GEV Says: There’s no doubt that Halo is the flagship franchise for Microsoft’s line of XBOX consoles. But if we had to pick one franchise that would be the runner up in the the debate, we’d have to pick Epic Games’ Gears of War series. Since the series was first introduced early in this console cycle, Gears of War has set the bar for how you make a great third person shooter on a console. So it’s clear that the third entry has a lot to live up to. But after giving Gears of War 3 a good amount of time, we’re happy to say that it lives up to the expectations and more.