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  • Summary: Sera is crumbling, your enemies uniting. Humanity’s reliance on technology has become their downfall and enemies are uniting to wipe out all survivors. As Kait, journey back to uncover the origins of the Locust, and fight with your squad to protect what’s left.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Sep 16, 2019
    92
    Visually stunning when maxed out, Gears 5 for PC comes with a very solid campaign and lots of exciting multiplayer modes that will keep you entertained for a long, long time.
  2. Sep 4, 2019
    90
    Much like its iconic Lancer Assault Rifle, Gears 5 functions as perfectly as it was designed. The developers threw on a chainsaw of character, narrative, and content to make an over-the-top, thrilling experience from start to finish. Gears 5 is a badass game, and you'll come away feeling more badass than the legendary Marcus himself.
  3. Sep 13, 2019
    90
    No matter which mode you approach it from, Gears 5 is an incredibly fun and polished game.
  4. Oct 12, 2019
    85
    This is an intense blockbuster which delivers its brutal action just as advertised.
  5. Oct 23, 2019
    80
    Gears 5 plays around with the formula a bit, but it's still at its best when it's just being a solid-ass Gears of War game.
  6. Sep 12, 2019
    70
    It's just another Gears game, but a more charismatic protagonist and a few experimental mechanics at least give the series a more firm footing going forward.
  7. Sep 4, 2019
    60
    Familiarly solid cover shooting with the occasional surprise. It’s fitting The Coalition has opted to simply call the latest game ‘Gears’, because mostly, it’s just going through the motions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 147
  2. Negative: 37 out of 147
  1. l0l
    Sep 30, 2019
    10
    this game is great, attention to the smallest details, they give you collectibles to show how cool the graphics did the developers, forcing tothis game is great, attention to the smallest details, they give you collectibles to show how cool the graphics did the developers, forcing to search all the places on the map, the lighting is amazing, I would like to hug the developers, you are one of the best ✌ this is not just a game - it's another universe..
    loading between levels is also excellent, so that you have the effect of constant presence.
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  2. Sep 13, 2019
    10
    I wouldn't dare rate Gears 5 below an 8. I see a bunch of zeros which is simply an insult to the time, money and effort clearly devoted toI wouldn't dare rate Gears 5 below an 8. I see a bunch of zeros which is simply an insult to the time, money and effort clearly devoted to this game.

    Graphics are stunning with gorgeous locations and effects, Great care has been taken to animation as motion capture looks great with faces and lip sync good. You will almost never teleport into a vehicle or through a door because dedication has been made to create an immersive experience and there are animations for basically everything you do.

    Audio is another hit with stellar sound effects that hit all the right notes. Explosions feel impactful and weighty which is exactly what you want in a game with many explosions and chainsaws ripping through flesh. I won't be searching up the sound track because the score itself isn't all that memorable but the intense action scenes and emotional beats are all supported by appropriate music which serve the game well. Voice acting is also top notch here,

    The story isn't the highlight and this definitely won't replace your narrative driven games but it wasn't really trying to. It's an excuse to bring you to some cool locations and fight some bad guys with big guns, and to that extent it does its job. The plot moves along at a good pace though I personally didn't care all that much for the overall objective. What kept me interested were the characters as they do genuinely bring a smile to your face with the cheesy squad dialogue and they were all unique enough to not instantly forget who they were if they were gone for a few scenes. There were a few emotional moments and choices which didn't fully land but weren't far off. Maybe it's because I haven't played Gears 4 and so i'm not hugely invested in the characters? Either way at the very least it kept me entertained and interested all the way through.

    Gameplay is absolutely at the top of the class. Almost every shooter mechanic or trope is included here and yet it doesn't feel bloated at all. From powerful, fun guns to environmental hazards. Turret sections to manning your vehicle . Quicktime events to executions and melee combat. There is even stealth and playing as the enemy race. This might sound a bit overdone but it all works out beautifully and never feels in your face. You're not forced to utilise everything in your arsenal but you're encouraged to try them out and have fun. The way they best accomplish this is with your AI companion, Jack.

    Jack functions unlike your other standard AI squaddies, He still revives you when you go down and zaps bad guys; but has abilities which compliment how you choose to play. He has a few support and assault abilities which can be found and upgraded throughout the campaign via the main story as well as sidequests. These often have multiple uses inside and outside combat. For example is the CLOAK ability. Stealth is a pretty barebones system which basically amounts to going behind an enemy to one-shot execute them as long as they have seen you yet, however with the cloak ability you get to reposition or take out key targets like snipers. Further upgrading it will also let you remain in stealth after performing actions which can keep the stealth kill chain active and severely break down enemy defences. Along with the ability to bypass turrets outside combat, this makes upgrading Jacks abilities very beneficial and I used practically all of them while playing.

    Co-Op was extremely well done... if you're playing with just one friend. This is because the 3rd player is forced into the aforementioned Robot role. As much as I just praised Jack in the paragraph above, this does not translate well into 3 player co-op. Not only do the two other human players no longer get use any abilities themselves, playing as Jack just isn't very fun. You don't get to play with any of the big guns nor do much direct damage yourself, you are relegated to support it just isn't enough. I see what they were going for here but sadly it does not pan out. Two player co-op on the other hand is simply fantastic. Both players have different perspectives, even in some cutscenes which always kept us communicating and talking about what just happened. I won't get into spoilers here but it's well worth playing the game with a good friend over a voice call. You can share ammo, work together when taking out enemies and bosses and at times get to play out slightly different experiences, like when very early in the game one of you gets trapped in a flaming building and the other has to rescue them.

    Performance was smooth as butter and I had no frame drops or connection issues playing on co-op the entire way through. There is a suite of customisation and accessibility options here and The Coalition and Microsoft should get nothing but praise for this. Its outstanding. Without jumping into multiplayer I can easily recommend this game. What a great value! Especially since its all available on Game Pass for PC for such little cost. 10/10
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  3. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    Gears of War vai ser melhor que Last of Us. Um grande jogo de todos os tempos. Está melhor console definitivo dessa geração para Xbox ONE peloGears of War vai ser melhor que Last of Us. Um grande jogo de todos os tempos. Está melhor console definitivo dessa geração para Xbox ONE pelo Gamepass do meu irmão essa semana Expand
  4. Nov 3, 2019
    8
    I enjoyed it. It was much like all the other gears games. Not much different mechanically. But the story was interesting. I'd like to see themI enjoyed it. It was much like all the other gears games. Not much different mechanically. But the story was interesting. I'd like to see them finally ditch the 3rd person view and go with a 1st person view to mix things up a bit and try something more refreshing to the series. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2019
    6
    The game crashes and there's (like Gears of War 4 and never be solved) some other user who has the same problem.

    I've tried everything,
    The game crashes and there's (like Gears of War 4 and never be solved) some other user who has the same problem.

    I've tried everything, from the obvious to the most advanced settings:

    - CPU and GPU temps are fine, never above 60 ° C while playing.
    - I didn't install Ultra HD textures.
    - Game on HDD or SSD doesn't make difference.
    - Windows, Drivers and BIOS up to date.
    - Played with stock/OC settings. GPU stock settings too.
    - Rolled back to previous Nvidia driver which has the same issues.
    - Disabled flow control guard on Windows defender.
    - Vsync on/off

    Other games I own don't crash randomly like DOOM 2016 or GTA V, only Gears of War 4 and now this.

    I play on FullHD TV 40 inch, 60 hz. My PC has Gigabyte GTX 1070 Windforce, Ryzen 5 1600 @3.8 GHz, G.Skill Flare X 3200 MHz 16 GB which I've purchased recently, Asus TUF B350M-Plus Gaming and Evga G3 650W Gold PSU,

    Now about the overall game
    - Some collectibles and jack components not showing up.
    - I beat the campaign once and I didn't receive the achievements.
    - Is lack of real content such maps and characters.
    - Still we can't play offline other modes rather than campaign or versus. Specially horde we can't play It offline, the same error that Gears of War 4 did.
    - We can't customize the character skins and weapons skins without internet, thanks to microtransaction ****
    - What's the point of bring "50x bigger maps than previous Gears" if those bigger maps are empty? the ice and desert maps are stunning but nothing more. It fills hours of the campaign with long and boring walk.
    - Then you removed 1 Act of the campaign, now there are only 4 Acts, and their chapters are smaller, some of them are only dialogues. Less chapters too.
    - More connection issues on multiplayer and horde
    - Some game mechanics that a lot of users already post them on the forum and I won't repeat again but I agree with them
    - The tour of duty system is only for "no life" people, grinding like no tomorrow.
    - Predator microtransactions, fortunately these stuffs are unnecessary.

    I feel empty inside after playing this game, but I'm more angry because technical issues. You're offering a "product", supposedly because actually you're treating It with this awful trend "games as a service" which I don't agree.
    The game is enjoyable yes, but doesn't deserve the awards many magazines and users gave them.
    I know I'm the minority and you don't listen to me, I'm sure the technical issues won't be fixed like Gears of War 4, I've be censored and I'll be insulted (here Metacritic deleted my previous review before, I couldn't post the proofs of my complain, on Gears forums you'll find my videos and thread) I need to say what I think and let proofs that Isn't correct TC is doing. I'm a huge fan of Gears of War, a franchise I love when I met Gears of War 1, the reason I bought my Xbox 360 and later Xbox One, I have all achievements of Gears of War 2, 3 and 4, I play well on multiplayer and I don't agree with this treating toward us.
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  6. Oct 11, 2019
    5
    O jogo é divertido mas infelizmente a formula já foi vista em muitos outros jogos, até aí tudo bem, mas infelizmente as microtransaçõesO jogo é divertido mas infelizmente a formula já foi vista em muitos outros jogos, até aí tudo bem, mas infelizmente as microtransações fizeram com que o jogo caísse um pouco no meu conceito, terminei a campanha e não tenho interesse em jogar o multiplayer por isso... Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2019
    0
    It's sad to say, but this has to be the worst Gears game I have played (I've played all the games but GoW Judgement). The game was releasedIt's sad to say, but this has to be the worst Gears game I have played (I've played all the games but GoW Judgement). The game was released over a month ago now and the game still feels like its in beta. The lag is high in this game nearly all the time, and the game is full of bugs that hurt game play experience and waste valuable time. This game feels like Gears of War 2 where to play with low ping you would need to be host, in this case you would need to be very close to whatever random server is chosen. The movement is also very clunky especially with the current cover system which feels like it got worse from previous Gears as well. The character selection and map selection is the lowest I have ever seen, and the maps get stale quickly due to only 7 different maps to choose from. It is very hard to find good things to say about this game when I feel any other Gears of War did everything better. Expand

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