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A new saga begins.
Experience a new generation of Gears of War with the sleeker, more streamlined Xbox console and controller. Play and store more games, including Xbox 360 classics, with the 1TB hard drive. Stream video and watch UHD Blu-ray movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD. And now you can enjoy the freedom to play Gears of War 4 on another Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, so you can make shared progress across multiple devices. As one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history, everything you love about Gears of War is even better on Xbox One. Now for a limited time, get the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection for download on Xbox One at no additional cost.
4K streaming with select apps, see Xbox.com. HDR functionality available with supported games and TVs. Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature works with select Xbox 360 games, see http://www.xbox.com/backcompat. Xbox Live and broadband internet required for initial download of game to console. 4K streaming with select apps, see xbox.com. PC Game requirements at Gearsofwar.com.
New developer. New heroes. New enemies. The same Gears of War
Heightened weather effects and destruction produce a continual stream of awesome visuals to soak in. The new enemy types are also beautifully animated. The game even offers enhancements when viewed on a 4K TV
The "dude-bro" dialogue is subdued and replaced by legitimately humorous banter. The soundtrack is once again thumping, and the satisfying guitar chord is back to signify the conclusion of each combat encounter
Seek cover, pop up, and shoot. Gears of War's combat hasn't changed, but the toys you can play with pack more of a punch - which is needed, given how aggressive the enemies are
The campaign is too familiar at times, but the gameplay is top notch. All multiplayer modes showcase high levels of depth and reasons to come back
Gears of War 4 is every bit as enjoyable as the series' past iterations, but isn't the fresh start you might think it is.
The fourth wall is nearly broken in Gears of War 4's opening moments when a news reporter looks into the camera, and says "We're back." This dialogue is meant to elicit excitement from fans, but is somewhat of a misleading message, since Gears of War 4 is developed by a new studio, introduces new heroes, a new threat, new weapons, and has consistently been pitched as a "new saga."
Before developer The Coalition shows us how different its vision is,Gears of War 4 begins with a clever playable prologue that walks us through the key battles that shaped Sera and the series.
Through this tightly scripted introduction, The Coalition does a fantastic job of giving players a true sense of closure while establishing the need for the story to head in a different direction. Set 25 years after the Imulsion Countermeasure (which destroyed all of the Locust and Lambent nests), we meet new protagonists JD Fenix, Kait Diaz, and Del Walker on a sunny and colorful hillside. The series' trademark "destroyed beauty" approach to art design is nowhere to be found; it's just beautiful. The sequence even concludes with the trio stopping to witness a butterfly being born from its cocoon. The takeaway from this moment is that something ugly can eventually become beautiful and dynamic.
See more of the review at Game Informer
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