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  • Summary: After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. Team up with four others and battle wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies by choosing your combat class,After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. Team up with four others and battle wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies by choosing your combat class, leveling up your skills and deploying fortifications anywhere on the map. Compete online in new and favorite game types, all at 60fps on dedicated servers. A new visible ranking system means fairer matchmaking for social, competitive and professional players alike. Redefined Cover Gameplay: New weapons, close-cover combat moves and combat-knife executions turn each piece of cover into an offensive opportunity. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Oct 11, 2016
    92
    An experience you’ll walk away from with a big smile on your face – in campaign, Versus, and Horde modes alike. It’s about as good of a franchise reawakening as I could’ve hoped for.
  2. Oct 28, 2016
    90
    Gears of War 4 is a worthy successor to the series and an enjoyable game overall, especially if you are fan of blistering and intense action games. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, it plays mainly into the "safe" net that was built by Epic Games, but for PC users who couldn't play any of the latest games of the franchise, GOW 4 is a great opportunity to find out about it.
  3. Oct 6, 2016
    90
    Gears of War 4 is the best Gears yet. Don't expect a revolution, but a refinement of all of the aspects that make Gears great, including an over-the-top, almost cartoonish campaign, and a kick-ass upgrade of Horde mode. It's also a flawless representative of Microsoft's new "Play Anywhere" and Universal Windows Platform initiatives.
  4. games(TM)
    Dec 18, 2016
    90
    With The Coaltion at the reins Gears is in safe hands, and we're genuinely intrigued to see what happens next. [Issue#257, p.64]
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Oct 21, 2016
    89
    Most obvious are the efforts of artists and designers: Sera after two decades of peace looks much more vibrant, and every location – even local mines – is instantly recognizable. Gameplay, on the other hand, hasn’t changed in its core – but it’s much more polished now (which is especially noticeable if you compare it to recent remake of first Gears of War). [Issue#213, p.50]
  6. PC Games
    Oct 9, 2016
    81
    A serviceable campaign is augmented by a very robust multiplayer offering. Gears of War 4 offers spectacular graphics and great PC performance, but the story feels unfinished.
  7. Oct 11, 2016
    68
    Gears 4 takes only half measures. It discards a lighthearted adventure premise for another fate-of-humanity monster invasion. It gives up on the anti-militarist bent of its early fight against the COG for another plot about soldiers trying to save humanity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 77
  2. Negative: 25 out of 77
  1. Nov 3, 2016
    10
    I'm not one of those 10-year veterans but this game is amazing. I finished campaign on insane and it was intense, interesting and require aI'm not one of those 10-year veterans but this game is amazing. I finished campaign on insane and it was intense, interesting and require a lot of patience.
    The horde 3.0 mode is awesome.
    If I have to give one reason to not buy this game, it could only be achievements being too hard. Seriously 4.0 is basically torturing gamers.
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  2. Oct 16, 2016
    10
    Simply... The most intriguin game of the SERIES... Explains lots of unexplained bits. AND ends in a total MASSIVE MIND BLOW. In characterSimply... The most intriguin game of the SERIES... Explains lots of unexplained bits. AND ends in a total MASSIVE MIND BLOW. In character development, explaining bits of the past, including and introducing new characters and well, STORY TELLING it's absolutely huge... Can't wait for Gears 5. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2016
    10
    Great game. Good optimization for PC. Split secren in local coop is a must to play with a friend. The horde mode is superb. Good jobGreat game. Good optimization for PC. Split secren in local coop is a must to play with a friend. The horde mode is superb. Good job Coalitio/Microsoft. Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2018
    7
    Consider this a 6.5.

    My initial idea was to skip the review for this game, but when I noticed that most of the reviewers gave him great
    Consider this a 6.5.

    My initial idea was to skip the review for this game, but when I noticed that most of the reviewers gave him great scores, I could not let it go. Gears of War 4 is far from being a masterpiece.

    Gears of War 4 is a third person shooter where you continue to use the usual cover mechanism in the vast majority of fights. This time there was a new producer behind the story, which makes everything more difficult, because it‘s not always easy to catch the momentum of previous productions. The secret was not to change much. Move on to the new generation of characters, keeping the previous ones on secondary roles. This has kept the plot secure, but often the story enters a swamp of poorly explained connections from where it takes time to leave, and most of those moments with no apparent purpose in the game. However, that did not ruin the gameplay.

    Graphically I’ve loved the game, which ran virtually flawlessly on my PC. I think it was for this reason that I’ve enjoyed it so much. So much detail everywhere, I really did not expect that. Especially the storms ... well, all-natural phenomena were very well characterized either graphically or in sound effects.

    And that’s how I introduce the sound quality of the game, which, given the quality of the characterization of storms, seemed exceptional to me. It is not so impressive inside buildings, but even there I cannot point out any glitches.

    Gameplaywise I’ve spent 10 hours in the campaign mode. Cover, shoot, advance, repeat. Completely on rails. This is the complete portrait of game mechanics here. It's always the same. We are stuck in an endless loop of always doing the samy same. Yes, the opponents pressure us more, they try to flank us, but in any time, I had the opportunity to use any type of tactics, I just used the corridor, advance, cover, shoot and that's it. It wears our soul out.

    There are moments of kinematics in which they show us great landscapes where the Swarm (name given to the new enemies that evolve from the Locust) is giant, so many enemies that we begin to salivate by anticipation, only to arrive at that place and to realize that it is almost empty, or only with a tiny amount of the enemies that we had seen previously. Doing some and no spoilers, near the final battle we saw a canyon packed full with enemies, only to arrive there and see a completely empty canyon. How much waste...

    There are parts in the game where we can put barricades and turrets to fight hordes, that's pretty cool, but then the fighting mechanics are the same as usual, so…

    New weapons have been introduced, all of them overpowered in every situation, however it is difficult to find ammunition for them, which causes us to do some inventory management, but given that the Lancer is enough to deal with any and every situation and it is relatively simple to find ammunition for it... well I do not need to say more. Enjoy the moments of pure fun that the new weapons will provide you, they are well worth it.

    There are collectibles to pick up, but I admit that although I’ve look for them, after I got them I’ve never looked at them again.

    The multiplayer mode is still very active on almost all modes, but as soon as I discovered the horde mode it was there that I spent all my time. Simply the funniest mode of this game, and alone more than enough to play the game. A team of 4 fighting 50 successive Swarm hordes, with the possibility of building barricades, turrets and other mechanisms to stun and kill enemies is super rewarding. I never

    reached the last level. I think the best I could do was get to 34, but always with a smile on my face. This was for me the replay value of the game, because in the campaign they will not catch me again!

    In a nutshell, did I have fun? Yes. To be honest, the game has this ability to let us grumble and move forward as if we were Mutley. It seems impossible, but while grunting I always wanted to play more and more, find out what was next. You can see that the game did not impress me much, but now that it is in the Game Pass, it's well worth playing.
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  5. Sep 7, 2019
    5
    Gears of Snore 4

    Now that Epic sold the rights to MS. They thought it would be a great idea to replace the characters you like and are
    Gears of Snore 4

    Now that Epic sold the rights to MS. They thought it would be a great idea to replace the characters you like and are entertaining with 3 new characters that are boring as all hell. You have JD, Marcuses uninteresting and bring son. You have I'm a badass girl so YEAH!! … hate her. Then you have token black guy whos well black so I guess he has that going for him. Now the game does look amazing graphically and it has a few nice set pieces. Its got the same old gameplay which on game number 5 is getting a bit stale and could use a injection of some thing new. as take cover kill every thing rinse and repeat has gotten a bit old and since your new characters dont have the good writing for the characters that Gears 1-3 had and are unlikable idiots you dont have much going for you in this game and The story well Gears has always failed in this area and in MS's hands they are making sure they follow Epics lead

    Its a total let down as a Gears game and With Gears 5 focusing on the Lame new characters it really has no future I care to join in on. I had a very hard time playing this game longer then 40 min at a time with just not wanting to shut it off and go do some thing else. I'll stick with Gears 1-3 , you can keep this trash.
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  6. Jul 9, 2019
    4
    Juego sin alma, historia vacia, personajes sin carisma, gameplay que podria jugar un niño de 3 años (Cubrirte y disparar , no hay más) ,Juego sin alma, historia vacia, personajes sin carisma, gameplay que podria jugar un niño de 3 años (Cubrirte y disparar , no hay más) , accion pasillera... nula recompensa por exploracion, solo cajas de municion que curiosamente andan en cada combate.

    En fin, que muy lamentable, me esperaba mas al haber oido que los Gears of War eran la ostia, pero solo son el tipico juego consolero para adolescentes sin ton ni son, y que en PC se queda super descafeinado acostumbrados a FPS de habilidad de verdad.
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  7. Apr 16, 2018
    0
    It still has the same gameplay, it still has the same mechanics and controls, with only a few extra tweaks.

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