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The feels are strong in the new Gears of War 4 trailer

The latest Gears of War 4 trailer pulls at the heartstrings while showing an intimate struggle against the tide of darkness

By Derek Strickland | Apr 11, 2016 08:31 am CDT

The new Gears of War 4 trailer hits home in the feels department, and really shows that Coalition cares about the franchise.

I'm not a Gears of War fan--let's get that out of the way right now. I've never really liked the games, but understood why people did. But this new Gears of War 4 trailer changes everything. It's kind of amazing how a little snippet of footage can do that, isn't it?

The trailer is soaked in feels and resonates strongly with specific themes. If you study any form of criticism, you'll recognize a lot of these themes and motifs: JD Fenix running in the dark of night, running from a storming horde of nightmares, trying to escape the darkness by venturing into the sanctuary of his ancestral home. In the past, this place was a haven, a place where dreams of tomorrow and laughs of a young JD Fenix could be heard across the garden. Now, though, it's a hallowed tomb--a tomb where old ghosts stir, a tomb that pulls the viewer's heartstrings.

I know Gears of War 4 is an action game, but it's squarely grounded by a dramatic story that makes you feel something. That's the sign of a good game. Honestly, I think I'm going to pick up Gears of War 4 when it launches on October 11 and give it a try. It seems less of a story about total war than an intimate struggle for survival--a struggle that's built on the bones of the franchise, and on the ashes of fallen soldiers.

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Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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