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Gears of War 4

Last year at E3 both Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Gears of War 4 were announced. The Gears of War Ultimate Edition was published in August and players who were in possession of the game were granted access to the multiplayer beta of Gears 4. Joins us for our impressions of said beta.

A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. Set 25 years after the conclusion of the trilogy, Gears 4 features new characters facing a new threat over a harrowing 24-hour journey.  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.

The high-quality graphics of Gears of War 4 looked and felt really good thanks to the Unreal enigine 4. During my Beta play of Gears 4, I played three maps and one game mode, Team Deathmatch. While no beta level felt like an “instant classic” Harbor in some way gave me the same good feeling I had with Gridlock from Gears 3. Harbor was and will be my favorite map in the Gears of War 4 beta. I was quite disappointed that no map contained any map events, something that made Gears of War 3 just so interesting and unpredictable. Perhaps that will change in the final version of Gears 4 but for now I really missed them.

Gears 4 is Gears in its purest form, big bulky men and women with bigger guns running from cover to cover to land that shot on that ugly Locust. If you’re hoping for something new, the beta will probably disappoint you. It is still a paradise for shotgun enthusiasts, with a healthy dose of Lancer-fire and a fierce battle for the powerful weapons to make it even more exciting. Team play is still important and if you are a lone wolf in battle, it’s suicide. Stay together, flank your enemies and stay alive!

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The main new feature in the beta is grab-‘n’-stab. If your opponent and you are on the opposite side of some cover, you can press the X button with proper timing to go around towards your opponent on the other side of the cover. Then, by pressing the Y button again with some correct timing you stab the enemy in his neck. I was able to execute this combo perfectly in one occassion during my play session, it’s going to be absolutely worth it if you’ll land it on every try.

The whole beta didn’t gave me the same satisfaction the first Gears 4 trailer did. Don’t get me wrong it looks and feels good but, it’s too similar to what we’ve already seen before.
It’s nothing new, and I was hoping for something refreshing. Just like when Horde mode came in Gears 2, it made the game so much more interesting. I really hope Gears 4 will have the same level of story content. The kind of story that can make you laugh or even blink away a very manly man-tear like in gears 3. The multiplayer is not that extra push I needed to instantly purchase the game. This is partially thanks to Judgement, which isn’t exactly a fan favorite prequel either.

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I really hope the story will be amazing and will make up for the lacking multiplayer. After playing Gears the ultimate collection for a while I have had quite enough of the multiplayer and was hoping for something new, something fresh. It is still a paradise for shotgun enthusiasts, but we’ve seen it all before. I hope the game will convince me a bit more in the future. In the mean time you’ll find me playing gears 3’s horde mode…Raaaaarrrw

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Jorge Wolters Gregório

Gamer dad who loves the classics, indies, racers and the occasional shooter. Have been in the industry for almost two decades now and am as enthusiastic as ever! #4theplayers

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