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Gears of War 4 February Update Out Today; Adds Two New Maps, New Valentine’s Event, and More

Today, Gears of War 4’s February Update releases, and with it, comes two new maps, a week-long Valentine’s event, new Gear Packs to collect, further improvements to the game, and more. …Read More The post Gears of War 4 February Update Out Today; Adds Two New Maps, New Valentine’s Event, and More by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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Fan-favorite Maps and Characters Return in Gears of War 4 Update

Slowly, Treats from the Gears of War Universe Just Pour In Out now, a new Gears of War 4 update for fan veterans. This latest patch, Series 2 Collection, significantly expands multiplayer content. We get over 280 collectible cards, including iconic characters from Gears of War 3. Out of a total thirteen, four make up our “first”  band of legacy characters. However, there’s more in this latest patch. Additionally, two fan-favorite maps have been re-imagined. “Blending together the best of Gears 2’s original take and the Gears 3’s re-imagining,” we get the Gears 4 version of Blood Drive. Battle through pillars and along city streets, where open terrain leads to longshot firefights. Then we have the classical Clocktower re-imagined. It is now the Bank of Bronn, where players can reacquaint themselves with turkey shoots at the bank entrance. Otherwise, fight on the low streets for control of the center, in what will inevitably lead to back and forth chainsaw kills. Both maps are currently available for Season Pass holders, and everyone on January 17. On top of that, The Coalition wants to give Season Pass holders more for their buck: Today, they announced sixty random cards from Series 2 Characters and Weapon Skins. This new Airdrop comes January 13, in conjunction with Bounty Gear…

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Series 2 Arrives in Gears of War 4 Today; 280 New Cards, Two New Fan Favorite Maps, Quit Penalties, and More

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Gears of War 4: The Kotaku Review

Ten years ago, Gears of War helped define an age of blockbuster multiplayer games. Now, it’s the status quo. Advertisement Gears of War 4 is more Gears of War. Luckily, Gears of War kicks ass. The newest game doesn’t offer many surprises, but it’s still enjoyable to play. Like the earlier games in the series, you control a beefy dude (or lady!) from a third-person perspective. You still take cover, still hunker down and “roadie run” from place to place, and still carefully time your active reloads to fill each clip with extra-powerful bullets. You still shoot at big, squishy enemies that burst open like gore pinatas. You still carve monsters open with chainsaws. After four games starring the same group of COG soldiers, Gears of War 4 passes the narrative torch to a younger generation. Instead of playing as Marcus Fenix and his crew, you control his son, JD Fenix, along with JD’s friends, Kait Diaz and Del Walker. The new cast is baby-faced compared with the grizzled old gang, opting for eyebrow rings and dyed hair in place of out-of-fashion do-rags. They’ve got more personality too, with the sort of constant quips and jokes you might expect from…

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Gears of War 4: The Best Xbox Exclusive of the Generation

I didn’t become personally acquainted with the Gears of War franchise until late last year when I purchased an Xbox One along with a copy of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Even though this game was nearly ten years old at the time, I had more fun playing it than I did with most of 2015’s releases. I eventually played through Gears of War 2 and 3 and thoroughly enjoyed those as well (though I will admit that the first game is my favorite out of the original trilogy). I arrived late to the party, but I was now a big fan of the series. Like many others out there, I eagerly anticipated the release of Gears of War 4. The game released yesterday (though some did get early access to it last Friday) and I managed to play through most of it. I already knew I was going to like Gears of War 4, but after playing all the way up to the beginning of the final act, I can now safely say that it is not only a strong entry in the franchise but easily the best Xbox game released this generation. Fans of Microsoft’s gaming division have…

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Finding A Match In Gears of War 4 Sucks

I’ve been playing Gears of War 4 for a few dozen hours now and a good portion of that time has been spent waiting for the game to find someone to play with. Advertisement At first, I thought it was simply that I was playing the game earlier than most people. So I waited for the early release date, when folks who bought the Ultimate Edition would be able to play. It was still slow then, so I thought, OK, let’s not make any judgements yet until the game is fully out. That was yesterday, lo and behold, nothing has improved. Whenever I search for a match in any mode, from KOTH to Dodgeball and everything in-between, the game will always tell me that finding a match will take at least 3 minutes. If I’m lucky, that estimate is correct. Most of the time, though, I found myself waiting anywhere from 5-10+ minutes just to get into a match. Adding insult to injury, Gears 4 would often make me wait only to put me in a match that wasn’t even full. The game would then proceed to not populate that match with bots or new players, meaning that I was…

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5 Reasons to Be Excited for Gears of War 4

The Xbox One has enjoyed a pretty decent year so far with the release of Quantum Break, ReCore, and Forza Horizon 3. While only the latter of those has met with critical and commercial success, the company is today releasing a title that is sure to be a hit and may even help push some consoles out of the door. What game is that? It’s Gears of War 4, of course. It has been a few years since we’ve gotten a new, main-line Gears game (sorry, Judgement) and the excitement for this title is understandably high. Pure cover-based shooters are a rare thing these days so it is refreshing to have a game that goes back to basics. Even though Gears of War 4 will deliver the sort of experience that fans of the franchise expect, it will also have a good amount of new features which should keep it from being another stale retread (again, I’m looking at you, Judgement). Gears of War 4 has a lot going on for it, but here are the top five reasons why Xbox One and PC gamers should be excited for the game. 1. New friends, new enemies Previous Gears games focused on…

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Gears of War 4 Gets Multiplayer Update to Tweak Credit System, Speed Up Progression

Fans of the Gears of War series have plenty to celebrate today as the long-awaited Gears of War 4 has been released for Xbox One and PC, and those jumping in to the game’s multiplayer will find that some updates have been put in place to speed up progression and tweak the game’s credit system. In a forum post from developer The Coalition, the studio explained that the progression and credit systems in Gears of War 4‘s Versus Mode have been altered to decrease the cost of certain Gear Packs and increasing the amount of credits earned after completing matches, following feedback from fans during the game’s early access period with the Ultimate Edition. Specifically, The Coalition addressed that the cost for Elite Gear Packs has now been decreased from 4000 credits to 3500 credits, while the overall boost of credits earned from completing matches has been raised (though no specific amount was revealed). The Coalition also explained that a small bug may show players earning 0 credits from a Match Bonus, though the studio assured that players are still earning credits after matches and that the issue (and others) are being worked on by the team “around the clock.” Gears of War 4 is…

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Conan and Wiz Khalifa Take on Gears of War 4 in New Episode of Clueless Gamer

The bloodthirsty world of Gears of War returns in the next week with the upcoming release of Gears of War 4 (while those with the Ultimate Edition of the game can access it today), and in celebration Conan O’Brien enlisted the help of Wiz Khalifa to “mellow him out” for the intense experience. During last night’s episode of Conan, Gears of War 4 was front and center for a new installment of the show’s “Clueless Gamer” segment, with Conan bringing special guest Wiz Khalifa for some help in getting through the campaign, with the help of…well, you can just find out in the video. Gears of War 4 releases for Xbox One and PC on October 11th, 2016, with early access for the game available now in the Ultimate Edition of the game – in the meantime, you can check out the full “Clueless Gamer” segment from Conan below: [embedded content]

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Gears Of War 4 Runs Like It Was Made For PC

Earlier this year Microsoft released the DX12-powered Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on PC, and it was a stuttering mess. Looks like Microsoft and developer The Coalition learned a lot from that debacle, because the Windows 10 version of Gears of War 4 runs like a proper PC release should. Advertisement Now keep in mind that I have a magical PC that somehow manages to avoid major issues that plague other PC gamers. Batman: Arkham Knight was fine for me, and while I’ve had a great experience with Forza Horizon 3 on PC, many others have not. In an age where console to PC ports are generally barebones affairs presented with only the bare minimum of graphics settings, Gears of War 4 features a massive array of tweakable things to ensure your system can handle what it’s dishing out. While multi GPU support is still in the works and it doesn’t have exclusive fullscreen (dammit), it has just about everything else. Advertisement Here’s a rundown of the tweakables, courtesy of the game’s built-in benchmark. Note the graphics card and CPU I am playing on in the screen. Also note those frames. This is me, running the game without making any tweaks…

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Gears of War 4's Horde Mode Is A Blast 

One of the most surprising things about Gears of War 4 for me was the discovery that, after all these years, shooting wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies could still be really fun. Advertisement To the franchise’s credit, Gears of War has steadily introduced complexities to the basic idea to keep it fresh. In Gears of War 3, players gained the ability to set up defenses to help fend off Locus. In Gears of War 4, Horde has been revamped with new mechanics that introduce a number of smaller tactical decisions that keep things interesting beyond “shoot bad guy in the face.” Before the match begins, players must choose a class—Soldier, Scout, Heavy, Sniper, or Engineer. Each class has a specific strength: the engineer, for example, can repair fortifications, and the heavy packs more of a punch than other classes. Players will have to negotiate with one another as to what roles to occupy, and I foresee this being an occasional point of tension for folks who aren’t willing to take one for the team. Personally, I knew that I was bummed when I got stuck with roles like that of the Sniper, since it didn’t match my playstyle…

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Gears of War 4 Review — All Geared Up

From its debut in 2006 as one of the marquee titles on the Xbox 360, Gears of War brought along with it many “firsts” for its generation. As time has passed, the series has become one of the defining franchises of a generation. With its action-packed cover-based shooting and its story of humanity’s fight on the brink against the impending Locust forces, Gears of War became to the Xbox 360 what Halo: Combat Evolved was to the original Xbox five years before it as the console’s big “killer app.” Flashing forward ten years after has brought us to Gears of War 4, the fourth mainline title in the series and in more ways than one, the beginning of a new chapter for one of Microsoft’s biggest series. Under the tutelage of The Coalition, which has now been tasked with producing all future Gears of War titles moving forward, Gears of War 4 brings with it a lot to live up to. As the direct follow-up to the trilogy on Xbox 360 (excluding the prequel Gears of War: Judgment), the title also represents the first step forward for The Coalition and having to take over the reins of the franchise. Much like how the Halo franchise went through a similar transition between its original creators at…

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Physical copies of Gears of War 4 require 11 GB day-one patch

Next week sees the release of the highly-anticipated Gears of War 4 on Xbox One and Windows PC. But as is increasingly becoming the case, it doesn’t matter which version of the game you opt to buy you’re going to have to spend some time downloading gigabytes of data. And no, buying a physical copy of the game does not save you from this frustrating task. Gears of War 4 on Xbox One is a 54.6GB download. Ouch! That’s going to take gamers on slower connections a long time to get, and it may also cause a problem if their connection has a data cap. But there’s a physical copy of the game being released, right? Correct! However, in order to play the launch build of the game you’re still going to need to download a day-one patch, which is 11GB. Ouch! To clarify – if digital, no day one patch since all 54.6 gigs are downloaded. If physical disk then there will be 11 gig download. — Rod Fergusson (@GearsViking) September 30, 2016 As to why developer The Coalition didn’t include the patch on the disc, the answer is a simple one: it didn’t fit. The Blu-ray disc is…

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White Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle Includes 1 TB Hard Drive

Another Xbox One S bundle for Gears of War 4 has been detailed by Microsoft. This time it is a white Xbox One S with a 1 TB hard drive. If you want a physical copy of Gears of War 4 you will have to purchase it via GameStop, but all other storefronts will include a digital copy that gives you the Windows 10 version through Xbox Play Anywhere. This bundle will cost $349.00 and release October 11, 2016. Previously the only Xbox One S Gears of War 4 bundles were the blue 500 GB bundle for $299.00 releasing on November 1, 2016, and the red 2 TB bundle for $449.00 releasing on October 6, 2016. Each bundle comes with a free download of the Xbox 360 Gears of War collection while supplies last.