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GEARS OF WAR 4

gears_of_war_4Gear of War 4 was released on October 7, 2016 by Microsoft Studios. The game was developed by the Coalition. Gears of War 4 is a third person action shooter. Previous releases were made by Epic. The Ultimate edition was released on October 7, 2016 with the standard version released on October 11, 2016.

Gears Of War 4 moves away from the original’s Delta Squad, it takes everything great about the series and builds on it. Many gameplay elements from the previous games are retained such as taking cover to avoid damage and performing active reloads.

The game has about 50 collectables to find. There are 3 achievements for finding them all.

The Locust and Lambent are gone, but humanity is still in danger due to the introduction of a new faction of creatures called the “Swarm.”. The Swarm is more or less based on the Locusts.

Pouncers used bow and arrow. Juvies are bad when they arrive in packs. They can spawn more with their scrams.

A new feature is the Combat Knife, which can be used for melee attacks and allows new ways to perform executions.

New weapons have been introduced as well such as the Drop Shot weapon that fires explosive drills and the Buzzkill that fires ricocheting sawblades. Players can now also use a shoulder tackle to knock down enemies.

Weather shaders and FX are becoming more common with recent games.

The game features 4 categories of weather: from heavy breeze (trees, leaves, dust kicking up) and grow into violent category 3 windstorms that can affect combat and weapon usage.

Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon destroyed all Emulsion on the planet Sera, taking the Locust and the Lambent with them as well Unfortunately, this also knocked out the use of fossil fuels, forcing humanity to adapt new ways for survival. The countermeasure also brought the advent of “Windflares”, powerful windstorms that form across the planet.

Although Gears’ focus on cover has been lifted by games ranging from Uncharted to Mass Effect to Grand Theft Auto, none have ever managed to match its effortless, crunchy flow. Refreshingly, the campaign in Gears of War is actually one of the best we have seen in a long time.

2 to 5 players can play co-op with Gears of War 4.

IN GAME TRANSACTIONS

This game has lots of ingame purchases. Even with lots of game time credits, it still not enough to afford basic upgrades. This means players have to plunk down some pesos. This puts the basic player at a real disadvantage. Basically this game is pay to win.

PERFORMANCE

Gears of War 4 uses the Unreal 4 engine. This means the game will run reasonably well on a modern box. The game is available from the Windows 10 Store. Gears of War 4 uses the universal Windows platform.

Here at Hardcore Games we noticed the PC and Xbox One games are a 54.6GB download. A Xbox One disk version of this game would need a BDXL 100GB disk which is not widely manufactured yet. Xbox One physical disks will need to still download 11GB of updates. The trend for larger and larger games continues.

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