ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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The Gears of War franchise was my introduction to the Xbox 360 and what would turn out to be a fantastic generation of Video Games. Therefore, I feel sentimentally attached to the Gears franchise. But of course, it wasn't purely out of sentimentality that I bought every instalment of the Gears trilogy (not counting Judgement here) - it was because they're genuinely fantastically well made games - they always delivered. Gears of War has made a name for itself in the industry, and there are several aspects that have contributed to its reputation.

Naturally, once I'd heard Black Tusk - or as their now called, The Coalition - had recruited Rod Fergusson to head the renewal of the franchise on XBOX One, I was not only excited but relieved. Gears of War means a lot to this man, and he dedicated a ridiculous amount of time and effort into ensuring every instalment of the franchise lived up to the standards that he had set for the original. Gears of War 4 is to be no different on its release date and I can't wait to see what E3 has to show us!

Gears of War
Gears of War

Gears of War 4 - Will it Take All That We Love from the Gears of War Trilogy?

There are countless aspects that make the Gears of War games appealing to millions of people. Every person had their favourite part of the games, whether it be the characters, the music, the art design, the exceptional cover-based shooting, the narrative, the enemy AI or the multiplayer, Gears of War still has it all. But I think a lot of us could collectively marvel at all of these aspects of the series and enjoy every part of brilliance Gears had on offer.

My hopes are that Gears of War 4 can continue this trend in Microsoft's new studio. But there's one aspect of the series that I need to remain intact, and it was great to see DICE's [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021) stay true to the original games in this way - local multiplayer. Coalition; I need it.

Gears of War
Gears of War

Gears of War 4 Needs Local Multiplayer

Gears of War still has some of my favourite multiplayer match types and maps. It was never a disappointing experience online and the community were consistently engaging and a lot of fun! But the PS4 and Xbox One seem to be all to happy to forgo the years of couch co-op and local multiplayer. There's no money to be made off of couch co-op, that we know. But the inclusion of such a mode demonstrates the communal aspect of games that NextGen seem to want to kill in its tracks. What happened to making games fun?!

Gears of War 4 is probably going to be the main reason to pick up an Xbox One next year and I'm dying to see what they'll show off in less than two weeks. But what's the one aspect of the series that you hope The Coalition keep intact on its release date? Be sure to let us know in the comments!


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