Time for some late final reviews! For old guys and dads everywhere who can no longer keep up with the shiniest, latest, greatest:
Gears of War 4
So...it was a good game, it just lacked that little bit of incoherent crazy that marks your prior entries into the franchise as being so distinct. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I do know it was overall a less engaging experience for me than Gears 1-3 were as a result.
The multiplayer component of GoW 4 remains the bread and butter of the title, but I also found this to be less than stellar, with little motive to keep with it. At least it has split-screen and offline modes, which means my son and I can play. But you know what? Even then he's not asking to play this at all, vs. his constant love of CoD and Star Wars Battlefront titles. Hmmm.
So overall I feel like the game deserves a B+ for attempting to make a more thoughtful storyline, even as it failed to make that storyline engaging; and a B for more of the same old multiplayer gameplay, but hey, I'll say an A for continuing to support splitscreen and offline gameplay, even if it, too, felt very "m'eh." So overall rating a B.
On the plus side you should be able to find this for $20 or less now, and at that price the campaign is well worth a play through. Here's hoping that this prologue of future games to come gets more exciting with the next installment.