Let it never be said that Gears of War has skimped on the gore, and Gears of War 4 aims to turn it up a notch. Game Informer’s expose on the game has released more information, now dealing with Gears of War 4 weapons and enemies that you can expect to encounter in the game.
Game Informer gave us information on three of each one, promising to give you plenty of gore and challenge in your various Gears of War 4 experiences.
The first weapon of the Gears of War 4 weapons is the Dropshot, a sort of opposite to the Digger Launcher from Gears of War 3. Unlike the Digger, where the projectile shoots into the ground and burrows towards its enemies, the Dropshot will fire an aerial mine in a straight line as long as you pull the trigger, and then burrow down when you release. It’ll even burrow through enemies in a spectacularly gory decapitation if you land the shot on them instead of the ground.
The second weapon is the Buzzkill. As you can tell from the name, it fires buzzsaws that ricochet off of various surfaces, but it’s just as capable of killing you if you aren’t careful while firing it.
The third of the Gears of War 4 weapons is your alternative to the chainsaw bayonet: the combat knife. These allow you to use different executions in the game, and will differ in the multiplayer depending on what faction you’re playing as.
The enemies were apparently a challenge to The Coalition, the developers of Gears of War 4. Aiming to create an enemy just as fearsome as the Locust Horde, they’ve put a good amount of work into making the Swarm unique.
The first of these new enemies is the Drone. Much like the regular Locust Drone they’re one enemy with a number of sub-types, such as grenadiers, snipers, and hunters.
The second one is the Juvie, an alternative to the Locust Horde’s Wretch. Like the Wretch the Juvie is able to scream and disorient enemies, however their scream has another, far more dangerous purpose. In various areas of the game you will come across Swarm eggs, which can serve as cover but will explode when hit with enough bullets. The screams of Juvies can cause these eggs to explode, spawning more Juvies and possibly overwhelming you.
The last is the Pouncer, which we saw in Gears of War 4’s E3 demo. These enemies, in addition to the needles they can shoot at you, are capable of pouncing on top of you and mauling your face off.
So far Gears of War 4 seems to be shaping up to be a worthy successor to the original series; we’ll find out just how good it is when the game releases sometime this year.