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The Brilliant Combat Encounter Design of Gears of War – The Joy of Gaming


In 2006, Gears of War marked a seminal shift in what a third-person action game could be. The hallmark of quality established by the game has persisted in the series, with the brilliance of its combat design standing out the most. It has what I like to call “chessboard encounter design.” Every combat encounter that isn’t a set piece moment is presented to the player in a way similar to that of a puzzle.

This is The Joy of Gaming, talking about the incredible combat of Gears of War.

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