Packed full of excellent action, blistering combat, a solid cast of characters, and astoundingly beautiful visuals, Gears 5: Hivebusters is unmissable for anyone who considers themselves a fan of the series.
This short DLC can be seen as a sum of everything that makes Gears… Gears. The short duration allowed the screenwriters to give shape to a tighter and more cinematic story, all embellished with quite varied scenarios and a graphic impact among the best in circulation. Perhaps there remains a bit of the bitterness of not having seen Hivebusters exploited as a Trojan horse with which to experiment with the introduction of something new in terms of gameplay. But, after all, fans of the Microsoft franchise will be able to enjoy another three unreleased hours in single player or cooperative.
Even one more hour focused on really telling the story of where Scorpio Squad came from could have made Gears 5: Hivebusters into a far more memorable and substantial DLC. There's easily enough material to even make a full side game, but the expansion feels less like a genuine extension of the Gears universe and more like a way to make players more receptive to playing Escape Mode and purchasing the comic series featuring these characters. At the end of the day, that ethos makes for a disposable expansion that only diehard fans of the franchise or those looking for an Xbox Series X graphical showcase will really get the most out of - though if a player fits that bill, they'll be more than happy with what's on offer here.
Pretty good. Areas look amazing (not really a gears of war vibe as much as a traditional western fantasy look tho) end boss design looks unreal. Main issue is the ending is awful, as it tries to convince you the ending to the dlc is the new multiplayer mode, which is an awful choice.
SummaryReturn to Gears 5 with the Hivebusters expansion and undertake their first suicide mission. Explore the tropical Galangi islands, battle enemies with the team’s ultimate abilities and confront a deadly new predator.