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Gears of War has always had a fair amount of creativity stocked in the enemies it throws at players, as well as the weapons it has given them to mow them down. Though Gears of War 4 looks to make some changes when it comes to tone and scope, The Coalition aims to keep both enemies and weapons as delightfully nasty as they've ever been.
Old favorites like the chainsaw equipped Lancer and the trusty snub pistol return, but with some aesthetic changes. To help instill the more survival-horror aspects of the game, the Lancer now has a flashlight attached to it that simultaneously makes targets easier to see and highlights their creepier features. Of course, not all changes to the classics are done for pragmatic reasons. The team admits the Gnasher now has a shell rail attached to it simply because, "it looks cool." While these additions are mostly cosmetic and don't fundamentally change how these weapons function, they are pleasant to look at.
The new weapons we've seen are essentially construction equipment that has been repurposed for violent means. The Coalition chose construction equipment in particular as an inspiration because of Gears of War 4's setting becasue the humans left on Sera are trying to build a new life after the war with the Locust. The two new big weapons we saw (and played with) are the Dropshot and the Buzzkill.
The DropshotThe Dropshot functions somewhat as a replacement for the Digger launcher from Gears of War 3, which fired explosive creatures underground. Instead, the Dropshot fires an aerial mine that floats over the battlefield in a straight line as long as you hold the trigger. The moment you let go, the mine spins downward violently. If it hits the ground, it drills for a second before exploding, blowing anything nearby into chunks. If you manage to nail a direct hit on the enemy, it drills directly into their head, decapitating them while their body convulses until the mine explodes. It's a gruesome display that fits alongside some of Gears' best weaponry and it's also super challenging to control, making you feel like a champion whenever you manage to score a direct hit.
The BuzzkillThe Buzzkill fires buzzsaws – a lot of them. And they spew everywhere as long as you hold down the fire button. However, these saws don't become embeded in walls; they bounce, ricocheting off surfaces to tear enemies to shreds. During our time with the Buzzkill, we found the weapon was great at clearing a room but was dangerous as it was efficient, capable of killing you with your own saws if you lose track of their trajectories.
Combat KnifeGears of War 4 brings new melee executions to the series in the form of combat knives. These brutal finishers are a gruesome sight to behold, with knives plunging into ribs and skulls. In multiplayer, the look of your knife will depend on which faction you're playing as. The COG knife is shown above.
Head on over to Page 2 to find out about Gears 4's new enemies.
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I might play this if it comes to Windows 10, not sure though. The Gears games for me were pretty repetitive and boring as gameplay and story go.
Looks pretty cool. I can't wait for it to come out.
Oh god, the juvies are already creeping me out.
Bring on the gore and raw execution animations. Really looking forward to this game.
I'm liking the weapons, they look like re-purposed construction equipment.
Hopefully we can go into first person mode with the hammerbirst.
Not really a big fan of some of these new enemies, I think the Locust look cooler. But I'm sure they're saving some surprises for the game. Can't wait for the beta.
The new enemies are looking great kinda like more tribal and deformed version of locust. And as for the weapons I bet they will be great but just give me a gnasher.
I might be alone here but I really hope they bring back the sawed off and the retro.
Giggity. Can't wait to get my hands on this game. I do miss my meathead protags though. Hopefully the enemies will still be beefy.
So the Buzzkill is exactly the Gear Shredder from Fall of Cybertron - the saws bounced off the walls there too unlike Dead Space and it could be upgraded to shoot 3 at the same time side by side.
I agree with some of the above posters: these do look a little Dead-Space-y. I know it's been 25 years of relative peace, but c'mon. You don't completely forget your war-mongering society overnight.