At this point, I’ll be impressed if you own an Xbox One and don’t have the four Gears of War Xbox 360 games. Microsoft is giving away Gears of War games again. This time, as a tie-in for buying Gears of War 4 before the end of 2016.
Damn, Microsoft. I’m going to be working on my third copy for most of these. This isn’t the first time Microsoft has made it rain Gears of War. Anyone who played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition before the end of 2015 also received the four games free. And that’s just played. You didn’t have to buy it. I Gamefly’d it for a couple of weeks and still received the games.
So, if you managed to somehow dodge Microsoft’s Gears of War giveaway – here’s one more chance to play Gears of War, 2, 3 and Judgment. Be wary of Judgment’s multiplayer, though. There are some pretty big differences (and not for the better) compared to the other three. The campaign is still worth it, though.
The four Gears of War titles will be available via tokens sent through Xbox Live Messages. Tokens will be sent “in waves within one month of redemption.”
You may need to clear some hard drive space to play all four. The downloads come in at 32 GB for all four games. And many of us with Comcast can do it without worrying about hitting the new cap of 1TB. Seriously, being mostly digital under Comcast’s old 300GB data cap wasn’t fun.
Gears of War 4 will be one of Xbox One’s marquee titles when it releases on Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 11th. It’s a Play Anywhere title, so buying it digitally on one platform gives you a copy for the other.
As for catching up on the Gears of War story beforehand? Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after the events of the first one. Playing through the previous games will help with some of the background, but it doesn’t appear to be necessary. We do know Gears of War star Marcus Fenix is making another appearance. The grizzled, and much older, Marcus shows up at the tail end of the E3 2016 demo.
I can’t wait to see The Coalition finally unveil the newest Horde mode coming in Gears 4.