If you’re a big fan of the Gears of War franchise, here is a nice treat.
I’ve been a long time player of the series and received an email today in recognition of my “exemplary service”. That was their marketing words not mine. In the email was the opportunity to take a look at the Prologue play-through for Gears of War 4 which launches October 11, 2016. Being the nice sharing guy that I am, I decided to share this video with all of you.
The video play-through is about 23 mins long but gives a nice look at what to expect from the new title in the series. Gears co-creator Rod Fergusson and campaign designer Matt Searcy greet you at the start of the play-through. The purpose of the prologue within the game is to introduce the player to the Gears world. The prologue covers off on some history of key battles within original Gears trilogy. It also gets the silly game mechanic tutorial out of the way. Finally you are introduced to the new chancellor, Jinn, and learn where the current Gears universe is at the moment.
The gameplay does look pretty fluid through the big environments. Nothing too new spotted in the mechanics. The typical duck, cover, slide, and chainsaw moves that we expect from the Gears franchise are there. Graphics, both texture and lighting, have been bumped up quite a bit thanks to the newer console GPUs. I personally found the voice work a little annoying with all the explaining of every battlefield detail of what to do and where to look but that may just be due to this Prologue being an introductory level.
All in all I think if you have enjoyed the previous Gears of War trilogy and want to revisit that universe, this game will be a good pick-up for you.