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Gears of War is a tactical third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games using Unreal Engine 3.0 technology and is published by Microsoft Game Studios. Gears of War was released for the Xbox 360 on November 7, 2006 in select stores in the United States and was broadly released in major U.S. retailers on November 12, 2006. This day was dubbed "Emergence Day" by Epic Games. It was also released on November 17, 2006 in Europe outside of Germany, where Microsoft Game Studios did not publish the game after it was denied a rating. A limited collector's edition was also released, which included an art book titled "Destroyed Beauty" that detailed much of the game's backstory.
Gears of War centers around the members of Delta Squad as they fight to save the human inhabitants of the fictional planet Sera from the relentless subterranean enemy known as The Locust Horde. The player takes on the role of Marcus Fenix, a former prisoner and war-hardened soldier. In cooperative play, the second player plays as Fenix's loyal friend and fellow soldier, Dominic Santiago. The two soldiers join up with Delta Squad and battle the Locust Horde through the course of an action-packed campaign.
The game achieved major success after its release. On November 20, 2006, Gears of War became the most popular game on the Xbox Live service, overtaking Halo 2, which had held the spot since its launch in November, 2004. Xbox live use increased by 80 percent after the release of Gears of War.After only six weeks of availability, Gears of War sold over two million copies, also making it the fastest selling Xbox 360 game ever. ...
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