The Gears of War Ultimate Edition has finally arrived and let me tell you, you're all in for a beautiful treat. Gears of War has never looked so good and it feels so fluid to engage with. As a massive Gears fan, it's incredible to have this series back in my life, and with updated sound effects, graphics and cinematics, this truly is the ultimate way to play Gears of War.
But what does Gears of War 4 need to take from the original? And which game in the series does it have to beat? Let's take a look at each instalment of the Gears franchise and what Gears of War 4 needs to take from each game in this amazing trilogy. Sorry, Judgement, we're talking about Rod Fergusson here!
Gears of War 4 - What it Must Take From Each Gears Title to Beat Them All!
Rod Fergusson has already stated that there will be a degree of betrayal with Gears of War 4. Fans expectations aren't exactly going to be met according to the series' creator, there will be a lot of changes to the original formula in order to keep things fresh and exciting. But the one game that Fergusson has referenced in relation to Gears of War 4 is the original.
Gears of War
The Gears of War Ultimate Edition will remind you of why we all fell in love with Gears of War. The story is dark, the characters are so well developed, the music is bad-ass and in terms of gameplay, Gears probably has the best cover-based shooting mechanics in the industry. Gears of War 4 really needs to have the same powerful atmosphere, but most importantly - since the combat mechanics are already there - the next instalment really needs to have characters as engaging as Marcus and his gang of Gears.
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 2 took the claustrophobic corridors of Gears of War and transformed them into a city-wide action adventure. The franchise really transformed with the second instalment. But there were two elements of Gears of War 2 that made it so incredible: its surprisingly emotional campaign and its incredible multiplayer modes. Outside of its campaign, Gears of War 4 needs to ensure that it has tons of great modes for us to engage with. Gears 2's multiplayer is still worth playing and that's saying something!
Gears of War 3
I mean, one of the things I think we were guilty of when we were making Gears of War 3 was trying to put everything in. We felt like it was going to be our opus - like, this is the end of this franchise - so we probably could have been a little bit more diligent in terms of scope management. So there's no unrequited feature that I always wish I could have done. - Rod Fergusson
Seeing as Gears of War 3 brought an end to the franchise for the original team, they threw everything they could possibly think of at it. In a way, that makes Gears of War 4 a difficult project for The Coalition. They'll have to surpass the expectations we have for the franchise, while giving us more content than Gears of War 3. That's no easy task, but this is one hell of a video game!
But where do your loyalties lie? I'll have to play them all again, but I seem to have the fondest memories of Gears of War 2...Which Gears of War game do you think Gears of War 4 has to top on its release date? Do you want more a of an action game, or something similar to the original? Let us know in the comments and hold strong for this anticipated game's release date for the XBOX One.