Gears of War 4 got a lengthy showing at Gamescom 2016.
COLOGNE, Germany—Changing the formula of a respected, successful franchise is a risky business, and first impressions of Gears of War 4's DeeBees highlight the problem.
This new robotic race of enemies, seemingly named by the director of a children's television show, flank and shoot like the Locust we're used to, but the aesthetic difference is difficult to warm to.
They can jump low when navigating over cover, and if they get close they turn suicide bomber and explode.
The smaller of the two walkers I saw tended to attack only in packs, their role seemingly focused on herding you into tight spots from which their larger siblings could deal the real damage and force you into a compromising position.
If you're too close to them when they jump over cover you become stunned for a moment, which is enough time for them to blow up and take you out.