Video: Gears of War reimagined as a Mega Drive game

Welcome to the third part of our weeklong video reimaginings of modern games as retro classics. So far, we've seen God of War as a Commodore 64 game and Uncharted as a Game Boy title screen. Today, it's the turn of Marcus Fenix. We've been travelling forward through the timeline of classic consoles which brings us to Sega's 16-bit baby. Yes, this is Gears of War as a Mega Drive game (that's a Genesis if you're from the US of A). Roll tape...

So what's happening here? Firstly, the game is called 'Marcus the Space Marine', in true Something the Something '90s style. That massive pixellation effect that flickers into focus was a pretty special effect in the early 1990s, as were huge sprites with only one part that was animated.

But don't dismiss that moving arm as basic - a simple rotating sprite was a big deal on Mega Drive and would have had the 11-year-old me salivating. Yes, 11-year-old me was a graphics whore.

Music-wise, this is the music from the actual Gears 1, only compressed down to fit the cartridge. I would imagine it would take up even more than the 1/8th of the entire cartridge that Sonic 1's 'SEGA' chant did. 

The graphics may look a tad advanced for 1994, but that was the year of Sonic 3, and Donkey Kong Country, both of which used sprites of 3D models in their intros... not to mention Red Zone which even featured FMV in its incredible title sequence.

So, leaving Marcus to ponder his COG tags all moodily, we move on a couple of years for tomorrow's video, starring a couple of platform heroes...

05 Oct, 2011


  • BladedFalcon - October 7, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Anyone having trouble with the ads, if you happen to have firefox, i recommend using the "AddBlock Plus" Addon. It doesn't block ALL adds, but it helps with most of them, including those 30 second adds before the videos, i never have to suffer them. As for the vid itself, this is pretty cool, i loved that animated chainsaw upon hitting the start button. great job Justin!
  • Sjoeki - October 6, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    Hate the ads, big fan of the feature! But no harm, I'll just wait till friday.
  • kytano_skorpius - October 5, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    I wouldn't exactly call Marcus a space marine. As far as I know, the Serans hadn't perfected space travel.
  • mijetman - October 5, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    No one title screen can have all that power. Nice work, Towelie. I especially like the movement on the dog tags.
  • Matt Cundy - October 5, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    This is my fault. I thought running this as a video series over five days would make a nice feature. Obviously I totally forgot that the ads would annoy the hell out of everyone. Apologies for that. What we'll do instead, then, is just run all five videos as one complete video on Friday. So look forward to that. Apologies again and I hope it hasn't ruined your enjoyment of Justin's videos too much.
  • veryweirdguy - October 5, 2011 7:44 a.m.

    I, for one, appreciate that! These videos are excellent, regardless of ads.
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 5, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    wow thanks. i am loving these features and have gladly sat through ads to see them.
  • Razzamoly - October 5, 2011 4:52 a.m.

    I hate having to watch 30 second rap videos when I want to see a clip half the size... Same goes for CVG
  • b-dog1991 - October 5, 2011 4:48 a.m.

    This one should exist if only for the fact that a future sequel could be called "Marcus and Dom" in true Sega franchise fashion. Also, the chainsaw revving is pure genius.
  • jackthemenace - October 5, 2011 6:50 a.m.

    I agree with teh Chainsaw. Thought that that made the whole "I HAET THIS FERTY SECUND VIDDEEO" thing worthwhile. Plus, the arm moving made me laugh so much, especially with the detail and care Towelly must have gone through to make sure the COG tags stayed down :L
  • GR_JustinTowell - October 5, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    Haha! You have no idea, mate :P
  • CitizenWolfie - October 5, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    As first commenter says. Couldn't you just have the ads on videos that are longer than say one minute? I realise ads generate revenue and I want GR to keep going strong but when the ads are longer than the videos we're waiting to see it seems a bit overkill. How about an option to say "Skip this, I already own it." or something?!
  • KidKatana - October 5, 2011 3:40 a.m.

    @ Gyaruson Totally agree - I get that websites need advertising revenue but couldn't they restrict the ads to videos that are at least twice as long as the commercial? Or maybe a 15-second ad? Or have the ad only play in one video per article? You see where I'm going with this GR?
  • Gyaruson - October 5, 2011 3:19 a.m.

    Seriously, these 30 second ads before 15 second videos are really starting to get annoying. I'm a fan of this feature, but the overly-long ads on EVERY video are a little much.
  • badgraphix1 - October 5, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    I agree, the length of the the ad should be determined by the length of the video. But for some reason, nobody does this.

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