gears of war.com had some vids Im sure most of you saw them where the destruction of Sera was ordered by the Coalition of Ordered Governments. In one vid there is a man, I assume a president type figure informing all surviving citizens to evacuate to some city that was built over granite. The theory is the Locust Horde couldnt burrow up and attack there. The Coalition of Ordered Governments proceeds to destroy all overrun cities to try and wipe out the Locusts. This story sets up the game, location and atmosphere really well. I think it would be cool to have maybe some flashbacks about Marcus Phoenix, why he's in jail in the beginning of the game, where he was in the past when the Coalition of Ordered Governments decided to destroy all the occupied cities with the cool laser beam thingy. (enter cool mass destruction weapon name) The show Lost does this with its characters. Maybe during a rest with your squad you go into a type of playable flashback when all those events took place. Show some cogs with Marcus trying to evacuate civilians with Locusts overrunning the area and show the weapon that destroys the cities going off way in the distance. Followed by a shockwave of smoke, dust and debris that rumbles towards you and blacks out the screen. Kinda like the end of FEAR. Then end flashback, back to present. I find the pre-story really interesting and would love to see something like that. I think they did some flashback stuff in Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood which worked well. What do you guys think?