Hello darkness my old friend. Gears 4’s new trailer premiered during today’s episode of Fear The Walking Dead in the US, but thanks to the magic of the internet you can already watch it right here. The trailer really wants to shove it in your face that the main character JD is Marcus Fenix’s son, showing flashbacks to his idyllic upbringing with Marcus and Anya.
I don’t know about you, but seeing Marcus in normal-person clothing and not carrying a chainsaw gun is a bit of a shock, and the middle of the trailer was probably met with questions of “is that Anya??” from almost everyone watching (because let’s be honest here, ‘blonde’ is probably Anya’s most distinguishing trait).
The trailer also makes great use of The Sound Of Silence — aka the Sad Affleck song — making it either the worst or the best timed trailer of the year. I still haven’t decided which.
Hilarious song choice aside, the trailer shows the new world of Sera, lashed by vicious storms and hideous beasts of some sort. It also implies that Marcus may not have gotten his happen ending after all — though I guess we’ll have to see when the game is released this October. The trailer seems to deliver on The Coalition’s promise of a darker game at least, harking back to the series’ roots in Gears of War 1.
Even the trailer seems to throw back to Gears’ long history of using the most stereotypical ‘sad songs’ in existence. I still can’t take it seriously though.