Gears 5 is Xbox’s biggest blockbuster this year and we have the first reviews.
Gears 5 is taking a big leap forward for the series. The game’s co-op campaign takes a quasi-open world approach where you’re free to explore large areas, take part in side activities and keep up with the main narrative at your own pace.
This is a significant change for a series that’s traditionally been fairly linear, but it’s far from the only major addition in Gears 5. The game also debuts a new mode called Escape – a three-player PvE mode where the objectives is to plant a bomb in a Swarm Hive and extract before it detonates.
Horde mode returns, this time with elements borrowed from hero shooters such as character classes and ultimates. Gears 5 will also launch with a map creator that’s easy to use, though it only works with Escape at launch, with support for more modes coming post-launch.
Gears 5’s Versus multiplayer is also big part of the package, this time launching with a newcomer friendly mode, and a fresh take on competitive play.
Gears 5 is one few Microsoft games to launch on Steam day-and-date with other platforms. Because of this, you’ll need a free Xbox Live account to play online through Steam, though the upside is that you’ll be able to party up with Windows 10 and Xbox One players.
The Gears 5 Ultimate Edition unlocks tomorrow on all platforms, and the pre-load is available now. You’ll also be able to play Gears 5 with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription for just $2/£2.
Read on below for our round-up of reviews:
- The VG247 review – the best the series has been in a long time
- USgamer – 3/5
- IGN – 8.8
- Gamespot – 7
- GamesBeat – 90/100
- Game Informer – 8.5
- GamesRadar+ – 4/5
- Only Singleplayer – 4/5
- EGM – 4/5
- COGconnected – 87/100
- CGMagazine – 6.5
- Xbox Achievements – 90%
- Stevivor – 9
- Gaming Trend – 90/100
- Press Start – 9
- Attack of the Fanboy – 4/5
- Shacknews – 9
- Screen Rant – 4.5/5
- Heavy – 9.5
- Destructoid – In progress
- Hobby Consolas [Spanish] – 95/100
- The Games Machine [Italian] – 9.1
Gears 5 launches September 10 on PC (Steam and Windows Store) and Xbox One.