Gears of War 4
Fast forward 25 years. Marcus Fenix has taken a backseat, with his son J.D. Fenix taking his place as the series’ main protagonist. However, chainsaws, executions, blood and guts are still plentiful, with Microsoft Studios’ first installment since taking over the Gears of War franchise offering the same gory bloodshed as its predecessors.
It has been three long years since Gears of War: Judgement, the much anticipated prequel to the violent series, drew mixed reviews from the gaming community for its disappointing campaign mode. However, Gears of War 4 promises to return fans back to the game’s glory (or gory?) days.
Production of the latest title will be completed by The Coalition, a Microsoft development studio, after Microsoft Studios purchased the franchise from Epic Games back in 2014. However, at the helm is Rod Fergusson, former Head of Production at Epic Games, ensuring that the hit title doesn’t lose any of its appeal.
The third sequel to the initial 2006 title, Gears of War 4 propels you 25 years into the future, where you take control of JD Fenix, son of fan favourite Marcus Fenix, as he battles to save humanity from a new enemy alongside his two friend, Delmont Walker and Kait Diaz.
With the Locust Horde well and truly defeated, the Swarm have moved into Sera to to take their place. Your job is to fight off hordes of ‘Drones’ (similar to the Locusts in previous installments), ‘juvies’, who can unleash more enemies with their piercing screams, and ‘pouncers’, who can pin you to the ground and attack you with their quilled tails. Thankfully, you will have plenty of heavy duty weapons to hold them off.
As the last 25 years have been spent rebuilding Sera, weapons have been designed with construction in mind. As well as all of your old favourites, such as the Gnasher and Lancer, the game will introduce a new Dropshot weapon, which fires explosive drills at your enemies, as well as Buzzkill, which unleashes a torrent of sawblades. Likewise, there are also lots of new characters, enemies and environment to explore.
The Gears of War franchise is famed for its breathtaking graphics, and The Coalition seem to have developed a similar experience in their debut GOW title, with brilliant cut scenes and sleek, realistic lighting throughout, backing up the great gameplay. Players will have to battle through four different weather categories, ranging from light breezes to wild storms.
Gears of War 4 offers everything that we loved about the past titles in the series, with small touches which bring it up to date with the new generation of consoles. While Epic Games aren’t in charge this time round, Microsoft Studios look set to produce a title that returns us to the Xbox 360 wonder-years.