Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One or Steam game on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight we played Gears of War 4, the long-awaited return of the Gears of War series for Xbox One and Windows 10. Gears 4 features some great multiplayer modes, including the return of 5-player co-op Horde Mode. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.

Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 Xbox One Horde Mode

Gears of War 4 is the latest in Microsoft's Xbox and Windows-exclusive third-person shooter series. This installment sees J.D. Fenix, son of original series protagonist Marcus Fenix, joining other humans in the battle against a deadly new foe: the Swarm. These baddies include both monstrous creatures and military robots that will require all-new strategies to defeat.

On top of a thrilling campaign that supports 2-player split-screen and online co-op, Gears of War 4 features competitive multiplayer and the return of the series' beloved Horde mode. The new Horde mode (which I hear Jez, Zac, and Daniel all enjoy) allows a group of players to defend a base against 50 waves of oncoming enemies. This time, each player is assigned a specific class to aid in the fight. You won't find many more compelling co-op experiences this year.

Gears of War 4 Xbox One

Players who purchased Gears of War 4 already have early access to the game right now, a few days ahead of the October 11 launch of the standard edition. Thus, we invited select viewers to join us for online multiplayer during our special preview stream.

We started out with Horde Mode before switching to Co-Op Versus, a new mode in which players team up against bots in standard Versus games. Did Paul carry his weight? There's only one way to find out - watch the replay video above!

You poor lads and lasses who don't have Gears of War 4 yet, it's not too late to preorder. Buy the digital version to get the game on both Xbox One and Windows 10. ]

The Contest

Gears of War 4 Xbox One Horde Mode

We streamed Gears of War 4 for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 14 prize codes:

Xbox One

  • 1 AIPD
  • 1 Bard's Gold
  • 1 Blast 'Em Bunnies Super Mega Bundle
  • 1 Lovely Planet
  • 1 Organic Panic
  • 1 Party Hard
  • 1 Screencheat
  • 1 Sheltered
  • 1 Steredenn

Steam

  • 5 Age of Mythology and Tale of the Dragon expansion

See the contest winners at the end of this story.

How to watch Twitch livestreams

Gears of War 4 Xbox One Horde Mode

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Future streams

Gears of War 4 Xbox One Horde Mode

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • Saturday, October 15: Mafia III – Watch us play this open-world crime thriller and you could win an Xbox gift card!
  • Saturday, October 22: Neverwinter: Storm King's Thunder – Check out the new expansion for the best free to play MMO on Xbox One and win exclusive in-game prizes!

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

Gears of War 4 Xbox One Horde Mode

These viewers are large and in charge!

AIPD

  • Mase123987

Bard's Gold

  • Sin Ogaris

Blast 'Em Bunnies Super Mega Bundle

  • Softtofu89

Lovely Planet

  • Unmaskedbandit

Organic Panic

  • Ajhkl

Party Hard

  • Globalwebsurferonxbox

Screencheat

  • Geoketch

Sheltered

  • Sgt_torrente

Steredenn

  • Nvmkpk

Age of Mythology

  • Novotus
  • Torquey1994
  • Formologic23
  • thegerggaming
  • T3chgy

Tonight's prizes provided by various game developers, Paul Acevedo, and Microsoft. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!