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POSTED 13/10/16


GEARS OF WAR 4

The Coalition/Microsoft Studios



Following his disastrous Michael Hutchence wannabe outing while INXS imploded, JD Fortune soldiers on in Gears of War...

We’re sorry, we’ll read that again. Following his disastrous Michael Hutchence wannabe outing while INXS imploded, JD Fenix soldiers on in Gears of War...

Hang on, that makes no fucking sense. What does this JD Fenix guy have to do with INXS? Umm, nothing. But he does have something to do with ace shooter Gears, so we’re gradually getting there. He’s the son of series legend Marcus Fenix, and being 25 years on from the Locust deletion exploits of GoW3, MF’s gone a bit wrinkly. So now it’s his son’s turn to do the Sera protection thing. Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset. Cats and the cradle and the silver spoon. Yes, we have no bananas...

Due to the methods employed to de-locustinate, the couple of hundred thousand human survivors have faced several challenges. This led to martial law, which some rejected – the ‘Outsiders’. This included JD and pals. The COG is just another hassle to deal with while facing a wholly new threat – the Swarm. Damn. But at least you have awesome weaponry.

Along with his mates Del and Kait, JD takes on the Swarm and the COG’s robot armies. Oh, and electrical windstorms – but they’ll never tear us apart. He’ll also be buzzin’ if he can finally hit that note in ‘Don’t Change’...

If you’ve played before you’ll be reminded of classic just-keep-walking schleps followed by massive heaven sent set pieces, at least in campaign mode. Many dig GoW for the multiplayer though. Well there ain’t none – is something we’d say if there wasn’t. But there is, keeping a steady 60FPS on our lucky arses no less. There’s a funkified ‘Horde’ mode, while new stuff like ‘Dodgeball’ and gear packs for powering up just add to the fun.

Delivering as much wonderfully big dumb fun as its predecessors, GoW fans will totally get a kick out of this new sensation.

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