The plot of Gears of War 4 is the most low stakes the franchise has ever been. Ironic, kind of, because it's probably the highest stakes ever for Xbox. With Epic Games no longer serving as its guiding hand, Xbox is left to see if the series can thrive under new leadership with new characters and a new story arc.
The short of it is that the series can and will continue to thrive and that's because Gears of War still makes for one hell of an action game. But, developer The Coalition doesn't always handle the transition fluidly, often struggling to strike a balance between new Gears and the ghosts of its past.... read more