him going was the possibility of finding his missing wife, Maria. In 2, he does find her - after she had suffered years of torture, malnutrition, and lobotomization that turned her into a catatonic Empty Shell who does not respond to Dom at all. The only way to save her is via Mercy Kill, which Dom has to personally deliver. Imagine crusading for years to find someone dear to you in the midst of a global warzone, only to be forced to kill them immediately afterward.
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Sophisticated as Hell
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Sophisticated as Hell: The "Young Adam Fenix" multiplayer skin has quips like this, since he's probably the smartest individual in the Gears Of War universe. "Kiss my highly educated ass!" indeed.
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Ax-Crazy
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Ax-Crazy: Anthony's very popular character for multiplayer, likely because of his very enthusiastic quotes while fighting, practically to the point of this trope. The tendency of many players to use the chainsaw bayonet at every possible opportunity also counts.
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Alphabetical Theme Naming
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Alphabetical Theme Naming: Anthony Carmine, Benjamin Carmine, and Clayton Carmine. Since there are four Carmine brothers in total, the last one is most likely D. Carmine. Gears 4 features Gary Carmine, but since 25 years have passed since the last game he is most likely the son of either Clayton or the fourth Carmine brother (assuming he lived long enough).
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God Save Us from the Queen!
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God Save Us from the Queen!: Myrrah
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Scary Black Man
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Scary Black Man: Twice averted with Cole. "The Cole Train" looks to be the most musclar character in a game full of bulky-armoured men, and one probably wouldn't want to fight him, but he's probably also among the nicest characters as well. Jace is black, and pretty big (although by comparison to Marcus and Cole, he's notably small) and has cornrows, yet he's written as the sweetest character in the games and Expanded Universe (notably, Michael B. Jordan portrays Wallace in The Wire, who's known for playing that type of character). Probably the straightest example of this trope is Aaron Griffin, who even seems to frighten the men under him.
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Beard of Sorrow
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Beard of Sorrow: The new beard Dom's sporting in Gears of War 3 is this. In the "Ashes to Ashes" trailer, the way he just lies back and waits for the Drone to finish him off shows he doesn't give a shit about anything anymore since having to Mercy Kill his wife Maria. Overlaps with Death Seeker.
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Noob Cave
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Noob Cave: "Casual" multiplayer for Gears of War 3 is just straight-up Team Deathmatch. Notably, those who have earned certain achievements in the first two games or participated in the beta on their profile are locked out of "casual" and are forced into "standard" multiplayer. Somewhat justified by Epic Games, as they cite Gears of War 3 being the most accessible title, thus giving newcomers to the series a place to practice before joining the "big leagues".
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Custom Uniform
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Custom Uniform: There are some slight variations in the armor designs between major characters (regular COG Gears look exactly like Carmine), but in the first two games they were all similar enough that it was likely there was some mild customizable options (Dom has a shoulder light and combat knife to distinquish him from Marcus). In Gears of War 3, everyone has made significant alterations to their armor that takes it further away from being a uniform, including color coding. Marcus has orange highlights, Cole green and Baird blue as always. Hoffman has several medal-like markings on his suit to represent his command authority.
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Insufferable Genius
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Insufferable Genius: Baird could be one of the poster boys for this trope, with Cole as his Foil.
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Fairly blatantly used in 2. While talking about Skorge, Marcus states he "makes RAAM look like a Goddamn pushover". Somewhat justified by linking the emergence of a "GIANT WORM!!!" to the Lightmass Bomb. Played with in 3- you start off against the new and explode-y Lambent, and fight them and the Locust in varied intervals. By the end of the game, though, the Locust you fight are loads and loads of Myrrah's Guards along with the bigger Boomers, Grinders, Armoured Kantus, etc. Possibly a Justified Trope that Myrrah only managed to get her elite forces to keep up with her and the main Locust force is kept at bay on Azura by the COG reinforcements.
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After the End
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After the End: The visual design is built like this, the story is about what has to happen for something to be After the End. Before Emergence Day, human civilization endured the Pendulum wars. After about 85 years of destructive, sometimes nuclear war, Sera could be described as post-apocalyptic; the people left are just fighting for the ashes. Gears of War 3 embraces it in full, and it's likely to the point that even if the fighting stopped instantly there wouldn't be an infrastructure left to rebuild the civilization they once had.
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Helmets Are Hardly Heroic
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Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: The easiest way to see if someone is going to die? He wears a helmet. Except Clayton Carmine. His helmet actually saves him from friendly fire.
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Game-Breaking Bug
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Game-Breaking Bug: A bug currently making the rounds in Gears Of War 3 will accidentally dump a 5-man Horde team into Wingman mode. Since Wingman's typically played by 4 teams of 2 in a free-for-all setting, dumping an entire group of 5 onto a single team is slightly unbalancing. Another rather irritating bug from Gears 3: When starting a Horde match, if the current host of the match quits just as the match starts, the results screen will come up and say that the team has failed Wave 0. Since this game mode is supposed to start you from Wave 1, this is very problematic. When the host changes, the team will respawn on the map as usual: still from Wave 0. Even though you will hear the Locust's cries that signify the enemies spawning, no enemies will actually spawn, leaving you to wander around the map with no way to progress the mode. The only way out is to quit the match and hope you find another match with a team that won't quit at the drop of a hat. There is an incredibly nasty bug in Gears of War 3 and it is by far the worst out of any of the glitches. Without warning, when you start up the game, there is a chance that your Player Data file can become corrupted which will result in ALL OF YOUR DATA BEING WIPED FROM THE GAME! What's in the Player Data file? Just every last one of your ribbons and medals that you have pain-stakingly earned throughout your total investment in the game! Oddly enough, your Campaign collectables and achievements will still be intact, but imagine being one of the unlucky souls starting up the game to have some fun only to mysteriously see that your level has been reset back to 1 and every one of your ribbons and medals are GONE. The worst part is that this glitch has apparently been in the game since launch and nobody quite knows what causes it. It is believed that it is the result of faulty Epic or Microsoft servers glitching out at the EXACT moment you press Start, but it can apparently happen if you so much as sign in after you start the game. Also, Epic and Microsoft will do nothing to reset your stats back to what they were because the second you enter the main menu, your Player Data file gets overwrittten and basically pretends that your old data never existed. The only way to combat this is to hope that you have played Gears 3 on another console that hasn't been hit by the bug so that you have an uncorrupted Player Data file. Then, you must transfer that data into a Memory Unit or Flashdrive and beam it back into your Hard Drive to replace the corrupted data. Only have one console? Congratulations, all of your hard-earned data is lost and your only option now is to start clean again from the beginning! Bugs, huh? In Gears of War 4, if a player joins a social match at the moment when the cameras are showcasing the teams before the match starts, the bot that said player will replace will disappear, but the player will not be able to play and will be stuck in the ghost camera. This will rob a team of a player for an entire round and the only fix is for the player to quit the match or wait until the round is over.
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Blade Brake
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Blade Brake: General RAAM does one after falling from his first Reaver in RAAM's Shadow.
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: The Resonator fails. Even after that, the Lightmass Bomb is insufficient to wipe the Locust out. In the sequel, sinking Jacinto isn't enough to stop the persistent creatures permanently.
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Sword Drag
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Sword Drag: Running while holding a Locust meat cleaver will result in this
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: Particularly Tai and Maria in the second game. It gets worse in Gears of War 3 with Dom's death.
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La Résistance
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La Résistance: The Union of Independent Republics to the COG.
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Catharsis Factor
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Executions, full stop. They're absolutely awesome to look at and nothing is quite as cathartic as smashing your foot into an enemy's face with a curb stomp, but you're completely helpless while you're performing them and will 9 times out of 10 be killed before they finish. The only real practical executions are the Meatshield and sometimes the Retro Charge.
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Rule of Cool
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Rule of Cool: Many, many (if not all) things, but most notably Chainsaw Bayonets
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Ascended Meme
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Ascended Meme The third game actually features the characters reacting with joy to see backup and saying, "It's Carmine!" One of the Stranded in Char asks "Show me that two piece again!" Two-piecing was the Fan Nickname for the melee -> shotgun combo that dominated the original Gears of War multiplayer. When playing as Adam Fenix in multiplayer, and beating the crap out of someone with the extended face punch, he'll sometimes say: "Your mother is a classy lady!" Lieutenant Kim's "I've got the code" shows up twice in Gears of War 3: as the Onyx medal for interacting with objects and as a Continuity Nod in "RAAM's Shadow".
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Eager Rookie
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Eager Rookie: The first two Carmine brothers, though their big brother Clayton is a bit more experienced and lives a lot longer.
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World-Healing Wave
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World-Healing Wave: Adam Fenix's machine neutralizes the Lambent parasite across the entire world, killing anything infected by it as well, including Adam, Fenix's father.
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Ate His Gun
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Ate His Gun: General Bardry Salaman, who was unable to live with himself after having helped carry out the Hammer of Dawn counterattack. At least, that's the cover story that was given for his relocation to Azura.
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Absurdly Low Level Cap
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Absurdly Low Level Cap: Unlike the above example, Judgment only allows players to go up to level 50. You can still Re-Up three times, but a couple of weeks of solid multiplayer will get just about everyone to the cap.
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We Will Meet Again
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We Will Meet Again: Griffin vows revenge against Marcus towards the end of Gears of War 3 before pulling a Villain: Exit, Stage Left. Somewhat odd, given that this is the last game in the trilogy.
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Sequel Escalation
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Sequel Escalation: Each game seems to aim to be manlier, gorier and darker than the last, with the exception of Judgment, which is just one single long mission with a lone objective (stop/kill Karn), broken up into levels of course, all taking place in the port area of a city. There is another bonus mission taking place later in the timeline that is also about accomplishing one single objective (procure a boat). Gears 4, since it's based on the trilogy, seems to be invoking this in spades, as the game will take place over a twenty-four hour period as the rebuilding human civilization has to deal with the new threat of The Swarm.
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The Smart Guy
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The Smart Guy - Minh Young Kim
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Boring, but Practical
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Boring, but Practical: The starting weapons, which consist of the Lancer, Hammerburst and Gnasher. Sure, they aren’t nearly as cool to use (well, the Chainsaw Bayonet is pretty awesome) as the Kill Sat Hammer of Dawn, the explosive Boomshot and Torque Bow or the Awesome, but Impractical heavy weapons, but the fact of the matter is you’re going to be using them 95% of the time in campaign and multiplayer since the most common enemies have them. They have good damage output and can easily have their ammo replenished and swapped out for other weapons and having them will give you a very versatile range to take on enemies from.
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Multiplayer Difficulty Spike
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Multiplayer Difficulty Spike: The campaigns are fairly easy to get through aside from some levels that may cause huge amounts of frustration, but if you think that you can play multiplayer using the same tactics of the campaign, you’ll quickly find out the hard way that unless you learn to love the Gnasher, you won’t have a chance in hell of taking on other players.
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Crapsaccharine World
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Crapsaccharine World: While life before Emergence Day wasn't exactly much better, the COG tried aiming for this.
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The Enemy Weapons Are Better
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The Enemy Weapons Are Better: Played straight in the first game, where the COG weapons consisted of the Lancer, which took a full clip to kill a single basic Locust drone, the Longshot, which had very little practical use due to the small battlefields, and the Awesome, but Impractical Hammer of Dawn which could only be used in very specific areas while the Locust got access to the very effective Hammerburst that could kill Mooks in 4 to 6 bursts and the One-Hit Kill capabilities of the Torque Bow and Boomshot. Averted with the Gnasher, which has been as overpowered as a shotgun could possibly be across all the games, leaving you little reason to swap it out. This became more zigzagged in the sequels since the addition of both new COG and Locust weapons made it so that both sides had weapons that could compete with each other and most of them are fairly common in the campaigns and multiplayer.
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Degraded Boss
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Degraded Boss: Gameplay-wise, Grinders are essentially weaker versions of General RAAM with less health and no Kryll protecting it. Story-wise, they're two entirely different beasts (RAAM's an ascended Theron Guard while Grinders are Boomers with a Mulcher), yet their tactics are more or less the same.
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Noodle Incident
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The Noodle Incident that caused JD and Del to defect from the COG is never elaborated on in 4. It gets a vague mention when the group first meets Marcus and once more before the group descends into the osmium mine and is promptly forgotten about. Gears 5 finally explains what happened.
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Vehicular Assault
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Vehicular Assault: Although they're technically more of a mount, all the non-Lambent Brumak fights go this way. Likewise on the various occasions that Delta has to fight Reavers on foot.
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Bad Boss
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Bad Boss: In Gears of War 3, Aaron Griffin is the former CEO of an Imulsion energy corporation, now the leader of a Stranded group taken up residence in the high rise Griffin tower. Within the campaign he talks a lot about keeping his "employees" safe and doesn't like the COG because they tend to bring the Locust war with them. But an in-game collectible carries a note from one of his Stranded members who comments that Griffin always refers to them as Employees, which many resent because they were obviously not getting health insurance anymore. Plus he largely kept the best stuff for himself (gold plated weapons can be seen in his office) and everyone was afraid of being chosen for the next near-suicidal Imulsion run.
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Convenient Color Change
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Convenient Color Change: Gun color changes depending on the holder.
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Powered Armor
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Powered Armor: Theorized to be the reason Gears can do all the acrobatics the game allows them, but it has yet to be stated.
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Rock Bottom
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Rock Bottom: The whole human race, though they get better by 4, somewhat. In 3, this is also true of the Locust, who have, far and wide, gone savage unless directed by the Queen herself.
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Captain Obvious
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Captain Obvious: Dom becomes this in Gears of War 2. This is the title that goes with the onyx "Spotter" medal in Gears of War 3.
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Sad Clown
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Sad Clown: Dom intially, even more so in the third game. Cole gets some moments suggesting this early in the third game when he visits the ruins of his Doomed Hometown. He may be a Boisterous Bruiser Big Guy who loves the adrenaline rush of sports and combat, but he is also clearly haunted by memories of happier times which will never come again.
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Shield-Bearing Mook
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Shield-Bearing Mook: Maulers carry gigantic Boomshields to give them extra protection. If they take any damage, they immediately deploy it, forcing you to attack them from behind or very carefully try to shoot them in their exposed feet in the front.
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Guest-Star Party Member
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Guest-Star Party Member: Marcus fulfills this role to his son's squad in Gears 4 until he is captured by a Snatcher. He re-joins the squad after he is rescued. At the end of the campaign, Baird, Cole and Sam are called in by Marcus and provide support from a King Raven while you fight to rescue Reyna from the Swarm.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: The second and third games feature victory and ultimately survival, but at a great cost. Myrrah is dead, the Lambent are destroyed for good, and the last stand of organized Locust falls, yet Marcus has lost his best friend Dom and his father Adam Fenix in the struggle. Not to mention that most of humanity is gone, what's left already has limited resources, and the vast majority of the planet's surface was destroyed and is largely unusable. Cynically lampshaded by him in the (chronologically) final game's final line of dialogue:
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Doomed Hometown
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Cole gets some moments suggesting this early in the third game when he visits the ruins of his Doomed Hometown. He may be a Boisterous Bruiser Big Guy who loves the adrenaline rush of sports and combat, but he is also clearly haunted by memories of happier times which will never come again.
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Copy Protection
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Copy Protection: Cliff Bleszinski has stated with no small amount of vitriol that piracy of Gears of War stopped any chance of Gears of War 2 on the PC. What Could Have Been: Players hacking into an FPS made by an Epic-affiliated Chinese company, Passion Leading Army, discovered scripts of ''GOW2'' that indicated the developement had already went into advanced stages.
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Benevolent Architecture
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Benevolent Architecture: As Yahtzee stated, chest-high walls are the key to victory in the war.
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Zerg Rush
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4 may perhaps be harder than 3, since Insane difficulty removes the ability to get downed, instead just killing the player (although Snatchers can still down you since their entire gimmick revolves around it). This was true in 3 as well, but 4 lacks an Arcade mode that allows players to respawn. It also has multiple sections which become extremely difficult on Insane, almost all of which involve large packs of Juvies (which on Insane can kill you in two normal hits or one leaping attack).
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Niles Samson's "semi-sentient security program", which is a little bit obsessed with cleaning up "filth"., though it doesn't seem to actively attempt to kill you, and even makes an effort to protect you by advising you not to mess around with the main computers, which wakes the Sires. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!. Gears of War 4 dabbles in this once again with the new DeeBees faction. The DeeBees are a race of androids that were invented and developed by Baird and weaponized by Chancellor Jinn in the aftermath of the Locust War to maintain peace and order in the COG’s walled colonies. However, in the story and gameplay, they spend all of their appearances trying to fill JD and his squad full of holes and in Horde mode, they don’t even bother attacking the Swarm and instead team up with them to bring you down.
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Updated Re-release
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The first game opens with Marcus being busted out of jail. The war and some small details are sprinkled throughout the rest of the game. There is an intro movie that explains the world but it only plays if you idle on the main menu for a minute, and not when you start the game. Averted in the Ultimate Edition Updated Re Release, which starts off with the intro movie.
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Do-Anything Robot
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Do-Anything Robot: JACK is a much more subtle version. It's equipped with various devices for communications and repairs but is primarily used to burn the locks off doors and hacking terminals. In Gears of War 3, Baird gives it an upgrade late in the game allowing it to shock and stun enemies.
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Face-Revealing Turn
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Face-Revealing Turn: In Gears of War 3, the group enters Mercy, which is mysteriously desolate and the sole survivor they find is quickly killed by unseen monsters. Eventually in the sewers, they find a sobbing woman, and when Marcus approaches she turns and screams, revealed to be a Lambent human, setting the level as a Zombie Apocalypse.
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No Fair Cheating
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No Fair Cheating: While the “Easy” Mutators in Gears 3 are certainly a blast to use, every one you toggle on reduces your experience earned by 25%, meaning if you used all 3 slots for them, you gain a crippling 75% experience reduction in your game. Averted when you hit the max level; you can use them to your heart’s content at that point.
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Smash Mook
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Smash Mook: Berserkers are huge and look pretty terrifying, but due to their blindness, their tactics only consist of running in a straight line towards you or pounding you with their fists up close.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Sssssnake Talk
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Sssssnake Talk: Theron Guards
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Flashback Nightmare
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The opening of Gears of War 3 is very similar to the opening scene of Gears of War, only Dom's role is filled by Anya instead and there are Lambent Polyps instead of Locust Wretches. It turns out this is simply a Flashback Nightmare.
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"Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: At one point Queen Myrrah remarks that the Locust could have cooperated with the Humans to save both species, but decided to go to total war instead because supposedly Humans Are the Real Monsters who "only understand dominance and ownership". Not to mention violent to an extreme. Then again, if you first encountered the Seran humans after 100 years of war (and untold years before hand of unrest) which included nukes and kill sats on their own species, you might be a little wary of approaching them as a completely different species altogether. What's more, the Locust would never have needed to invade the surface had Adam Fenix figured out a way to make his Lambent-killing weapon not kill the Locust as well. The fact that he couldn't figure it out is something he regards as My Greatest Failure. Turns out, the weapon in its current form ended up not killing the Locust after all, but put them in hibernation for 25 years and made them stronger.
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Trope Codifier: Gears of War didn't invent cover-based shooters (that honor goes to the PS2 games Kill.Switch and Win Back), but it unquestionly took the gameplay mechanic from the realm of obscure Japanese widget to mainstream Hollywood blockbuster.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: There are several scenes, especially in the second game, of Marcus taking the extra effort to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians even when it complicates the mission. Baird calls him out on this, but Marcus always gets the final say.
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What Could Have Been
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What Could Have Been: Players hacking into an FPS made by an Epic-affiliated Chinese company, Passion Leading Army, discovered scripts of ''GOW2'' that indicated the developement had already went into advanced stages.
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Adult Fear: All of the named characters have had family and friends, and some of them had children - and they all lost a great many of them on E-Day and during the war that followed. Dom's life, especially, is practically made of this trope - after losing his brother and kids, the only thing that kept him going was the possibility of finding his missing wife, Maria. In 2, he does find her - after she had suffered years of torture, malnutrition, and lobotomization that turned her into a catatonic Empty Shell who does not respond to Dom at all. The only way to save her is via Mercy Kill, which Dom has to personally deliver. Imagine crusading for years to find someone dear to you in the midst of a global warzone, only to be forced to kill them immediately afterward.
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Million Mook March: The beginning of Gears of War 2 is one for the Gears.
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In-Universe
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The computer's stupidity is the only possible explanation for how the Locust and Lambent, two VERY intelligent and murderous species, will completely break fire from actual gears to target the decoys you build in Horde mode. These two are genuinely fooled by cardboard celebrity cutouts and mannequins! In-Universe, the Locust and Lambent are incredibly dangerous and most certainly do not fall for such obvious-looking traps. You'd figure that after fighting an enemy for decades, you'd have a good idea of what they look like. That, or maybe they attack the decoys because they need points like you do!
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Walking Disaster Area: Every place the C.O.G. show up seems to get attacked by Locust and/or Lambent, much to the dismay of others. The Stranded, especially Griffinnote who already had an intense hatred towards them because the city of Char was devastated by Hammer Of Dawn strikes, resulting in many people being turned into ash despise them because of this, as when the Gears shows up seeking fuel, the city gets attacked by Locust and the Stranded end up suffering heavy casualties. Paduk also expresses his distaste for the COG in "Aftermath" when the group gets repeatedly attacked on their way to get a boat.
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Ring-Out Boss: The Corpser in the first game has to be knocked into the Imulsion by the recoil from your attacks.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Baird. However much he may claim he doesn't care about anyone else but himself and maybe Cole, he sure takes a lot of risks he doesn't need to for others, and even attempts to comfort them in his own unique Jerkass way.
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Would Hurt a Child
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Would Hurt a Child: In the expansion RAAM's Shadow for Gears of War 3, a small child gets put into an evacuation transport only to be pulled underground by a Corpser the second the transport pulls away.
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Machete Mayhem: The Pesanga scouts are fond of this.
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Scenery Porn
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Scenery Porn: 3 really shows off just how good the Unreal engine can be with the proper amount of time and effort. From the beautifully-rendered and colourful daytime maps like Mercy and Sandbar to the gloomy and soaking wet remake of Bullet Marsh, it's clear that Epic didn't cut any corners. Gears 4 also to the point that some Coalition employees were sent to northern italy with the sole purpose to study the terrain and use the data in gear 4. Also the reason why the campaign was locked to 30 FPS on console so to maintain higher fidelity...the results were widely acclaimed.
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Ace Custom
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Ace Custom: The Custom Lancers with wooden parts found around Marcus's house in Gears 4. Most likely modified by Marcus himself in his spare time, they have wooden stocks added to them to improve recoil management and flashlights for lighting dark areas. You are automatically given one after your party's Lock-and-Load Montage in Act 2, and you get an achievement if you carry it to the end of the game without ever switching it for something else. As of 5, only Marcus ever seems to use it, any Lancer picked up by him turns into a Custom model, and his Horde kit has several skill cards revolving entirely around him using it. The Relic weapons in 5. These are unique, one-of-a-kind variants of normal weapons that have unique gimmicks attached to them.
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Personal Space Invader
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Personal Space Invader: Lots, though justified by the fact this is a cover-based game. Since you're supposed to hide from your enemies, ones that just run up and melee you will be considerable threats. The first game has Wretches, Kryll and Grenadiers. The sequel removes the Kryll, but adds Maulers, Butchers, Tickers, Sires, Beast Riders on Bloodmounts, and anything with a flamethrower. Also, low-level Locust will randomly charge and melee you. This can range from irritating (when they have a Boltok pistol) to terrifying (when they have a Lancer). The third game adds Lambent Polyps to the mix. Theron Guards in the first game sometimes do it deliberately to score a chainsaw kill.
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Compilation Re-release
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Compilation Re-release: The Gears of War Triple Pack, which bundles the first two games, as well as the "All Fronts" map pack.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: A medal that can be earned in Gears of War 3 multiplayer is "Loot Courtesan".
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Gun Accessories
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Gun Accessories: Chainsaw bayonets!
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Spiteful A.I.
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Spiteful Ai: The DeeBees in Gears of War 4 are a very literal example of this. The campaign has both them and the Swarm trying to kill you rather than them, you know, actually protecting the human populace like they are supposed to. This is somewhat justified as JD and Del are defectors from the COG and Outsiders are considered criminals to the COG as well. This even extends to multiplayer, where they fight on the Swarm team rather than the COG (Their red color suggests that the Swarm hacked them on to their side). To backtrack a little, your Ai squadmates in the first game exhibited this behavior with alarming frequency. They all too often jumped over their cover and charged straight into the Locusts' waiting guns. This was almost certainly done to make players do all the work themselves and came across as frustrating Fake Difficulty in that your squad was useless in an actual firefight, making going through Insane difficulty hellishly frustrating. Thankfully, this behavior was rectified for all the future games.
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Rated M for Manly
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Rated M for Manly: Everyone is absolutely enormous, and spouts OneLiners without irony. They have chainsaw machine guns. If you hit a button at the right time, they can reload their gun hard and make the bullets come out stronger. This game will make a man out of you, even if you're a woman. Anya and Samantha are every bit as manly as their male teammates. Seeing Anya scream and cuss as she chainsaws a Locust in half will remove whatever doubt you may have that her upgrade from control operative to Action Girl may be a plot contrivance. A quick read through some of the Expanded Universe material will show that Anya's manliness is hereditary. Her mother, Helena Stroud, was potentially the manliest Gear to have ever served, and she didn't even have access to chainsaw bayonets. A cutscene in Gears of War 2 has Cole and Marcus reuniting and bumping their chainsaw-equipped machine guns together. A manlier greeting has never been seen, before or since.
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Improvised Weapon: In the novelization "Jacinto's Remnant", a brief flashback reveals a battle taking place in a department store, where Tai grabs a circular saw to fight with after his old-school Lancer bayonet breaks. This inspired the creation of the chainsaw bayonet, so if you think the chainsaw is cheap, blame Tai. A lot of Locust weaponry and "vehicles" are kitbashed gear made from animals living in the Hollow, looted COG weaponry, and Locust-engineered small arms. Tickers, for example, are just normal animals with bombs strapped to their backs, Locust "Siege Beasts" are some kind of turkey-like animal converted to launch artillery, and so on. The heavier Locust weapons like Brumaks and Seeders are just massive animals bred for combat with weapons strapped on them; even Corpsers are fitted with helmets to protect their eyes. Locust in the third game make crude Troika turrets out of multiple Retro Lancers strapped together and attached to a Troika mount to make a surprisingly effective suppression weapon.
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World of Muscle Men
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Wham Shot: At the end of Gears of War 4: Kait's heirloom, a gift from a grandmother she never knew, is a necklace bearing the Locust insignia.
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The Atoner
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The Atoner: Hoffman. He feels horrible about leaving Marcus to die in prison, but can't bring himself to apologize. He makes up for it by ignoring Marcus and Anya breaking regulations and having a relationship.
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Early Installment Weirdness: While not exactly weird, per se, the first Gears of War was a bit different from future games in a few different ways. For starters, there were only 3 difficulty levels: Casual, Hardcore and Insane and even on Casual, this game was noticeably harder due to the lower health pool that you had. There was also no stopping power on weapons, meaning players that were hit by gunfire while moving wouldn’t be slowed down at all; There was also a limit to how long you could roadie run. The only executions were the curb stomp and chainsaw bayonet. You were also completely stationary while DBNO and the friendly AI suffered massively from Artificial Stupidity. The Locust were also the most durable in the first game, with Drones taking almost a full clip of Lancer Fire to kill while Boomers took 3 to 4! It was also the only game to feature squad controls that could change your squadmmates’ behavior during combat.
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Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me
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Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: With the previously mentioned meat shields and with the Mauler's indestructible Boomshields (that also double as roadblocks for larger enemies in Horde Mode). A Boomshield will actually protect you from a charging Berserker in the third game, although the recoil makes you drop it.
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The Big Guy
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The Big Guy - Tai
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: Quite a bit in the games, and tons of it in the Expanded Universe. Not to mention the Gorn.
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You Say Tomato
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You Say Tomato: Bernie is questioned about her accent several times, mostly about saying "arse" instead of "ass".
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner
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Used by Marcus after he stabs Myrrah; See This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!.
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Celebrity Survivor
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Celebrity Survivor: Cole. In the third game, you go back to his hometown and even fight through his old stadium.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: Not only is Marcus' abandoning his post to save his father considered the worst form of treason, but the manual states Dom was demoted for daring to defend him in his trial. Justified as disobeying orders and what not is generally a bad thing in the military for a variety of reasons, as well as the fact Marcus leaving his post with the Hammer of Dawn targeting laser lost a good chunk of Jacinto.
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Dead Man's Trigger Finger
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Dead Man's Trigger Finger: In Gears of War 4, DR-1 Protectors that are taken out with a headshot will flail about and fire off a few more rounds from their Overkills before exploding. They are the only enemies in the series to exhibit this behavior.
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Bond One-Liner
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Bond One-Liner: "Look, ma, no face..." and many more.
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Rape as Backstory
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Rape as Backstory: Bernadette Mataki, with Angst? What Angst? in regards to it on her part. Or so she claims.
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Sand Worm
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In the first game, the entire story revolves around using the Resonator to map out the Hollow (the tunnels that the Locust live in) and drop a Lightmass Bomb into it. When it gets deployed, it turns out that the Hollow is so huge that, as Hoffman puts it, "we'd need a hundred damn resonators to map the whole thing!". However, humanity is able to drop the bomb into the Hollow at the end and the Locust are seemingly defeated...until the second game shows us that the Lightmass Bomb did absolutely nothing to kill the Locust. Oh, and it also woke up the Riftworm, giving humanity yet another enemy to worry about.
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Book-Ends
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Book-Ends: The opening of Gears of War 3 is very similar to the opening scene of Gears of War, only Dom's role is filled by Anya instead and there are Lambent Polyps instead of Locust Wretches. It turns out this is simply a Flashback Nightmare. In another case, spanning outside of the games, the original advertisement for Gears of War features Gary Jules' cover of "Mad World". Fast forward several years to Gears of War 3 and an instrumental version of the song plays during Dom's Heroic Sacrifice.
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The Dragon
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The sequel has chainsaw duels. The Dragon can only be damaged by this because he has a double-edged chainsaw staff. Hell yeah.
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Guns Akimbo
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Guns Akimbo: Happens several times, most notably with Michael Barrick and shotguns.
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Sincerest Form of Flattery
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Sincerest Form of Flattery: The developers point to Resident Evil 4 as an influence, which then came full circle, as the developers of Resident Evil 5 bragged about their "Gears of War controls".
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Orphaned Etymology
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Orphaned Etymology: People who aren't fans of the COG in universe describe them as "fascist", which makes one wonder because "fascism" is derived from the Roman symbol of the "fasces", and Sera presumably has no Roman empire from which the fasces comes.
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Monster Threat Expiration
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Monster Threat Expiration The Locust have become gradually weaker as the series has progressed. In the first game it took almost a full 60-round mag of Lancer assault rifle fire to kill a single basic Locust drone, making them one of the toughest basic FPS mooks ever. In the second game, it only takes about two dozen assault rifle rounds to kill a Locust drone. By the time of the 3rd game, they can be dropped with only about a dozen bullets on Normal difficulty (about 15-20 rounds on Hardcore), making them on par with "standard" FPS soldier mooks. Boomers are somewhat weaker in Gears of War 2, going down after only 1-2 clips from the Lancer (even on Hardcore) instead of 3-4 clips like in the first game. They're even weaker in Gears of War 3, going down after only a little over 2/3rds of a full mag from the Lancer. This is largely due to the fact that in the first game they were basically Boss in Mook's Clothing and always showed up in pairs. The sequels would have more "Boomer" types (including the Mauler, Grinder and Butcher) and more would appear at one time.
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Green Rocks
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Green Rocks: Imulsion. Originally not that bad, but Gears of War 2 starts to elevate it to this status pretty quickly as it's implied that not only does Imulsion turn living beings into explosive versions of themselves, they mutate them. Gears of War 3 further implies that Imulsion overexposure and mutations forced the Locust to invade the surface, starting the war. It also acts as a super-fuel and is used in the construction of death rays from space, though as it turns out it isn't a mysterious magical substance. It's a parasite and the mutations are its primary purpose. The fact that it can be used as a super fuel is just incidental.
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Fantastic Racism
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Fantastic Racism: While the townspeople of Pelruan and the Gorasni have every reason to hate Stranded, that's no reason to be mean to and attack Dizzy and his daughters. The COG also heavily discriminated against anyone who wasn't part of the COG, to the point that even those who willingly allied with them were ineligible to earn medals for their military achievements.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: The dynamic between what's left of the COG and the Gorasni, the latter being the last of the long-defeated UIR.
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Hulk Speak
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Hulk Speak: The Boomer family of Locust all speak in this. "Boom!" "Grind!" "Meat!" "Bash!"
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Gang Up on the Human
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Gang Up on the Human: In the first game, all enemy A.I. units would instantly auto-target the player the moment you pop out of cover to shoot, completely ignoring your A.I. teammates even if they had been locked in combat just moments before. This was especially noticeable on Insane difficulty, and made it impossible to actually flank or ambush enemies. Thankfully, this was removed in later games, creating a more natural flow of battle.
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Jitter Cam
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Jitter Cam: The perfect use of this. Your normal pace is at a quick march but the roadie run is a "keep your head down and run" maneuver. Putting the camera angle lower and with a slight shake to it turns it into a documentary-like experience.
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Bribing Your Way to Victory
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Bribing Your Way to Victory: Played with in 3. Most of the buyable content is just weapon skins for your starting weapons. However, the Horde Command Pack allows players to upgrade most of their fortifications by additional levels and also provides them with the ability to build Silverbacks and Command Centers. Since there are often players who have and don’t have the pack in the same Horde match, your run will be much, much easier if someone does have it. It’s essentially bribing you and your whole team to victory. Subverted in Gears 4. Every loot pack in the game (even the static packs in the “Purchase Packs” section of the store, which never go anywhere) can be bought with real money if you don’t want to grind for in-game credits. While the Versus and Horde packs offer bounties and Horde skills (grants you extra exp in matches and grants valuable class skills to your Horde classes), the rest of the packs contain weapon skins, emblems and characters that have no bearing on gameplay. It’s also subverted with the Esports Packs, which are only purchasable with real money and are only there if you want the badass Black Steel characters and weapon skins and emblems that can only be obtained from them.
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The Berserker
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The Berserker Naturally, Locust Berserkers. Your first time through the game, this creature is absolutely terrifying. The kicker? A Berserker's really a big, normal drone... only female. Gears of War 3 introduces the Lambent Berserker. Everything that is makes the originals tough is there, only it is capable of surviving multiple Hammer of Dawn attacks, has tentacles that gives it a longer reach, will jump and land like an Imulsion bomb and eventually start leaving Imulsion trails and toxic vapors limiting your movement. All the while still screaming and rushing at you. Cole has tendencies toward exhibiting a few traits, but is more in tune to the Boisterous Bruiser. Gears of War: Judgment introduces the Ragers, a breed of locust who is normally visibly slimmer than regular drones and usually relegated to the role of mid-long range support using breechshot rifles....that is until they take enough damage to piss them off, at which point they drop their weapon and morph into a miniature version of a Berserker (still larger than a regular drone) and charge the player shrugging off considerable amounts of damage thanks to their newly armored skin while trying to rip anything non-locust to shreds bare handed. Some might ask "if Judgment is a prequel then where were the ragers during Gears of War 1 to 3?" Well apparently their tactics were so suicidal that they went nearly completely extinct. One has to wonder if they actually were "teenage" female locusts who had yet to reach full berserk maturity. Ragers appear in Aftermath. They may have simply been retconned into the entire series. Several different types of Locust as well as a few weapons that did not show up until the second or third game have been in both Judgment and RAAM's Shadow, so we can assume this is the case for all of them.
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Eyepatch of Power
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Eyepatch of Power: Lt.Draper
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Roar Before Beating
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Roar Before Beating: Wretches and Berserkers.
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Bare-Handed Blade Block
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Barehanded Blade Block: Kim's updated death cutscene in Ultimate Edition has him attack RAAM with his chainsaw bayonet. RAAM catches it. Granted, his hands are covered by his armour, but it's still a chainsaw.
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Chainsaw Good
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Chainsaw Good: The Lancer assault rifle, with the aforementioned chainsaw bayonet. Not to be outdone, Skorge in Gears of War 2 wields a staff with chainsaws on both ends. The canon reason for this is the natural toughness of Locust hides led to bayonets being worthless. The Real Life reason is Cliff Blezinski had always had a dream of a gun with a chainsaw on it. Gears 4 takes things a step further by introducing a new gun that rapid-fires buzzsaws.
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No Blood for Phlebotinum
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No Blood for Phlebotinum: All the bloody conflict has been because of the wonder-fuel Imulsion which turns out to be an living, mutating parasite! The series ends with all Imulsion being destroyed.
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The Smurfette Principle
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The Smurfette Principle: Subverted in Gears of War 3. Delta Squad gets a total of three female Gears. Judgment and the Coalition sequels veer right back into this, however.
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Ace Pilot
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Ace Pilot - Dizzy
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Limited Loadout
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Limited Loadout: The first three games give the player access to two primary weapons, a pistol, and grenades on a cross-shaped menu. Judgment, ditches this menu and gives you two weapons that you switch between with Y, as well as a dedicated grenade button.
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Corpse Land
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Corpse Land: The area where the Hammer of Dawn was used on the Locust to halt their attacks. In a disturbing mirror of Pompeii, there are ashen remain of every man, woman and child who were unable to reach the safe zone.
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Mechanically Unusual Fighter
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Mechanically Unusual Weapon: There’s a few weapons in the series’ arsenal that qualify. The Hammer Of Dawn requires the user to aim a laser beam at a target for a few seconds before a giant pillar of fire engulfs the area. The Dropshot is a reverse Digger Launcher that requires the user to hold the trigger down to control how far the projectile goes. Releasing the trigger causes the drillbit to drop. The Overkill is a heavy shotgun that fires a single shot when the trigger is pressed and another when the trigger is released. You can pull the trigger normally to fire two shots in succession or keep it held down to fire a second shot later. The EMBAR is a railgun that must be “charged” for a second to charge up a shot. The shot can only be fired in the split second that the gun is charged. If you hold the trigger for too long, the gun overheats and the shot is canceled. The Mortar is unique among the heavy weapons in that it uses a “distance meter” for an aiming sight and fires a very inaccurate and bouncy projectile when blindfired. To use it normally, you hold down the trigger to increase the distance of the shot, with the carpet of bombs being launched close to the other side of maps when fully charged.
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Time Skip
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After learning about what happened to the Locust during the Time Skip to Gears 4, Myrrah's last words to Marcus about how "your father always thought he had all the answers, but he had none!" seem a lot more ominous and foreshadow that the Anti-Imulsion weapon may not have the desired effect on the Locust that Adam planned for. Indeed, as the new cast discovers the Swarm, they also discover that the Locust never died and the Anti-Imulsion weapon actually just put them into a 25 year long state of hibernation that mutated them into the more powerful Scions, making them significantly stronger than their past selves.
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Zombie Apocalypse
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Zombie Apocalypse: The Lambent, more so once the infection is discovered to spread to humans.
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The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard
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The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Skorge is a fairly tough boss only because he's unaffected by any form of attack other than a chainsaw duel. It's certainly there to show off the new chainsaw duel feature but it comes across as a frustrating Gameplay and Story Segregation. It's not a terribly difficult fight otherwise, unless you're bad at dodging falling pillars, ink grenades, and Tickers. The pillars don't just fall in a straight line: you have to run to the other side of the hall, because these things will alter the direction of its fall to the point that it will somehow fall completely horizontally from a vertical position to kill you. Insane difficulty is just a license for the game to be a cheating bastard. This can actually be used to the player's advantage in campaign. AI squadmates never run out of ammo and can trade weapons with the player. This means that players can trade empty power weapons like the Torque Bow and Boomshot to an NPC, wait for the NPC to reload it, then take it back. Alternately, just give all your squadmates Boomshots and watch the carnage. In Gears Of War 4, multiplayer bots are somehow able to fire their weapons while in the middle of switching them. It’s not uncommon to approach one to gib them, but before you can get near them, they gib you with their Gnasher before they can even get it into their hands. Also present in 4’s Horde mode. On the higher difficulties, Swarm troops that get downed may inexplicably get back up as you approach them without any assistance from another enemy unit. This undoubtably happens just to make a high-difficulty run from being too easy, but just really comes across as blatant AI cheating.
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Beastly Bloodsports: In Gears of War 3, a small Easter Egg in one of the Savage Locust camps allows the player to peek in through a window and see a group of Locust huddled around a small ring watching two Tickers fighting each other.
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The Lancer - Jace
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Marcus Fenix, Augustus "The Cole Train" Cole, RAAM, Corpser, Berserker, Skorge, Chainsaw Bayonet.
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Shoulders of Doom: Pretty much the whole Gear armor kit should prevent any kind of movement whatsoever if it were even vaguely realistic.
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Deleted Scene
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Deleted Scene: In the first game fans expressed disappointment that you never got to fight a Brumak, as one showed up dramatically after visiting the Fenix estate and was never seen again. There was intended to be a foot battle against one shortly afterwards before boarding the train in the final act, but was cut for lack of development time. The battle did happen in the PC version of the game, released a year later, and included in the Ultimate Edition. In Gears 2 there was line that suggests a divergent path option would be available, but nothing came of it. It was another sequence that was cut for time and later released as a deleted scene in DLC, where the two have the option of Dressing as the Enemy to sneak around a checkpoint for a bit of gameplay variation.
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We Have Reserves
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We Have Reserves: The Locust Horde is described this way in supplementary material, being willing to sacrifice a hundred Drones just to kill one Gear. This is less so in Gears of War 2, where the Locust military exhibits some self-preservationist behavior, e.g. retreating and falling back, but only when on the receiving end of bad mojo, like being chased by a goddamn Brumak or the Lambent Locust, which is justified since overexposure to Imulsion would turn them into Lambent.
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Nintendo Hard
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Nintendo Hard: Developers have said the difficulty, particularly at the lower difficulties, turned out a lot harder than they had wanted for the first game. This is what led to Gears of War 2 getting a Sequel Difficulty Drop. You don't go "down but not out" in Gears of War 3 on Insane: you just DIE. This includes co-op, meaning you have to load a checkpoint if anyone is downed. This is mitigated somewhat in Gears of War 3 with the addition of Arcade Mode, in which you respawn on a 30-second timer in co-op (even on Insane; you don't get a game over unless everyone's dead). You still earn every campaign achievement and reward while playing Arcade, too. You all thought Insane difficulty was the most rage-inducing difficulty in the series? Heh heh, that's a good one... Just wait 'til you get a load of the new Inconceivable difficulty that Gears 4 has implemented. The official description for it is "beyond insane. Make every bullet count." You have even less health than on Insane in this mode and are basically a One-Hit Point Wonder, but the enemies have less health as well. Naturally, the enemies have deadshot accuracy and ammo drops are drastically smaller. This will test even the most elite of Gears players to their absolute limits. It is very, very unlikely that you will even be able to make it through the prologue without copious amounts of continues. Oh, and there's an achievement for beating the entire campaign on this mode, in case you thought it was simply a self-imposed challenge for those who want it.
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Sequel Hook: The ending narration of the first game is a bona-fide hook. Wait until the end of the credits of the second game for another sequel hook. The data disk Adam gives to Baird is possibly another hook on the Left Hanging segments for Gears of War 3. The end of the "Aftermath" campaign from Gears of War: Judgement seems to imply that COG soldiers have been kidnapping people for unspecified reasons. The end of Gears 4 reveals that Queen Myrrah was Reyna's mother and Kait's grandmother.
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Gameplay and Story Segregation
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Canonically, the chainsaw bayonet was developed because the traditional blade bayonets break on Locust skin. In Gears of War 3. the Retro Lancer is integrated into the gameplay, yet the blades don't ever break.
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Plot Hole: The Lancer Mk.II, the one with the chainsaw bayonet, was invented a year after Emergence Day, but has appeared in both RAAM's Shadow and Judgment. The time at which RAAM's Shadow takes place is somewhat vague, so it is excusable, but Judgment takes place only six weeks after Emergence Day. Somewhat rectified in Gears of War 4 in where the Aspho Fields and E-Day segments of the prologue has the protagonists using Lancer Mk Is. Averted in Judgement. Its explained that the reason the Rager appears in the prequel but not the other games, is because they'd largely died out due to their reckless tactics. Having gone extinct by the time the first game began.
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Death World
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Death World: Sera. Even the weather is trying to kill you. This is eventually given a Lampshade Hanging in 4.
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Grievous Harm with a Body: in the third game, during a cutscene, a locust drone is seen ripping off a Gears' arm to beat him to death with it. This can also be done in multiplayer by any Locust player to a COG player. Hell, you can even keep tapping the Y button to extend the execution for more "juicy" points. Very satisfying to use on the last enemy while in a standoff!
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Armor Is Useless
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Armor Is Useless: In 3, there are unarmored skins of Marcus, Dizzy, Anya, Jace (campaign only), and one of Cole in Thrashball pads, who can take just as much damage as the armored COG characters and the rock-skinned Locust. In the same vein, the heavily armored UIR soldiers from 4 don't have any more health or protection than the other characters.
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Heroic Sacrifice: Michael Barrick stays behind in the Hollow to allow the rest of Delta Squad to escape. Matron detonates a bomb in Jilane to allow Delta to escape with the survivors of a Locust massacare.
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Critical Existence Failure
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Done by headshots from almost all weapons in Gears of War if they hit your head when it does enough damage to deplete your Hit Points. They even sell an action figure of a Drone with its head a-sploding.
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Animal Reaction Shot: Bernie's dog Mac gets a few of these.
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Four-Temperament Ensemble: Marcus is Choleric, Dom is Melancholy, Baird is Phlegmatic, Cole is Sanguine.
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Permanently Missable Content: In 3, the Thrashball Drone multiplayer skin was unlocked briefly to celebrate the Super Bowl. It was taken away after that, and Epic has not revealed plans to ever unlock it again. It was made available again for several events. After the game had run its course and Judgment was released, it was made available permanently. In 4, the special Gear Packs that are released only within certain time frames, like the Run the Jewels, Tenth Anniversary, Gearsmas and UIR packs. These contain special weapon skins and characters, so if you don't buy them when they are up, you won't be able to get any of those skins. The Coalition doesn't seem to have plans to release them again too, at least for the time being. This has been rectified with the new Mystery Packs, special Elite Packs that contain only special contents from the aforementioned time-sensitive packs, that were released recently and will presumably continue to pop in every now and then when other content comes and goes in the future.
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Bullfight Boss: Berserkers
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We Hardly Knew Ye
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We Hardly Knew Ye: The first two Carmine brothers. Averted with Kim and Tai, who are now primary characters in "RAAM's Shadow" for Gears of War 3.
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Made of Plasticine
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Made of Plasticine: A lucky shotgun blast can blow a target to Ludicrous Gibs.
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And Your Reward Is Clothes
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And Your Reward Is Clothes: Judgment offers Normal, Rare, and Epic prize boxes after a certain amount of enemy kills, ribbons attained, and levels gained respectively. Inside the prize boxes can be a little extra experience, weapon skins, or player armor skins. Gears 4 has various loot crates available. They are purchasable with in-game credits or real money. Depending on what type of crate you buy (Operations, Versus and Horde boosters) affects the crate’s contents. This is played straight if you purchase the Elite and Featured packs, which can only contain weapon skins, emblems and characters.
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The Reveal
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In the third game, after Marcus and Co. are told The Reveal from Prescott that Adam Fenix is alive rather than dead like everyone believed, the game amounts to acquiring fuel and an aquatic vehicle to get Delta to the island of Azura, where Adam has been doing extensive research on Imulsion. When they arrive there, Adam reveals that he has concocted a Final Solution in the form of the Anti-Imulsion Counterweapon. The device will kill everything infected with Lambent cells, including the Locust. After a grueling and relentless war, Delta is able to deploy the weapon and the ending cutscene shows the Lambent being obliterated and every Locust dying. The war has finally come to an end, right?. Well, humanity does finally get 25 years to rebuild their civilization (which isn't the best result considering the planet has been in war for over a century), but Gears of War 4 came around and told us...
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Hijacking Cthulhu
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Hijacking Cthulhu: In 2, Delta rides a pair of Reavers, followed by a Brumak.
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Hopeless War
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Hopeless War: The games have a very strong feel of this trope until the end of the trilogy, which presumably ends the war once and for all.
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Advertising Campaigns
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Which is also a meta reference, because "woo woo" was sometimes used by Terry Tate, Office Linebacker, also played by Lester Speight.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: Tai Kaliso was captured by the Locust in Gears of War 2. When he's found, we see him covered in large cuts and wounds. Marcus hands him a shotgun to arm himself so they can move on, but Tai shoots himself in the head with it. The damage is not seen.
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Babies Ever After
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Babies Ever After: Going by the story and trailers for Gears 4, this happened for Marcus and Anya. A flashback features Marcus planting trees at their homestead while Anya and their son watch. In fact, their son, JD, is the main character of the game.
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Silliness Switch: The mutators in added in 3 are divided into 'easy' 'hard' and 'fun' categories. The latter is composed of Big Head Mode, Flower Blood (which, sadly, disables all gore as well), Laugh Track (which is INCESSANT, like a terrible sitcom), Headless Chicken (which causes decapitated enemies to run around in a berserk rampage for a short time) and Pinata (which adds a collection minigame of sorts). There are several multiplayer events that ramps up the silliness. Two prominent examples are the Halloween event that turns everyone's head into a jack-o'-lantern, and the "Thanksgibbing" playlist, where everyone starts with a Cluckshot that shoots explosive chickens!
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Mook Maker: Emergence Holes in the first two games, Kantus priests from Gears of War 2 onwards can summon Tickers from out of nowhere, revive downed Locust from long range, and are overall just extremely annoying buggers (remember to Shoot the Medic First). Gears of War 3 feature Lambent Stalks that sprout from the ground, changing the landscape but also depositing any number and multiple types of Lambent Locust in your path while also doing away with Emergence Holes, presumably because the Locust have lost control of the underground to the Lambent. Gears of War 4 has Swarm nests, functioning much like the E-holes of yore, with the added bonus that when blown up by frags you can climb inside the hole and use it as cover. Sometimes they also have weapons and ammo inside.
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What's more, the Locust would never have needed to invade the surface had Adam Fenix figured out a way to make his Lambent-killing weapon not kill the Locust as well. The fact that he couldn't figure it out is something he regards as My Greatest Failure. Turns out, the weapon in its current form ended up not killing the Locust after all, but put them in hibernation for 25 years and made them stronger.
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Video Game Remake: The first game was remade for the Xbox One under the title Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. While the original game was already in HD and cutting edge at the time of release, it got an overhaul for this release. Notably, it averts Real Is Brown by making the color palette more consistent with later games. It also changes the ending cutscene, replacing the nameless scarf-wearing Theron riding a Reaver (who never showed up in any of the other games) with Queen Myrrah riding the Tempest.
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Unflinching Walk: While not entirely unflinching, Tai's walking out of the debris of his squad's grindlift rig when it is destroyed has him looking quite unconcerned with the fact it just happened.
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Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Gears of War 2 has a major case of this, introducing multiple unexplained plot elements (the secret COG experiments creating the Sires, a lot of what the Locust Queen was yammering about, Adam Fenix being alive and ticked off you sunk Jacinto, etc.) that are not resolved. Most of these are covered in Gears of War 3, and the remaining questions were addressed in The Slab, where it turned out the Sires were Lambent humans from 100 years ago, and the Locust were their descendants. See here for more information.
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Cranked Up to Eleven in the third game. Lambent foes are Made of Explodium, but human soldiers can melee them to death with chainsaw bayonets and shrug off the point-blank KABOOM like it ain't no thang.
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Calling Your Attacks
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Calling Your Attacks: Boomers and their many variants (Grinders, Maulers, Flamers and Butchers) always yell out an attack-related phrase (i.e. "Boom!" for Boomshot-wielding Boomers and "Grind!" for Mulcher-wielding Grinders) before opening fire. This is a good tell that lets you know when to Take Cover!. In Gears of War 4, the Scions take over as the Giant Mooks, and call their attacks much like Boomers used to, though they're slightly more eloquent: "Firing!" for Boomshot-wielders, "Suppressing!" for Mulcher-wielders, "Launching!" for Dropshot-wielders, and "Shredding!" for Buzzkill-wielders. Every character does this when they announce they are throwing a grenade.
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Adaptational Badass: In a variation, each succeeding Carmine in each game is more badass than the previous one, or at least lives longer. Clayton Carmine goes so far as to survive the entire game!
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ColorCodedForYourConvenience
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Color-Coded for Your Convenience: COG forces have subtle blue highlights on their armor, and have blue lights on their weapons. The Locust focus more on reddish and bloody colors, and have red lights on their weapons. What makes it really funny is the colored lights on the weapons and even on vehicles immediately change color depending on whether a COG or Locust is using it. Justified in fluff as the lights are called "COG Identification Markers" and since the Locust are ripping off COG technology as much as they can, the lights on the weapons would be changed by them too.
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Token Minority
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Token Minority: Averted in the racial sense, as the series is very diverse, since the humans of Sera are shattered remnant of dozens of nations. The third game makes sure that there is always at least one female in your squad in the Campaign. The only time that you get a squad of 4 men is when Alicia is killed by RAAM in RAAM's Shadow and gets replaced by a young Jace. You forgot in Chapter 2 - from mid-act 1 onward, the squad is the classic Delta line-up (Marcus, Dom, Baird, and Cole)
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: The phrase "Understand what a world had to do to survive" is repeated by multiple people in power throughout the series, including Hoffman, Prescott, and even Myrrah.
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Bond Villain Stupidity: In 3 Myrrah discovers Delta Squad emerging from the underground corpser nest while she is riding her flying, death-dealing beetle. This thing is so vicious that it is ultimately the big boss fight of the game. Instead of attacking them with it while they are cornered in a box canyon, she calls some piss-weak Shriekers to do it and flies away. She's even worse in the final chapter, where after having her Tempest killed and surviving Adam Fenix's weapon, she has the gall to start mouthing off to a VERY pissed off Delta Squad, deriding Adam for thinking he had all the answers and "nothing but clever ways to kill". Unsurprisingly, the second she's up in Marcus' face, he guts her with Dom's knife and kills her when she had a pretty good opportunity to escape.
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Elevator Floor Announcement:
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Does Not Like Men
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Does Not Like Men: Most members of the Grievious Bodily Love, with good reason.
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The Comically Serious
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The Comically Serious: Marcus. The guy never cracks a smile. He does smirk occasionally, but it certainly isn't meant to be a "nice" smirk. Word of God states Marcus pretty much never smiles. Even at his birthday party, he didn't smile when they gave him the cake.
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George Lucas Altered Version
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George Lucas Altered Version: The Remaster of the first three games in "The Gears of War Collection" includes a hands on remodeling of the first game akin to "The Master Chief Collection", giving it a similar color palette to the sequels vs. the very dusty gray it originally was.
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100% Completion
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Ribbons are not exempt from this trope either. While even some of the tougher ribbons can be easily gotten in different game modes that provide better opportunities to get them, there are 4 particular ribbons that are noticeably difficult to get. The "Long Hauler" ribbon requires you to complete all 50 waves of Horde in one sitting. Getting through all the way to wave 50 can easily take you 2 and a half to 3 hours and that's not even counting if you repeatedly fail waves which will lengthen that time even more. Additionally, most people seem to drop out at around wave 20 and if you don't have at least two other players with you, completing the last waves is nearly impossible. Also, if you have to leave in the middle or your Xbox crashes and boots you off, back to Wave 1 for you! There's also the "Trick Shot" ribbon which requires you to score a headshot on an enemy with the Torque Bow and have that same arrow stick into another enemy and kill them. Good luck ever coming across two enemies that will be lined up perfectly for this shot without getting killed beforehand. Even when playing with bots, this orientation of enemies will pretty much never present itself and that's what makes this ribbon so frustrating to get. Next, there's the "Survivor" ribbon which requires you to revive yourself FIVE times in a SINGLE ROUND. Since you'll be forced into Gnasher duels for the majority of matches, the only way this could happen is if you're engaging enemies from a distance behind a piece of cover where you can't be hit from if you get downed there, leaving you to revive yourself in peace. However, since you can only go down twice before dying the next down, you HAVE to die at least twice, then hope that someone doesn't follow you to a good (or the same) spot for this ribbon so you don't get flushed out. Finally, there's the "No Smoking" ribbon which, naturally, requires you to kill someone with a smoke grenade. The only viable way to do this is in Team Deathmatch, Warzone or Execution. You basically have to pick out the last enemy remaining, down them twice, let them get revived and then run up to them (hoping that they don't kill you before you get to them, or you'll be screwed) and stick them with the grenade while you run away. Worse yet, there's an achievement requiring you to have each ribbon at least once. Going for all the achievements? You must get these ribbons one way or another.
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From Bad to Worse: Let's just go over life on Sera for Humans. First, Immulsion is discovered, which seems to be a solution to any possible energy crises... until nations start warring endlessly to get it, resulting in the creation of various superweapons like Kill Sats. Then, just when peace starts to happen, the Locust invade most major cities on the planet, killing millions. Then the COG deploys aforementioned Kill Sats onto most of the planet, wiping out most of everything. If you survived that, then you have the emergence of the Lambent to deal with, and the fact that Immulsion itself is sentient and trying to kill us all. Things do start looking up in the end of Gears of War 3, though. Most of the plot of the series is like this too. First game has humanity having been driven into the Jacinto Plateau with the Locust holding all the territory around them. The next game, despite causing significant damage with the Lightmass Bomb, has the COG suffering from an outbreak of rustlung due to all of the vaporized Imulsion, not to mention the Locust are starting to dig through Jacinto. That ends with the Hollow flooded, but the survivors of Jacinto homeless. Gears of War 3 had the COG dissolved between the time of 2 and 3, with humanity scattered around Sera in isolated pockets fighting the remains of the Locust and the Lambent. When you get to Mercy in 3, the whole level is nothing but this.
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December–December Romance: Hoffman and Bernie.
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Whip It Good
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Whip It Good: In Gears 4, Deadeye DeeBees will execute players by tying some sort of electric whip to their torsos and shocking them to death.
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The Faceless
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Clayton honors the memory of the two fallen Carmine brothers with a memorial tattoo on his arm of their helmets.
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Bayonet Ya: The third game features the "Retro Lancer", first-generation Lancers from the Pendulum Wars with much higher recoil and a heavy bayonet. The blade itself doesn't do much more damage in melee strikes than other weapons, but it allows for a nasty charge attack that can impale any regular infantry.
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Final Death Mode: The June 2017 update to Gears of War 4 adds the new Ironman difficulty for Campaign and Horde. When toggled on, it basically means that you really want to avoid dying at any cost and makes it so that a Game Over really does mean that your game is over. If you die at any point in the Campaign, your save file gets deleted and you must restart the whole damn thing from the prologue. In Horde, COG tags are no longer dropped if players die during waves and if the team fails a wave, it's all the way back to wave 1.
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Reckless Gun Usage: The loading screens in three show a contemplative Fenix resting his hands on the muzzle of his rifle.
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The Federation
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The Federation: The COG is actually a subversion, despite coming across at times like both The Alliance and Multinational Team. In its aesthetics, politics and culture, it's more along the lines of The Empire, at least before Emergence Day.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Gears of War 3, Myrrah calls out on humanity being a bunch of genocidal monsters, just like how they view the Locust. It almost sounds hypocritical, considering Emergence Day, until you realize Myrrah had no choice because of the Lambent.
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Mooks Ate My Equipment
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Mooks Ate My Equipment: Feral Tickers
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Establishing Character Moment: Nearly everyone of Delta Squad gets their moment, but no one beats Cole's introduction in the first two games. The first game has him challenging an entire squad of Locust by himself until he gets reinforcements. In the second game, well, he is the reinforcements. Nobody stops the Cole Train, baby!
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Optional Stealth
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Optional Stealth: Gears of War 2 DLC campaign add on "Road to Ruin" gave you the choice between using stealth or going in all guns blazing. There's an achievement for successfully completing the stealth element.
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Attack Its Weak Point
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Fire will also make short work of an Armoured Kantus, without having to wait around to Attack Its Weak Point. All that metal armour might stop bullets, but it sure conducts heat very well.
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Large Ham
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One segment in Gears of War 2 gives you free reign to snipe Locust from a ridge. Achieving five kills in a row with the sniper rifle, and Marcus will yell: "That's one. That's two! That's THREE! THAT'S FOUR! THAT'S FIVE, MOTHERFUCKERS!"
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BFG
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BFG: Virtually every gun in the game is oversized, and it wouldn't do to list every gun that isn't a sidearm here, so we'll just list the most notable: The Retro Lancer, (the one on the right) a rifle with a bayonet the size of a cutlass that looks like a hybrid of an FN-SCAR-H and an M60, which could double as a mounted machine-gun turret when a few are strapped together. It also comes equipped with More Dakka, as it has a satisfyingly high fire rate. The Boomshot, an enormous grenade launcher with a 60mm bore that shoots grenades in four-round bursts. The One-Shot, which can only be described as a sniper cannon. The Mulcher and Vulcan Cannon, which are both man-portable miniguns.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Stranded town of Fucked. "That's what this place is, so that's what we call it."
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Quad Damage
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Quad Damage: The Mutators in Gears of War 3 has one called "Super Reload". If you manage a perfect active reload you get several powerful effects: the affected ammo from the reload does not drain from your primary ammo cache, once the affected ammo is depleted it still gives you a full clip of regular fire (single shot clips like the Boomshot basically gives you two shots back to back), there is no time limit on using the affected bonus and instead of a 10-20 percent damage increase it does literally about a 500 percent damage increase. It's so powerful it makes regular assault rifles (especially the Lancer due to high firing rate and clip size) more valuable than the Silverback minigun. It's pretty much your only hope of making it through all 50 waves of Horde on Insane without a skilled, well-coordinated full party of 5 players.
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Alternate Universe
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Alternate Universe: The games don't take place in our universe. Just for starters, Sera, not Earth, is the homeworld of humanity.
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Disposable Pilot: Delta's Raven pilot gets blown up in his cockpit, prompting Jace Stratton to take the controls and sort-of land the chopper.
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What Happened to the Mouse?: Federic Rojas was a young Gear who joined Delta in Aspho Fields, and the younger brother of a Gear in Gears of War 1 who was in Alpha Squad. He is never mentioned in any of the books or comics that take place after it.
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Player-Exclusive Mechanic: Played with in regards to the Active Reload mechanic. Players are encrouraged to and frequently will use actives to speed up reloading. Multiplayer bots can do this too, but they do it rather infrequently. However, enemies in the Campaign and Horde mode will never reload their weapons faster than the default speeds. On the higher difficulties, this is unnecessary since the AI does so much damage and has such impeccable accuracy that they don’t need actives to kill you time and time again. Played straight with weapon skins. AI’s are there to fill in empty spaces left by players who leave and obviously have no need for skins, so naturally players are the only ones who can customize their weapons. In fact, the easiest way to tell if you’re facing a bot or player is to see if their gun has a skin on it.
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Badass Beard: An Easter Egg in Gears of War 3 allows everyone to have a Dom beard, even Anya and Clayton Carmine's helmet.
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Black and Gray Morality
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Black and Gray Morality: The more the Expanded Universe sheds light on the COG, the less light you want shed on them. Gray and Gray Morality: Despite how dark the COG gets, that doesn't necessarily mean they were the bad guys of the Pendulum Wars. Bad as the COG were, other factions - the UIR, the Gorasnayans - were about equal.
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Eldritch Abomination: The Lambent, especially the Lambent Brumak and Drudges. For Druges if they take too much damage but do not die, they will either mutate into three different forms ( Mutation 1 is when its head surges upwards as its neck elongates, forming a thick serpent-like appendage. The head itself mutates into a gaping triangular mouth, which could spray a stream of Imulsion at close-medium range, causing significant damage to enemies. Even when it is killed, the head would continue to function, acting like a snake-like predator on the hunt for enemies (hence the term "Headsnake").; Mutation 2 is when its arms mutate into grotesque, over-elongated limbs with giant claws.; Mutation 3 is when its legs grow in length and fused together to form a trunk, which placed the upper body on an high pedestal above the battle.).
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One-Hit Polykill : the One shot will easily kill any number of enemies in a single file line (there is even an award for it). The torque-bow can achieve this too if the player lands a headshot on an already low health opponent which will result in the explosive arrow turning their head into pulp without detonating, continuing in its trajectory and sticking into the next target exploding as intended killing it (bonus points for doing it to an Armored Kantus while he roars)
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Kung Fu-Proof Mook
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Kung Fu-Proof Mook: Seeders and Berserkers in the first game are absolutely immune to every weapon except the Hammer of Dawn. Boomers and Armored Kanti are also downplayed examples. Boomers are immune to chainsaws and retro charges, but can be damaged with anything else. Armored Kanti are Immune to Bullets, chainsaws and retro charges and can only reliably be taken down with fire or explosives.
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Posthumous Character
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Posthumous Character After having been killed off in the previous game, a young Dominic Santiago appears during a playable flashback sequence in Gears of War 4, documenting his time as a private during the Pendulum Wars. Marcus' late father Adam plays a major role in his backstory and motivations. Though later it turns out he's still alive.
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Gears Of War 2 allows characters to use mortars, miniguns and a multitude of over-the-top weaponry to kill mere infantry. Not to mention multiple characters can chainsaw a single enemy at the same time. That's not counting the ludicrous amount of overkill inherent to using a Brumak against hapless Locust.
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Our Zombies Are Different
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Our Zombies Are Different: Formers, who show up in Act 3, are Lambent humans, who act similar to stereotypical zombie fashion. It doesn't help that all they seem to be focused on is attacking the living and that one guy even seems to have been eaten alive. Poor bastard.
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Just Before the End
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Just Before the End: The "RAAM's Shadow" DLC to Gears of War 3 takes place before the first game, early in the Human-Locust War. Though it chronologically takes place after the Hammer of Dawn strikes that destroyed much of Sera (Barrick refers to his old Stranded camp in past-tense; Stranded camps didn't exist before this event), Ilima City's mostly undamaged, the government is still functional, the military well-equipped, and there are active attempts to evacuate civilians wherever possible.
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Simultaneous Arcs
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Simultaneous Arcs: Gears of War 3 does this in the first act, half of which you play as Cole and his squad as they attempt to aid Marcus.
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Hard Mode Perks
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Hard Mode Perks: Averted for the campaigns; playing on the highest difficulties simply gives you an achievement to acknowledge that you did so and allows the enemies to dish out repeated Curb Stomp Battles. Played straight with Horde mode; the higher the difficulty level, the more exp you get and for Gears 4, the higher the chance of you getting an Epic tier bonus card for a Horde skill. The “Hard” mutators from Gears 3 also count; each one you turn on will grant you an extra 10% increase in experience earned.
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Non-Standard Game Over
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Non-Standard Game Over: In Gears of War 3, take too much damage during the submarine ride to Azura and you'll get a cutscene where the gun pods detach and Delta drifts away in the current to separately suffocate from each other. Similarly, if you take too long to deal enough damage to the Tempest in the final battle while it's attacking Adam Fenix's superweapon, you'll see a scene of it busting open the weapon's casing and vaporizing Adam, dooming humanity's attempt at victory in the war. In Gears of War 4, during certain sections, you will be battling a Snatcher. If it downs you, it can pull you into its body. If your AI teammates don't free you after a few seconds, it will jump to an unreachable part of the map and escape with you inside.
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Voice with an Internet Connection
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Voice with an Internet Connection: Anya
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Hive Mind
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and in 4 their mutated form, the Swarm, are a literal Hive Mind
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Justified Trope
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Played with in 3- you start off against the new and explode-y Lambent, and fight them and the Locust in varied intervals. By the end of the game, though, the Locust you fight are loads and loads of Myrrah's Guards along with the bigger Boomers, Grinders, Armoured Kantus, etc. Possibly a Justified Trope that Myrrah only managed to get her elite forces to keep up with her and the main Locust force is kept at bay on Azura by the COG reinforcements.
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Absurdly High Level Cap: Gears Of War 3 introduced the ability for players to “Re-Up”; allow them to reset their multiplayer level back to 1 to gain more exp and get to level 100 again. 3 allowed players to do this three times, but 4 takes this Up to Eleven. Players can Re-up 10 times for a total of 1,000 levels, but those are just the regular Re-Ups. After those, you unlock the Wings, which allows players to go up another 1,000 levels with each single level requiring about three times as much exp as a normal level, the only difference being that you’ll get a credit bonus for every level rather than every 5. The Coalition even stated that getting all of this done would require such superhuman determination and grinding that they don’t expect anyone to reach Wings 10.
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Apocalypse How
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Apocalypse How: Class 2 in the backstory. All major civilization is knocked out besides the COG and a few pockets of stranded civilians living in the ruins of cities. Gears of War 3 indicates that things are coming dangerously close to a Class 3. Firing Adam Fenix's superweapon at the end pushes it close to a Class 4, though some humans remain.
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Clipped-Wing Angel: The final boss of Gears of War 2 is a regular Brumak who walks into Imulsion and mutates into a massive Lovecraftian Lambent Brumak. It's basically a giant tree that stands still in one spot, and lasts all of 2 or 3 seconds as you vaporize it with the Hammer of Dawn.
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Five-Man Band
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Five-Man Band The Hero - Marcus The Lancer - Dom, Jace after Dom's death. The Big Guy - Cole, Clayton in Gears of War 3 at times. Some Stranded even refer to Cole as "the big guy," during one mission. The Smart Guy - Baird, who lampshades this by explicitly identifying himself as "the smart guy". The Chick - Anthony and Benjamin in their respective games, Samantha and Anya in Gears of War 3. Team Pet - Jack Done again with a different band in "RAAM's Shadow": The Hero - Michael Barrick The Lancer - Jace The Big Guy - Tai The Smart Guy - Minh Young Kim The Chick - Valera Team Pet - Jack
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The Bus Came Back
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The Bus Came Back: After appearing briefly in Gears of War 2 to introduce a bunch of new mysteries regarding the backstory of the Gears world that were never addressed again in the games, the Niles A.I. returns in Gears of War 5 to finally give the big reveal regarding the origins of the Locust that was All There in the Manual for some time but never directly stated in the games themselves.
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The Squadette
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The Squadette: Anya, Sam, and Bernie in Gears of War 3; Alicia in RAAM's Shadow.
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Unmoving Plaid
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Unmoving Plaid: Judgment has a player skin like this included with the VIP Pass.
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Artificial Stupidity In the first game, combined with Suicidal Overconfidence: your A.I. teammates will often vault over a perfectly good piece of cover to charge straight into enemy fire, resulting in them being shot full of holes. Locust Drones also do this sometimes, but they can pull it off since they're Made of Iron, whereas your teammates are not. By the second game the friendly A.I. has been vastly improved and can hold its own even without your help, and it's possible for you to sometimes play whole sections without expending a single round of ammo! In the third game, during the fight with the Lambent Beserker at the point where it starts leaking Imulsion, the first thing Marcus says is to avoid said Imulsion. Your AI teammates will ignore this piece of advice and spend the rest of the fight walking into the Imulsion and screaming for help. Especially frustrating on Insane difficulty. Multiplayer bots in Gears 3 are noticeably terrible at using explosive power weapons and Frag Grenades. Bots will usually pick up a Boomshot, Torque Bow or Digger Launcher and immediately fire it into the nearest wall or piece of cover and spectacularly blow themselves into meaty chunks. The Torque Bow is particularly hilarious, as bots tend to prime the arrow and immediately go into cover, only for the arrow to stick the cover and kill themselves. The computer's stupidity is the only possible explanation for how the Locust and Lambent, two VERY intelligent and murderous species, will completely break fire from actual gears to target the decoys you build in Horde mode. These two are genuinely fooled by cardboard celebrity cutouts and mannequins! In-Universe, the Locust and Lambent are incredibly dangerous and most certainly do not fall for such obvious-looking traps. You'd figure that after fighting an enemy for decades, you'd have a good idea of what they look like. That, or maybe they attack the decoys because they need points like you do!
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Death-or-Glory Attack: The Sawed-Off Shotgun. It has only one shot per reload and one of the longest reloads in the game, and its kill range is shorter than the Gnasher. So if you miss your shot, you are in deep, deep trouble. That said, it deals enough damage to one-shot anything up to a Reaver (on lower difficulties, whereas the Gnasher can only One-Hit KO up to a boomer). The One-Shot also counts. It’s a sniper cannon than can One-Hit Kill almost any enemy, but as it’s two-handed, you have to be completely stationary to aim it. It also zooms in heavily on where you’re aiming, making you blind to any enemies that come and rush you and also projects a bright laser that everyone can see, so if you miss, you just gave away your position and any other enemies you try to snipe will most likely be far too close to aim at them efficiently. In Gears 4, you can whip out a knife and One-Hit Kill any infantry with it. However, to do this, you have to successfullly vault into them over cover or try to yank them over to your side. Not only are these relatively telegraphed, but if you vault over the wrong part of the cover or miss your yank, the enemy can calmly sidestep and blast you to pieces with their Gnasher.
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Spin-Offspring
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Spin-Offspring: Gears 4's main character JD Fenix is the son of Marcus and Anya. His teammate and possible Love Interest Kait Diaz is the granddaughter of Queen Myrrah. Also, one can consider the DeeBees to be Baird's "children", in a manner of speaking.
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Dynamic Entry
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Dynamic Entry: In the first two games Locust can enter the game space via Emergence Holes, stable channels to their tunnel network. However in the third game, they do away with that and practically explode out of the ground. There is an award for taking out a Locust while it's airborne.
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Villainous Breakdown: Towards the end of Gears of War 3, Queen Myrrah loses a lot of her previously cool and composed demeanor and becomes increasingly rabid and hysterical... fairly understandable, considering she's facing the complete annihilation of her species.
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Damn You, Muscle Memory!
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Damn You, Muscle Memory!: It will become quickly apparent to those who play Judgment that People Can Fly thought the button scheme that worked for THREE WHOLE GAMES was not good enough anymore. Many shouts of angry frustration were yelled when trying to use TAC/COM (Left Bumper in Gears 1-3) instead threw your grenade. The D-Pad was once used for switching between weapons is now used for your TAC/COM, and the Y button now used for swapping weapons.
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Small Girl, Big Gun
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Small Girl, Big Gun: Anya, Samantha and Bernie in the third game. Though not petite, they are smaller than the male Gears. The hardcore players picked up on this fairly quickly.
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Shotguns Are Just Better
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Shotguns Are Just Better: You'd be hard-pressed to find somebody online in any of the 3 games who doesn't primarily use the Gnasher, and oftentimes don't take very kindly to people using anything else. Epic themselves have admitted that the Gnasher is overpowered, and that they would like to nerf it, but they won't because of the enormous backlash they would receive from the Gnasher purists who make up a large part of the community. Really, the Sawed-Off and Overkill shotguns are very effective in gameplay too, since you just have to get close to a target and blow them away in one shot rather than use a harder weapon and work for your kills.
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Big Bad
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Big Bad: Myrrah. Note that Epic Games use the term "Big Bad" to refer to the final bosses of each game (General RAAM in the first, and Skorge in the second), but they are more like Dragons in trope-speak.
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Pardon My Klingon
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Pardon My Klingon: "Suck my blithe!"
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Men Are the Expendable Gender
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Men Are the Expendable Gender: The first two games and the novelizations play this straight. Only men do the fighting, while fertile women are used for reproductive purposes and non-fertile women serve in support roles. The third game, however, subverts this. The women fight alongside the men due to humanity being down to its last throes and needing every available body to fight.
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Black Dude Dies First
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Black Dude Dies First: Although subverted and never stated outright, Marcus is seemingly paranoid of this in the first game. Every time he orders Delta Squad to split up, he never tells Cole to come with him. By the second game he appears to be over this and does have Cole come with him. In fact, Cole, Jace Stratton and Samantha, all dark-skinned people, make it out of the trilogy alive. Dom doesn't.
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Tragic Keepsake: Many of the collectibles in the games are these, if they're not already Brown Note. The player could find the battered helmets of Anthony and Benjamin Carmine in 5.
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Living Gasbag
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Living Gasbag: Gears Of War 3 introduces the Locust Gas Barge as a means of transportation after the flooding of the Hollow.
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Luck-Based Mission
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Luck-Based Mission: The final battle against General RAAM in the first game. There are so many random factors in this fight (Reavers shooting at you, randomly appearing Kryll, plus RAAM himself and his own pet Kryll) that winning is as much luck as skill, unless you abuse the AI-block glitch. Multiplayer in general can be this. Sometimes, you may get paired up with incredibly skilled and intelligent teammates and effortlessly steamroll the other team, or you get stuck with a bunch of inexperienced greenhorns and get butchered by the other team before you can get a decent score. Certain ribbons can only be achieved through this trope, the most frustrating ones being Trick Shot, Smorgasbord and Ole. In order: you have to hope that two players are right near each other so that you can score a Torque Bow headshot on one player while the still-traveling bolt sticks the other one; stay alive throughout an entire Arms Race match so that you can kill a player with every weapon, and hope that someone picks up a Retro Lancer, decides to use the One-Hit Kill charge attack, hope that you have Frag Grenades on hand, successfully sidestep the charge and grenade tag them as they run past you. The latter two are so difficult to get that The Coalition flat out removed them from the ribbon requirement for the “Seriously 4.0” achievement.
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Better to Die than Be Killed: A collectible in Gears 4 is a suicide note left next to a skeletal gear and a Snub Pistol, in a small, out-of-the-way room in facility that was the site of a large battle between COG and Locust forces. The note makes it very clear that he shot himself not out of despair, but purely to deny any Locust the satisfaction of finishing him off.
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Immune to Bullets: Berserkers require a satellite laser cannon to kill, although when its skin is hot and toasty it's just as squishy as the rest of them. The Seeder is this fully; it can't be killed at all except via Hammer of Dawn.
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In Gears 5, Myrrah's husband decided to spare his daughter the horrific fate that her mother went through. Unfortunately for him, Myrrah reacted in the exact opposite way. Enraged at the loss of her one family member, she led the Locust in an uprising before taking them underground. Myyrah then proceeded to launch a genocidal war against humanity several decades later before the Locust evolved into the Swarm and finish what they started. Myrrah's husband's good act of trying to save his daughter nearly got all of humanity wiped out.
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Greater-Scope Villain: Imulsion itself, which is really a single, planet-wide parasitic organism, and has, aside from causing the wars on the surface due to being a "miracle fuel" that every Seran wants, also forced the Locust to expand to the surface and ignited the Locust War with lambency.
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Difficult, but Awesome
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Difficult, but Awesome: Wallbouncing (using the speed boost from “sliding” into cover to move around much more quickly than running and to dodge bullets) along with the hideously overpowered Gnasher is the epitome of Gameplay Derailment, but it’s hard to argue with its effectiveness. It takes a lot of practice and the right controller settings, as a single mistimed press will launch you into a dive and leave you wide open, but if you master it, you will be nigh untouchable as your ridiculous movement speed makes it borderline impossible for other players to keep weapons trained on you and by the time they figure out what to do, you can close the gap between them and deliver a One-Hit Kill time and time again. Seriously, just look at the crazy shit you can do when you master the mechanic.
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Took a Level in Badass: The Carmine family name, via the introduction of Clayton in Gears of War 3. JACK gets upgraded to be helpful in combat late in the third game.
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Kill It with Fire
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Kill It with Fire: The Berserker is only vulnerable to damage when her skin is hot and toasty, and the prefered method is using the Hammer of Dawn to do so. Otherwise the only other method of getting her to take damage is to use the Scorcher flamethrower or Incendiary Grenades, which is a much slower and dangerous tactic. Fire will also make short work of an Armoured Kantus, without having to wait around to Attack Its Weak Point. All that metal armour might stop bullets, but it sure conducts heat very well.
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Hide Your Children: Lampshaded by Baird, who remarks in one of the collectible intel items that it's strange despite fighting straight into the heart of the Locust civilization, there are no Locust children running around to shoot. Presumably a case of assumed Human Aliens - if they're Bee People, they wouldn't have children, just hatch fully-formed from eggs. Averted in Gears of War 3 while visiting Char. Many of the ash-corpses are too small to be adults. Averted again in the "RAAM's Shadow" DLC. A fair chunk of the campaign takes place in a high school which has been attacked by the Locust. Many corpses of civilians who are at the very least teenagers are shown in several rooms. Averted again in Gears of War 4, at least one of the outsiders captured by the swarm is shown to be a child.
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Hand Cannon: The Boltok revolver is obviously high-caliber (it can blow off limbs, and headshots cause the head to simply vanish in a geyser of gore and the top of someone's skull!). Of note is that attempts to make a prop version have resulted in a .50 caliber revolver. The Gorgon SMG is basically a fun-size one-handed automatic rifle, but surprisingly the champion of this trope in this series is the humble Snub pistol, sadly discarded or ignored by many players, which is chambered for .50cal and possesses both a high rate of fire and a 12-round magazine. No wonder it can decapitate armoured Boomers and Therons.
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Foreshadowing: In Gears of War 3, a shot of Adam from behind in his lab zooms out and lingers on a vial of Imulsion and a syringe behind him before the game returns to Delta Squad. Adam states later he had to inject himself with Imulsion in the creation of his superweapon, and knows fully well that activating it will kill him. In Gears of War 3, an early level features Marcus in a dream defending his father. Take a look at everyone in that dream. Two are already dead, two will die, and two will survive. Have fun guessing. Kait's opening scene explaining the nature of cocoons to JD plays into what the Swarm and their relationship with the pods. Specifically, an organism trying to survive that ends up growing claws to slash their way out hedges into humans being mutated into Swarm. It also foreshadows the rebirth of the Locust as Scions, now stronger than ever. After learning about what happened to the Locust during the Time Skip to Gears 4, Myrrah's last words to Marcus about how "your father always thought he had all the answers, but he had none!" seem a lot more ominous and foreshadow that the Anti-Imulsion weapon may not have the desired effect on the Locust that Adam planned for. Indeed, as the new cast discovers the Swarm, they also discover that the Locust never died and the Anti-Imulsion weapon actually just put them into a 25 year long state of hibernation that mutated them into the more powerful Scions, making them significantly stronger than their past selves.
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Made of Iron: In the first game it takes close to a full magazine of Lancer fire just to kill a single Locust Drone on every difficulty setting except the very easiest. Bear in mind that Lancer assault rifles had 60 rounds per magazine!note at the time:it was switched to 50 in 2, and reverted in 3. No wonder they had to invent chainsaw bayonets before anyone could hurt them. A bit less so in the second game, which has a) a Normal difficulty that falls between Casual and Hardcore, with appropriate enemy strength and b) an improved Hammerburst assault rifle that's actually stable and accurate enough to score headshots at mid-range. Played straight in Gears Of War 2, as everyone seems to lose pints of blood from being hit by bullets alone, but it takes time for it to affect them by having them go into a "down but not out" state. Played straight to this trope's extreme with the Meatflag in Gears of War 2, an unarmored civilian who cannot die whatsoever. You could drop a mortar on his head, blowing everyone around him into meaty chunks, and he'll just be crawling around and complaining afterwards. Makes sense, considering he's the objective for that particular game mode "Submission". Likewise, Prescott and Myrrah are this for the game mode "Capture The Leader" in Gears of War 3. In the cutscene leading up to the final boss fight of the "RAAM's Shadow" campaign, RAAM casually brushes off a chainsaw attack and several dozen assault rifle rounds at point blank range even before he puts up his Kryll shield. Cranked Up to Eleven in the third game. Lambent foes are Made of Explodium, but human soldiers can melee them to death with chainsaw bayonets and shrug off the point-blank KABOOM like it ain't no thang.
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Continuity Nod
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Continuity Nod: Many between all the books. Considering that each is written by the same author and each has a flashback storyline and one set in the present that relate to each other, it really isn't any surpise.
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Mr. Fixit - Baird and Dizzy
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One-Man Army
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One-Man Army: Technically a squad of four, but just two of the squad still ended up practically single-handedly deploying the destruction of the enemy, twice, barring the occasional need for transportation (although they end up transporting themselves more often then not). The consistency of the trope towards the final missions in the third installment is somewhat averted with it being clear that supportive elements are on the island - though not right with you - probably stopping the entire rest of the Horde from getting to you, which you'd assume Myrrah would probably be trying to do in such a desperate situation.
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Elite Mooks
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Elite Mooks: Theron Guards; smarter, faster, tougher and armed with one-hit-kill Torque Bows. From Gears 4, Swarm Hunters fit the bill as they are basically analogous to the Therons. Same goes for Elite Drones, since they come equipped with a Lancer, Gnasher and Frag Grenades in addition to advancing on you more quickly.
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Competitive Balance
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In Judgment, the Locust's modifications to the Markza sniper rifle to create the Breechshot included removing it's scope. Cole mocks the decision with "A sniper rifle with no scope? Ha! Those grubs are real geniuses!" (the real reason for this is, of course, Competitive Balance as the Breechshot does more damage than the Markza and can Boom, Headshot! faster much like the Longshot, while also having a larger magazine than the Longshot that doesn't need to be reloaded with every shot.)
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Sarcasm Mode
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There is an incredibly nasty bug in Gears of War 3 and it is by far the worst out of any of the glitches. Without warning, when you start up the game, there is a chance that your Player Data file can become corrupted which will result in ALL OF YOUR DATA BEING WIPED FROM THE GAME! What's in the Player Data file? Just every last one of your ribbons and medals that you have pain-stakingly earned throughout your total investment in the game! Oddly enough, your Campaign collectables and achievements will still be intact, but imagine being one of the unlucky souls starting up the game to have some fun only to mysteriously see that your level has been reset back to 1 and every one of your ribbons and medals are GONE. The worst part is that this glitch has apparently been in the game since launch and nobody quite knows what causes it. It is believed that it is the result of faulty Epic or Microsoft servers glitching out at the EXACT moment you press Start, but it can apparently happen if you so much as sign in after you start the game. Also, Epic and Microsoft will do nothing to reset your stats back to what they were because the second you enter the main menu, your Player Data file gets overwrittten and basically pretends that your old data never existed. The only way to combat this is to hope that you have played Gears 3 on another console that hasn't been hit by the bug so that you have an uncorrupted Player Data file. Then, you must transfer that data into a Memory Unit or Flashdrive and beam it back into your Hard Drive to replace the corrupted data. Only have one console? Congratulations, all of your hard-earned data is lost and your only option now is to start clean again from the beginning! Bugs, huh?
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Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Have we mentioned Dom's married today? To a woman? With breasts? And other lady parts? Who's not a guy? Making Dom not gay? Meaning he and Marcus aren't like that? Because Dom's married to a woman? Oh, Marcus looks at Anya longingly, too.
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Pre-Asskicking One-Liner
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Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Let's turn up the heat!"
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Abandoned Hospital
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Abandoned Hospital: The New Hope facility and the multiplayer level "Blood Drive".
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Skeleton Government
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Skeleton Government: Basically all that is left of the government 15 years after E-Day is Prescott.
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Samus Is a Girl
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Samus Is a Girl: Alex Brand, which surprises Delta after she saves them from a sniper nest.
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Homage
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The nature of the Kryll turns the game into a Homage of Pitch Black for part of the Act 2 of the first game.
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Genocide Backfire
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Genocide Backfire: It's been revealed by Word of God (namely David Nash and Karen Traviss, viewable here) that Myrrah was a descendant of the scientists who were running New Hope, and the Locust were created in an attempt to find a cure for Lambency.
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Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight
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Never Bring A Knife To A Gunfight : Subverted, Cleavers are very useful and often kill mooks (even more than one) in one swing.
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One-Hit Kill
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Further adding to 4's increased difficulty is the huge improvement over the enemy AI. Scions and Dr-1 Protectors will actively duck shots from your power weapons and standard Swarm troops KNOW that a melee strike will One-Hit Kill you on Insane and will constantly try to flank you by running straight at you and around your cover for an easy kill. There are also no Mutators to help you out and there are a few set piece encounters that are ridiculously difficult, like the chase of Jinn's gunship on Marcus' motorcycles, leaving you to dodge all sorts of hell at high speeds with only an Enforcer to fight back and the dreadful Fabricator segments which spawn huge amounts of enemies with only minimal fortifications to assist you. There is also no 4 player co-op, so you'll either have to tackle Insane alone, or with a really experienced friend.
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Finishing Move: Characters who've lost their Hit Points will often be incapacitated instead of killed, allowing for a stress relieving curb stomp. The second game introduced unique finishers with individual weapons. The third takes it up to eleven where you can continue them to gain more experience as well as giving each weapon an unlockable special execution.
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Mutants
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Mutants: The Slab reveals that the Locust are really human mutants who were exposed to imulsion in the hopes of finding a way to achieve immunity to lambency, and that Queen Myrrah is the descendant of one of the scientists at the New Hope facility where they did said research, which also resulted in the Sires, essentially proto-Locust. Therefore, Sera is no more or less the territory of the Locust than it is that of the surface Seran humans.
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Gender Is No Object
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Gender Is No Object: The first two games and the novelizations subvert this. Only men do the fighting; all fertile women are used for reproductive purposes, while non-fertile women serve in support roles. The third game, however, plays this straight. Almost all women fight alongside the men. Totally justified because humanity is down to its last throes and needs every available body to fight.
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Ascended Extra
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Ascended Extra: Of a sort, while not technically the same character the Carmine brothers through the three games have identical personalities and much more screentime in each installment.
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Emergent Gameplay
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Emergent Gameplay: This is exactly what "wallbouncing" is. Basically, players took notice than when they entered cover, they would "slide" into it at a high speed that was faster than even Roadie Running. Players soon started cancelling out of the "slide into cover" animation and instead used it to throw off opponents and dodge their shots, since a normal player would aim at the piece of cover they thought their opponent would move into, therefore missing their shot. Since then, this has become a staple mechanic of the series that is vital for Tournament Play and is almost entirely responsible for the Gameplay Derailment the series has become infamous for.
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MacGuffin
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MacGuffin: The Resonator in Gears of War.
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Rule of Three
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Rule of Three: Three named characters that are seen in combatnote  to count out Maria, Prescott, and Adam Fenix die in each installment except 3; two allies, one enemy. 1: Anthony Carmine, Lieutenant Kim, RAAM. 2: Tai Kaliso, Ben Carmine, Skorge. 3: Dom, Queen Myrrah. 4: Gary Carmine, The Speaker, Reyna.
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The Many Deaths of You
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The Many Deaths of You: And your enemies. There are a wide variety of ways to die in the game, either through straight-up damage or from being executed when in bleedout. Some execution moves can be rather creative and hilarious, if quite brutal and visceral, and certain big monsters have their own finisher animations for when they catch you with your pants down.
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Expository Gameplay Limitation
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Expository Gameplay Limitation: The game limits the player's movement to a slow walk in places to allow dialogue to play out.
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Instant Death Bullet
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Instant Death Bullet: Invoked with the weapon in Gears of War 3 called the "One Shot". It will shred any enemy in one shot and bypasses some forms of cover, including a Boomshield. In addition, it has a sniper zoom, but only has one round per clip, long reload time and is a heavy weapon, meaning it will slow you down like a Mulcher or mortar.
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In several cutscenes you can see Gears and Locust standing completely out in the open with no cover, exchanging full-auto fire at distances of less than 50 feet, and completely failing to hit each other with even a single bullet. Kim's last stand and the helicopter evac from Ilima City are both particularly egregious. Also applies in game as, by design, the typical combat ranges and effectiveness of weapons in Gears is very, very short. It improves slightly in Gears of War Ultimate Edition, as everyone places more accurate fire on their targets. Kim in particular is shown taking down several Locust with well placed shots, one by one in a matter of seconds. Not that it saves him.
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Giant Mook
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Giant Mook: Boomers and their variants; Grinders, Maulers, Butchers, Flamers, etc. Scions from Gears 4 fit this role, having the same patterns, strengths and weaknesses as the Boomer varieties.
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Unusable Enemy Equipment
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Unusable Enemy Equipment: In Gears of War 4, Scion Buzzkills have Boomshields strapped to their backs, which they never use. Even when you kill them, you're unable to pick them up, as the Boomshield was removed from this installment.
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Shell-Shock Silence
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Shell-Shock Silence: Several times in every game.
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Space Marine
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Marcus, too, is meant to be an "intelligent badass" by the design team, though it only really comes across in Karen Traviss's novels. Baird is more of a techie, but Marcus is very well-read and smart, though in his case its more that he can come up with complicated military tactics on the fly in stressful situations, and he definitely has motivations beyond those of the average Space Marine action hero.
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Deliberate Values Dissonance
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Deliberate Values Dissonance: Word of God states the reason women typically weren't COG infantry is because fertile women were needed for a more important duty vital to the survival of the human species. Infertile women, on the other hand, were sent straight to combat duty; if Alex Brand is any example, they make sure they really are infertile first. The dissonance also applies in-universe as Marcus clearly states to Alex that some of the practices implied by this trope are not one he agrees with by any means. Brand, for her part, decides while she should and is justified in being judgemental and pissed, when the fate of what remains of humanity is on the line, holding a grudge is probably not the best thing for everyone; she'll wait until after. It's implied (but never outright stated) in the novels that Anya can't have children, but never mentioned one way or the other for Sam, with both women being in their early-to-mid 30's (Sam 32, Anya 35 or 36) during Gears 3.
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Soundtrack Dissonance
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Soundtrack Dissonance: A staple of the trailers and TV commercials for the series. Joseph Kosinski's famous commercial for the original game where scenes of carnage are set to Gary Jules's cover of "Mad World". The commercial for Gears of War 2 has Delta Squad drilling into Locust territory as Devotchka's "How It Ends" plays in the background. The first announcement trailer for Gears of War 3 had "Heron Blue" by Sun Kil Moon (which does however contain some suspiciously appropriate lyrics about a city being drowned in God's tears, considering the ending of the second game). A later trailer for Gears of War 3 had "Into Dust" by Mazzy Star. For an in-game example, in Gears of War 3 Dom's Heroic Sacrifice, where he drives a truck into a fuel tank and sets off a massive explosion, is set to an instrumental version of Jules's "Mad World". The same instrumental will also play in multiplayer if a round of Versus is completed on Gridlock without any of the ash bodies being disturbed. The "Tomorrow" trailer for Gears of War 4 had Disturbed's cover of "The Sound of Silence".
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Red Shirt
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Red Shirt: Aside from the two Carmine brothers already mentioned, the "We're fucked! We're fucked!" Gear who is mauled by the first Berserker in the first game is listed in the credits as "Redshirt Gyules". The Carmines lampshade their Red Shirt-edness in the multiplayer. Clayton is something of a mockery of the Carmine's Red Shirt reputation: the plot goes out of it's way several times to make it look like he's going to die, only for him to either narrowly avoid it or drop out of the plot only to show up alive and unconcerned a few scenes later.
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Cheat Code
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Cheat Code: This is basically what the “Mutators” in Gears 3 are, although it is somewhat subverted. The mutators are divided into 3 categories: Easy, Hard and Fun. Easy mutators (Infinite Ammo, Instagib Melee) play this straight by making the game much easier, although each one that is active reduces your experience earned by 25%. Hard mutators (Vampirism, Friendly Fire) and fun mutators (Pinata, Flower Blood) are the subversions. Hard mutators make the game much more difficult, but each one active will grant you a 10% increase in experience while fun mutators don’t affect the difficulty and just make the game more amusing.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Pretty much every character has lines which will be stated to note how certainly dead they are in response to being struck by a Torque Bow shot. Sofia has a particularly unique one where she will quickly and fearfully say "I'll miss you guys.".
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Biological Weapons Solve Everything
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Biological Weapons Solve Everything: An eleventh-hour cure is also used to destroy both the Locust and the Lambent. In 4, it turns out it didn't kill all of the Locust, it mutated them into Scions over the course of 25 years.
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Final Boss
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After spending the entire game skulking cover to cover, Gears of War 2 ends in an unstoppable juggernaut section, followed by a point-and-click Final Boss. The earlier Reaver-piloting Rail Shooter sections certainly count. Likewise, the trip to the town of Mercy in Gears of War 3 and the beautiful submarine segment to Azura, albeit somewhat boring.
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Pyrrhic Victory
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Pyrrhic Victory: In spades with Gears of War 3; sure, the Locust and Lambent are finally gone, but the vast majority of humanity is dead, their cities destroyed and ruined and their primary source of energy used to build them up in the first place no longer exists because it was mutating beyond its control. The future is going to be very, very hard, but at least there IS a future for humanity. Surprisingly, the events of "RAAM's Shadow" turn out as one for the Locust. Yes, the COG has lost hundreds of Gears and civilians, but the evacuation of Ilima City was largely successful and RAAM was nearly killed by Zeta Squad.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: A lot of the characters, but Baird does it the most.
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Playing with Syringes
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Playing with Syringes: Niles Samson and New Hope. The notes and recordings in the research facility during Gears of War 2 and The Slab show that the COG accidentally created the Locust while trying to find a cure for Lambency 100 years ago.
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Always Over the Shoulder
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Always Over the Shoulder
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Fridge Brilliance
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Gears of War 4 basically has the Outsiders vs. the DeeBees vs. the Swarm. However, there is only one area in the campaign where DeeBees and Swarm are encountered together and they will shoot each other just as much as they will shoot you. Strangely enough, these two will not attack each other at all in Horde; possibly due to a programming oversight or maybe some clever Fridge Brilliance. The Swarm only attack humans because they can't exactly reproduce by sticking robots in their pods and the DeeBees only attack humans because they are specifically programmed to pacify Outsiders since they, for most of the campaign, are unaware of the Swarm's existence and actions.
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Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: The fifth mainline title eschews the "of War" part and is simply named "Gears 5", chiefly due to Pop Culture Osmosis — the games were seldom called by their full title in conversation.
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Go for the Eye
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The expediency of a helmetless Corpser takes a sudden drop when they can't see.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Ret Con
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Ragers appear in Aftermath. They may have simply been retconned into the entire series. Several different types of Locust as well as a few weapons that did not show up until the second or third game have been in both Judgment and RAAM's Shadow, so we can assume this is the case for all of them.
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Retcon
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Retcon: The second game switched the names of the Grenadier and Grenadier Elite. The third game gave the Beast Rider a Drone body type instead of a Grenadier body type (although the Grenadier variants still show up in Horde). Myrrah also now has a Caucasian skin tone instead of being grey like she was in the second game. Gears of War 4 changed up the weapon selection by re-adding the Markza from Judgment and removing quite a few from the previous games like the Gorgon SMG, Sawed-Off Shotgun, Mortar, One-Shot, Ink Grenades, Scorcher, Digger Launcher and even the iconic Hammer of Dawn. In the case of the Hammer and Mortar, they were Demoted to Extra in that they can only be used as horde-exclusive abilities. The Enforcer, Shock Grenades, Overkill and Dropshot replaced the Gorgon, Ink Grenades, Sawed-Off Shotgun and Digger Launcher respectively, so it makes sense in those cases, but it remains unknown of why the other weapons were retconned. Gears 4 also returned the Hammerburst to its original burst-fire roots from the first game rather than the single-shot rifle it was in the second and third games.
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Real Is Brown
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An Updated Rerelease for the first game was put out 10 years after the original for the Xbox One and Windows 10. Called Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. it has the same base gameplay (as well as the extra levels from the PC version) but features updated modern graphics (including optional 4k textures and a more colorful color palette that averts the original's Real Is Brown look), high-budget completely redone pre-rendered cutscenes, and an uncapped framerate on the PC version (the original PC version was locked to 62 fps without modding). It also adds a "Normal" difficulty to address the fact the original game didn't really have a difficulty setting between "Easy" and "Hard".
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Gorgeous Gorgon
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Gorgeous Gorgon: Myrrah
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live After having her entire army wiped from the face of the planet and finding herself in the company of the bereaved Delta Squad, Myrrah takes the opportunity to gloat about their losses. It doesn't go so well.
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Omnidisciplinary Scientist
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Then there's Adam Fenix, the man himself. Back-story shows he's both a super-genius Omnidisciplinary Scientist (generally considered "The Smartest Man On The Planet"), as well as a former military officer and war hero. Granted, he's aged quite a bit and by the time he's mentioned in the games, he's more of a Badass Bookworm.
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Five-Token Band
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Five-Token Band: It's actually pretty well done to where it doesn't seem like marking off a checklist. Cole, Franklin, Jace and Griffin are all black, Dom and Maria are Hispanic, Tai is Samoan, Kim is Asian, and Sam is Ambiguously Brown. The majority of other characters wear helmets.
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Ink-Suit Actor
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Ink-Suit Actor: Each voice actor for the four core members of Delta Squad and Anya could very easily be mistaken for the character in Real Life. Especially Lester "The Mighty Rasta" Speight as Cole.
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Demoted to Extra
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Gears of War 4 changed up the weapon selection by re-adding the Markza from Judgment and removing quite a few from the previous games like the Gorgon SMG, Sawed-Off Shotgun, Mortar, One-Shot, Ink Grenades, Scorcher, Digger Launcher and even the iconic Hammer of Dawn. In the case of the Hammer and Mortar, they were Demoted to Extra in that they can only be used as horde-exclusive abilities. The Enforcer, Shock Grenades, Overkill and Dropshot replaced the Gorgon, Ink Grenades, Sawed-Off Shotgun and Digger Launcher respectively, so it makes sense in those cases, but it remains unknown of why the other weapons were retconned. Gears 4 also returned the Hammerburst to its original burst-fire roots from the first game rather than the single-shot rifle it was in the second and third games.
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People Jars
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People Jars: The ones that contain the Sires in the New Hope research facility. (Hey, they technically count as human, don't they?)
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You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!
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You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Marcus' reaction to having to fight a Berserker onboard a train.
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Sadistic Choice: Del or JD near the end of 5. Whomever you didn't save gets his neck broken by the reanimated Reyna. And no, you can't Take a Third Option and go for the head, either.
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I Shall Taunt You
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I Shall Taunt You: Oh, boy, expect for this to happen to you a lot in multiplayer. Just to list the most popular ways that players taunt you: crouching repeatedly over your downed body, using an extended execution on your body, beating you down while their teammates kick you repeatedly, beating you down while their teammates empty every bullet ever produced on Sera into your body, moving their camera back and forth after winning a Gnasher duel, having their entire team crouch repeatedly over your body at once; the list of Unsportsmanlike Gloating goes on and on...
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Genius Bruiser
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Genius Bruiser: When Baird is asked to improvise a bomb with few parts available, he replies, "Regular or extra strength?" Marcus, too, is meant to be an "intelligent badass" by the design team, though it only really comes across in Karen Traviss's novels. Baird is more of a techie, but Marcus is very well-read and smart, though in his case its more that he can come up with complicated military tactics on the fly in stressful situations, and he definitely has motivations beyond those of the average Space Marine action hero. In fact, most of Delta Squad applies according to Baird himself, as he states the reason he sticks with them is because they're the only people he knows who have above a single-digit IQ. Then there's Adam Fenix, the man himself. Back-story shows he's both a super-genius Omnidisciplinary Scientist (generally considered "The Smartest Man On The Planet"), as well as a former military officer and war hero. Granted, he's aged quite a bit and by the time he's mentioned in the games, he's more of a Badass Bookworm.
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The Last Dance
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The Last Dance: Gears of War 3. Ominously, the "Brothers To The End" tagline fades to just "The End" in trailers and commercials.
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Combat Resuscitation
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Combat Resuscitation: Characters who run out of health from non-lethal injury are Down But Not Out: they are completely helpless and will die from almost any attack (except in Execution game modes, where downed characters are immune to long-range attacks and must be finished off up close and personal). Finishing Moves can be performed on downed characters. Additionally, downed players can use a frag grenade to perform a suicide attack on nearby enemies.
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Beam Me Up, Scotty!
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Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Invoked when Cole revisits his hometown. "The Cole Train don't go woo woo. It's WHOOOO~!" Which is also a meta reference, because "woo woo" was sometimes used by Terry Tate, Office Linebacker, also played by Lester Speight.
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Putting on the Reich
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Putting on the Reich: The COG appear to be based (though not exclusively) on Nazi Germany, judging from its aesthetics and predominant policies.
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Short-Range Shotgun: Averted in Gears of War 2, as the raw damage the Gnasher can inflict in close range was toned down from the first game but was balanced out by actually being an average weapon for medium range. Gears of War 3 introduces a double-barrled Sawed-Off Shotgun to give you a choice between the balanced Gnasher and this overspecialized shotgun. In fact, the Sawed Off's range is so short, the developers nicknamed it the "Bad Touch" gun since you'll need to be in that range to use it right. Also completely averted with the new Overkill shotgun from Gears of War 4. This beast fires one round when the player presses the trigger and another when the trigger is released. You can potentially launch 8 successive shots within a few seconds at your unlucky targets and score headshots on them from 30 feet away. It has about the same range as a Lancer. Its sheer range and power makes it the easiest weapon in the franchise to score headshots with.
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The Neidermeyer —> Colonel Badass - Colonel Hoffman, who doesn't get along well with Marcus but they come to respect each other by the end.
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Mission Control: Features prominently in both games. Normally, Anya's the one providing intel, advice, orders and even comfort; there are times where other characters take on the role, though they are distinctly lacking the comfort aspect. Delta Squad loses contact with Mission Control a depressing number of times throughout both games, though. In Gears of War 3, a variety of characters take on the role, from Anya to Dizzy to Adam Fenix.
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The mutators in added in 3 are divided into 'easy' 'hard' and 'fun' categories. The latter is composed of Big Head Mode, Flower Blood (which, sadly, disables all gore as well), Laugh Track (which is INCESSANT, like a terrible sitcom), Headless Chicken (which causes decapitated enemies to run around in a berserk rampage for a short time) and Pinata (which adds a collection minigame of sorts).
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New Meat
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New Meat: Benjamin in the second game, who also stands out as a Red Shirt by being the only main character who wears the face concealing helmet. The tutorial has the Player Characters training him.
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That Makes Me Feel Angry
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That Makes Me Feel Angry: Marcus sometimes shouts "Now I'm pissed!" upon being revived, and some Locust in Campaign may shout "RRRRRAAAAAGE!" while attacking you. If you attempt to yank an opponent over cover in 4 while playing as Marcus and fail, he may mutter "That pisses me off!"
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Holiday Mode: Several of the multiplayer events in 3. Halloween saw the players with Pumpkin heads, Thanksgiving unlocked an exploding turkey / chicken launcher, Christmas gave everyone snowmen heads, and Super Bowl week unlocks a Locust Drone in football pads.
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Womb Level
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Womb Level: The Rift Worm in the second game.
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Adrenaline Makeover
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Adrenaline Makeover: Anya
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Neck Lift
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Neck Lift: In Gears 4, Scions will execute players by lifting them off of the ground by their necks and popping their heads from the pressure of their grip.
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Big
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Big NO: The major one in the entire series is the one Marcus gives when he realizes that Dom's rescue of Delta Squad from the Lambent horde will end in Dom's death.
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Bonus Feature Failure
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Bonus Feature Failure: In Gears of War 4, if you prove yourself as a die-hard fan and complete all ten Re-ups, you'll be rewarded with...the ability to go up another 100 levels! (Plus the standard reward of 3 Elite Packs). Only this time, every level you go up gives you a credit bonus compared to 1 bonus for every 5 levels normally. This starts off with a 300 credit bonus and increases to 500 at level 10 and beyond. Sounds incredible, right? Well, the problem is this: you need a lot more xp to go up levels now. By the time you get to around level 40, you'll need roughly 100,000 xp to go up a single level! This feature fails because with the amount of time you spent going up that one level, you could've gotten the same credit bonus 2 to 3 times over if you hadn't completed all your Re-ups. It ultimately does the opposite and actually makes it a lot harder to save up for packs now.
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You could just drop your meatshield instantly by swapping to another weapon and get back to fighting faster... oooorrrr you could relieve more stress by playing an animation of snapping the meatshield's neck before dropping them.
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True Companions
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True Companions: This is Band of Brothers: The Game. In fact, the tagline for Gears of War 3 is "Brothers to The End". In the Expanded Universe, the enitre COG army is pretty much this both before and after Emergence Day. If you are a Gear, you know you can always count on every single other Gear to have your back, no matter what, even if they don't like you. Since the army is so small after Emergence Day, a large majority of Gears know every other Gear still alive.
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Bee People
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Bee People: The Locust Horde society is structured with a Queen at the top, and lots and lots of disposable drones. and in 4 their mutated form, the Swarm, are a literal Hive Mind
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Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Marcus and Baird do not get along very well, though they do gradually get on friendlier terms. By the second game, they mostly throw friendly insults at each other. Explained in-universe that Baird was initially resentful of Marcus given command over him or Cole, considering at the start of the games, he and Cole outranked him or Dom and, despite Marcus being a decorated Gear and war hero, Marcus was also discharged and imprisoned who is only active again because the military doesn't have a choice. In the novels, they finally do end up more or less getting along. Of note is that Baird is specifically mentioned to not be afraid of Marcus at all, just a little uneasy because he can't figure out what motivates him (which is how Baird classifies people). Brought back in 3. While Marcus and Baird are now getting along, there is considerable friction between Baird and Sam in the first Acts, with them throwing all sorts of sarcastic quips at each other. The nature of their rivalry is implied to stem from Sam trying to be Dom's new Love Interest. They ease up considerably after Dom's Heroic Sacrifice. By 4, Sam and Baird are an actual couple
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Mooks: It's raining Locust! Giant Mook: Boomers and their variants; Grinders, Maulers, Butchers, Flamers, etc. Scions from Gears 4 fit this role, having the same patterns, strengths and weaknesses as the Boomer varieties. Elite Mooks: Theron Guards; smarter, faster, tougher and armed with one-hit-kill Torque Bows. From Gears 4, Swarm Hunters fit the bill as they are basically analogous to the Therons. Same goes for Elite Drones, since they come equipped with a Lancer, Gnasher and Frag Grenades in addition to advancing on you more quickly. Kung Fu-Proof Mook: Seeders and Berserkers in the first game are absolutely immune to every weapon except the Hammer of Dawn. Boomers and Armored Kanti are also downplayed examples. Boomers are immune to chainsaws and retro charges, but can be damaged with anything else. Armored Kanti are Immune to Bullets, chainsaws and retro charges and can only reliably be taken down with fire or explosives. Praetorian Guard: The Palace Guards in the second game, who guard the Nexus Palace instead of regular drones, and are just as tough as Theron Guards. The third game has Chairman Prescott's Onyx Guard, elite Gears personally loyal to him, although you only fight them as the "final boss" of Beast Mode when playing as the Locust. Mook Maker: Emergence Holes in the first two games, Kantus priests from Gears of War 2 onwards can summon Tickers from out of nowhere, revive downed Locust from long range, and are overall just extremely annoying buggers (remember to Shoot the Medic First). Gears of War 3 feature Lambent Stalks that sprout from the ground, changing the landscape but also depositing any number and multiple types of Lambent Locust in your path while also doing away with Emergence Holes, presumably because the Locust have lost control of the underground to the Lambent. Gears of War 4 has Swarm nests, functioning much like the E-holes of yore, with the added bonus that when blown up by frags you can climb inside the hole and use it as cover. Sometimes they also have weapons and ammo inside. Mooks Ate My Equipment: Feral Tickers Shield-Bearing Mook: Maulers carry gigantic Boomshields to give them extra protection. If they take any damage, they immediately deploy it, forcing you to attack them from behind or very carefully try to shoot them in their exposed feet in the front. Smash Mook: Berserkers are huge and look pretty terrifying, but due to their blindness, their tactics only consist of running in a straight line towards you or pounding you with their fists up close.
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Hope Spot: After the decades-long Pendulum Wars in the backstory, it was believed that peace had finally come to Sera. Then Emergence Day happenred.
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Harder Than Hard
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You all thought Insane difficulty was the most rage-inducing difficulty in the series? Heh heh, that's a good one... Just wait 'til you get a load of the new Inconceivable difficulty that Gears 4 has implemented. The official description for it is "beyond insane. Make every bullet count." You have even less health than on Insane in this mode and are basically a One-Hit Point Wonder, but the enemies have less health as well. Naturally, the enemies have deadshot accuracy and ammo drops are drastically smaller. This will test even the most elite of Gears players to their absolute limits. It is very, very unlikely that you will even be able to make it through the prologue without copious amounts of continues. Oh, and there's an achievement for beating the entire campaign on this mode, in case you thought it was simply a self-imposed challenge for those who want it.
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Nice Guy
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Tragically, Dom of all people manages to end up becoming the biggest example of this in the series. The players have gotten to know him across the entire series, playing as him in co-op and getting to see how much of a loyal, selfless and Nice Guy he is. Although the Anyone Can Die trope was invoked in Gears of War 3, absolutely no one was expecting Dom to be the only Delta Squad member to die. Even though he went out in a Dying Moment of Awesome combined with Heroic Sacrifice, it's safe to say that Dom's death brought tears to the entire fan base.
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Fan Nickname
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An overlooked aspect is how the melee attack was weakened across the games, although in terms of stunning power rather than damage. In the first game and Ultimate Edition, melee attacks stunned players for 2 whole seconds, which pretty much left you defenseless to a follow-up Gnasher shot which the community used relentlessly. By Gears 2 onwards, the melee attack makes players flinch for about half a second, which allows everyone to escape from being gibbed and made two-piecing a lot harder and less effective overall. However, you can still down an opponent from 2 melee strikes, so the attack itself is still useful in damage output, but the lack of stunning power is predominately why almost nobody melees online anymore.
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Gunship Rescue
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Gunship Rescue: Many times, just like in the games. Subverted once as well: during a Lambent assault on Pelruan, KR-33 attempts to take out a mutated Leviathan. It's quickly destroyed by the Leviathan shooting explosive polyps at it.
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Mêlée à Trois
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Mêlée à Trois: The second game introduces the Lambent, mutant Locust who are fighting against the original Locust. By the third game, humans, Locust and Lambent are all duking it out with each other on the planet's surface. However, in the actual game, Locust and Lambent are only encountered in the same area a couple of times, most prominently in the final battle. Gears of War 4 basically has the Outsiders vs. the DeeBees vs. the Swarm. However, there is only one area in the campaign where DeeBees and Swarm are encountered together and they will shoot each other just as much as they will shoot you. Strangely enough, these two will not attack each other at all in Horde; possibly due to a programming oversight or maybe some clever Fridge Brilliance. The Swarm only attack humans because they can't exactly reproduce by sticking robots in their pods and the DeeBees only attack humans because they are specifically programmed to pacify Outsiders since they, for most of the campaign, are unaware of the Swarm's existence and actions.
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Difficulty Spike
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Difficulty Spike: The jump from Hardcore to Insane difficulty is staggering to say the least. It's at this difficulty where the game starts punishing you severely for not being a master of the Gears of War mechanics. Enemies gain god-like accuracy with weapons while you can be killed in 1 to 3 shots from any weapon. Any melee attack is a One-Hit Kill and players WILL be rushed by enemies if they camp at their cover for too long. Enemies have almost twice as much health as usual and can only be taken down efficiently with Active Reloads and headshots. The worst part, however, is there is no going DBNO for you: if you lose all your health, you die on the spot. The only saving graces are that your AI teammates have more health and will not bleed out if they go DBNO, so they can help you get through the campaigns solo.
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Mini-Mecha
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Mini-Mecha: The Silverback, which doesn't actually have a back so that Gears can climb in and out easily. Size-wise, it's very close to being a Powered Armor.
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Gears of War 2 contains another Shout-Out to the same movie; one of the chapters late in the game is called "Have Fun Storming the Castle", a line from The Princess Bride.
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Large and in Charge
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Large and in Charge: The Locust leaders are much taller than their counterparts. RAAM, a Theron, is even bigger than a Boomer. Even Myrrah is fairly tall for a (apparently) human woman.
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Camp Unsafe Isn't Safe Anymore
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Camp Unsafe Isn't Safe Anymore: In Gears of War 2, a Stranded says the surface isn't safe anymore. The Locust, Kryll-infested, razor hail suffering surface.
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Child Soldiers
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Child Soldiers: Delta captures a fifteen-year old Stranded insurgent on Vectes, though Baird insists that his age makes him an adult.
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Informed Ability
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Informed Ability: The Onyx Guard are supposed to be the most absolutely elite of the COG forces, yet they get slaughtered every single time they're deployed in the games and novels.
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Canned Orders over Loudspeaker
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Canned Orders over Loudspeaker: In Gears of War 2 you can hear Myrrah spouting Locust propaganda in the later Nexus levels. Once Delta Squad finds a microphone, they offer a rebuttal.
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Death of a Thousand Cuts
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Death of a Thousand Cuts: One strategy for defeating the Swarmak on Gears 4's Insane difficulty is to not follow the on-screen objectives and expose its weak points, as this causes other enemies to spawn, and instead stay close to the bottomless ammo refill and whittle it down with Lancer fire at an agonizingly slow pace.
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Word of God
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It should be noted that Word of God is that the Nintendo Hard nature of the first game was completely unintended, and the sequels are a result of the developers making the single-player campaign more balanced.
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Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better
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Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: At a time when other FPS games had shotgun/assault rifles mainstays but with common energy weapons for heavy hitting, the makers of Gears took a different route by making energy weapons nonexistent to both sides except for the Hammer of Dawn satellite. The reasoning according to the PC version instruction manual, is that our contemporary gun technology is already very effective and it seemed likely that even centuries from now, there'd be little need for anything else except to augment the standard gun with future technology. Averted in Gears 4 where the Deebees use both shock weapons and electro magnetic rail guns.
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Redshirt Army
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Red Shirt Army: Counter-intuitively, Gears with helmets tend to die as quickly as they're introduced, [[Irony often by being shot in the head]]. Gears of War 4 starts with the players themselves at the receiving end of this trope, and it is certainly NOT played for laughs.
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Killed Off for Real
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Killed Off for Real: Helena Stroud, Rory Andresen, Bai Tak, Carlos Santiago
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This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
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This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: One segment in Gears of War 2 gives you free reign to snipe Locust from a ridge. Achieving five kills in a row with the sniper rifle, and Marcus will yell: "That's one. That's two! That's THREE! THAT'S FOUR! THAT'S FIVE, MOTHERFUCKERS!" Delivered straight by Marcus when he guts Myrrah in Gears of War 3:
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Roaring Rampage of Revenge
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Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Bernie went on one against her rapists. She got real good with using her knife during it.
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Muscles Are Meaningless
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Muscles Are Meaningless: The average male COG and Locust Drone has chest and arm girth that would put most Olympian power lifters to shame. This, of course, offers them no advantage over the normally proportioned (ie. literally half their size) female gears in terms of hand-to-hand combat or in carrying heavy weaponry from the hip (or their armor, for the matter). Emphasized at the end of Gears of War 3 when Anya and Marcus sit next to each other and hold hands, and you see how much bigger Marcus is compared to her.
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Sigil Spam
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Sigil Spam: The Crimson Omen. Gears of War 1 and 3 both use it as a marker inexplicitly to let you know a COG Tag is nearby. The other collectibles in 3 don't get them, unfortunately, and in 2 the COG Tags don't even get them.
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Taken for Granite
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Taken for Granite: Gears of War 3 features the city of Char filled with crowds of people who have been flash-fried into statues of ash, the first real depiction in the games of the absolute hell the Hammer of Dawn counterattacks have caused.
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That Came Out Wrong
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That Came Out Wrong: Played for Laughs in Gears 5.
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No Campaign for the Wicked
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No Campaign for the Wicked: Averted in "RAAM's Shadow", which has several segments where you play on the side of the Locust horde.
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Hoist by His Own Petard
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Hoist by His Own Petard: it is entirely possible to hit a locust/swarm drone as they are about to throw a grenade and cause then to lose the grip on it thus having it fall by them blowing them up.
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Refuge in Audacity
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Refuge in Audacity: Chainsaw bayonets?! Are you serious?! They actually make sense given how much armor almost everyone wears. A normal bayonet is only useful against unarmored targets. The sequel has chainsaw duels. The Dragon can only be damaged by this because he has a double-edged chainsaw staff. Hell yeah. Numerous points in the second game have Delta Squad being forced into using this trope.
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Dark Action Girl
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Dark Action Girl: Myrrah, the Locust Queen, takes to frontlines in Gears Of War 3, heaving stripped herself of her squid-dress from the second game. In fact, her combat outfit looks very nice, too. She acts as the Locust leader in multiplayer.
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Professional Butt-Kisser
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Professional Butt-Kisser: Major Aleksander Reid will do anything to get in Chairman Richard Prescotts good graces.
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Bulletproof Human Shield
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Bulletproof Human Shield: Anyone can take an enemy as one if they have been downed (see Critical Existence Failure). The game considers an enemy dead by all means, meaning there's no way to help them while they are being held (in multiplayer, their respawn timer starts), and when they are no longer held, they're practically a corpse. Maybe justified due to the armor all Gears wear, as well as the Locust being naturally tough.
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Vitriolic Best Buds
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Vitriolic Best Buds: Baird and Cole. Baird and Marcus too, prevalent throughout the first game, and while toned down in the second and third it's still there.
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The Captain
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The Captain - Marcus
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Cute Monster Girl
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Cute Monster Girl: Subverted with the female Locust Berserkers, vicious and fugly 10-foot tall stone-skinned monsters. Played straight in Gears of War 2 with the Locust Queen Myrrah, who strangely looks like a human woman wearing a squid on her back. Although this appears to be a plot point, this is never explained in game. On the forums, it was revealed that Myrrah was a child of one of the scientists of the New Hope facility. The facility she was in got destroyed, with her being the only survivor. She ended up leading the children of the Sires, which were the first Locust.
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Action Bomb
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In the second game, humanity eventually comes to the decision that the only way to stop the Locust for good is to breach the grounds of Jacinto, humanity's last bastion of safety, and flood the Hollow with seawater to kill everything underground. After defeating a Lambent Brumak to be used as an improvised Action Bomb, the humans are able to flood the Hollow and victory seems to have finally been achieved. But, yet again, the third game reveals that the Locust STILL aren't down for good and even worse, The Lambent have broken through to the surface with the intent of turning every living thing to their ranks, accelerating Sera's destruction even more.
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Action Girl
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Action Girl Locust Berserkers are really female Drones. They're far more dangerous and deadlier than the males and more feared by the Gears. They're also invulnerable until you hit them with an orbital bombardment or set them on fire. In the third game, Anya has ditched her Mission Control role in order to fight on the battlefield with the male Gears, alongside another female gear, Samantha Bryne, as well as a veteran of the Pendulum Wars who fought with Colonel Victor Hoffman, Bernadette "Bernie" Mataki. Alicia Valera in "RAAM's Shadow" rounds out the gender ratio in Zeta Squad. Lampshaded by Hoffman in the Anvil Gate novel when talking about Anya, Sam and Bernie; he says that he pities any Stranded "that run into that gang of harpies". Judgement includes a new female Onyx Guard character model in addition to the Kilo Team member Sophia. By this time the Gears Of War series outnumbers almost any other shooter game franchise when it comes to named, story relevant female soldiers.
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Elaborate Underground Base: The Hollow and Nexus
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Ludicrous Gibs
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Ludicrous Gibs: Whats happens to Helena Stroud and Carlos Santiago.
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Hand Wave
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The "active reload" mechanic within the game consists of a minigame while reloading: press the reload button within a specific and small window of time and the weapon will reload faster. Press it within an even smaller, more specific window will give the weapon a temporary stat bonus (increased range, firing rate, damage...) and reloads the weapon instantly if pressed correctly. However, missing it causes the weapon to jam and ends up taking much longer to reload. This minigame is never explained, not even HandWaved, and is quite obviously just there to make reloading more fun.
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High-Pressure Blood
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High-Pressure Blood: In Gears Of War 2, it seems as if the characters lose blood that would be enough to kill someone when they go into a downed state alone from the impact of bullets against them. Not to mention the extra pints they lose from crawling around.
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Reasonable Authority Figure
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Reasonable Authority Figure - Hoffman, Marcus also seemed to have a lot of respect for Captain Michaelson.
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Ship Tease
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There's also indications in the opposite direction; more than one scene in Gears of War 2 and production interview gave us signs that Marcus and Anya have more than a strictly professional relationship between them. Naturally, the novelizations and subsequent Gears of War 3 outright confirm this.
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Chekhov's Gunman
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Chekhov's Gunman: Adam Fenix
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Command Roster: Technically, until the third game most of the group consists of multiple squads, largely Alpha and Delta. But they still come together sometime into the story and stay together as though they were one group. The First Game The Captain - Marcus, after Lieutenant Kim is killed. Number Two - Dom Mr. Fixit - Baird The Marine - Cole Mission Control - Anya The Neidermeyer —> Colonel Badass - Colonel Hoffman, who doesn't get along well with Marcus but they come to respect each other by the end. Red Shirt - Carmine (Anthony) The Second Game The Captain - Marcus Number Two - Dom New Meat - Carmine (Benjamin) The Scientist - Baird (In-game collectibles of various kinds are provided with some text commentary by Baird) Mr. Fixit - Baird and Dizzy The Marine - Cole The Security Officer - Tai Ace Pilot - Dizzy Mission Control - Anya, Hoffman when they get into really top secret areas Reasonable Authority Figure - Hoffman Obstructive Bureaucrat - Chairman Prescott The Third Game The Captain - Marcus Number Two - Dom, Cole also takes on a leadership role when out looking for supplies The Scientist - Baird again Mr. Fixit - Baird and Dizzy The Marine - Cole, Jace and Carmine (Clay) Friendly Sniper - Sam The Medic - Anya Communications Officer - Anya Mission Control - Switches up depending on who is out in the action. Anya, Bernie, Baird, Dizzy and Adam Fenix all take on this role. Reasonable Authority Figure - Hoffman, Marcus also seemed to have a lot of respect for Captain Michaelson. Obstructive Bureaucrat - Prescott, although in this case he was trying to undo all the government secrets he had been hiding
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Continuity Cameo
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Continuity Cameo: Marcus makes an audio cameo in Judgement when it's revealed he is part of the battle of Halvo Bay, although not mentioned by name it is quite clear who he is supposed to be. Interestingly, his voice is noticeably less scratchy than the later games and is a little more in line with his voice from the first Gears game.
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Artificial Brilliance
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Artificial Brilliance: Gears of War 4 has achieved this in spades. Bots are much smarter than in the previous games, with them intelligently taking cover and firing around and over it to kill you and enemies instead of charging out in the open and actually attempt to get away from you if you rush them from the side of their cover; in direct contrast with Gears 3 bots that would stupidly stare at you from cover even on Insane if you walked up to them. However, the improved A.I. is the most noticeable in the Co-op Team Deathmatch mode, which pits a team of players against a team of Hardcore-level bots. The bots play very disturbingly like real players! They will employ nearly identical tactics that players do, firing at you with rifles from a distance as you rush to the power weapons and have shotgun battles with you when you close in on them. They even know when to quickly finish players rather than stupidly doing extended executions in the middle of a firefight. They are also incredibly good at flanking players and very accurate with power weapons unlike the Artificial Stupidity tendencies of bots mentioned below. If you're not careful, a team of bots can sweep the match out from under you. A marvelous A.I. improvement over the previous Gears titles. This is also very noticeable in the campaign and Horde as well. While in the previous games Locust would employ pretty good tactics, a lot of them would eventually just vault over their cover and walk through an unprotected battlefield in a futile attempt to hit you. This also carried over into Gears 3 Horde, where the last Locust left would just charge at your team's ready weapons. This is not the case in 4 at all. The Swarm will almost always hang back in their cover and wait for the player to approach them. While they are hanging back, their snipers will keep you pinned under their fire while a pack of Grenadiers or Scions will approach from the side. If that doesn't work, Juvies or Pouncers will jump nearby to draw your fire while the drones will rush you while you are distracted. Even in Horde, drones will generally move in groups of 2 to 3 and when down to the last 5 enemies, they WILL all crowd around you to take you out quickly. On Hardcore and Insane, it's not uncommon for them to charge from their cover and around yours for a One-Hit Kill melee strike. On these difficulties in Horde, you have between 3 to 4 seconds to revive a downed teammate before they are executed compared to the roughly 10 second window on Normal.
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Updated Re-release
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Updated Re-release: The PC version of Gears of War features several new levels in the last act that make the overall plot flow more coherently, as well as a new boss battle against a Brumak. If it's any consolation to console gamers, these levels are unoptimized and tend to lag even on bleeding edge hardware. An Updated Rerelease for the first game was put out 10 years after the original for the Xbox One and Windows 10. Called Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. it has the same base gameplay (as well as the extra levels from the PC version) but features updated modern graphics (including optional 4k textures and a more colorful color palette that averts the original's Real Is Brown look), high-budget completely redone pre-rendered cutscenes, and an uncapped framerate on the PC version (the original PC version was locked to 62 fps without modding). It also adds a "Normal" difficulty to address the fact the original game didn't really have a difficulty setting between "Easy" and "Hard".
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Short-Range Long-Range Weapon
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Short-Range Long-Range Weapon: The Longshot sniper rifle fits this trope well, except for one particular sequence in Gears of War 2 (see This Is for Emphasis, Bitch! below). In Judgment, the Locust's modifications to the Markza sniper rifle to create the Breechshot included removing it's scope. Cole mocks the decision with "A sniper rifle with no scope? Ha! Those grubs are real geniuses!" (the real reason for this is, of course, Competitive Balance as the Breechshot does more damage than the Markza and can Boom, Headshot! faster much like the Longshot, while also having a larger magazine than the Longshot that doesn't need to be reloaded with every shot.) In Gears 4 the DeeBee sniper rifle (the EMBAR) is a magnetic railgun without a scope, because robots don't need a scope to drill someone between the eyes at 100 yards. Humans picking it up, on the other hand, will not be as lucky. Again a point of balance as the EMBAR packs a lot of punch and has three rounds per mag.
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Shoot the Medic First
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Shoot the Medic First: Those damn Kantus Priests! In Gears 4, Scions do not revive fallen Swarm, but they do buff the living ones, so this still applies as killing the Scion will undo the buff. They actually can revive Swarm troops that happen to be down near them when they perform their buffs, but the range of this is nowhere near the Kantus' coverage.
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Didn't See That Coming
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Didn't See That Coming: Kilo Squad was this to General Karn (a brilliant strategist), with a little bit of Spanner in the Works thrown in as well. Everything would have been almost perfect for Karn if only Kilo had followed orders.
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Male Gaze
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Male Gaze: Sam gets the sexy pan-up shot while a Stranded ogles her.
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Sergeant Rock
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Sergeant Rock: Marcus, when Benjamin's part of Delta Squad. Hoffman counts, as well.
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Uncle Tomfoolery
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Uncle Tomfoolery: ALL ABOARD THE COLE TRAIN, BABY!. Cole is the Expy of Terry Tate, Office Linebacker, except with a very big gun. Aside from the flamboyant, boisterous actions of Cole (the "Cole Train" multiplayer skin in Gears of War 3 being the prime example), all other blacks, such as Jace, are written very 21st century.
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Fungus Humongous
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Fungus Humongous: The Inner Hollow in Gears Of War 2 has mushrooms that are slightly shorter than Delta Squad, and some slimy stuff on the walls that might be fungi.
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Made of Explodium
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Made of Explodium: All Lambent creatures explode when killed with varying degrees of force, which is used by the team when they needed a big bomb and there was a Lambent Brumak in front of them. Regular drones don't harm you much, drudges sometimes run after you when about to explode, wretches are like grenades, Grunkers and Lambent Berzerkers look like a tactical nuke.
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Authority Equals Asskicking
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Authority Equals Asskicking General RAAM personifies this trope. Skorge, a bit less so, but cutting a tank in half is still pretty badass. Colonel Hoffman, to a lesser extent, as he's on the same level as the rest of Delta Squad, but when you consider how much of an achievement it is in this universe to even make it to your mid-thirties (Word of God has him at age 60 in Gears of War 3) and he's no coward or stranger to frontline fighting makes him pretty hardcore. Marcus plays with this: prior to the games, he was a decorated soldier and war hero, but after abandoning his post to try and rescue his father, he gets sent to prison. At the start of the trilogy, he's technically only a private, though within an hour, he gets back up to sergeant.
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Story-to-Gameplay Ratio
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Story-to-Gameplay Ratio: The first game was fairly low, it had a solid story with a beginning, middle and end but the gameplay didn't have much bearing on the story (Once Marcus and Dom do a game-enforced split-up to "cover more ground" but all it does is force you to play alone for a minute before coming back together on the same path). Gears 2 had a lot stronger storyline but carried a few similar "irrelevant to the story but cool anyway" set-ups (the deployable cover you find in the Nexus doesn't really do much). By Gears of War 3 almost all scenarios and gameplay shifts were designed to facilitate the story.
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Bash Brothers
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Bash Brothers: All of Delta Squad, but especially since cooperative play allows you to be Marcus and your friend be Dom. In-universe, Baird and Cole were really tight before they ever met Marcus or Dom, and still are as far as can be seen. Gears of War 3 takes this to the logical extreme, where there's four player co-op for the entire campaign.
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The Hero
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The Hero - Michael Barrick
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Fake Difficulty
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In the first game, your teammates' propensity for vaulting over a perfectly good piece of cover in order to charge straight into enemy fire and get shot full of holes is absolutely ridiculous. Almost certainly a form of Fake Difficulty designed to make the player do all the work instead of letting the A.I. do most of the fighting. Rectified in the sequel with smarter squadmates less likely to break cover and do this (and who also can soak much more damage).
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Expy
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Expy: Cole is the soldier version of Terry Tate, Office Linebacker, a joke character from a series of Reebok commercials. Of course, they're played by the same person. The Kryll bear more than a little resemblance to the nocturnal creatures in Pitch Black.
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Gorn
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Gorn: It certainly goes into this trope at times... and then there's chainsawing your enemies... and then there's chainsawing your enemy simultaneously with your allies. The games THRIVE on its extreme violent content. There's hardly a death in this game that doesn't end in copious amounts of blood, meaty chunks or bones cracking, not to mention the way blood splatters on the camera. Special note of a certain line from the second game:
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Nerf
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In the first game, the Torque Bow kills anything any all difficulties that isn't a boss in one hit, including you. It even works on Boomers, who can take multiple rounds from the Boomshot or 3 full magazines of assault rifle fire. Nerfed in the sequels, where it's no longer this trope. The third game does still allow single kills with it on Boomer-class Locust, but only with headshots.
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Bald, Black Leader Guy
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Bald, Black Leader Guy: Griffin in the third game. Former energy magnate, current ruler of a post-apocalyptic city, always ruthless.
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Wolfpack Boss
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Wolfpack Boss: The Armoured Kanti in Gears of War 3.
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Screaming Warrior
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Screaming Warrior: Pretty much everyone, especially when chainsawing, executing, or retro charging an opponent. Special mention goes to Tai, the Carmine brothers and Savage Drones.
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Humongous Mecha
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Humongous Mecha: Baird kindly drops 2 of them armed with giant buzz saw launchers for JD and Kait in Gears 4, and these things are as big as Brumaks...
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Epic Flail
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Bolo Grenades are really explosive maces. Epic Flail indeed, though they can only be used to blow things up, and the melee animation to stick grenades onto enemies looks like a swing, but it doesn't do any damage aside from sticking the grenade and watching them explode spectacularly.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Cole has a one man Big Damn Heroes moment in Gears of War 2. Dom has one in Gears of War 3, albeit one that doubles as a Heroic Sacrifice.
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Jerkass
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Jerkass: Baird. He gets better in the sequels, becoming more of a Deadpan Snarker. It's explained that he was initially resentful that Marcus was given command over him or Cole who, at least at the beginning, ranked higher than either Dom or Marcus. Ezra Loomis in Judgment, on the other hand, is just a complete bastard and makes no apologies for it.
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: If you "down but not out" a Locust Drone, you can wait for his buddies to run out of cover to rescue him and shoot THEM as they rush in.
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Not His Blood
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Not His Blood: A variation happens when the team cuts their way out of the riftworm one of them says "This is wrong, I'm coughing up blood that isn't mine."
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WalkItOff
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Walk It Off: Several characters, most notably Marcus and Griffin, will occasionally quote this trope word for word when reviving teammates.
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You Are in Command Now
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You Are in Command Now: Marcus
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Trick Arrow
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Trick Arrow: the tripwire crossbow in Judgment sports arrows that will stick to walls and turn into tripwire-beam explosive traps (arguably the torque-bow's arrows qualify too)
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Take Cover!
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Take Cover!: THE Trope Codifier for the genre. The way Epic Games made it work compared to similar shooters was by shortening the distances you'd engage enemies (making the fighting generally more frantic) and evening out the durability of both sides (Locust are just as durable as you are). They also pointed towards playing paintball as an inspiration, as much of the game is trying to replicate the adrenaline rush you'd get in a Real Life combat situation and patiently waiting for an enemy to expose themselves. Lampshaded perfectly in the second game by Marcus:
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Early-Bird Cameo
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Early-Bird Cameo: Some of the Locust were seen in promotional renders of the Unreal Engine 3 before the game was announced. Likewise, some of the character designs in Unreal Tournament III are close enough to be predecessors of the various Gears.
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Sequel Difficulty Spike: Gears of War 3 is the most difficult of the games to play on Insane, especially in key locations, as the inclusion of a dedicated four player campaign mode means that the enemies are more numerous and tougher. This holds true mostly for the basic Campaign Mode, Arcade Mode makes things both more difficult with enemy health being higher but also easier in that you don't need to restart if one person dies, they are put on a respawn timer, allowing the remaining players to simply take cover and wait for them to come back. 4 may perhaps be harder than 3, since Insane difficulty removes the ability to get downed, instead just killing the player (although Snatchers can still down you since their entire gimmick revolves around it). This was true in 3 as well, but 4 lacks an Arcade mode that allows players to respawn. It also has multiple sections which become extremely difficult on Insane, almost all of which involve large packs of Juvies (which on Insane can kill you in two normal hits or one leaping attack). Further adding to 4's increased difficulty is the huge improvement over the enemy AI. Scions and Dr-1 Protectors will actively duck shots from your power weapons and standard Swarm troops KNOW that a melee strike will One-Hit Kill you on Insane and will constantly try to flank you by running straight at you and around your cover for an easy kill. There are also no Mutators to help you out and there are a few set piece encounters that are ridiculously difficult, like the chase of Jinn's gunship on Marcus' motorcycles, leaving you to dodge all sorts of hell at high speeds with only an Enforcer to fight back and the dreadful Fabricator segments which spawn huge amounts of enemies with only minimal fortifications to assist you. There is also no 4 player co-op, so you'll either have to tackle Insane alone, or with a really experienced friend.
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War Is Hell: The hell that is Sera is made even worse by the constant fighting, first between the COG and the UIR, then between humanity and the Locust Horde and the Lambent. This is especially prominent in 3, when supplies are scarce, meaning an entire act is played where people are out on an ammunition run and note how long it has been since they got decent food to eat. The Locust don't have it much better by that point, being forced to degenerate completely to savagery rather than their flooded underground base of operations. The theme is actually shown again in Judgment, however.
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Mercy Kill: Dom to Maria in 2. When you fight the Lambent humans in Mercy, some can be clearly heard screaming "Kill me!" when they attack you. Kait to her mother in Gears 4
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Would Hit a Girl: Berserkers; you'd better hit them HARD or else they'll rip you to shreds. In the third game, the Locust and Lambent have no qualms about shooting, downing and executing female Gears.
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Lampshaded by Baird, who remarks in one of the collectible intel items that it's strange despite fighting straight into the heart of the Locust civilization, there are no Locust children running around to shoot. Presumably a case of assumed Human Aliens - if they're Bee People, they wouldn't have children, just hatch fully-formed from eggs.
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Enemy Civil War: Gears of War 2 reveal the struggle of the Locust Horde against the insane Lambent Locust mutants. Not much use to the player, as the game mostly has them both trying to kill you instead of fighting each other. This is made MUCH more prevalent in the third game.
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Earn Your Happy Ending: In Gears of War 3, despite Marcus' cynicism at the end of the game, Anya heartwarmingly tells him mankind has earned its tomorrow.
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Played straight to an extent, as explosives will blow apart someone when it kills them, but not if the damage isn't enough. The games use invisible Hit Points, and when characters lose them, they become "down, but not out" in multiplayer, meaning they can only lay on the ground to bleed to death unless someone revives them, or they are finished off. Enemies can be downed in the campaign (though not always); likewise, so can characters. In Gears of War 2, downed players can crawl away instead of being totally immobile. Curiously, bots that manage to get chainsawed in the campaign will generally be downed. The same is not true of players who are chainsawed. This is likely to compensate for Artificial Stupidity.
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Video Game Cruelty Potential: Downed characters crawl on the ground in the sequels until death. In the first game, you could leave them there, unmoving, until death via blood loss. In every game, executions are possible and encouraged, with the second game introducing weapon-exclusive executions that look excruciatingly painful. Oh, and then there's the Scorcher flamethrower. You could just drop your meatshield instantly by swapping to another weapon and get back to fighting faster... oooorrrr you could relieve more stress by playing an animation of snapping the meatshield's neck before dropping them.
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Squad Controls: You can order your team to either hold back or advance. These controls were dropped for the sequels.
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Suicidal Overconfidence: In the first game, your teammates' propensity for vaulting over a perfectly good piece of cover in order to charge straight into enemy fire and get shot full of holes is absolutely ridiculous. Almost certainly a form of Fake Difficulty designed to make the player do all the work instead of letting the A.I. do most of the fighting. Rectified in the sequel with smarter squadmates less likely to break cover and do this (and who also can soak much more damage). Locust in Gears 3's Horde mode are prone to doing this. It's rather interesting to watch a sniper of all things trying to rush at a primed and ready Mulcher.
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Running Gag: First Minister Jinn uses a Deebee proxy to communicate with the main characters in Gears of War 4 at several points in the story. They each have the life expectancy of a Carmine — the first one.
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Number Two - Dom, Cole also takes on a leadership role when out looking for supplies
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I Call It "Vera": Derrick drivers with their derricks. Dizzy's rig is called Betty. Baird mentions over the radio that the one he's riding on is called Marilyn.
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Team Pet - Jack
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Gears of War 4 dabbles in this once again with the new DeeBees faction. The DeeBees are a race of androids that were invented and developed by Baird and weaponized by Chancellor Jinn in the aftermath of the Locust War to maintain peace and order in the COG’s walled colonies. However, in the story and gameplay, they spend all of their appearances trying to fill JD and his squad full of holes and in Horde mode, they don’t even bother attacking the Swarm and instead team up with them to bring you down.
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One-Winged Angel: The Imulsion turns the Brumak you've hijacked into a Lambent Brumak, which serves as the final boss for Gears of War 2. Gears of War 3 introduces Drudges, a Lambent creature that mutates once it takes enough damage (unless you consistently hit the glowing Imulsion "belly"). It sometimes sprouts a flame throwing snake head, turns into a tree with three branches throwing Imulsion fireballs at you, or remains mobile but has two arms throwing smaller Imulsion fireballs. Judgment has a new creature called the Rager, who initially looks like a skinnier drone with typical armaments but can morph into a more grotesque creature with spikes who behaves like a less durable Berserker.
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Follow the Leader: Gears of War inspired a wave of third-person shooters and/or Take Cover! games that is still ongoing, like Army of Two, Mass Effect and Transformers: War for Cybertron. Similarly, it's also almost unthinkable these days to play a shooter without a "Horde"-inspired 'endless waves of enemies' mode.
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Canon Immigrant: Jace was an Expanded Universe character who got an audio cameo in Gears of War 2 and apperances in the graphic novels. He shows up as part of Delta Squad in Gears of War 3. Likewise Samantha and Bernie first appeared in the novels, and are fully playable in the Gears of War 3 campaign. In a variation, Michael Barrick, who was Killed Off for Real in the comics, is available via Downloadable Content. Alex Brand is also going to be a skin in Gears of War Judgment.
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Robot Buddy: Delta Squad has a floating robot following them called JACK (that frequently utilizes a cloaking device to avoid damage from their firefights), in reference to the phrase "Jack-of-all-trades". Some wonder if it's something of an Expy of R2-D2, claiming to see some scenes which indicate emotion, such as waving its arms as if it's frightened. In the third game, JACK even gets an electrical self-defense mechanism.
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Brick Joke: After first meeting Cole in Gears 1, Marcus says that Dom still owes him 20 bucks from a bet over a thrashball game that Cole played in. The first collectible in Gears 3 is a $20 bill and a note from Dom apologizing about its lateness. Though since there's not really any form of government left in the world, the money is worthless.
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