Well, I don't care much for Gears of War and we didn't actually get the game to go with it. But I have this console and it looks just as great in real life as in the pictures. Allegedly it's supposed to make "manly" chainsaw sounds (or something) when it turns on and when the tray is opened, but for the life of me I can't make any "manly" associations to those sounds. The sounds are more like what you would expect from being caused by the magic wand of a fairy godmother. I don't mind at all, but if you're insecure about your sexuality or something, you might want to steer clear. Sure, there's a skull on the paint-job, but is a skull MANLY enough if it sounds like a fairy? You decide.