- System: Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
- Developer: The Coalition
- Release Date: September 10, 2019
- Rating:M for Mature
- Genre: Third Person Shooter, Action
- Players: 1-3 (Online up to 10)
- Official Website: https://www.gears5.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Returning fans of the Gears of War series probably don’t need us to dive into the basics about the series, but we’ll consider newcomers may need to know more. Gears 5 is the latest entry in the long-running series originally made by Epic Games and now The Coalition. Gears 5 is primarily a third person shooter where players take control of various characters as they survive against an alien threat known as The Locust. What makes these games so epic is their focus on brutal/intense action with heavy gore and a truly deep narrative. Plus, Gears of War has always had a loyal multiplayer fandom and this newest entry doesn’t skimp out on that element in the slightest. We’re going to be frank, readers; Gears 5 is amazing and nearly perfect. If you need to know why though then just continue forward as we continue our review of Gears 5 for the Xbox One!
Unlike previous Gears games, Gears 5 has a focus that deviates from the Fenix family and on our returning girl from the last game, Kait Diaz. We will avoid spoilers but Kait takes up most of this narrative in Gears 5 as you’ll begin to see her past—and her mother’s past—come into focus. Our past characters still have a big role, mind you; but Kait’s struggle to cope with her mother’s loss and the revelations to follow give Gears 5 a whole new level of depth we haven’t seen from the previous entries. Yet, we know for many that while the story is important, the gameplay matters a bit more. We’re happy to announce Gears 5 keeps things on the same track but enhances the gameplay quite a bit.
In terms of combat, the all too similar third person shooting returns in Gears 5 but feels tighter and stronger thanks to some gameplay tweeks. The covering system keeps players glued to walls when they need to be and equally allows quick movements off of them when their cover is blown. Likewise, weapons all have a better aim assist that allows for more precise shots but only when the player aims just right to get that glorious headshot! This is especially important as multiplayer is bigger than ever in Gears 5 with more maps, modes and weapons. As we mentioned, Gears 5 feels bigger and badder—in the good sense of the word—and some of the new content is truly epic.
Beyond the campaign mode—which can be played with three players online or split screen for good ole couch co-op—there is multiplayer, horde mode and Escape. Multiplayer and Horde Mode should sound familiar and haven’t changed much outside new content from unlockables—such as customization options and banners—and maps. Escape though is where we want to dive into the most as we loved our time playing it. Escape is as it sounds, players weekly must choose a character, join a team and escape a hive setting as fast as possible. Escape mode can be altered to be easy to teeth gritting hard and allows for a new co-op experience to be enjoyed. You’ll need to work as a team to survive in Escape as enemies are rough and bullets aren’t plentiful. There are safe rooms where players can nab weapons/ammo but Escape won’t let a weak team or player survive long. We can’t wait to see the weekly changes with Escape and already loved playing it with strangers and friends alike!
Outside of the gameplay, there is one other big change to Gears 5 and it’s noticeable the minute the game starts up, the graphics. Gears 5 is easily one of the best looking Xbox One games out there and the best looking Gears game to release! Our eyes couldn’t stop staring at some of the new vistas you’ll be fighting on or destroying with the new focus on destructible environments Gears 5 seems to have. Character models—Locust and human alike—are just so detailed that it gives Gears 5 an almost movie-like feel and that’s going to hook story focused fans immediately. Add to that some incredible music and great voice work from returning VAs to make Gears 5 a presentation piece as much as it is a game.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Great story mode with some truly intriguing twists
- Nearly perfected third person gameplay that feels tight and responsive
- Multiple modes for players who enjoy both multiplayer and co-op alike
- Impressive visuals that push the Xbox One to new limits
- Does stick a bit too close to the original trends of the series
- Some issues might still appear occasionally in multiplayer but are getting less frequent