I have never finished a Gears game outside of Gears 1. Mostly because my draw to the franchise was always MP, and also because I just got bored of the Gears formula. When Gears launched in.. 2006 I think? It revolutionized cover based games and also third person action games. Pretty soon every big 360 and PS3 action game were copying its formula and it lead to everything playing the same last gen, so by the time Gears 2 came out, I got about halfway through it and got bored and stopped. Even today, I can do a few missions of the old games and I have to switch to something else. So this play through will likely take longer than Halo did, because Halo was great.
The games will be played in chronological order, just like Halo. Also just like my Halo play through, I will ignore all media that aren't games. I know there are Gears books and comics and probably movies, idk, but I don't care.
The Games (in chronological order)
Gears of War: Judgement (79 meta) - Released in 2013 by Microsoft, made by People Can Fly. I bought this day one back in the day, mostly for the MP. I remember it had a cool mode where one side was COG, the other Locust, with unique units and abilities.
Gears Tactics (80 meta) - Released earlier this year on PC and just yesterday on consoles. I played this game a lot on PC and it is great. I will replay again on XSX and this time do the end game content as well, which I ignored on the PC version. Plus the console version has new content.
RAAM's Shadow, Gears 3 DLC (77 meta) - idk what this is but it is included in Judgement when you progress through the game enough, but it chronologically fits between Tactics and Gears 1
GoW Ultimate Edition (82 meta) - The Xbone remaster. This is the only Gears I have ever finished, and this one has new content.
GoW2 (93 meta) - "it's almost too good" LOL. I don't remember ever touching the SP? MP was amazing though.
GoW3 (91 meta) - Probably my least amount of time ever spent in a campaign that I started intending to play, I made it about halfway through level one and quit. Again, it was the formula. Uncharted, Tomb Raider, everything had started copying it. Run through corridor, into kill box to set up firefight, cut scene, rinse, repeat. Thank goodness future Gears deviated from this formula, as well as many other franchises, so it is less of a chore to play through now.
GoW4 (84 meta) - Insane graphics on console at the time, cool weather effects that affected gameplay. I am very excited to play through this.
Gears 5 (84 meta) - I played some MP on this, and maybe two campaign levels. It seemed very high quality, but I held off because I knew a SX update was coming.
As I type this, I have completed all of chapter one of Judgement. I do not, however, have a Series X right now because my preorder was canceled and I was too slow to get one yesterday, but I should have one later this week hopefully. If I finish Judgement before I get one, I will wait on Tactics until I get one. I will update once I finish Judgement (which had zero players in MP when I started playing it :sad )