I was showing the game to my nephew and brother last night. We mostly buy gears because of horde mode. Some things I like and some things I don’t like about this horde. Mainly I cant build manned turrets anymore but the tri shots and other heavy weapons compensate for that with their mobility. This horde put more importance on the weapon lockers. I also don’t like the fact only engineers can upgrade fortifications now. Not that I mind playing engineer but I don’t want to feel we have to have one. In gears 4 the three of us would play horde offline cause we don’t want randoms ruining our fun. Problem was one of us had to be engineer and another had to be scout for power. That left only one of us playing what we wanted. I do like the ults and so far none of the class’s feel overpowered. Last gears the heavy next to a weapons locker full of salvos was way too strong. I certainly don’t miss the loot boxes.
Anyway last night we were playing horde and I tried playing as Jack. Was different but kind of fun. My issue is with the forge. From what I gathered it’s mainly something for jack to do on the side. You can pick up weapons you don’t want and dismantle them in the forge for power. At lvl 1 I threw in any weapon I could find and the power was the same regardless of weapon or amount of ammo, 20 power. The forge costs 10k. For the forge to pay for itself you would need to dismantle 500 weapons. We couldn’t upgrade it cause we didn’t have an engineer but I’m sure higher lvls rewards more power but whats the point? I was browsing Jacks skill cards and he does get perks that increase the amount of power from the forge but at the insane cost of the forge vs the little amount it gives it doesn’t feel viable. At base Jack would need to dismantle 500 guns for the forge to pay for itself. That is a lot of flying around picking up weapons instead of shielding your team or zapping the horde. Upgrading the forge only adds to the debt. I’m doing this from memory but I think at lvl 1 Jacks dismantle perk adds another 50% power. 50% of 20 equals 30…wow. It cuts the pay off down to 333.33 guns which is a nice reduction but that is still an insane amount of guns needed for a fort to pay for itself.
To me it feels like unless you have max perks for dismantling it feels like the forge isn’t worth getting. The cost of the thing sounds like it’s better spent elsewhere. The game only came out yesterday but I’ve been playing since like fri cause I preordered it. Is there something I’m missing about the forge? Cause my first impression of it is the amount of power given back /cost of the forge needs to be tweaked.