HoG Review Score: 84%
Gears of War 4 is a third-person shooter video game developed by The Coalition and published by Microsoft Studios for PC and Xbox One. Gears of War 4 is the first entry in the series not to be developed by Epic Games.
Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after Gears of War 3 and the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon destroyed all Imulsion 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.
Following the aftermath of the Lambent Epidemic, the reformed Coalition of Ordered Governments estimated that only hundreds of thousands of humans are left on Sera. To prevent the population from declining, walled-off cities were built to protect the citizens from the dangers outside. The COG also declared martial law, preventing any travel from outside of city walls. Some human survivors rejected the viewpoints of the COG and formed a group called the “Outsiders” that live outside of the COG jurisdiction, conducting raids on COG territory to gather resources.
Within this setting, Gears of War 4 focuses on the son of Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud, J.D. Fenix, who alongside his friends Delmont “Del” Walker and Kait Diaz deal with a new threat to humanity’s survival.
Gears of War 4 received a positive reception upon release. Critics praised the gameplay and quality of the game, though several commented that the campaign feels somewhat dated.