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Gears of War 4 - Xbox One

Model: 4V9-00001SKU: 8481007

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3907 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A Franchise Ruined

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    KOTH

    While it looks pretty and the mechanics are solid, there's nothing else worth liking about this game. The solo campaign is short, and poorly plotted, with characters acting out of character and nonsensical plot devices throughout. It's a cartoon version GOW that plays out much like fan fiction. Also: the new difficulty settings make certain segments 100% luck based, wasting hours of your life when you lose the draw. Multiplayer is horrible. The community is toxic. The gameplay is laggy. Shots don't register. Damage dealt often does't match the visuals you see, and cheaters abound. Just check YouTube for compilations of the BS this game delivers daily. The developer ignores community complaints, and instead focuses on selling overpriced virtual goods and promoting eSports. Every update makes the gameplay worse. Lastly, the game uses random generation to fulfill micro-transaction purchases, meaning you pay not for skins and characters you want, but for a CHANCE to get them as part of a pack, a pack which just as easily may contain items you already own. Additionally, the "scrap" value of items you don't want is 1/8th of the purchased value. For example, a legendary character could be "won" as part of a $.99 pack, but to craft it -- the only for certain way to obtain items -- could potentially cost you as much as $96. The campaign is so short that if you're not an achievement completionist, then it may be worth renting just to sate curiosity about the story, but if you're not already invested in the franchise, sit this one out. Your family, your wallet and your blood pressure will thank you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great Homage to the Original

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    Acheron
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    I didn't know what to expect when Epic handed off the game to The Coalition, but I have been pleasantly surprised for the most part. Understand that I primarily play Gears for the campaign, as it is my wife's favorite game and something we can play together on the couch. Luckily, split-screen co-op returns. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll tread lightly. This is the story of Marcus Phoenix's son, and it feels incredibly familiar, but not in a bad way. Some old characters show up throughout the game, some new characters wind up being important in ways you might not have imagined, and the game itself plays just as you would expect. The campaign probably took me 10 hours to play through (though I did hunt for collectibles throughout) on normal (I'm playing through solo on insane now, and it is ... hard). Without spoiling anything, there isn't much to say about the campaign except that it feels like Gears, and it is an improvement upon Judgment. I'd still rank it behind the original trilogy, but it was fun. You should know that Horde mode is online only, so I've only checked it out during free play weekends (no, I don't use live since I am a solitary gamer for the most part). There are some changes, but overall, it seems like a slight inferior version of Gears 3 Horde. Versus brings back the COG/Horde battles from the first 3 games (even if it isn't really the COG or the Horde). Writing this review, I guess I find it hard to explain other than saying this game seems like an updated Gears game. It's just what you'd expect. Anyways, I hope this helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    More of the same

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    Marine57
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    You can look at this game in two ways: It's a good game for what it is, but it's also not that good because it feels like they put a skin one of the previous games. I will try not to spoil the game. It had one big surprise for me which I was happy about and towards the end of the game, just when it's getting good, it's over. It is very similar to previous GOW games. One of the multiplayer modes is in the campaign, which I didn't came for. There is a HUGE gap between GOW3 and GOW4 which really isn't explained. Well, pretty much, none of the story is explained. Though the prologue chapter let you play some mission that take place before GOW as a regular gear. You have two protagonists to worry about, I didn't know why one was chasing me and the other was like, really?! Again?! Also, one is dreadfully similar to HALO and Destiny. While some said it's the flood all I kept thinking is SIVA. I don't play GOW PvP so maybe that's where there fun is. The controls are the same, the graphics are good, the joke are old and not funny from characters you're not attached to. If you want it for your collection, get it. Never played GOW? You'll probably like but I suggest playing Ultimate GOW and the free copies of GOW2 and 3 which come as DLC.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good entry into GOW series, but lacking somewhat

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    mrarellano4
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    I am a huge Gears of War fan, don't get me wrong. But man, this game is a little disappointing. It's not a bad game by any means, it's just not the best Gears Of War game out there. The gameplay is similar to what you've come to expect from this series, some of the new weapons aren't too shabby (I really like the Overkill). The campaign is pretty good, but I felt like it was way too short, and by the end of it you're just left wanting a little more. I felt like the first act was more or less just filler. Multiplayer is very identical to past Gears titles, and a big thing this time around is all the micro-transactions. In the past, when you leveled up via multiplayer or for completing the campaign you were awarded with character skins and such, but not anymore. All of your multiplayer unlocks come from these "packs" that are randomly generated. Now, you CAN earn credits towards buying them, but it takes a while, not to mention most of the time when you open a pack there's a pretty good chance it will be a duplicate item or a stupid emblem. If you don't want to grind, you can always buy these packs for real world money. All in all, buy it, just wait on a sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well made game, but still has bugs to work out.

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    Brockstar
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    I've been a Gears of War for about 8 years now, and this installment does a pretty good job of bringing the franchise back from the dead. Pros: Horde mode is great, I really enjoy the new skill-card system and specific unlocks for each class. Versus has fun game-play you have probably grown to love they didn't try to make it "new and improved," and try to change things just to change them . The graphics are crisp and clean on Xbox 1. The frame-rate seems to be a rock-solid 60 FPS with very satisfying textures. Cons: If you haven't played gears before the controls are a bit clunky compared to other games, but it does seem like they have made slight improvements in the current gen. ONLY 2 PLAYER CAMPAIGN COOP. I really dislike having to choose which singular friend i'm going to play coop with. Horde mode has up to 5, but I would have really liked to see 4 person coop similar to halo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Back to some good gaming

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    gmoney39
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    This game kinda keeps the old elements of the first gears of war. With the same mechanic system of duck and shoot and run. But only thing different I notice since I started playing the game it requires that you keep up with the fast pace story and some parts do require a little thought process on how to complete each stage of the game. Only part keeping it from a five out five is the online play. I had no idea that it requires 32 gb for updates. It's no big deal for those who have unlimited internet but for those who have a cap broadband its going to hurt folks who want to play this game online. So my advice if you got a cap for your internet be ready to sign into your profile and then turn off your internet and just play offline. If only Microsoft would care for gamers with limited internet and just give out small updates that would work better. But over all the story line is epic and deserves more good talk and I plan on finishing the previous game as well now that its backwards compatible on xbox one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than Judgement and you get thewhole series

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    DaSoyncere1
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    So this is for the people who haven't yet played the game. Some of you may be on the fence about it, some of you probably want to jump right into it. I being of the latter sort since I love the gears series, jumped straight into it. This isn't a bad thing, just to point out. All I'm gonna say is that this game didn't meet my expectations as far as a gears game goes. Remember gears judgement? How bad it was? Gears 4 isn't nearly as bad, it is a really fun game, but it left a bad taste in my mouth, just like judgement did. Pros are this: same great gameplay, most of the same weapons, some really fun new weapons, and the always favorite thrill of chainsawing an enemy to death. Cons: the story is confusing, the campaign is too short, and I was overall disappointed when the game ended, in my opinion, prematurely. But with that being said you get the whole series for the price of one game so just that alone is totally worthwhile.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    My first Xbox One X Game

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    Evole
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    Everyone has always been so hyped on GOW and I finally decided to take the plunge and buy an XBOX to play its exclusives and mainly CUPHEAD (which is fantastic btw). The brutish character design and Jimmy Neutron style CG is really an eye sore and a turn off for me. The gameplay feels very rinse and repeat and the story and acting is laughable. I played the first game on the PC and never finished because it felt clunky on a keyboard and mouse and I honestly wasn't that into it. I was really wanting to be wowed by GOW4 but it's just ok. I played thru 50 waves online and really had to force myself to keep going for the 3 hours it took to complete. Co-op in the story is the biggest redeeming factor in the game. There is a reason it's on 19.99 you get what you pay for. I'm going to try out Halo 5 next and see what the hype is about.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gears of War 4 Has Short Single Player Campaign

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    Gamer
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    I buy video games for the Single Player Content. Gears of War 4 Single Player Campaign was not very long in my opinion for the money spent for the game. The Single Player Campaign was way too short and it ended too soon. The campaign ending really left you hanging with no real ending. My guess is either an expansion pack or DLC is coming for the game in the future to finish the Single Player Campaign. I think the game developer should maybe in the future add more free Single Player Campaign Chapters for the game like they did for the remastered Gears of War. Don't get me wrong. The graphics, AI, and the story were are great. I really enjoyed playing the game. I just thought the Single Player Campaign was too short.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game, the best 3rd person shooter franchise

    Posted
    CasimirPulaski
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    I've played and owned every Gears of War game. For a decade now, my friends and I have thoroughly enjoyed the online multiplayer experience. It's a fantastic franchise, and with Gears 4, The Coalition get off to a nice start with their new saga. I have yet to beat the campaign, but from what I've seen and the little I've played, it's very much like previous entries, which is a good thing. The gunplay is very tight and responsive like you would expect, and there are some interesting new weapons thrown into the mix. Online is an absolute blast. While the micro-transaction scheme leaves a lot to be desired (games like halo do it better), the actual game itself is a good as ever, ranking right below Gears 3, which is unbeatable as far as online play goes in the series. All in all, it's a great game and I can't wait to see what The Coalition brings to the table next go round.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Good Entry

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    Joser
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    They did a good job revisiting the world and keeping a familiar feel. The game was fun. Like JD, you could tell that the game didn't want to be exactly like its predecessor and tried new ideas to be a distinctive work. While it didn't always work, it did keep me engaged in the GOW world and ready to play the next entry. The developers also deserve a lot of credit for their high focus on the multiplayer. There was clearly a big effort put in to making it a fun, fair, competitive side to the game. Although I can hold my own, I don't play that often since I like to play other games too, but when I do come back, the developers are active in updating and keeping it fresh for players. Glad they took they took the continuation of the series seriously.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but played it safe.

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    hawaiiguy
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    Briefly, this is a good game and well done. If you're a fan of the GoW series, I think you will pleased with this addition. As a long time player of GoW, I felt 4 stayed within the lines of the series, but didn't branch out enough. It has a very linear feel, scripted and obvious combat points. I also felt the combat in general was very mediocre. Nothing really exciting or new and refreshing. The weapons all felt the same and no real way to discern where you hit the enemy or what damage you're doing with one over the other. Like I said, it's a good game I just wish they took some more risks in adding to the already successful formula that is GoW. If you're a fan, you'll probably dig it. If you are a newcomer to the series, it is still an interesting, graphically impressive, fun game. Maybe wait until it is not full price to give it a go if money is an issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Worth It

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    Muddy
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    I have been a fan of the series for a while. I didn't play GoW: Judgement because they started to feel the same, but with this version, they made the multiplayer interesting by allowing you to purchase skins for your weapons and characters by using points you earn in multiplayer (or you can use real money). What I like about their approach is they will introduce themed skins or events as well (Halloween, Holiday, Luchador, etc). The campaign was great because they really gave you new settings and introduced elements of Hoarde mode into the campaign which I thought was fun. I loved the intro, and there was a part towards the end which introduced a new "vehicle" that I won't spoil. The version I got also had a code for the first 4 Gears games for free (360 versions, not the remastered, but they're backwards compatible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New studio made the best game in the series!

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    CarMag04
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    Made by a new Microsoft first party development studio "The Coalition" consisting of some of the original developers from the original Gears trilogy. This is arguably the best game in the series. Built from the ground up for Xbox One. This game takes full advantage of the systems capabilities with sharp graphics and fast and fluidic gameplay. Third person cover based shooting never felt so good. The story is a continuation of the originals with new likable characters filled with personality and returning fan favorites. Play as a single player or cooperatively with a friend. Features multiplayer gameplay with 60 frames per second and in-your-face visceral gameplay. Lots of new weapons and plenty of maps and game modes to keep you busy for hours at a time. No gears of war fan or even skeptic should sleep on this title.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    skeptical about gears 4

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    isual
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    i've played all the gears games including judgement, and i was very pessimistic about getting this game, however, i was slightly wrong. overall, the game is great, especially the multiplayer. at a smooth 60fps it funs and feels good for the eyesight. i do think that my skepticism came from playing all the previous games, and that they were all the same; in a way, i felt that yes, i was right, however, gears 4 is fun in the sense that it brings the gears story in a new direction and light for a new trilogy, starring the next generation. in conclusion, this game is worth full price for gears fans, but i was fortunate to get this during the buy 2 get 1 free, so it was a good deal. i would say that if you are an xbox one owner, the third person shooter aspect is superb, and a must buy if you just have one console.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The game was great however the customer service wa

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    bigdaddy
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    Very good game! But the customer service at my local Best Buy was horrible!! It took me four trips to Best Buy to get a definitive answer and where I live it's a 25 mile round-trip every time!! I bought this game in a bundle and they first told me that they would price match, then the associate told me that they would not price match Amazon which I then found out later from another associate is not true!! Then they told me that they would further price match their own price since it had dropped in the store but not without the receip!!! So on my fourth trip in they then FINALLY told me they wouldn't price match a bundle ??!! Why did they not tell me this from the beginning ???!! I have a Best Buy rewards account!!! I really hope , you "BEST BUY" read these reviews!!! I would definitely like a response!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Game

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    Nikos
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    Good overall game. Story mode descent. I really did not enjoy the first part fighting robots. Very silly. However, later on the story mode catches on to the true GOW roots. The reason for my 4 Star rating is based on the online game play. Lots to choose from including Horde 3.0 mode. My least favorite part about playing online is the cheating that goes on and no I am not talking about players being better than me or others. That is understandable. However, It is a disgrace to the game developers who can not find ways to stop this from happening. My advice :Enjoy the game, if you play online take a deep breath when you see other gamers doing silly things and winning games, go to your happy place and re-load another map. 90 percent of the time you will have fun playing the game!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected

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    llEuLoGyll
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    First and foremost, I was a huge fan of the first Gears of War. The story, characters, combat and overall experience were quite original and fun. However, like many franchises do... they over use the same recipe until it's no longer fun. I played through GoW 2 and 3 and liked them but they didn't "grip" me. I avoided the other offering(s) as well until 4 came out. GoW 4 is more of the same so I would be lying if i said otherwise. However, it was nice to get back into the seat again with the crew and see Marcus through the eyes of his son. The story starts off slow but it eventually grabbed me and kept me wanting more. If you are a GoW fan then i would highly recommend getting this installment. The graphics are obviously better with the new console and it has a solid story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Keeps Getting Better!

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    Wals
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    The Gears of War series is probably why a lot of gamers buy a XBOX console with myself being one of them. I have played and own every one of the games which are great in their own unique style and story. The graphics and sound are superb, especially when played on a XBOX One X. Controls are essentially the same as previous releases. The story doesn't have quite the same "magic" like the first two games but does get better when Marcus Fenix gets back into the action. The game I purchased had downable codes for Gears of War 1, 2, 3 and Judgement so that's five excellent games for the price of one! Just check the front cover for the info about the bonus games before buying. A must-have for any Gears fan or Xbox owner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I am a fan

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    bootman68
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    First, read with caution. I have always been a big fan of the "Gear" series. It is one my favorite shooters. I love that you can use the chainsaw attachment and you have a variety of weapons. I like the classic weapons. My only complaint with the series is the action. Sometimes the action causes you to lose focus and you miss important conversations or tutor messages. The story line can be a little muddled sometimes. I am usually playing a few games at a time, so this may contribute to me forgetting some of the story lines. The characters are exciting and their actions and speech unique. However, all the games in the series play similar. The multiplayer is fun and offers enough variety. This is easily a $30 game and more if ypu are a fan of the series.

    I would recommend this to a friend