So the year is 2006, Gears of War comes out to critical acclaim on the xBox 306. It’s amazing, it takes the gaming world by storm, the new cover, run and gun system is perfect, the multi player is perfect, the story is deep and involving. Marcus Fenix is the hero we need, Locust is the threat we fear. Well played devs, well played! It has it all. It captures me, and millions more.
10 years pass and we get Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, we follow Marcus on his journey against the Locust Horde and then we have Gears of War Judgement and we get to see the story from Damon Baird’s side. Next comes a remake of the original for the xBox One. Finally the rest of the series become available again to a new generation of gamers thanks to backwards compatibility.
The story evolves even more, it gets deeper. Comics run alongside the games’ timeline and Karen Travvis pens five epic novels taking us from the Pendulum Wars (before the Locust emergence) to right level with the events of Gears 3.
So now everyone has the chance to be up to date and ready for Gears 4!
That is where I must start. From the beginning. If you are new to the Gears world, just don’t jump into Gears 4. Play through the originals, read the comics and the books, honestly, it is absolutely worth it. You will then be able to approach to Gears Universe with the empathy for the characters that us older games have developed over the last 10 years.
If you want to get ripped in right away go for multiplayer, enjoy it level up, get your packs and customise your player, however for the Campaign do yourself a favour and enjoy the whole back story. The Coalition have put a 20 minute prologue in there so you can get a glimpse of the story before you go at Gears 4. Don’t do it. Enjoy the series, then enjoy the Campaign of 4. I promise you will thank me for this advice.
So onto Gears of War 4 – and the actual 10 second bit… ish.
The Coalition have got it right, they haven’t deviated too far away from the cover, gun, run, cover, gun, run system. Why should they? It works so very well.
They have stuck with the gorgeous but destroyed landscapes of the planet Sera. The same goes for the guts and gore, it’s all there. The leads are all massive muscle bound Gears, so they should be – read the books and so much is explained about this military unit.
They have stuck with the Fenix genealogy. An absolute must in my opinion after all, for 10 years it has all been about the hero that is the rather sour, grumpy, angry and legendary Marcus Fenix. The introduction of his son keeps the attachment that loyal Gears fans have developed, and fear not Marcus will make an appearance too.
And they have stuck with the kind of game play that has made the previous 4 titles so complete. There is nothing really here to change, just tweak and further develop the story. That seems to be the route they have chosen and hopefully the route they will continue on.
All I need now is to know when is the next installment coming, and please get Karen Traviss back on board and get a few more books out. There is a 25 year history to bridge between the end of Gears of War 3 and 4.
Oh and finally, it hangs like a big old cliff right at the end!
And for the most unnecessary, necessary purchase I have made in a while, the extremely limited Gears of War 4 Elite Controller. I believe there may be another full scale Lancer coming too, which will work well beside my current full sized gold Lancer and Retro Lancer.