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  • Summary: A new saga begins. 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. Engage in a two-player co-op campaign with friends locally via split-screen, over Xbox Live or LAN.A new saga begins. 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. Engage in a two-player co-op campaign with friends locally via split-screen, over Xbox Live or LAN. Player 2 can select either Kait or Del. 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. [Xbox.com] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 99
  2. Negative: 0 out of 99
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Nov 5, 2016
    100
    Brutal action, addictive multiplayer, shredded bodies and stunning visuals. Developers from The Coalition showed that they belong among the leaders in this field. The fourth part of Gears of War can only be recommended. [Issue #268]
  2. Oct 6, 2016
    93
    Even with a new studio leading the development charge, Gears of War 4 is a return to form for the series, and is continual delight, even if it does unnecessarily cling for dear life to the past.
  3. Oct 12, 2016
    90
    Gears of War 4 is a triumphant return to form for the series. What’s more, it proves that the franchise is more than safe in the hands of The Coalition. A visual spectacle that dials back some of the macho ridiculousness of the original trilogy whilst refining and expanding the gameplay, it’s genuinely a game to own an Xbox One for.
  4. Oct 7, 2016
    85
    Gears of War 4 is not a breakthrough for the franchise, but it underlines a successful transition from Epic Games to The Coalition. We would have loved more risk-taking, but overall it's still a great game.
  5. Nov 7, 2016
    80
    Gears Of War 4 is a success, then, even if it does take The Coalition a little too long to find its feet in its single-player campaign.
  6. Oct 6, 2016
    80
    Gears of War 4 as a whole looks interesting and it's definitely a pleasure to once again become an armed warrior and jump from cover to cover. The game may not impress in terms of graphics, and the universe is not as captivating as it used to be, but it's still good, demanding "Gears" - and that's crucial.
  7. Oct 9, 2016
    50
    The game's successes as a continuation of Gears of War's narrative falter in the face of stubbornly archaic gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 427
  1. Nov 11, 2019
    10
    Jogo maravilhoso, muita ação do inicio ao fim, ótimos gráficos, multiplaier maravilhoso, um jogo adaptado desde o jogador iniciante ate o maisJogo maravilhoso, muita ação do inicio ao fim, ótimos gráficos, multiplaier maravilhoso, um jogo adaptado desde o jogador iniciante ate o mais experiente. Expand
  2. Cpj
    Oct 13, 2016
    10
    Gears of war 4 is fantastic! I loved the campaign and the multiplayer is so addictive! The return of the Horde mode makes the game worthGears of war 4 is fantastic! I loved the campaign and the multiplayer is so addictive! The return of the Horde mode makes the game worth playing hours and hours! Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2016
    10
    Are people actually giving this game a rating of 0? lol a 0 rating would mean the game didn't even launch and you couldn't play it hahaha. IfAre people actually giving this game a rating of 0? lol a 0 rating would mean the game didn't even launch and you couldn't play it hahaha. If you actually put a 0 as your rating you clearly didn't even play it and you're trying to ruin the user score. Metacritic should fix this and confirm users actually have the game to submit a review. Probably a PS4 fan mad he can't play it lol. Expand
  4. Jan 10, 2019
    9
    The best and worst thing I can say about Gears of War 4 is, its more Gears of War. It plays very similarly the previous 4 games. It’s a littleThe best and worst thing I can say about Gears of War 4 is, its more Gears of War. It plays very similarly the previous 4 games. It’s a little disappointing in that sense since you always want games to be innovative but in this case, I feel the need to give the developers (Coalition) a pass since this is their first new Gears of War game. So their top priority was proving to fans that they can make a Gears of War game as good as Epic and in that sense, they executed flawlessly.

    Game Genre

    Third-Person Cover Shooter

    Story

    One issue people seem to have is, the series is no longer about Marcus, Dom, Baird or Augustus. It’s now about the next generation, JD (Marcus’ son), Kait and Del. The fourth member of the team is a spoiler so I won’t go into who that is.

    The entire game's premise is Kait’s mother was taken by the enemy and the team's goal is to get her back. So even though the protagonist is JD, the main story ended up being about a side character.

    Favorite Character

    I don’t really know who my favorite character is, none of the 3 really stood out to me.

    JD (James Dominic Fenix)-He reminds me a lot of Nathan Drake but specifically Uncharted 1 Nathan Drake. Few jokes here and there but for the most part a character that is not developed.

    Kait Diaz-She seems like the most self-serious which in fairness to her a very serious thing has happened to her but even before that she was too serious. It’s my main issue with Lara Croft from the rebooted Tomb Raider series. Lighten up a little bit.

    Del Walker-He’s best friends with JD and that’s all there is to say about Del. Occasionally he and JD have a few quips but for the most part he’s a very bland character.

    Puzzles

    No

    Gameplay

    Gears of War is not the creator of cover based shooters but it is the poster child.

    Bosses

    There are bosses but I have never liked the boss battles in the Gears of War franchise. Since a majority of the enemies are already bullet sponges, the boss battles where the enemy has more health doesn’t really improve the game. Then there are the bosses where there is a specific gimmick and my biggest issue with previous entries is the game never did a good job of letting you know what the gimmick actually was. I can’t take tell you how many boss battles I went and started shooting the enemy and I don’t know if I’m correctly widdling the health down on this boss. Its just trial and error and eventually figure it out. The other issue is, once you figure out the gimmick of what you need to do, it’s typically not fun executing it.

    This game does a good job of making it clear what you need to do but the issue is, its typically just not that much fun. Because often times the boss has a ton of health so its time consuming of just dumping a lot of bullets into the boss. But its not just that, you also have to shoot specifics area of the boss which is also not a lot of fun because what happens is you’re standing around waiting for the boss to open up, fire into the specific area. then go back to waiting. Keep doing this for 5 minutes and eventually you’re done.

    Mission/Level Design

    The games gameplay loop is very indicative of previous Gears of War games. Cut scene, then back to gameplay where you walk into an area. Combat arena and then once all the enemies have been killed you hear a sound that sounds like a gong. This lets you know that you have killed all enemies and now it’s time to move onto the next area. The entire game is killing enemies and cutscenes. So if you like the shooting in this game then you’re going to consider it a good game, if you’re not into the shooting then you’re not going to like it.

    Mechanical

    No issues, it ran perfectly.

    Recap: The Good

    Cover Mechanics

    Shooting

    Recap: The Bad Bosses Recap: The Okay Story Characters
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  5. Apr 15, 2020
    8
    The Coalition brings to us a game that takes place 25 years after the original trilogy, and they do it very well, with new faces that try toThe Coalition brings to us a game that takes place 25 years after the original trilogy, and they do it very well, with new faces that try to be the next delta squad, the son of Marcus Fenix as the protagonist and a new enemy to confront, called The Swarm. A good way to continue this iconic saga. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2020
    7
    another gears game. A 9 for visuals, 6 for story, and everything else falls between. This is weird because if youre a first time gears playeranother gears game. A 9 for visuals, 6 for story, and everything else falls between. This is weird because if youre a first time gears player I think its deserving of a solid 8.5 to 9 overall score but having beat the previous gears it feels more of the same and its gotten dull. Its truly hard for a game like this to top itself because of how fantastic the visuals, character animations, story and multiplayer from many are but something needs to change. I made a comment about God of war saying that it was "the refresh everyone wanted that nobody could've imagined". We all wanted something fresh with that game but what the devs gave us was beyond anything we could dream i feel. GEARS needs an answer like that...the mobility has to change, the cover shoot needs to be revamped , polished or removed.....

    Gears is starting to feel like button command action sequences instead of a fluid 3rd person shooter. I started Gears 5 and stopped because it felt more of the same. I trust the stlry is better and the visuals are spectacular but needed a break after beating 4 and not feeling satisfied in the end.
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  7. May 13, 2019
    0
    Juego cutre, lo mismo en cada entrega, personajes corriendo agachados como tontos

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