Gears of War 4 introduces an entirely new group of heroes to the Gears of War series. Taking place several years after the events of the first three games, Gears of War 4 follows JD Fenix as he sets out to take on a new and dangerous enemy capable of wiping out the planet. This Gears of War 4 guide will serve as a hub for all of our tips and strategy content, including walkthroughs, collectible guides, and more.

Gears of War 4 Tips

Learn how to change weapons, customize your character, and reload correctly in the latest Gears of War title. Before we dive into the meat of this guide, we’d like to offer a few tips to help players get the hand of the unique combat system in Gears of War 4.

  • The Gears of War series uses a special reload mechanic called Active Reload. This requires you to press the Reload button at a specific point in time to reload faster and more efficiently. Always aim for the bright white spot in the Active Reload Bar. This will reload your weapon the fastest, and allow you to take out more enemies.
  • Take cover. Cover in Gears of War is extremely important. You’ll need to hide behind every corner, barricade, or obstacle you can find to keep the enemy’s shots from hitting you.
  • Pay attention to your allies. If your allies go down in battle, and you don’t get them back up, they will perish for good, causing you to restart at the last checkpoint.
  • Communicate. If you’re playing CoOp, then communication is key. Make sure you don’t run through the level, claiming all of the ammunition for yourself. This will leave your allies without any ammo, which could cost you your life.
  • Listen to the NPCs. In boss fights, and special areas of the game the NPCs will chat, giving off clues about what you’re supposed to do. If you’re having trouble completing an area, just make sure you’re listening to what they have to say.
  • Don’t be afraid to melee enemies. The Lancer’s chainsaw attachment is great for clearing out small enemies and keeping them off you. If any of the Swarm happen to get too close, just hit them back using your melee.

Play with friends. Gears of War is best enjoyed when you play it with a friend. Not only does it give you a more reliable ally, but it also allows you to enjoy the spectacular moments, and the twists and turns with someone else.

Gears of War 4 Walkthrough

All COG Tags and Collectible Locations, Collector, Pack Rat
Find each and every collectible, including COG Tags, hidden in Gears of War 4.

How to Play Gears of War 4 on Windows 10 PC
Find out how to play Gears of War 4 on your computer.

Gears of War 4 PC Requirements

While Gears of War 4 is billed as a Xbox One title, it can also be played on PCs running Windows 10 using the Xbox Play Anywhere system. If you run it at the highest possible settings, though, you’re going to have to make sure your system is up to date, and ready to go. We’ve pulled together the PC Requirements for game below, so be sure to check and see how your computer stacks up against the requirements.

MINUMUM

  • OS: Windows 10 Anniversary Ed.
  • DirectX: DirectX 12
  • INTEL CPU: i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz
  • AMD CPU: AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5GHz
  • NVIDIA GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti
  • AMD GPU: Radeon R7 260X
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 80 GB (free space)

RECOMMENDED

  • OS: Windows 10 Anniversary Ed.
  • DirectX: DirectX 12
  • INTEL CPU: i5-4690 @ 3.5GHz
  • AMD CPU: AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz
  • NVIDIA GPU: GeForce GTX 970Ti or GeForce GTX 1060
  • AMD GPU: Radeon R9 290X or Radeon RX 480
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 80 GB (free space)

If you really want to make the most of Gears of War 4 on PC, though, and you want to run the game at 4K settings, you’re going to need to make sure you have a much beefier system available.

4K READY

  • OS: Windows 10 Anniversary Ed.
  • DirectX: DirectX 12
  • INTEL CPU: i7-4790 @ 3.6Ghz
  • AMD CPU: AMD FX-9590 @4.7Ghz
  • NVIDIA GPU: Geforce GTX 980 Ti or GeForce GTX 1080
  • AMD GPU: Radeon R9 Fury X
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • HDD: 80 GB (free space)

Gears of War 4 will be available on Xbox One and PC on October 7. Players who pick up the game on Xbox One or PC will be able to use the Xbox Play Anywhere service to pick up and play their game on either system. We’ll be updating our guide constantly, so be sure to check back often for new content, tips, and guides to help you conquer the Swarm.