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Gears of War 5
Gears of War 5

Genre: Action
Developer: Microsoft
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Classification: MA15+
Release Date:
September 2019
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:53pm 12/12/19 | 0 Comments
Which is almost a redundant statement these days where content is concerned: "available now" just means your game will likely have updated itself overnight. But, as we've mentioned on here many times in the past, who doesn't like free shit, eh?

Unfortunately, it's all multiplayer-based for those of us who Gears for the single-player stuff, but I guess those of you who love being tea-bagged by seven year-olds deserve free stuff too?
  • Heroes and Villains: Lizzie Carmine and Damon Baird join the fight, facing off against Jermad and the original Locust Drone in “Gears 5” multiplayer. In Arcade, each character is bolstered by a passive ability and a weapon selection tree designed to suit a new fighting style. In both Horde and Escape, each Hero possesses a unique ultimate ability. Complete details of the Heroes and Villains’ respective abilities can be found on Xbox Wire.
  • Operation 2 Bundle: includes all four new characters, the complete Eclipse weapon set, 1000 Iron and 30 days of Boost, all for $19.99. Check in out here.
  • Game Types:
    • Free for All makes a highly-anticipated return to Versus in Gears 5 as the biggest mode in Gears history. Fourteen players choose their favorite COG or Swarm character, and fight in an all-out brawl, to be the first one to 30 kills.
    • Arcade Blitz is a fast-paced, objective mode for the Arcade playlist. Players must stay within the capture circle to earn points, creating tense and chaotic battles.
    • 2v2 Gnashers is guaranteed to make the fight personal, as two duos must work together to land shots and cover their teammates.
  • Maps: set in an old coliseum dedicated to the founding members of the COG, Allfathers’ Arena is now destined to once again be filled with the sound of battle!
  • Tour of Duty: features more than 200 exclusive earnable items
So, we guess it's time to *cough* gear up *cough* for more chain-sawing action.

Thursday, 5 September 2019
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:10pm 05/09/19 | 0 Comments
Microsoft will enjoy a new exclusive in the heavily-hyped Gears 5, out this month, and while the game arrives for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, questions arise about the series, its current direction and if there's any chance it can elevate the formula beyond what we've experienced over the years since the original Gears of War.

We've had the game for the better part of a week and managed a cheeky co-op session before I pulled away on my Skiff and explored the world of Gears 5 essentially on the solo front.

Here's a snippet from our review:
But with familiarity comes known and manageable expectation. This, however, can also be a slippery slope towards stagnation, and right now, Gears 5 is sliding down that icy precipice -- a metaphor more on-the-nose than at first it might seem. And problematically, for both players and the combined business of development and publishing between The Coalition and Xbox Game Studios, is that what we have here is a game and franchise that is scared to shake its cogs for fear of a machine no longer functioning from a sales and success perspective. Gears 5 changes things up, but only in so much a shop changes the clothes of its shopfront window mannequin -- we know they sell clothes. That’s nothing new. I’m just not sure if that inanimate model’s garbs are really for me. I mean, I’m already comfortable with what I have on, and they all seem really familiar, anyway -- buttons, zips, leg-holes. All of it.

Maybe I just want some auto-fit Back to the Future high-tops over tired old lace-ups, though.

Gears 5 (or, for traditionalists, Gears of War 5) is just another COG. This isn’t to be translated as entirely negative, because what made this franchise so popular is that it was an action game outlier; the cover mechanics, the gore, the Saving Private Ryan steady cam while you run… and the visuals. My Science, the visuals.
Click here for our full Gears 5 review.