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.
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.