Within all the grit and brutality of Gears of War 4, there’s something endearing about playing as the child of legendary Gear Marcus Fenix and his friends. It’s strange hearing this seemingly young group talk about the old Gears as though they were some ancient order (even though two of the protagonists are Gears themselves), but the nostalgia is pleasant and makes Gears of War 4 seem like it’ll be a good place for newcomers to the series.
Gears of War 4 follows J.D. Fenix and his friends, Del and Kait, as they hunt the Swarm to rescue people kidnapped from Kait’s village. The return of a three-person team makes me a little sad for my third and fourth co-op buddies (there’s only a two-person campaign co-op), but the dynamic of the new team is better for it. It’s a more intimate group. But unlike their predecessors, this combat-ready trio is uneasy and Gears of War 4 is better for it.