Ice-T chilling Gears of War 3

E3 2010: Law & Order star joins Drake as second musician to voice a character in Epic Games' final chapter of the Gears trilogy.

LOS ANGELES--Microsoft today announced that Law & Order star and famed hip-hop artist Ice-T is joining the voice cast of Gears of War 3. In Gears of War 3, Ice-T will play a character named Griffin, a leader of a group of human survivors known as the Stranded. This "rag-tag" group will meet up with Marcus Fenix (John Dimaggio), and the rest of Delta Squad sometime during the game's narrative.

Ice-T, wielding a lancer.
Also on board is Grammy Award-nominated rapper Drake, who will voice Jace Stratton in the game. Stratton appeared briefly in Gears of War 2, and in that game, he was voiced by prolific video game voice actor Nolan North.

Cliff Bleszinski, creative director at Gears of War development house Epic Games, broke the news last night at a Microsoft event, where Ice-T was seen proclaiming his role in the game. A tweet from Bleszinski last night read "The hotness. Ice won't stop telling everyone about his role as Griffin in Gears 3."

Ice-T, born Tracy Marrow, is no stranger to video game voice work. His distinctive baritone has appeared in a handful of games, including Scarface: The World is Yours, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Sanity: Aiken's Artifact, and Def Jam Fight for New York, where he played himself.

Gears of War 3 is the final chapter in the current trilogy and arrives in April 2011 exclusively on the Xbox 360.

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101 comments
snake3rules
snake3rules

Ice-T has a great voice, so good for them....

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

Personally, I'd like to see them resolve the disappearance of Dizzy.

Trogeton
Trogeton

Just seeing GoW3 in the title make this worth checking out..lol I can barely wait for this game

FLCLGuns
FLCLGuns

Wow, I didn't know Drake had so many haters. I mean both him and Ice T have ACTED before ( most don't realize Drake was on Degrassi) so doing voice overs won't be something entirely new. Can't wait, and if I understand correctly, atleast Drake's character will be playable.

axeman87
axeman87

I love the fact that a guy like IceT is excited about voice acting in a video game. The nerds are taking over B****** and IceT has joined the ranks. :)

mike_ezm
mike_ezm

if when playing gears 3 i listen "cop killer" even from my pc, i would LMAO well... maybe i will do that!

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

........Ice T? .........another reason to buy the game. :D

AjRageAgain
AjRageAgain

Ice-T? should of got Vanilla Ice instead haha

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

"Who has the power, the blacks, the whites, or just the gun tower?"

theKSMM
theKSMM

Ice-T has a very distinctive voice that makes him a great choice for a gritty, hard-edged series like Gears of War. The fact that he was a rapper turned actor is almost irrelevant...he just has a good vocal tone. Guys like him, Patrick Warburton, or Kevin Michael Richardson (who recently narrated the E3 trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic) have distinctive voices that will always be called upon whenever particular styles are needed. You can't hate on that.

karilos21
karilos21

Ohhhhh now i MUST have this game... :\

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Thank God. Before I buy a game, I like to make sure it has at least one ice-related rapper-turned-actor.

Flint247
Flint247

I'm don't listen to much of them but wow, people here are throwing a fit because they are VOICE ACTING. Just because you are a rapper doesn't mean you aren't allowed to be a voice actor for a video game. >_>

boobush
boobush

Hehehe, love Gears of War, love Ice T (no homo and I will pay whatever they ask for if he tells Soulja Boy to eat a diz nick again!!!

Tokinblckgie
Tokinblckgie

@Cherub_Rock I doubt it, but you might hear some old Ice-T music in the background of one of the new characters' scenes or something like that. Or a reference here or there by one of the characters. I think it'll be something that's kind of out of the way like that.

ausgamer529
ausgamer529

Personaly I don't really care for rap but i think these guys could pull it of as the voices for 2 of the new characters in this game

Cherub_Rock
Cherub_Rock

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penpusher
penpusher

@Cherub_Rock I agree ... In fact I'd bet this sugar ring donought I'm thinking of eating that this is the case

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Sure is kiddie in here :P

Ice-T is one of the baddest mofos from the West Coast scene and has been around since the early 80s. He is now most well known for being in Law and Order: SVU. He has a distinct voice that is pure 'gangsta' and I will be happy to hear it in Gears 3

Cherub_Rock
Cherub_Rock

I bet there's going to be at least one song from Ice-T and Drake on there. It's going to be in the end credits. Any takers?

Masked_Man
Masked_Man

drake and Ice-T aren't rapping there just voice acting geez...

dstv
dstv

no offence but who the Hell is he?

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

I like Ice-T, and seeing as we know you don't know everyone in the world, you should just speak for yourself.

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

Oh yea good news by the way. At least someone like to see our struggle kind make it into things like this. Good up. This just open doors for us.

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

And everyone hating rap, but it is cool when Hanna Montana or Jonas brothers or some other clown is doing something like this. Everyone who claiming they hate rap is pulling crap out their ass. If you ain't listened to Common, Rakim, Lupe, etc that rap positive then you can't claim you hate rap. We not talking about the bull you hear on the radio. We talking about straight from the heart stuff.

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

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-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Okay, sure. How's the gameplay coming along?

nubowner
nubowner

i personally don't like rap, although to me if implemented at the right time, it could work. like the rap in cod 4 when al-asad's t.v. show seems to be a rerun and griggs puts some on. or in halo 2 when the screamo song is playing (also not a fan of) it just felt right for some reason. Although I doubt Epic will be that stupid to include rap in the Gears 3 OST. ALthough I thought the Epic wouldnt be stupid with gears 2's game mechanics before it released and look at what happened to that...

BigGhost_AJT
BigGhost_AJT

I think Drake is terrible. But that's not to say that he won't be at least a serviceable voice actor. We will see.

RELEVANT2KILL
RELEVANT2KILL

yes drake is voicing jace.idk wat is up wit these haters.nobody said anything bout rapping just acting so shut up

TKandPBC
TKandPBC

Yeah! Woo! Bring it on sucka! This is my kind of ****!

SuperSaiyanLink
SuperSaiyanLink

not a fan of drake but Ice should be a pretty decent voice actor

Arkady_16
Arkady_16

If Ice-T does a good job with his role I wont mind too much..... I just pray there wont be any rap on the soundtrack, the orchestral scores they had before were awesome so hope that never would change :).

greendude123
greendude123

@Erix43 I also agree, but as you said, Ice-T is a prety decent actor. ialso don't care for rappers, or the "music" they make.

RizelStar
RizelStar

Can't wait for Gears of War 3 to come out. erix43...why comment? I mean "If you listen to rap, you're retarded. " Wow but, that's an opinion, so really doesn't matter just made me curious though. By the way I listen to rap :) Peace...

erix43
erix43

@ Col_Kilgore Hey, I COMPLETELY AGREE. Keep the retards out of the games and movies. However, Ice-T is a good actor. He discovered he was horrible at music and moved on to become a nerd/actor. He's pretty good. Give him a chance. I do hate rappers though.. They are a societal drain.

erix43
erix43

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Col_Kilgore
Col_Kilgore

Ugh, I hate this trend of casting rappers in any kind of role, including games. Usually it's a ploy for demographic appeal. Rappers usually can't act either. Get REAL actors that can do this, not lame rappers. Let's hope we don't get some trailer with rap noise playing alongside it (noise because most rap isn't close to music).

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

There goes the neighbourhood!! Cop Killer! CAN'T wait!

daveg1
daveg1

good stuff hes got a distinctive voice should be good..

jeffv547
jeffv547

What a bunch of crap, voice actors always over do their parts. I hate voice actors in games, and if you disagree, I hate you.

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

Why are people arguing over hip-hop and rap? They're just doing some voice acting, not the soundtrack or anything.

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

@ maaly81 Please read an article first....notice it says nothing about music, these guys just happen to be music artists and will be having "voice-overs" for two distinct characters in GOW3

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

If he was on the other side, would that make him a COG Killer??