After a few years of absence, the Gears of War franchise is back with the fourth main instalment heading to Xbox and PC gamers in a couple of days time (there's also a film on the way). So to commemorate, let's take a look at the best Gears-themed gear you can get your hands on.
Gears of War 4, £40
With Gears of War 4 coming, it makes sense that you'll actually want to buy the damn game. Watching people play it on YouTube doesn't quite have the same feel to it. It's set 25 years after Gears 3, featuring Marcus Fenix's son JD and his comrades facing off against a brand new threat. It's also a Play Anywhere title, so you can buy one copy to play on both Xbox One and PC. [Buy it here]
Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Console, £400
If the game just wasn't enough, and you really want the new Xbox One S, get the fancily designed Gears 4 console. It has a blood-red design inspired by the game, a 2TB hard drive, a digital copy of Gears 4 Ultimate Edition (which has in-game content packs and a season pass included), a controller, and the other four Gears games. Plus, being an Xbox One S means this has HDR, 4K Blu-ray playback, and a vertical stand. [Buy it here]
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
The remake of the original game, which upgrades everything in the original game to 1080p resolution (or 4K if you get the PC version). It's not just your bog-standard remaster, though, the entire game has been remade from scratch. It also comes with 90 minutes of exclusive campaign content that was originally exclusive to the PC version of the first game. [Buy for Xbox One here | Buy for PC here]
The other games
If you want the full story, and you haven't played them before, make sure to buy the other three Gears games. That includes Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and the prequel story Gears of War Judgement.
COG Tags, £8
Did you find every COG tag scattered throughout the game? No? Well you better make up for it by buying a set. A real set, not some microtransaction that lets you unlock COG tags in-game. Whether it's for cosplay, putting on display, or simply wearing for no reason at all. [Buy it here]
Carmine Replica Helmet. £145
It's hard not to feel sorry for the helmet-wielding Carmine family and their string of bad luck throughout the original Gears trilogy. Clayton Carmine is a bit unique amongst his siblings, because of [Spoiler], and you can honour that with a replica of his helmet. It even has the blue light-up eyes. [Buy it here]
Like a lot of big game franchises from the 21st century (and certain Star-franchises), Gears of War has a number of tie-in novels that expand the story surrounding the games. They're also written by Karen Traviss, who's probably the best modern sci-fi writer Britain has to offer (she was also lead writer on Gears of War 3). There's Aspho Fields, Jacinto's Remnant, Anvil Gate, Coalition's End, and The Slab.
It's not just books either. Gears did have an ongoing comic series published by DC, set between the events of the first two games. There were 24 issues in total, collected into three separate volumes. [Buy Vol 1 here | Buy Vol 2 here | Buy Vol 3 here]
Marcus Fenix Pop Vinyl, £12
You can always count on Funko to release as many Pop Vinyls as they possibly can, and Gears is no exception. If you only buy one, it's a good idea to get the main hero of the series: Marcus Fenix. It might also be worth getting a Locust drone and Marcus's son, JD, as well. [Buy it here]
Art of Gears of War 4, £34
A lot of art resources get pumped into games, and much of it never gets to see the light of day. Not in the game, anyway. But art books exist for a reason, and this one has a collection of the work that went into designing the look of Gears 4. Unfortunately it won't be out until 22nd December, but if you have Prime then it might arrive before Christmas. Until then (if you're made of money) you can get your hands on The Art of Gears of War 3. [Pre-order here]
Lancer Replica, £200
Every time a new Gears game gets released, a life-size replica of the chainsaw-equipped Lancer comes with it. You can still buy the old ones, but the average price is more than two months rent. But a new game means a new gun. This one has a built-in torch, fully adjustable sights and levers, plus sound and lighting effects. It's also a 1:1 scale replica, so it's not like you're paying £200 for something so measly that all the details would go unnoticed. [Pre-order it here