Gears of War 4 ‘Nightmare Reborn’ Trailer

JD Fenix Arrives in new Gears of War Trailer

We all knew the Gears series would rise again. Since 2006’s original Gears of War hit Xbox 360, the series has been synonymous with great production value, gameplay and good storytelling. Well, and huge sales, of course. That last bit is probably the biggest factor guaranteeing the series would return on Xbox One.

But what we didn’t know is how stunningly beautiful the new game would look. The environmental effects are incredible, with wind, debris and atmospheric smoke creating one stunning vista after another. Familiar weapons return, including the infamous chainsaw-on-a-machine-gun that made the original game so interesting.

Especially interesting is the trailer’s focus on new protagonist JD Fenix, the son of the original trilogy’s own Marcus Fenix. Indeed, we see several shots of Marcus raising young JD on a farm. In one shot, he’s carving JD’s initials on a tree, with *SPOILER* dead friend Dominic’s knife.

Familiar elements to Gears of War fans abound, of course. Glowing Lambent goop? Check. Hefty Gears of War armor? Check. “Destroyed Beauty” art design? Check. Huge, terrifying monsters with unlikely biology? Check. Whatever else happens, it seems likely that we’ll see an evolution of all things Gears, as well as a “next generation” take on the story and characters. What this means for the importance of Marcus’ role in the new game isn’t clear. My guess? He’ll be lost or dead (or presumed dead), giving JD his very own set of daddy issues to contend with. After all, what’s a story without daddy issues, right?

Check out the full trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments. Will this game kick ass or fail to capture the original’s greatness? Will you buy it day one or wait for the inevitable price drop?

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