The Gears of War 4 Beta started this past weekend, for the weekend it was only open for people who got invited to join in. From the 18th (Today) it will open for everyone who owns a copy of Gears of War Ultimate Edition and then for everyone who has an Xbox Live Gold membership on April 25.
So if you are wondering if you should join in then read further to make that decision. GOW 4 is the first main Gears of War game to be made the Xbox One. GOW The Ultimate Edition came out last year on the Xbox One, it is a remastered version of the first game with some extras and a lot of tweaks, as per above if you do own this game then you will be able to play the Beta for GOW 4 before the rest of the public.
I haven’t played a lot of Gears of War before but I do Love Third Person Shooters. The Beta is just over 6 gigs to download which is not too bad, you will be able to play on three different maps, the Foundation, Dam and Harbor. There is also 3 modes to enjoy:
- Team Deathmatch: play in a team of up to 6 players to wreak havoc on the opposite team, the best out of 3 rounds will win the match.
- Dodgeball: In this mode you will play with 5 other players against the other team, you only have one life though. To be able to allow your team mates to respawn you have to kill someone from the other team. A very interesting mode that can become very competitive.
- Co-Op TDM: Here you play with 6 other players against a Hardcore AI team. Great to hone those skills, this mode does not have any ranking.
So as you can see there is a lot to keep you busy in the Beta. Team Deathmatch was by far more populated during the weekend than the other modes but I will recommend that you check the other modes out, the Dodgeball is definitely worth a try. Even though the weekend pass was open only for invitees, the matchmaking didn’t take long. For Team Deathmatch it took only 2 minutes on average to find a game to join, the other modes took longer but with the Beta opening up to more players I cannot see that this will be a problem.
The one thing I realised is that I suck at GOW multiplayer but did improve in playing more, so even if you haven’t played a GOW before, you should still check this out. It is tons of fun and will hone your skills in Multiplayer matches.
So far the game plays well and the controls are responsive, there were very little glitches here and there but understandable because this is still early in early Beta phase. Gears of War 4 looks amazing and if they build further on this version it should make for a fantastic game.
Get ready for the Beta
So if you are planning to join the Beta then here are some things to consider and tips and tricks.
There are some new features in GOW 4 like the Combat Knife, this allows you to gut an opponent in a fatal close combat melee move. Next up is the sliding kick, you can charge up to an opponent and deliver a stunning kick, leaving them defenceless for a few seconds so charge them and then finish them off with a close range blast of the Shotgun.
One great new feature is pulling your opponent from cover. When you are on an the opposite side of your opponent behind cover, you can press the X button to pull them over to your side, stunning them for a few seconds, giving you the opportunity to finish them off.
Apart from the features, the Beat also contains two new weapons. The Dropshot fires explosive drills that will cause devastating damage to all enemies in the impact area. The Buzzkill shoots sawblades that can ricochet off walls and deliver fatal blows to its target.
Make sure to practise these new moves and you will quickly become a real threat in the Beta. The two new weapons will have to be picked up on maps to be able to use but once you have them make sure your shots count. Be wary because those weapon spawn points will most likely always be guarded.
I hope you enjoyed my article for the Gears of War 4 Beta and hopefully I will meet you online.