New story, still the game you love.
VIDEO GAMES -- If you’ve ever played Xbox games, chances are pretty good you’ve had some Locust down the barrel of your Lancer as Sgt. Marcus Fenix in the Gears of War series.
The first game was released in 2006, and introduced players to the world of Sera where humanity is at war with a subterranean group of monsters that are fighting for control of the planet.
Players take control of Sgt. Fenix and fight alongside the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG), and the rest of Delta Team which includes his best friend Dominic Santiago, Augustus Cole, and Damon Baird.
Two additional games and a spinoff later brings about the end of the Locusts and leaves Sgt. Fenix with a new chapter for the planet, but also dealing with massive casualties and loss.
25 years later the new series picks up in Gears of War 4, and players are introduced to James Dominic “JD” Fenix, the son of Marcus.
JD is joined by friends Delmont “Del” Walker and Kait Diaz, all belonging to a group of outsiders that don’t agree with the way the COG has changed the laws.
You fight new enemies that include robots designed by now industrialist and CEO Baird, as well as a monstrous force that has long thought been dead.
One night, when their settlement is attacked and everyone killed or taken, JD, Del, and Kait must fight to save Kait’s mother Reyna.
First stop for the group is finding Sgt. Fenix who is living in a rundown house belonging to the family of his deceased wife, and JD’s mother Anya.
Bringing the eponymous Marcus Fenix back was a strong move by the game’s creators, and while you never get the chance to control him, having him on your team brings back nostalgia for the original trilogy that makes this installment even better.
After some problems when first encountering the Swarm - which includes the capture and rescue of Sgt. Fenix - you find out where Reyna is being kept and go after her.
The game has some dark twists and revelations you’d never see coming, but the story and gameplay as a whole have continued to build on the original trilogy and delivered another strong outing for one of the biggest series Xbox has ever had.
Nothing has changed in terms of controls so if you still remember your way around you’ll have no problem picking up the game right away, and if you’re jumping into the stories of the Fenix family for the first time you’re in for a great experience.
Most of the enemies in this game are almost clone copies of those from the first trilogy – you’ll find out why when you play – but some have been created to keep you guessing while you play. The cover and kill tactics that made the Gears of War series famous have been flipped on their head thanks to new enemies and the actions they can take to attack you, but at its core the game is still the same one most Xbox fans love.
Let’s hope Gears of War 5 will be a thing, because with Halo 6 not yet on the horizon, Xbox One fans will need one of its biggest stars to keep their hunger satisfied.