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Gears 5 - Xbox One
- From one of the most acclaimed game franchises in history, Gears 5 delivers an epic campaign and brutal action across five thrilling modes
- Campaign: With all out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera herself
- Escape: A new, aggressive, high stakes co op mode featuring a three player suicide squad that must work together to take out enemy hives from within
- Versus: May the best team win with 10+ other game types plus new and classic maps. Versus rewards every competitive style, from casual to pro
- Horde: Endure 50 waves of ever tougher enemies using new hero abilities, building defenses, collecting power, leveling up your skills and working as a team
- Map Builder: Create custom escape hive maps and experiences to share with and challenge your friends
- Customize your gaming experience with updated accessibility features, including: Full controller remapping, single stick movement, Adaptive controller support, narrated UI and menus, improved subtitles and more
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From one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas, Gears is bigger than ever, with five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet. With all out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself
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Gears 5 – Standard Edition
From one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas, Gears 5’s celebrated campaign and refreshed multiplayer are optimized with new features for the Xbox Series X|S update.
With all-out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself. New campaign features let you take your character and weapon skins into new playthroughs and enjoy bonus difficulties and modifiers.
Xbox Series X|S Optimized
Gears 5 has been upgraded to take advantage of Xbox Series X|S, including: reduced load times, instant resume, 120 FPS in Versus, and variable refresh rates. Plus, experience 4K HDR Ultra visuals on Xbox Series X. Plays on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One.
Versus and Horde
May the best team win in PvP! With new modes and content since Launch, Versus rewards every competitive style, from casual to pro. In PvE, co-operatively battle to survive. Pick your character, pick your class, and hunker down in Horde or push through in Escape.
Three-player campaign co-op
Battle alongside your friends in three-player online or split-screen co-op.
Xbox Smart Delivery
Buy a copy of Gears 5 for your console and automatically download the version optimized for your device for free, including for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Online multiplayer requires Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold on console, memberships sold separately. For use only with Xbox One or newer consoles with optical drive. Game disc inside package. You must accept the Microsoft Services Agreement (microsoft.com/msa). Requires download(s) (significant storage, broadband internet connection, and ISP fees may apply). May require additional hardware and subscriptions. Xbox services and support not available in all regions (xbox.com/regions). Features and online services may vary by region and change or be retired over time. May contain in-game purchases. Requires a Microsoft Account. 4K Ultra HD on Xbox One X and Xbox Series X only, HDR gaming on Xbox One S and newer consoles only; compatible TV required.
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I heard the graphics were amazing. I'll say they are good but I found a lot of ugly textures in the game.Some that don't even make sense why. Example: They loved to put flower pots everywhere. They look like original xbox graphics. Overall I just wasn't wowed by anything I haven't seen before in other xbox games.(I play on a 4k with the X)
The story was boring to me too. Predictable and I just don't like the lead character.The direction of the story drifted I loved the series when it was the "bro"shooter from GOW 1-3. By the time I got to the beginning of act 4, Borderlands 3 dropped and I put Gears down. Last, I had 2 crashes and many time when I was choosing a weapon, the weapon menu wouldn't go away. COuldn't see well and the reticle was gone. Few times of frame drop. Things that will probably be patched.
I just don't have a desire right now to go back to the game. I will eventually but it's low on the backlog list now. Xbox get made fun of for the Gear/Halo/Fprza rut they are in and I have to agree. Gears has been run long enough. They tired the series and gamers out on it. Shelf it for a while and bring it bacon 5 to 10 years. Interest will be there again. But till then PLEASE bring new IPs out. Just can't recommend it at this price. I'd wait till it's $20. It will probably be that price in a few month(MS devalued their own games and kill sales by putting them in gamepads-most people played Gears for a $1 trial of gamepass) Overall I don't get, like, or understand their decisions. Hopefully next gen is better or I go PS5 exclusively.
For a TLDR, the game starts off strong, with two solid chapters that give you the classic Gears combat and push the story along, but the game rapidly falls apart after Act II. It is a very pretty game whose biggest draw for someone that has no interest in multiplayer, is the amount of detail and lore that exists within the game. The highly touted 'open world' is little more than two large, empty levels with sidequests that amount to collectible hunting and upgrade hunting for the biggest change to the gameplay; your robot.
All in all, there's not enough actual campaign content in Gears 5 to justify a full price. Wait until you can grab it for half price or less.
For my longer thoughts...
There's only half a game's worth of campaign here. The semi-open world levels are simply padding to make the game longer than it actually should be, and was a complete mistake. If you were to condense the game and remove those sections, along with ALL of the other empty sections within the actual mission areas themselves, then Gears 5 would be half the length.
And as fun as piloting the Skiff may have been, it doesn't make up for having huge empty levels.
The gameplay is nothing new, played one Gears game you've played them all. There aren't even any new memorable weapons to use in the campaign and the only major change is JACK, though he's not entirely free of the padding curse this game has. While they did an excellent job at making all of JACK's abilities useful in combat (I used every ability at least once beyond their scripted in-game tutorials), it's still got the same cover shooter mechanics it had in 2006. Without JACK, the only other change is the inclusion of 'Relic' weapons, which pretty much ties in with the gameplay padding as they're linked to the open world and you cannot take them with you across levels. These weapons don't do much to alter base gameplay all that much and again, they're in the game to pad it out, enticing you to spend time looking for these weapons instead of charging through the campaign. They feel pretty gimmicky, to be honest.
The firefights themselves are not all that enjoyable. On top of the old gameplay, each fight feels way less intense than it did in the original trilogy. And on top of that, depending on what kinds of enemies you're fighting, they feel very bullet spongey, as if again designed to pad the game by making fights take longer. There's no real unique gameplay sections (not even with the Skiff) to make sections stand out, and the big boss fights are just more grinding-based padding. They're not entertaining to fight and take a long time to complete, especially if you die at any point.
The biggest strength of this game is the worldbuilding. This is the singular area in which Gears 5 shines. The Coalition has an excellent team of creatives, and while the actual plot of the game falls flat at the end of Act II, they have done a great job at filling in story holes that Epic chose not to reveal in the original games. It is very satisfying to know the answers to questions I've about the story since 2006. Adding on top of the characters being far more likable this time around, having lost the cringe, Whedonesque dialog of Gears 4. I wasn't actively rooting for the new characters to die for dramatic effect this time around.
Story-wise, again, good to have answers to very long standing questions, but there's no true sense of urgency in what you're doing, and in the end, amounts to nothing. The few new plot beats are clumsily done and make no sense, given the events of Gears 4 and don't do much to push the narrative forward. It doesn't take enough risks with the new stuff and the story pretty much falls apart by the end of Act II. There's an arbitrary choice tossed in your face near the end of the game and has little impact for how poorly it is executed. If this had been entirely a cutscene with a pre-determined ending, then the imapct would have been higher.
The levels that the art team has created are gorgeous. Easily one of the best looking games I've ever played and that was on a bog-standard Xbone. The details they put into crafting these areas and making them stand out is commendable, but I truly didn't feel as though any of them stood out in my mind like the locations and play spaces of the original trilogy did. Again, gameplay wise they levels are letdowns, but lore-wise they do a pretty good job at showing the larger world.
I've yet to be impressed by The Coalition's music, and the same goes for here. There's nothing new on display here, no new tracks that ear-wormed into my head. There's not much to say about the gun sounds, given there's nothing new on display. Voice acting is better than the last game, but the focus on Kait and her voice actress Laura Bailey is a little silly. Laura Bailey isn't bringing anything truly new to the table that you haven't heard her do better in other games (like the great job she did in Shadow of RAAM DLC years ago). If anyone deserves to get top billing for the game, it would be Del's voice actor. Del is much more likable this time around and you can tell the VA is truly trying. All the other characters are fairly eh in delivery.
All in all, Gears 5 is a severely underwhelming game for someone that only plays campaign. The Coalition has failed to find and create interesting combat experiences and needs to sit down and really study Epic's level and encounter design. The story falls flat way too quickly and there's just not much there.
Two, three at the most, stars out of five for Gears 5. Wait until you can get it for half price or cheaper because that is about how much the game is truly worth in terms of good content.
I played the first gears a tiny bit back in 2006. But never played since. And I deeply regret not giving it a fair chance.
So far I have just played multiplayer. But I like it so far. The mechanics feel very natural. The cover system works very well.
The maps at launch are overall solid. Obviously there is always a few maps you dislike. But I like more than not.
Graphically this pushes the Xbox One X to the limit. Frame rate consistently stays fluid. Even at 4K resolutions with HDR.
Here's is a couple of my complaints :
Loading screens and match making are slower than preferable. I feel like it takes a bit of time to get into a game.
Number of maps. They could of added more maps at launch. But they didn't. Unfortunately this is a trend with Triple A games. And to be honest it's disgusting.
Although they are adding more content in the months to come. But there is definitely a trend with games coming out as incomplete. And I think.the Triple A gaming industry may collapse from it one day. Not for just this reason but many.
However, don't let those things take anything away. This is a very solid game. And it should provide many hours of enjoyment to people who buy it.
Case in point, 4 out of 5 for me. The overall number of maps especially drops it down a star.
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Reviewed in Mexico on February 11, 2021