The Gears of War trilogy has a story... with an actual plot. This may be a revelation to some, so Epic has produced a timeline that covers pertinent events.

Short version: Marcus Fenix has deep daddy issues. His buddy, Dom, had spontaneous wife issues in the second game, but they worked it out. Meanwhile, the planet had a locust problem, which then evolved into issues with a new group, the lambent. There, you're all set for Gears of War 3.

Longer version: Head on over to Epic Games' site for the full rundown.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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