While our Gears of War 4 review is still in progress (I’m moving out to California!), there is one thing that is painfully obvious to us: Gears 4 is this year’s GOTY. Actually, it may be fair to say that Gears of War 4 is the game of this generation thus far. While the Gears 4 beta didn’t necessarily impress us, we recognized that it was a work in progress. When we received a behind-closed-doors demo of the Gears 4 campaign at E3 2016, we realized this was the game to own this year. Still, we weren’t prepared for how good this game would actually be.


In terms of Gears of War games, Gears 4 has one of the best campaigns of the bunch. There are so many subtle improvements to the gameplay that has been made and it makes for a much fuller experience, such as the ability to pull an enemy over cover and knife them. There are also a ton of new weapons to use, which is always fun. Gears 4 also makes more use of the environment than previous games, which really shows off the power of the Xbox One hardware and provides a lot of different strategic opportunities in combat, as environmental factors play a large role in gameplay. While Gears of War Judgment was a nice change of pace and an enjoyable experience, Gears 4 is a return to form for the series.

It’s painfully obvious from playing Gears 4 that Gears of War IS Xbox; they are synonymous with one another. The series has clearly taken Halo’s place as the face of Microsoft’s console. While Halo has grown stale over the years, Gears is better than ever. We haven’t even had a chance to delve into the multiplayer component of the game either. Horde mode makes a triumphant return and is an amazing evolution of Gears‘ staple co-operative multiplayer experience. Versus returns with both new and familiar game modes with some killer maps.


The Coalition nailed it with Gears of War 4. Gears 4 is this year’s GOTY, hands down, and the year isn’t even over yet. I feel confident in saying this though. It’s not only this year’s GOTY, it’s the game of this current generation. While there are other games that are finally showing off current generation hardware, no game has done this to date as well as Gears 4 with such a fulfilling experience from both a single player and multiplayer perspective. Gears 4 is this year’s GOTY and look for our full review, coming very soon!

About The Author


Morgan Lewis is a Video Game Journalist and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VG Culture HQ. He has been writing about games for over four years and has written over 900 articles during that timespan. He first fell in love with gaming when he received A Link to the Past for Christmas when he was six. He also loves anime and anything that has to do with gaming culture.

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  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    loooool!!! ahahah who even makes jokes like this anymore! loool

    • I agree with this article.

      • Steve-O

        Dude you’re free to make bold and baseless claims all you want. Free speech and all. You can be completely and totally wrong as loud as you want, it’s your right.

      • Bilal Prince-Ali

        ahahah… then you’re as deluded as this guy im afraid. but ehh.. were all entitled to our opinions 🙂

        • I’m deluded because I like a game more than any other game that came out this year ? Ignorant.

          • Bilal Prince-Ali

            hey.. i said everyone’s entitled to their opinion did i not..? lol and plus.. this article states that Gears of war 4 IS GOTY as if its a fact!

  • MiamiBeachMedMan

    This is what you get when they let crackheads write articles.

    • Skorge

      Yeah I know, how dare he have an opinion >:-[

      • Skorge

        His opinion is perfectly reasonable, stop being so salty and butthurt

        • Skorge

          So much anger over someone’s opinion on the internet, I think you need to see a psychiatrist more than anyone else here, and find a job while you’re at it. Do something meaningful with your life before you die from the blood clot growing in your leg.

  • Steve-O

    What a Gears fanboy, seriously. The graphics are OK, the enviornments are completely static, it feels like you’re moving around in a big room full of boxes with textures on them; none of which you can climb. This is the weakest story in the series so far, and there is zero innovation in the gameplay.

    Game of the generation! You need to play a lot more games, man. I can think of ten games this generation that defined this generation more than Gears 4. It’s a good game, don’t get me wrong. When playing it with my roommate though, his exact words were “this feels like an up-resed Xbox 360 game”. Game of the generation, lol.

    • Skorge

      Tell me what your gamertag is.

      • Steve-O

        Man I’m suspicious of that shit but I feel like you’re maybe trying to prove that I own the game and am not just a fanboy who came here to talk shit about a game I’ve never played? Is that about right?

        • Skorge

          With a bold post like the one you just made, you should be ready to prove that you’ve actually played the game. If you actually did play it, and this was a legitimate opinion, then I would have no issue with it.

          • Steve-O

            I’m OMGLOLZ, and my favourite gears was gears of war 1.

          • Skorge

            According to your Gamertag, you haven’t finished the game and it looks like you haven’t made it past the first act.

            That being said, if that gamertag is legit, then I won’t call you out for not liking the game, although that’s exactly what your doing to the dude who wrote this article.

          • Steve-O

            Yeah I’m still working on getting the ‘chievos. I’m definitely past the first act on my account but man those Deebees really bored me to death. Humanoid bullet sponges that yell such repetitive corny lines. I beat the last act on my friends Xbox and the ending was so unsatisfying.

            -spoilers- The roided out brumak fight was cool but nothing in the game says Game of the generation. It’s not the definitive game of any particular area (spare for horde, which is well done), the card system is really poorly managed, there’s just too many flaws and not enough innovation to qualify for a statement THAT bold.

          • Steve-O

            The guy didn’t even say HIS Game of the generation. Just overall, inarguably the game of the generation. I’m here to tell him that his bold statements are to be met with my own.

    • Raptor Gilbert

      You described most PlayStation 4 exclusives

      • Steve-O

        Uhm nope! That’s actually a set of very series-specific complaints! If that’s supposed to be a slick burn you did a pretty poor job of it man. Most PS4 exclusives I’ve played you can actually climb things, and everything does not look like a box with a hi res texture wallpapered onto it. Most PS4 exclusives have interactive physics. Most GAMES in general have those things. There are PS2 games with more lively enviorments than Gears. =P

        It’s actually a pretty fair and valid complaint with the series that it plays exactly like the first one, which came out ten years ago.

    • wilMaster04

      the graphics are great on pc..look ok on xbox one

  • wilMaster04

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL i played and beat gears4..lets get something straight..this game is nowhere as engrossing or polished as uncharted 4 in anyway..i had to force myself to be the story in gears..the multiplayer is awesome…but still its gonna die off like all gears games does..gears multiplayer is its bread and butter and its fun but not great (especially finding games)..overwatch, doom, and uncharted 4 are better goty contenders to me…

  • Five minutes of Uncharted 4 has this entire game beat.

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  • gehasoku

    “Gears of War Judgment was a nice change of pace and an enjoyable experience”
    enjoyable experience? seriously?

  • Brad Marcus Kirchhoff

    This franchise has become horrible. Goty? Lol thats a good joke.