Gears of War 4 a perilous release, its the first mainline Gears of War to be developed by the Coalition, and the first without the involvement of creator. It’s also first Gears game to hit the PC at the same time as consoles and the only Gears game to hit PCs period besides the original.
Gears of War 4 taking place 30 years after the apocalyptic events of Gears 3, humanity had a pretty peaceful time of it. With Marcus Fenix and the gang’s actions, the Lambent are gone. The Cog, the Stranded, the last dregs of humankind they’ve been left to rebuild some sort of approximation of prewar civilization, as best they can.
Gears of War 4 struggles with pacing issues, but it works well as a passing the torch installment bridging the old and new trilogies.
After a clever prologue that takes you through some of humanity’s toughest battles you take over JD Fenix, Marcus’s son. JD and his buddy Delmont have gone MIA, absconded from the COG and taken up with some drifters on the fringe of society. Gears 4 does it, and without twisting the story around itself in knots. There’s a reason for the Swarm’s existence.
In the original Gears of War, you’re confronted by this terrible Locust threat and set out to blow it up. In the second game, you realize you underestimated the Locust, and you blow up even more of it. In the third, you blow it all up, the whole world. All three are peppered with memorable moments and memorable battles.
If you want to play on PC you need to install the Windows 10 anniversary update and buy Gears 4 through the Windows Store.
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