Gears of War 4 Available Now On PC

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Since Gears of War released 10 years ago, the series has become the stuff of legend. The original game catapulted the third-person cover mechanic into popular stardom, and Gears of War 2 and 3 refined and optimized the gameplay even further, ramping up the intensity each time. In 2013, Gears of War: Judgement went live, and it served as a prequel to the series. Each of the games took a bold, unrelenting stance towards maintaining gut-wrenching, bloody combat from start to finish. You could dart back and forth behind the safety of obstacles, peppering your opponents from afar, or you could charge into close range, giving your enemy the business-end of your Lancer assault rifle's underslung chainsaw. Every battle was a wonderful symphony of gore and bullets, punctuated by moments of brutal melees.

The first Gears of War began on the war-torn planet of Sera, where monstrous, subterranean entities called Locusts ravished the human population. Amidst the chaos, Marcus Fenix and his best friend Dom Santiago led their Delta Team into the heart of the enemy to plant a powerful bomb to severely hinder the Locust threat. While somewhat successful, the Locust survived. The story continued in Gears of War 2, where the Locust hatched a plan to sink every populated city on the globe. Marcus Fenix once again took command of Delta Squad with Dom at his side, driving onward into the Locust-controlled tunnels of Sera to exterminate them. After discovering an internal battle between the Locust and the Lambent (a splinter species of Locust mutated by Imulsion, an unstable substance used as fuel), Delta Squad grimly decided to detonate the plateau of Jacinto (one of the last thriving human outposts) to destroy both opposing factions in one fell swoop.

Roughly two years after the sinking and flooding of Jacinto, Gears of War 3 had Marcus and Dom searching for Adam Fenix—Marcus's father—who was earlier presumed dead. During their journey, they uncover that some humans have turned into Lambent from Imulsion exposure, and that Adam Fenix has been imprisoned in the secret human base of Azura. Sadly, during these times, Dom falls to a tragic but noble death. Marcus and the remaining survivors eventually battle Myrrah—the Locust Queen—and with Adam's assistance, they successfully set off a device that kills all Lambent, Locust, and Imulsion-infected hosts. Unfortunately, Adam perishes as well, leaving Marcus heartbroken, albeit victorious.

The Coalition's Gears of War 4 picks up 25 long years later, where the elimination of the Locust is still popularized via propaganda materials. Humanity has started putting itself back together, complete with fully functional cities and a ruling body. However, Sera now suffers from deadly, imposing storms, and entire groups of humans start vanishing for unknown reasons at the hands of a new adversary, called the Swarm. To rescue their loved ones and unravel the mystery of their disappearances, J.D. Fenix and his partner Del Walker leave their posts in the Cog (Coalition of Ordered Governments), and they team up with their friend Kait Diaz as well as the now aged Marcus Fenix (J.D.'s father). It's a great mix of new faces and old ones, all working together for a shared cause.

The PC version of Gears of War 4 offers some wonderful features, and it's a luxury for the eyes. It's playable at 4K and 21:9 resolutions, supports useful enhancements such as NVIDIA G-SYNC, and it wields over 30 adjustable graphics settings, with options such as Ambient Occlusion (AO), Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA), Capsule Shadow Quality, Lighting Texture Detail, Texture Filtering, and loads more. Plus, the game advises you how tweaking a particular setting will affect your graphics card or CPU, which is incredibly handy. And with the added power of a GeForce GTX graphics card, like the highly praised GTX 1060, Gears of War 4 runs faster and looks even more gorgeous than on the Xbox One (which is notable, as the console version looks and plays fantastic in its own right).

Speaking of the Xbox One, Gears of War 4 is an Xbox Play Anywhere game, so if you buy it for the PC, you can fire it up on your console at no extra cost. Gears of War 4 also comes stock with cross-platform functionality; all you need is Windows 10 and an active internet connection on the PC side. That means you can head online and play the campaign in co-op mode with an Xbox pal, or choose Horde mode or multiplayer versus mode (against AI) with them as well. Alternatively, if your friend is right next to you, there's an option for split-screen play on a single monitor.

NVIDIA pulled out all of the stops when it came to supporting Gears of War 4. We partnered with Microsoft to bring gamers the definitive Gears of War 4 experience, including a free, full-game download for the PC with eligible GeForce GTX GPU's, systems, and laptops. And you'll absolutely want to check out our in-depth Gears of War 4 Graphics & Performance Guide, which contains a massive amount of detailed information on what each in-game setting does (complete with comparison screenshots and FPS graphs), and how each specific option changes the overall visual feel. To provide you with the best possible gameplay, the newly redesigned and optimized GeForce Experience already has the Gears of War 4 game-ready driver ready to go, complete with GeForce Experience Optimal Playable Settings, which is the perfect option for those looking to get the smoothest, best-looking gameplay as fast as possible.

If you're aiming to crank Gears of War 4's graphics to the incredibly alluring Insane level, or run the game at the highest resolutions possible, you're in luck: only NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU's have the horsepower to do so. PC World's benchmarks revealed a solid 58 fps on High settings at 4K with a GTX 1080 Founder's Edition, and an awesome 85 fps on Ultra settings at 1440p utilizing the same GTX 1080 Founder's Edition card.

PC Gamer also praises overall GeForce GTX performance in their review, stating: "Gears of War 4 looks absolutely wonderful while it's going through the motions…I played on a GTX 980 Ti and a 980 at 2560x1440, maxed out on Ultra on the former and set to a mixture of Ultra and High settings on the latter."

You can snag Gears of War 4 now from the Microsoft Store, or pick up the full-game download by purchasing an eligible GeForce GTX graphics card, system, or laptop. Be sure to come back and visit often to get all the latest updates and news on Gears of War 4!