50 Best Games of 2016

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

Gears of War 4
'Gears of War 4' The Coalition28/50

28. Gears of War 4

Though set years after Gears of War 3 and with new protagonists, Gears of War 4 took the opportunity to refresh rather than reboot, which was exactly what we wanted. The mainstays of cover-shooting and roadie-running were still here, as were hordes of lummox enemies, but new elements like the sawblade Buzzkill and electrical "windflare" storms changed things up just enough. Being a Gears game the multiplayer was central and regular opportunities to bring in fresh blood are welcome, especially with the chance to cross-play between Xbox One and PC. Gears of War 4 was as solid as its heroes' necks.

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