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Gears of War 4 review round-up

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Gears of War (1)

Gears of War! The franchise that made the Xbox 360 a best-seller is finally back with a brand new sequel on the Xbox One. Years in the making, Gears of War 4 is a fresh start for the franchise with developer The Coalition having been formed specifically for the task of reinvigorating the series for that platform. Alessandro won’t shut up about the damn game, and neither will the rest of the gaming press who went hands on with it to deliver their reviews.

Here’s what they have to say about it. Spoiler: The general consensus is NICE.

NAAG  – 93/100 (One point for every time Tarryn killed Al with a pink shotgun)

Gears of War (2)

Probably the best campaign since the first game and an intriguing, provocative start to the next trilogy, Gears of War 4 is a triumphant inauguration for new franchise custodian The Coalition. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s violent, it’s absurd, it’s even a bit poignant at times, and the ending will have you gasping for more. Plus, guns with chainsaws.

GameInformer – 93/100

Gears of War (3)

The campaign is too familiar at times, but the gameplay is top notch. All multiplayer modes showcase high levels of depth and reasons to come back

IGN – 92/100

Gears of War (4)

The five-player Horde mode, however, is once again where Gears’ multiplayer shines brightest. The tower-defense elements introduced in Gears 3 have been iterated on for the better here.

Polygon – 90/100

Gears of War (5)

Gears of War 4 is a remarkably complete package.

SA Lamer  – 86/100 (They’ll get their name back once they survive Horde Mode beyond wave 2)

Gears of War (6)

If you’ve been a long-time Gears fan, you have no reason to worry. This is definitely all you asked for and then some. If you’re a casual Gears fan, I’d still recommend it purely for the fact that it is an incredibly solid package and will last you a considerable amount of time.

Destructoid – 80/100

Gears of War (7)

The nature of Gears of War 4 is that we won’t know its legacy until there are more games in the canon. That’s frustrating now but it’ll hopefully be exciting later. This was a fine first showing but it’d be nice to see The Coalition carve its own identity for Gears of War. Using Epic’s foundation is understandable and expected, but it often feels like a crutch. Marcus’ boy had grown up just like him.

The Jimquisition – 70/100

Gears of War (8)

The combat of the campaign is fundamentally sound, the multiplayer is well crafted as always (despite the usual shotty problem), and Horde mode is great entertainment. As a complete package, the game is worthy, if only for the fact it’s a Gears game and the true heavy lifting was already done by Epic in 2006.

Nevertheless, the campaign is flimsy, and despite claims of signifying a new generation for the series, Gears of War 4 is ultimately an upholder of the status quo.

GameSpot – 70/100

Gears of War (10)

Gears of War 4 makes the best of the franchise’s multiplayer modes, but delivers a lackluster campaign in the process.

Lazygamer – 80/100

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Gears of War 4 is a satisfying, if not overly familiar, return to some of the series’ best beats. A distinctly dark campaign dishes out welcome surprises and disappointing repeats in equal measure, while its refined Horde mode and thoroughly engaging multiplayer round off a package that any franchise fan should be happy to rev through.

Last Updated: October 6, 2016

33 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    October 6, 2016 at 10:03

    6 October – National Gears of War day.

    xD

    Reply

  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 6, 2016 at 10:05

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 6, 2016 at 10:11

      They’ll get their name back? I thought that was their name! ZING!

      Hey…. where’d everyone go?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 6, 2016 at 10:17

        XD

        Reply

    • dawid22

      October 6, 2016 at 11:29

      LOL, you bastards! Wait a min… Lazy Lamer… would you know? It works! 😛

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 6, 2016 at 11:34

        It does! O_o

        Reply

      • Batman vs. a Banana

        October 6, 2016 at 18:25

        SHOTS HAVE BEEN FIRED!!! 😀

        Reply

  3. Tarryn van der Byl

    October 6, 2016 at 10:10

    I’ve got over 93 Gnasher kills on Alessandro alone.

    Reply

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      October 6, 2016 at 10:16

      Gnasher or grenades? I lost count yesterday XD

      Reply

    • miaau

      October 6, 2016 at 11:37

      Um, do you mind explaining what on earth a Gnasher kill is?

      Also, while I am asking questions: How do any of the male characters in that game put a telephone to their ear?

      Reply

      • Original Heretic

        October 6, 2016 at 11:38

        Gnasher is the Gears shotgun.

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        • miaau

          October 6, 2016 at 11:38

          Ah, a pink one then.

          Reply

          • Fox1 - Retro

            October 6, 2016 at 13:59

            LOL, no. It’s a normal grey/brown shotgun. How have you not played Gears!

      • Tarryn van der Byl

        October 6, 2016 at 11:54

        It’s the Gears of War shotty, but it’s probably also the most loved/hated weapon in versus multiplayer.

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      • Fox1 - Retro

        October 6, 2016 at 13:58

        They have built-in cellular phone receivers in their heads. Serious.

        Reply

  4. Original Heretic

    October 6, 2016 at 10:13

    I am sinking into a very very deep depression now.

    Reply

    • miaau

      October 6, 2016 at 11:35

      why? FOMO?

      Reply

      • Original Heretic

        October 6, 2016 at 11:37

        Because I love Gears. My mates all love Gears. We’ve jammed Horde mode so many times together as a five-man squad that we can do it on insane, any map, with no issues and no deaths (apart from the odd revive here or there).

        And now because I have a PS4 and not a XB, Gears 4 is denied to me.

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        • miaau

          October 6, 2016 at 11:38

          Ah, I see. Well, pretty sure MS is hoping this game drives console sales…. Bastards, right?

          I have an Xbox One, but not really interested. May get if really cheap to just to stuff around on easy in the story mode

          Reply

          • Original Heretic

            October 6, 2016 at 11:43

            There’s only one way to play Gears.

            (think of that song “Inane in the membrane”)

            Insane in the CAMPAIGN, insane in the HORDE!

          • miaau

            October 6, 2016 at 11:45

            Gears of War 1: My colour blindness meant I did not even know about the reticule for aiming or the little dots or whatever. Could not focus on it at all, against the other colours. Sucked.

          • Original Heretic

            October 6, 2016 at 11:47

            Eesh, that’s a rough one. Being denied the joy of such a great game.

        • Batman vs. a Banana

          October 6, 2016 at 16:04

          Don’t you get the game for PC as well, when you buy the Xbone version?

          Reply

          • Original Heretic

            October 6, 2016 at 16:07

            PS4 gaming only for me, I’m afraid. I am a sad, strange little man.

          • Batman vs. a Banana

            October 6, 2016 at 16:08

            Not if you’re a PS4 gamer… then you’re my brother from another mother! #Brofist

          • Original Heretic

            October 6, 2016 at 16:11

            I thank you wholeheartedly and sincerely for the sentiment, but that still doesn’t mean I can play Gears 4… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1beb489bff56424be362c35a12845981a81a46bd92ec2f335d8ce690d29db3a7.jpg

          • Batman vs. a Banana

            October 6, 2016 at 16:13

            There there… I’ll play it for you 😀

          • Original Heretic

            October 6, 2016 at 16:26

            Do I thank you for that or do I take more drastic measures?

  5. Andre Fourie

    October 6, 2016 at 12:17

    Can’t wait for my copy to be delivered.

    Reply

  6. Fox1 - Retro

    October 6, 2016 at 13:56

    “it is an incredibly solid package and will last you a considerable amount of time. “

    That is what makes Gears, Halo and Forza special.

    Reply

    • Francois Knoetze

      October 6, 2016 at 15:01

      looking forward to this.Price is a bit too steep. will wait for the black friday sale

      Reply

  7. Batman vs. a Banana

    October 6, 2016 at 16:03

    Ugh Polygon’s review is the worst. I put on the adblock, ventured to their pitiful site and read the first few lines where they complained about hypermasculinity and realised that I’d rather have my colon irrigated by a hose pipe. What a bunch of losers.

    Anyone who writes for Polygon is a worthless cuck! There I said it! Speaking of cucks… when did Maddox become such a little slimey SJW? I remember when he was a real man. Now he’s even worse than Anthony Burch!

    Reply

  8. Gavin Mannion

    October 6, 2016 at 16:49

    .. shit.. now I need to buy a second Xbox One for my dad so he can continue the story

    Reply

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