Gears of War is finally back after five long years with a new director after Microsoft bought the rights from Epic Games. The game was developed by The Coalition and published by Microsoft Studios. I’ve not played the previous parts much, but I knew the campaign story and have enjoyed some multiplayer action.

The campaign mode is small, about 10 hours. But it is fun with some unique things to do. Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after the previous story. Gears of War 4 is the same third person shooter game and this time you get to play as J.D, the son of Marcus Fenix. Half the game, you fight DeeBee Robots and the other half you fight the Locust(Hell yeah they are back!). They both work in a unique way making it competitive for you. The game also has a wide variety of new weapons. The best one of those is the Buzzkill which shoots sawblades!

Though the single player campaign is cool, the best part of Gears of War has always been the multiplayer part. The multiplayer on Gears of War 4 is split into two parts: Versus Mode and Horde Mode.

The versus mode is where you get to play against other players online. Usually, one team is the COG, and the other is the Locust. The Horde mode is where you get to play as a team against AI. You’ll have to fortify and defend yourself against hordes of Locust for as many rounds as you can. This is probably the most fun, and you can do this with up to five friends.

The game is available to purchase on the Microsoft store which is both amazing and inconvenience at the same time. The best part is that if you buy it once, you can play the game both on PC and Xbox One. Also, you can play with the same XBOX profile which syncs the single player campaign and also multiplayer. The game also supports cross-platform multiplayer to let you play with a lot more of your friends. The disadvantage of buying the game from Microsoft store is that Microsoft store is not the best. For starters, the game download size was 73GB which is Bizzare. This is the largest game I’ve downloaded regarding download size, and there is no reason for the download size to be that big. I’m pretty sure there was no compression here. To worsen things, the Microsoft store is buggy. Since the file size is humongous, you’d want to pause and resume multiple times. You can’t do that! Sometimes it would start downloading all over again after you’ve already downloaded 50 Gigs. So I had to download it in one go!

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I played the game on PC which runs on Intel i7 6700K, 16GB RAM and NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition. I ran the game with every setting maxed out at high and ultra. With this, the frame rate never dropped below 60fps on my 1080p 60Hz Monitor. With everything enabled, the game in extremely intensive and the game looks gorgeous with 1080. It has large electrical dust storm with huge lighting effects and everything flying around. The game excelled at this, and this is something that can only be experienced on a fully maxed out PC. Also, the game has a setting to enable ‘Gore’ which pumps up the headshots and blot splatters when you kill a locust. When enabled, it looks amazing!

Gears of War 4 is one heck of a game and checks all the right boxes. There is nothing wrong with the game itself. If you can get past the download process, you are ready to go! The game has a small, but fun single player campaign. But the most important part is multiplayer which has a wide variety of modes which is full of people and expect it to be that way for the coming months. The game retails at Rs. 3,999 and you can click here to buy it from Microsoft Store right now. But if you get one of the latest NVIDIA 1070 or 1080, you can get the game for free!

Gears of War 4 is one heck of a reboot and this is how every reboot should be!

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