With Gears of War 4’s development in the hands of a new developer, many long-time fans weren’t quite sure what to expect. As it turns out, The Coalition do an admirable job of taking a loved franchise into a new chapter. As a run and gun shooter, Gears of War 4 probably isn’t the type of game that most people would think needs a guide book. The campaign is fairly short, though a decent length for its genre, and the real longevity of the game is expected to be its multiplayer-offering. Luckily, Prima Games knows better.
Along with a new development team, Gears of War 4 also has a few new gameplay elements. The new enemies, weapons, and reinterpretations of everything we loved in the earlier games, actually require a bit of explanation, which the book does well. There is also some special attention to the requisite Gears of War co-op. Of course, completionists will need even more help. If you want to get every collectible, in Gears of War 4, you’re going to need some help. This guide actually does a pretty good job of getting you towards that goal. That being said, nearly half of the book’s content is appropriately geared toward multi-player.
Both the Standard and Collector’s Edition guide books are about 300 pages, with the Collector’s Edition sporting a multi-textured hard cover. The hardcover version is well bound with a fairly good quality paper. That paper choice, does seem to have some negative effect on the image printing though. All of the in-game shots really lack detail, and the color matching is a bit off. That’s really sad considering how good the game itself actually looks. Luckily that doesn’t apply to the rest of the book’s artwork.
If you’re sitting on the fence about whether you should by the Standard or Collector’s Edition version of the guide. I’d recommend going with Collector’s Edition. First of all, Prima’s Gears of War 4 Collector’s Edition Guide is a gorgeous looking book, and an elegant gift for any Gears of War fan. The included, heavy duty COG tags are a nice touch as well. If that’s not enough, there is downloadable content for the game itself, and the e-guides are included not only for the new game, but the first three games in the series too. A couple of tracks from the Gears of War 4 soundtrack, composed by Game of Thrones’ Ramin Djawadi are also available on Prima’s website.