Game Review - Gears 5 on Xbox Series X/S

Written by ThaFlu84 on October 01, 2021 @ 1:24 pm

After the shocking ending of Gears of War 4, I was really excited to play this game and it did not disappoint. As usual, the graphics are a marvel, the new weapons are interesting, and the multiplayer is fully featured. (But, I still miss Beast mode from Gears 3 :disappointed: It is not perfect, but The Coalition takes a few risks in the campaign with great results.

New to the series is an open world. It is much smaller compared to other games, so it doesn?t feel overdone and fits the game nicely. I found it natural and cool to see landmarks along the way and hear Del or Kait say ?let?s check this out,? leading to side quests. Landmarks don?t appear on your map until you pass by them, which rewards exploration. Another improvement to the series is the evolution of Jack. He can now aid in combat (and is playable in co-op) and can be upgraded with components. His abilities are game changing and will have you exploring every nook and cranny for components.

An issue I have is the execution of the story feels off. The game basically contains 2 stories in one. The ?Gears story? has you trying to get the HoD to function again, while Kait?s story continues from Gears 4. The ?Gears story? can be redundant and some moments feel unnecessary, while I wished Kate?s story was slightly longer. Even worse, it fells disjointed as it seems to take turns telling each story. I will admit there are small details I missed, that I have noticed on a second playthrough. But, I feel Kait?s story should?ve been towards the end or the ending itself.

This game has me excited to play the next entry in the series, yet again. Between the fun multiplayer, great campaign, and as a technical showcase, this game is a complete package.

Gameplay Rating: 9
Story Rating: 6
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 10
Sound Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 9

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Game Information

Alternative Titles
Gears of War 5
Platform
Xbox Series X/S
Developer(s)
The Coalition
Publisher(s)
Microsoft Studios
Genre(s)
Third Person Shooter
NA Release Date
November 10, 2020
JP Release Date
November 10, 2020
EUR Release Date
November 10, 2020
AUS Release Date
November 10, 2020
ESRB Rating
M
PEGI Rating
18
CERO Rating
Z
ACB Rating
R
MVGL User Score
7.5
Composer
Ramin Djawadi
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