Fans of Microsoft video games will be familiar with this popular series. Gears of War 4 is a third-person action adventure shooter that follows JD Fenix, son of Marcus Fenix, who was also the protagonist of Gears of War 1, 2, and 3. JD must face new challenges and enemies as he fills the role his father left in the fight for humanity.
Gears of War 4 has received many favourable reviews from critics, receiving 9/10 scores from Polygon, IGN, EGM, as well as others.
When you buy Gears of War 4 you also get all of the previous titles, including Judgement, for free in addition to the main game.
The gameplay in Gears of War 4 is similar to the previous games in the series, but there have been considerable improvements. One of the elements that remains the same is the cover-based shooter system that Gears of War has become well known for. The cover system allows players to safely attack enemies by taking strategically advantageous positions.
Players can choose to complete the campaign with a friend, and can play cooperatively either split-screen local multiplayer or through Xbox Live. There are new weapons, including the Dropshot and Buzzkill, which are better at attacking enemies who are hiding behind cover.
As with previous releases in this series, Gears of War 4 features Horde Mode, a mode now commonly used in many games but which started with Gears of War. In Horde Mode, players team up with four other players to fight off wave after wave of enemies, with each wave getting more difficult to defeat.
There is also the Versus multiplayer mode, which allows players to go head-to-head instead of just working together.
As Gears of War 4 is published by Microsoft, it is unfortunately not available on Sony systems but only on Xbox One and Windows 10. When you purchase the game on one system, you can play it on both by using the download code.
There are four editions of the game available to choose from: Standard, Ultimate, Collector’s, and the Outsider Variant Collector’s:
- Standard comes with the full game and access to the 4 previous titles on Xbox One and Windows
- The Ultimate Edition adds a steel case and a season pass
- The Collector’s Edition has everything that Ultimate Edition has, plus an exclusive JD Fenix statue of him riding a COG bike, a keychain resembling a frag grenade, a lithograph, premium packaging and in-game bonus content
- The Outsider Variant Collector’s Edition has everything that the Collector’s Edition does, but the statue is changed.