The new trailer for Gears of War promises a lot; better graphics using Unreal engine 4, gameplay enhancements and new enemies, all in the same mad world as before just 25 years later. The release date is confirmed worldwide as 11th October 2016 making it a long wait for fans but there is a multiplayer beta in the meanwhile released on April 25th.
The story is set 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3 and the end of the Locust hordes and the Lambert. You play as Marcus Fenix’s son J.D. trying to come to terms with a new world that has been devastated by lack of resources and countless foes. The game brings a new enemy the swarm with it rumoured to be a mix between zombie and locust. This is a complete change in story and protagonists; it is worth a try as the previous ones had outdone their welcome. The story was a continuous human vs locust story with only one set of outcomes pretty average and almost scripted. A new direction was definitely needed and on the new consoles and possibly a PC audience if rumours are to be believed.
The gameplay will get a number of refinements to the cover and shoot basics including weather effects such as windstorms which will affect use of weapons and player movements. The gameplay trailer shows this to great effect along with the normal quick time events. The trailer also shows the new enemy although little is known about them or their allegiance or relation to the locusts. The shooting seems the same as previous games with an added melee weapon making assassinations now possible. A new gun called the dropshot has also been added.
The graphics is the first thing that hits you in the trailer and they have managed to use the Unreal engine to master a dark dreary atmosphere hoping to immerse players into its world. They have managed to use this to particular effect with the changing weather effecting player’s movements and game choices. The effect is visible in game, capturing this world of Sera where the character is fighting in and eventually fighting for.
The multiplayer will see probably see a return of the much loved Horde mode which has been copied throughout games making it an icon of video games. They will also keep split screen mode for 2 players fighting unlike its rival Halo which recently removed it much to fan criticism.
The unreal engine brings with it expectations for a game that should be able to deliver a good shooter that immerses us into why Sera is shaped this way. The developer’s problem will be making sure they focus as much on the plot as the shooting which will make it a more satisfying experience