Gears of War, an Xbox 360 exclusive, is the new third-person squad shooter from Epic using the Unreal Engine 3.0. The game "blends tactical action with survival horror" with an epic story of humankind's battle for survival against a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. To extend this theme, the game's release day is known as "Emergence Day."
The squad control is not as complex as Rainbox Six and squad members should be able to take care of themselves. One of the biggest features of Gears of War is that players can bring in friends for co-op play at anytime, either online or split-screen. Online play will feature 4 vs. 4 deathmatches and other modes. Gears of War is different from Epic's Unreal series in that it is more focused on tactics, including hiding, rather than brute force of a full weapons arsenal. Taking cover is an essential part of both single-player and multi-player combat.