Things you may have missed in the Gears of War 3 trailer

So the Gears of War 3 trailer has finally landed. But what do we think of it? We think it's great actually. It might not have the immediate impact of the announcement trailers for the first two games, but after repeated watches it really gets into your head.

Because after repeated watches, you get to read between the lines and realise what's really going on in it. It might look like just another chunk of carnage-strewn Gears warzone, but it actually reveals a lot about the state of things in Gears of War 3. A hell of a lot. Here's what we've found.


It's been brought to our attention by Cliff Bleszinski's Twitter feed (and about 300 of you lot) that the blonde female Gear is officially Anya from GoW 1 and 2. Great news we say. Should create even more interesting tension between Marcus and Dom, if our interpretations of the trailer turn out to be correct.

Another new setting

This might look like just another war-torn city, but after paying closer attention it becomes apparent that the crowds of torched humans died while fleeing from something. And they appear to be trying to shelter from the sky. We reckon this has to be the scorched part of Sera, the majority part of the planet that was wiped out by the COG with orbital lasers in an attempt to finish off the Locust back before the start of the first game. The petrified bodies aren't the victims of the Locust; they're the victims of the rest of humanity.

But why are Delta out here, in the post-apocalyptic remains of the forgotten part of the planet? Two possibilities. Either they need something that was left behind out here, or they just have nowhere else to go. We reckon the latter at the moment. After sinking Jacinto at the end of Gears 2, humanity won't have much left in the way of a home. The fact that they're introduced as literally on the run seems to back this up:

Dom's mega-beard

This means a few things. Firstly, AWESOME! Secondly, Gears 3 is set a good while after Gears 2. Probably another six months or so, which would explain how things appear to have gone just so badly to shit for Delta. And third, it's a sign that Dom has let himself go. He took all the emotional brunt of Gears 2, culminating with his reunion with lost wife Maria in that scene. Evidently he's still reeling from that. In fact we suspect he's in a complete mess.

Look how he reacts to his impending death by Locust bullet:

No shouting. No snarling. No attempt to fight back. Just a look of peaceful resignation on his face. And check out the bodies his gaze is drawn to. A mother and young child. Dom has given up, and just wants to 'go home'.

Tension between Dom and Marcus

Marcus has carried Dom's pain for a long time, but we think it's straining their relationship now. If Dom is falling apart as we suspect, Marcus is going to be pissed off, both at the lack of discipline and the loss of his best friend. Check out what happens when Marcus saves him with his brilliant new pump-action, double-barreled shotty. Not a word. Not a helping hand up. Just a scowl, and then away he goes. Instead, Dom is looked after by...


  • Marz - May 9, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    well i think gears of war three is going to kick some major ass! The first time i saw the double barrel i knew me and the game was gunna be crazy together. like cheech an chong, yin and yang! im gunna name my double barrel lambent splatter. Cant wait!
  • viperking14 - May 4, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    played gow 2 and seen the story of #1 they were awsome never read the books (no accses to them where can i get them?) will ?s be answered
  • IAmMercules - May 3, 2010 9:04 p.m.

    i dont know if u guys noticed but in the final shot there was little buggy things crawling towards them out of the back. they didnt look like tickers so any ideas?
  • keithwall - April 17, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    this is awsome but didnt say anything about fenix's dad (possiblity of a quick glimps?)but beside that fact i cant wait to play it
  • Music-Maker2008 - April 17, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    Looks awsome, i cant wait. Few things though, First off, what about the stuff about Marcuses dad, and the locust queen? Also, If this is them being the sole survivers then where's the general? AND what happend to those creatures from the 2nd game, at the reasurch facility? Whilst I think Dom will play an important part, I dont think he will become the main focuse of the game
  • Connors116 - April 16, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    David, there is another wrong piece of info. The trailer takes place 18 months after the end of GOW2. It says it in the Xbox LIVE description of the video.
  • menchaca528 - April 16, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    i read jacintos remnant and anya does start to fight alonside delta in the book. she might also be bernadette mataki, a sgt from another squad who also joins delta. in the book she is protective over dom so the trailer seems to follow that.
  • bonerachieved - April 16, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    What a great analysis guys. Truly Brilliant.
  • vegastwan - April 15, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    well i think the armour means 2 things... either its hot where there at and they changed because they needed to... or it means you can customize your multiplayer charachter... or both.. next i think when it says brothers to the THE END... i think that doesnt necissarily mean that the game is over after number 3... it could mean anything... for example.. its the end of the locust and human fighting - now they will help eachother to fight the lambent- or its the end of the locust - with alot of them being wiped out and a new locust breed out there mabey it means just that - anyways.... i think you guys get the picture... i dont see this being the end of gears but i certainly think its the end of something or someone or someones... who knows. not hard to imagine a gears 4 and 5...
  • Jwoolgar1 - April 15, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    Did anyone else notice on the Gears logo at the end of the trailer, rather than it just being the red cog with the skull inside, it had what look like Veins coming out of it? To me, this looks like a big hint that the lambent come into the story more. Can't wait for the game!
  • MrGilly94 - April 15, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    I'm going to have to agree with their theory of them just running to survive, not some special mission. I say this because look at Dom's lancer closely. Now look at the cover of the Aspho Fields book(only good picture of what I'm looking for). That is one of the old lancers, without it's chainsaw. Meaning they are running out of weapons quick, and now they are breaking out the outdated guns. You can tell this because its just a blade on the end, not a chainsaw.
  • TalkradarReference - April 15, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    If you read the most recent book "Jacinto's Remnants", delta and the rest of humanity are all moved to a chain of islands of the coast called "Vectes". I believe gears 3 will involve delta going back to the mainland to find something importantin saving the human race, but humanity will stay largely in vectes. Info:'s_Remnant
  • TooSpliced - April 15, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    I think that those weapons are scavanged. I think theyre not even in the cogs anymore cuz the cogs are prolly gone, forever. And btw, you can tell is Dom by his lip sructure (nerd talk). And ppl dont need to question if the lambent are against the locust, becouse they ARE. Flashback guys, the chapter were the locust and the lambent were in a BATTLE against each other and u were in between? And i agree, Dom just wants to die. @felixthecat, ur just one of those lonely low lifes with no life at all and like to judge ppl cuz they are intrsested in stuff like that. So u need to stfu and look up the facts cuz most of the stuff u said is super wrong. i bet u dont even have a 360 and ur bombing on great games cuz ur 2 poor to buy it. Gtfo and get a life.
  • antonio0724 - April 15, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    first off the game looks badass. second, and honestly by the trailer, i think dom is going to die in this, the last game, of the gears trilogy. sucks but i kno how that feels. and the girl is anya, for fact, and cole looks weird with a shaven head. haha. did anyone notice that marcus looks diffrent? like besides the armor.
  • LethalTeaBag - April 15, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    Please please PLEASE give us a big-ass campaign that explains everything. I want all the questions answered
  • PiscesIscariot - April 15, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Also if you look at Doms face when Marcus saves him, Dom kind of has a angry look on his face, like he wanted to die.
  • GodofPS314 - April 14, 2010 10 p.m.

    I don't have an XBOX but that trailer gave me goosebumps. God man this looks so beast, jealous. The fact that locust and cog will team up is brilliant!
  • TheLefty - April 14, 2010 9:04 p.m.

    @Chase158 Notice how you pick up on this of what, 15 seconds of screen time? Give it some room before you pass your judgment. On topic, someone I doubt the Gears and the Locust are going to have a true alliance. I predict that when some of these lambent things show up the locust stop shooting at you for just until that thing's dead. It would be a good gameplay mechanic. Shoot the locust who are busy, but then once there gone you're left with the lambent, or takedown the lambent but be low on ammo to take out the locust.
  • Silentboy - April 14, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    The gun that Anya hands Dom looks like a lancer rifle with a knife bayonet instead of a chainsaw. The lancer with the knife bayonet is from the Gears book Aspho Fields. Maybe they've run low on guns and have to use the old ones.
  • philipshaw - April 14, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    Looks cool but the story always looks cooler in the trailers compared to the actual game

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