The Critics Consensus: Gears of War 4
We were worried that moving development of the game to a new developer in The Coalition would result in a disjointed gameplay experience. But it turns out our fears were misplaced, Gears 4 is a solid effort from the new team. It doesn't really blaze any new trails but there is no denying the pedigree. If you are into the Gears of War franchise then you are going to want to jump out of cover and grab a copy! At the time of this post Gears of War had a metascore of 84/100. You can checkout the scores below.
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.
I never expected to compare Gears of War 4 to The Force Awakens, but I couldn’t be happier to do so. Like the latest chapter in the story from a time long ago in a galaxy far, far away, Gears of War 4 is directed by a new generation of creators, shares a lot of similar narrative structures to the beloved first piece of the trilogy it succeeds, and is an experience you’ll walk away from with a big smile on your face.
Taken all together, Gears of War 4 doesn’t completely reinvent the genre, and it’s not always "bigger." But it’s a remarkably consistent, complete package with the kind of refinement and focus few other games can manage, providing excellent solo, cooperative, and competitive options that rank it as one of the best action games of 2016.
Gears of Wars is back and new developers The Coalition not only pay homage to what came before but enhance the experience. Sure, the mechanics are almost identical to the previous games but with new executions, vehicles, defense building plus new enemies/weapons and you have everything you need for a great Gears of War 4 experience!
A very well-executed, bug-free game with awesome technical effects. The single-player campaign is on the short side at nine hours, but it gives you everything that you want and expect in a Gears of War game. The Coalition does a decent job walking the tightrope of providing something that fans want and giving them something different at the same time. The Horde mode has taken the co-op play in a very good direction, and I expect that fans are going to enjoy multiplayer quite a bit as well. If I had to pick one flaw, it’s that this game has too wide a range, with a lot of humor and a lot of terror all at once.
After one day of playing GoW4, I knew it was an awesome title. After one month of diving deep into all campaign and multiplayer modes, that feeling hasn’t wavered. The developers showed hints of brilliance with their remake of the original Gears, but no one could have predicted just how firm a grasp they had on the intricacies of what makes this series so special. Its few flaws knocked my score down a few notches, but the gameplay is well-paced, gorgeous to watch, and tremendously satisfying. GoW4 a system-seller and a must-have title for any self-respecting fan of shooters.
As we mentioned above, this is a very solid entry into the Gears of War franchise, especially considering it was helmed by a new developer. If you factor out the microtransaction baggage we would rate this an 86/100, a wholly enjoyable romp back in the Gears of War universe. If you're a fan and haven't picked up a copy for your Xbox One yet grab your region free Gears of War 4 Xbox One key now while it is on sale. Already finished the game? Let us know your thoughts about the experience in the comments area below.