Gears of War Timeline

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What started as a bloody franchise known for letting you literally slice enemies with a chainsaw located, literally, on your gun, Gears of War has quickly become a franchise that many enjoy. Particularly if you’re one of those people that needs a violent outlet. This is the Gears of War timeline.

What’s on the Gears of War Timeline?

This list attempts to create a reading order (or in some cases viewing/playing order) for all major pieces of Gears of War media. This includes primarily all video games, novels, films, and comic books.

This list does not attempt to split up any media so that they are read congruently, but rather focuses on an easy to follow reading/playing/watching list. In the event that two works cover the exact same time-frame the one published first is read first. Additionally the placement within the timeline is often based on where the work ends rather than where it begins. There may be a few exceptions which will be pointed out in individual reviews.

Where to Start?

Probably the best place to start would be the Gears of War Ultimate Edition, which is a remastered version of the first game for modern consoles. However, as of right now, there are not remastered versions of the other Xbox 360 games. So either you’ll need an Xbox 360 to play them, or you’ll need to use backwards compatibility.

But keep in mind that Gears of War 4 started a whole new storyline, so it is also a decent place to start, just as long as you don’t mind being a little out of the loop of the history of the place. It’s not too bad.

1BuyGears TacticsGameSplash Damage2020-04-28Gears of War
2BuyThe Rise of RaamGraphic NovelKurtis J. Wiebe2018-06-26Gears of War
3BuyGears of War: JudgmentGameChris Borders2013-03-19Gears of War
4BuyJudgment: Kilo Squad: The Survivor's LogNovelRob Auten2014-03-04Gears of War
5BuyRAAM's ShadowGameAaron Linde2011-09-20Gears of WarDLC for Gears of War 3
6BuyThe SlabNovelKaren Traviss2012-05-03Gears of War
7BuyGears of WarGameSusan O'Connor2006-11-12Gears of War
8BuyAspho FieldsNovelKaren Traviss2008-10-28Gears of War
9BuyGears of War Omnibus, Vol. 1Graphic NovelJoshua Ortega2018-12-18Gears of WarGears of War: Volume 1 - 3 are repackaged into this and the other Gears of War Omnibus.
10BuyGears of War 2GameJoshua Ortega2008-11-07Gears of War
11BuyJacinto's RemnantNovelKaren Traviss2009-07-28Gears of War
12BuyAnvil GateNovelKaren Traviss2010-08-31Gears of War
13BuyCoalition's EndNovelKaren Traviss2011-08-02Gears of War
14BuyGears of War Omnibus, Vol. 2Graphic NovelKaren Traviss, Joshua Ortega2019-12-17Gears of WarGears of War: Volume 1 - 3 are repackaged into this and the other Gears of War Omnibus.
15BuyGears of War 3GameAaron Linde2011-09-20Gears of War
16BuyGears of War 4GameRod Fergusson2016-10-11Gears of War
17BuyAscendanceNovelJason M. Hough2019-07-30Gears of War
18BuyGears 5GameRod Fergusson2019-09-10Gears of War
19BuyBloodlinesNovelJason M. Hough2020-04-21Gears of WarTakes place within the 4-month timejump in Gears 5.
20BuyHivebustersGameRod Fergusson2020-12-15Gears of WarGears 5 DLC
21BuyHivebustersGraphic NovelKurtis J Wiebe2020-05-26Gears of War

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