"Tactics is canon. It's a story that takes place 12 years before the first Gears of War, before the first Marcus Fenix story," Fergusson reveals. "It's a new squad, and of course, being a tactics game, you get to create a lot of that squad yourself in terms of customisation. The core though – who's there and what you fight – are intended to be canon."
Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years later on the same planet of Sera, where the destruction of the Locust and Lambent have led to some devastating environmental dangers that have forced inhabitants to live in walled-off cities. To make matters worse, the residents of Sera are once again attacked by a mysterious new threat, leaving Marcus' son JD Fenix and his friends Kait and Del to rescue their pals and squash out the bad guys. This all sets the stage for lots of cinematic shootouts, and, yes, a whole new set of daddy issues.
GoW gets four stars for the fact that the game could have had a little more by way of a twist a plot game play styling. It is pretty much a linear game that when you pass a checkpoint you are done with the previous sections like it or not. They should use automatic save points like the Cry Engine used in Crysis (fantastic game) and allow the player to really ambush the crap out of the enemy. GoW gets five stars for gameplay because it earned five stars for gameplay. It gives you everything that its genre demands and then some as well as solid game play mechanics that are seasoned to say the least.
All in all, this game is awesome, and if you're into aggressive shooters this is one you shouldn't miss out on. If you're finding it too hard, give it some time, because it's worth it to pick up a little skill in this game. It's made me stronger in the other shooters I play between the recoil and strategy involved. Don't pass on the retro, and learn to play tag.
"As we thought about where we were going, we liken Gears 4 in some ways to Mad Max: Fury Road, in the sense that it's called "Mad Max" but he's really a supporting character," Fergusson says. "Max is really there to support Furiosa's journey as she's trying to escape, and that's kind of what Gears 4 was. [It] was really Kait's story about trying to save her mom, and JD was there to help."
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Gears of War 4 was presented for the first time during Microsoft's E3 2015 press conference. Studio head Rod Fergusson stated that the gameplay presented during the press conference was meant to reflect the overall tone of the game, returning to the franchise's roots as being a "monster game", and "something personal, intimate, dark, and mysterious"; and the setting's design took heavy inspiration from Northern Italy. Gears of War 4 would be set on Sera, nearly 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, with Marcus Fenix's son JD Fenix as the lead character. Owing to the people of Sera rebuilding their society after the Locust war, the game's new weapons are inspired by construction equipment. The game features a new enemy faction known as "the Swarm"; the Swarm's "Drones" behave similarly to the Locusts of previous games, "Juvies" are fast moving and their screams can burst "pods" that contain more enemies, while Pouncers can pin the player to the ground and fire quills from their tails.
The first installment, titled Gears of War, was released on November 7, 2006 for the Xbox 360. The game follows protagonist Marcus Fenix, a soldier in the Coalition of Ordered Governments tasked to lead a last-ditch effort to destroy the Locust Horde and save humanity. Two subsequent titles, Gears of War 2 (2008) and Gears of War 3 (2011), continued Fenix and humanity’s ongoing conflict with the Locust Horde and Lambent forces. In 2013, Epic Games and Microsoft released Gears of War: Judgment, a prequel to the series’ first title, which instead focuses on Damon Baird, one of Fenix's squad-mates. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was released for Microsoft Windows on March 1, 2016. The series' third sequel, Gears of War 4, is set 25 years after Gears of War 3 and follows Marcus Fenix's son, JD, as he battles a new resurrected Locust Horde that once again threatens humanity.