Gears Of War 4 Roadie-Runs Onto Windows 10

“If wanting that gun Blaine has is in the Predator is wrong, who’d want to be right?” Old Man Gillen said in 2008 about the first Gears of War. I mean, sure, Kieron’s in favour of anything letting him pretend his tadger is a steel deathcannon spaffing at six thousand loads per minute, but the point is: big daft action games can be a right lark. That’s why I’m glad to see Gears of War bring its crouch-running and chainsawing back to PC, with Gears of War 4 [official site] now out on Windows 10. Yes, Windows 10 only. But: chainsaw guns, yeah?

Gears of War 4 half-continues the story from the previous games, though facing a different threat to the original trilogy’s and bringing some younger, less-cuboid soldiers into the squad. It’s more cover-based third-person shooting (and meleeing and chainsawing) with a surprising amount of gibs.

Until now, we’ve only seen the first game (in its original and fancied-up Ultimate Edition forms) on PC. Here, I’ll catch you up: Moonmen from inside the notEarth came out and tried to kill everyone with their pet monsters, but fridge-shaped notEarthmen killed them all first. If you want something more in-depth, hey, Gears 4’s prologue chapter plays through a few key moments from the series’ history anyway.

The only Gears of War game I’ve played a lot of is, somehow, Gears of War 2. It had some big fun set pieces, pleasant shootybangs, and the hilariously daft idea that I cared about the personal struggles of any of its characters. But I liked the bits with the shooting and chainsawing. Going by what our pals at Eurogamer say, Gears 4’s campaign sounds a bit too sentimental and not silly enough, which is a shame. That’s not what I want. I want to be swallowed by a city-devouring worm then fight through its guts to chainsaw its hearts while shouting (an actual Gears 2 level). Multiplayer sounds all right though.

Gears is out of the hands of creators Epic Games now, being made by Microsoft’s own badly-named studio The Coalition (formerly Black Tusk Studios – better? – and Microsoft Vancouver – worse?).

Gears of War 4 is out on Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store for £41.74/$59.99. It’s an ‘Xbox Play Anywhere’ game, meaning that buying it digitally gets you the game on both Xbox One and Win 10.

Apparently Run the Jewels are coming as multiplayer characters?

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  1. A Wanderer says:

    Ah, Gears of War…
    There is something that never worked betwen me and this franchise. Maybe because I’m shit at console TPS. Maybe because the art style is uninspired at best. Maybe because they actually thought someone could care about the story. Maybe because soldiers look like apes on steroids.
    Maybe also because the equally silly and brilliant idea that is the chainsaw gun is a painful reminder that we desperatley need a Warhammer 40K Imperial Guard themed TPS.

    • poliovaccine says:

      For me it’s mostly the steroidal ape thing.

    • Janichsan says:

      … we desperatley need a Warhammer 40K Imperial Guard themed TPS.

      Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine?

      • A Wanderer says:

        Space Marine was awesome.
        But I want to be a puny soldier in the Imperial Guard.

        • Pravin Lal's Nuclear Arsenal says:

          Being a puny Guardsman would indeed be brilliant. It would have to be more of a tactical squad based shooter, though, or some kind of respawn treadmill where you play as the entire battalion under Commander Chenkov. Shoot, die, next, shoot, die, next, shoot, die, is the target down yet? No? All right, next wave.

          As for Gears of War, I have really fond memories of 2. My brother and I played it coop during a Christmas at our parents’. At one point we noticed that our parents just stared at us with growing concern, as if we were teens with questionable groups of friends. That’s generally a good indicator of how much fun you’re having with videogames.

          • A Wanderer says:

            The “respawn treadmill” idea would be brilliant, but would require that you follow the story of a company or platoon instead of individuals – but again that would be a nice change of pace.
            Now I’m hyped for an imaginary game again.

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            Nauallis says:

            It’d be rather terrifying if they kept it close to the lore! Even if you played as a Catachan fridge-shaped notEarthman.

    • Xzi says:

      I was really good at GoW multiplayer, 1-3. First trick was to just set your controller sensitivity to the highest and learn to play like that. The campaigns were fun but short, lots of splosions and enemy variety. The games were also very good looking for their time, on consoles anyway.

      There are better arena shooters out now, but GoW was a great mix of distance shooter and GunZ-lite maneuverability.

      UT2004 was a better game overall than anything Gears has done, but that was true of all shooters for a good while.

  2. Spacewalk says:

    The absence of soul patches automatically make this the best game in the series.

  3. rambo919 says:

    Havent bothered with it since the horrid pc port of the first game that because of a even worse gfwl kept throwing away my saves midway through the game… maybe I’m the freak in the room but somehow I have never changed a operating system merely because a certain game only worked on it and honestly this nonsense makes me care even less about a probably otherwise average game. Also consolitis checkpoints only ever p-d me off.

  4. Kefren says:

    Ooh, only £41.74, and I get the game on both Xbox One and Win 10? Count me … oh. I have Win 7 and an Xbox 360.

  5. Kamestos says:

    Damn, Geralt has put on a lot of weight since he retired in Toussaint.

  6. CMaster says:

    But is it actually possible to buy it? I’ve heard so many nightmare stories about the Windows store, and my couple of adventures in it have been a waste of time. (EG, install Skype from it, only for it to A: Wait 15 minutes to update and then B: tell me that the windows store version of Skype is discontinued, get the “desktop” version from the website…)

  7. Flangie says:

    Are we going to get a WIT for those of us that have Win 10 and don’t particularly object to MS having their own storefront?

    Only asking because we had to wait 6 months for the Quantum Break one (once it was on Steam/not Win 10), and there still hasn’t been one for Forza Horizon 3.

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      Ericusson says:

      Well Microsoft shenanigans about its Wanna be Apple (but without the talent for its store and beyond) strategy and oh so slowly advancing their own store policy has to have consequences.

      It’s funny to see their strategy of being very discreet these last years to get under the radar of regulation authorities.
      Authorities who totally fail now to regulate monopolies and virtual closed wall monopolies. Monopolies that in the grand scheme of things are part of a broader concentration movement that were never as bad as the 19th century.
      So yeah well you know, something like that kind of BS.

      • Flangie says:

        Yeah that’s all fine. However this site exists (partially) to provide its readers with opinions on whether games are worth buying. There are millions of people running Win 10, and who don’t care about the politics. They just want to known whether a game is worth buying. It just seems that games are not being reveiwed here because of the Win 10 exclusivity, which is no help to those for whom that is not relevant.

        There are other sites that do review these games, but we come to RPS because we value their opinion. It’s just a shame that we don’t get to hear it on these major releases.

        Forza is great btw :-)

      • inspiredhandle says:

        Joseph Stiglitz did a bit in “The price of inequality” on Microsoft killing Netscape by releasing internet explorer free with Windows. Makes for a good read.

        Same thing again, really. Only this time they can’t just crush the competition by releasing something at a loss. They probably couldn’t afford to do it if they wanted to.

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      I don’t know if we’ll WIT this, but I can tell you we don’t have a policy to not review Windows 10-exclusive games.

      • Flangie says:

        That’s good to hear. Was just that in the QB WIT, a substantial emphasis was placed on the fact that it was now on Steam, and this suggested that this was the reason it (a highly anticipated AAA release) hadn’t been covered before.

      • Baines says:

        RPS hasn’t done a WIT for any Win10 Store games, has it? There have been plenty of release announcements, but nothing approaching reviews that I can recall. There are anti-Win10 feelings among some readers. Some of the writers have also shown anti-Win10 sentiments in Win10-related articles, as well as Steam/WindowsStore articles.

        Quantum Break did received a WIT, for its Steam release. That WIT starts by taking a few shots at the Windows 10 store.

        RPS might not have an official policy against reviewing Windows 10 Store exclusives, but it doesn’t seem to have much interest either.

        • Alice O'Connor says:

          We’ll always be limited by what we have time/money/interest for. Gears 4, for example, is a game that, out of all RPS, maybe… I would be most interested in? But I don’t write reviews. We did have a WIT for ReCore – a Windows 10 exclusive – planned but it quickly smashed into an technical problem and died. RIP that WIT.

          I use and like Windows 10 myself. Given how few Windows 10 exclusive games Microsoft have released – and what those games are, and how they relate to each of our interests – I wouldn’t read too much into this.

          • Baines says:

            ReCore is a bit of a weird choice, considering consensus rather quickly settled on it being a bit of an underwhelming dud.

            Looking back, the RPS post announcing a Steam release of Quantum Break also mentioned that a Win10 version WIT was scuttled due to technical issues. If RPS is having continued technical issues with Win10 games, then perhaps RPS should look into that.

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    Ericusson says:

    Was expecting this free with a 1080 equipped MSI laptop, got denied by Nvidia MSI shenanigans.
    Left disappointed.

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  10. buenaventura says:

    That video linked at the bottom was cool. I especially like the man super-scream-whispering hoarsly at the end, something like “BUY THE DELUXE EDITION AND PLAY FOUR DAYS EARLY”. YEAH

  11. internisus says:

    I’m a little bit angry that neither this nor Forza support HDR on PC despite doing so on Xbox.

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    AutonomyLost says:

    I’ll be buying this tonight. Pretty excited to play it, as it’s been a long time since I’ve visited the franchise in earnest. As I understand, it performs very well, looks great, and is essentially every other Gears game, which all sound good to me. Plus, I’d love to get back into some multi-player, as it’s really one of the only games I’ve ever dabbled in as far as MP goes.

    • Telkir says:

      If you didn’t already buy your copy, I have an unwanted code from the NVidia promotion after recently buying a 1070. I’d happily give a fellow member of the Horace cult a better price than the MS store. If you’re interested, maybe send me a message on the forum – my account may be new there but I’ve been around RPS for a couple of years.

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        AutonomyLost says:

        I actually recently bought an MSI 1080 from Amazon and failed to receive a code for it. How did you get your code? Amazon hasn’t let me down before in this regard so I don’t know what’s up.

        • Telkir says:

          Unfortunately I can’t speak for how Amazon might arrange it as I bought my 1070 from Scan – all I can tell you is that pretty much right after they confirmed the order and took payment, I got a separate email from them containing the code.

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    AutonomyLost says:

    I just finished playing Gears of War 4 for the first time, spent about an hour-and-a-half on it…

    THIS is how PC games/ports should play and be optimized. It’s spectacular. No crashes, no visual or audio bugs, EVERY option set to “Ultra”, plus I put the particle effect count as high as it could go, FOV +10 so it sits at 90 (I’m already playing at 21:9 so the FOV is huge), at 3440×1440 resolution on a single GTX 1080 (albeit nicely overclocked), and the benchmark gave me 76 FPS average, going as high as 87, and in-game it’s absolutely rock-solid, hovering around the 80 mark at all times.

    I’m so happy it supports G-Sync and Ultrawide from the get-go, as the Remaster of the original Gears was pretty botched upon release. The the only thing that was neglected, and in my eyes should NOT be whatsoever in 2016 for a triple-A game, was the inclusion of SLI. I understand it’s a niche market that choose employ this, but when it’s implemented properly in a game there’s no comparison to single-card performance. Nvidia rolled back their support to allow ONLY two-way SLI when they launched Pascal, signaling they knew three- and four-card configurations have proven to be *mostly* useless, and went so far as to create a new, higher bandwidth bridge to empower the communication between a set of two cards as much as possible. Developers of immense=budget games such as Gears of War 4 (and here I’m not entirely sure if it’s still strictly a Windows Store/UWP limitation or if they said “fuck it”) should not leave the utilization of this technology out of the equation! ANYway, that’s not particularly here nor there in this specific case, as I mentioned before: it runs swimmingly and to be honest I couldn’t expect more with my configuration and with how beautiful the Unreal Engine 4 is on display here.

    I had read and heard many encouraging things regarding the performance; I’m merely here, a bit giddy at the moment, admittedly, to reiterate what’s already out there — it’s essentially a perfect port. It’s encouraging to see a title like this run so well when the Windows Store has had thus far mostly a shit record. Quantum Break anyone? Maybe it’s a good sign? Or perhaps maybe I’m a bit too excited because the game is bringing back a lot of great original GoW memories and it’s good to be back gibbing grubs but with all the benefits of today’s technology. I’m having fun and hope others are too.

    Aaaaannnnd… Jesus H. that was longer than I had intended.

    • JPRacer77Qc says:

      Yes, the port is fantastic, with lots of options to tweak. I have a GTX 970 and I play at 1440p and the fps is rock-solid. Best UWP game so far.

      Since you seem to also have the original remake, did they patch the game to respectable performance since launch?

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        AutonomyLost says:

        I do believe so, but it’s been almost since the launch that I’ve played it. Maybe I’ll check it out tonight… after playing Gears 4 :)

  14. Kingseeker Camargo says:

    Generally, I rather like Windows 10, but I can’t buy stuff from the store because I’m required to have version whatever, and for over 8 months now I haven’t been able to install any of the cumulative updates, they just fall in an endless loop of installing and restarting and erroring out. So yeah, fuck you, Windows 10 exclusives.

  15. Sue de Nimes says:

    After the shabby treatment from Microsoft of buyers of anything from its “Games for Windows Store” I’m unwilling to give them any more money.

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