Gears of War 4 is counting pretty good reviews, and we've compiled this review roundup to put you ahead of the game. This analysis should help you decide whether or not the Xbox One and PC title are worth it.
In terms of storytelling, Gears of War 4 is a fresh new chapter in the series. Fans of the initial GoW trilogy will see Marcus Fenix make an appearance, alongside new heroes such as his son, JD, as well as the characters Kait and Del.
"Gears of War 4 is a remarkable complete package," observes Arthur Gies from Polygon.
He goes on to add that the game does not revolutionize the genre, but features an awesome solo, co-op and competitive array of options. Polygon ranked Gears of War 4 at 9/10.
The title brings a hefty content package, with a 10-hour co-op campaign in single mode, alongside the newest iteration of Horde mode. Multiplayer is also available and developer The Coalition made it so gamers can enjoy 60 fps when playing against other human players. Both Horde mode and single-player will be capped at 30 fps, though.
"The weaponry, the level design, the set pieces, the squishy enemies — is what makes Gears of War a pleasure to play," notes Brett Makedonski of Destructoid.
Destructoid gave Gears of War 4 a score of 8/10.
It should be noted that the game comes with a few technical problems, which manifest in both multiplayer and story modes.
"These problems don't ruin the overall experience, but they're irritating enough to cast a pallor over some of the game's sections," says Mike Mahardy of Gamespot.
Mahardy labeled the campaign as "lackluster," and points out that the technical glitches are shadowing "an exhilarating shooter." This makes the title a mixed bag, containing both stellar parts and borrowed (read: recycled) bits from previous titles.
Gamespot scored the game at 7/10.
"Gears of War 4 is a very well-executed game with awesome technical effects," points out Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat.
He commends the Horde mode for giving the franchise "a new direction" and adds that the one flaw of the title is its ambitious range, which means that a lot of humor and terror are mashed up under the same umbrella.
VentureBeat ranked Gears of War 4 at 8.7/10.
Keep in mind that the title will roll out simultaneously on PC and Xbox One on Oct. 11, and due to the cross-play support all the achievements from one ecosystem will transfer unto the other. Yes, even the demented "Seriously" achievement.
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