The Mk-II Lancer Assault Rifle is the standard rifle of the Gears from the Gears of War series. The gun itself, while not offering anything particularly unique, is one of the most satisfying to fire in any video game. It is strong, stable and has almost no recoil. This makes it not only ideal for mid-range combat typical of the encounters the Gears face throughout their battles against the Locust Horde, but also means they are highly effective long-range weapons, as well.
Unfortunately, the original Lancer Assault Rifle was equipped with the more traditional knife bayonet, which quickly proved to be ineffective against the touch skin and armour of the underground armies. As such, hero Marcus Fenix and his father developed a chainsaw bayonet extension – and it is this feature that sees the weapon transform into such a iconic bringer of death.
While the rifle itself is highly effective at medium and long-range, there is no substitute to finishing a close-quarters encounter by firing up the chainsaw and slicing through a Locust's limbs. The stuttered camera movement, combined with the blood-splattering across the screen, lends a vicious realism to the saw slicing through bone and muscle, which – while gruesome – lends itself as one of the most satisfying ways to kill an enemy bent on destroying the human race.