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The first 20 minutes of Gears of War 4 revisits key battles in Gears history

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The first 20 minutes of Gears of War 4 are now on display for your viewing pleasure, thanks to a new gameplay video posted today by The Coalition. Introduced by Rod Fergusson and Matt Searcy, the video covers the Gears 4 prologue, which introduces the new game by plumbing a few crucial moments from the old ones. 

The prologue serves as a tutorial by dropping players face-first into the action, while at the same time connecting Gears 4 to the rest of the series and the characters that figured prominently in them. It's actually pretty clever, although the “world knows no war, no suffering... it's a world of safety” bit at the end of the speech is a little heavy-handed. I mean, that's just asking for trouble, right?

Tom recently got his hands on the PC version of Gears of War 4, and he thinks it's “shaping up great.” It comes out on October 11.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.