Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 92 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 92
  2. Negative: 0 out of 92
  1. Apr 27, 2020
    100
    Gears Tactics is big and brash at times, but it’s also deep, intelligent and balanced, with all the heart and passion we’ve come to expect from a Gears game.
  2. Apr 27, 2020
    100
    Gears Tactics is a brave new take on the turn-based strategy genre, executed to perfection. The freedom and fast-paced action that it provides are a breath of fresh air, and it nails so many mechanics that will hopefully become staples for the genre. It left me wanting more, though, which on one hand is glowing praise for the addictive, engaging gameplay, but it was also a little disappointing when the ending arrived so soon. Still, Gears Tactics blows its competition out of the water in terms of moment-to-moment excitement and production quality.
  3. CD-Action
    May 12, 2020
    95
    It’s an XCOM on steroids, with buckets of blood. The best game in the genre in this century and absolute must-have. [06/2020, p.52]
  4. Apr 28, 2020
    95
    Gears Tactics is a fantastic game. The XCOM fans will have a ball with it and maybe even some Gears fans will get into the strategy genre. Who knows? Either way, Splash Damage has created a fine tactical game that fans will enjoy and have a great time with, while not sacrificing the skill wall and difficulty. It is a game I wholeheartedly recommend.
  5. Apr 27, 2020
    94
    Gears Tactics is a fantastic strategy game and an excellent addition to the Gears of War series, and I’d recommend it to anyone who is either a fan of Gears of War, or to the XCOM series style of game. Also, Cole Train, as always, is a goddamn delight.
  6. Apr 27, 2020
    92
    The customization of our troops, the combats versus de final bosses and the aggressiveness of the enemies are the three elements that makes differences between Gears Tactics and other titles of the turn based strategy games, but don't make a mistake; this is an spin-off but smells like Gears from start to the end.
  7. Apr 27, 2020
    90
    Gears delves into the turn-based strategy genre with a game that is extremely faithful to the core saga, fun shooting that keeps the essence of what was played in the third person, but somewhat repetitive after a few hours.
  8. Apr 27, 2020
    90
    All my quibbles are on the periphery of Gears Tactics, though. The core -- getting onto the battlefield and agonizing over every move -- is excellent. There's a smart experience here, one that feels both authentically Gears and tactics. That's the best possible outcome. Gears Tactics is a great Gears game and a great tactics game. This 90% doesn't miss.
  9. Apr 27, 2020
    90
    Gears Tactics is definitely different than what Gears fans are accustomed to, being a tactical-style game, but I think it fits the genre pretty well. If you've ever wondered what Gears would be like outside of the main series, Gears Tactics shows that it does pretty well in a tactical-style.
  10. Apr 27, 2020
    90
    Gears Tactics is the best Gears of War game since the original trilogy came to a close. The genre may have changed, but the action still has the same immediacy, and it’s just as much fun as ever to chainsaw an enemy in half or blow them to bits with a frag grenade.
  11. Apr 27, 2020
    90
    Gears Tactics is a stellar tactics game that still manages to feel like the Gears you know and love. With a solid story, addictive RPG systems, and dozens of hours of gameplay, this is a must-play for any fans of turn-based strategy games or the Gears franchise in general.
  12. Apr 27, 2020
    90
    Though not without flaws, Gears Tactics meets and exceeds expectations. Fluid and fast-paced action, along with tactical decisions, will keep you on the move. Meanwhile, brutal firefights and executions, as well as battles against massive bosses, punctuate a Gears of War experience for an entirely different genre.
  13. Gears Tactics has established itself as a serious presence in the turn-based strategy space. With a flavour very much its own, and the exceptional production quality for which the Gears games are known, it’s something close to an essential play for fans of tactical combat.
  14. Apr 27, 2020
    90
    Gears Tactics isn't just one of the biggest surprises of the year, it’s a vulgar display of power starring everyone’s favourite beefy boys in a bloody new direction that’ll test your trigger fingers with pure heavy mental action.
  15. Apr 27, 2020
    87
    I particularly like the playful freedom that the flexible 3-action system offers.
  16. Apr 27, 2020
    87
    Gears Tactics feels like a natural step for the franchise, and the best game since The Coalition has been given control over the series.
  17. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 30, 2020
    86
    Bloody, brutal and visceral shooter franchise was given a tactics treatment – and the end result is surprisingly good. Gears Tactics is one of the best games in the genre this year. [Issue#246, p.36]
  18. May 26, 2020
    85
    Gears Tactics does a fantastic job at applying the X-COM formula to the Gears of War franchise despite it not changing much from the core gameplay. While the intrusiveness of side missions and some weak ability progression take away from the overall experience, Gears Tactics is a must-play for Gears fans and turned-based shooter fans alike.
  19. Apr 29, 2020
    85
    Gears Tactics requires a specific approach. Players looking for complex gameplay similar to the ancient UFO need to be warned - GT is even simpler than the newest XCOMs. It's definitely not a game to cater to core veterans. However, this is the perfect introduction to tactical strategy for anyone who found the complexity intimidating.
  20. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    Gears Tactics is one of the greatest surprises that this 2020 will have. Not so much for what it brings to the RTS genre, which is more limited, but for how it executes each and every one of the proposals on screen.
  21. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    Gears tactics is a pleasant surprise with its nicely tailored gameplay that reminds us of the XCOM series, and it's lore that's without a doubt from the Gears of War IP.
  22. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    To say that an experience was ‘surprisingly good’ or ‘surprisingly fun’ has a somewhat negative connotation. In that there’s the assumption that heading in expectations were set to ‘low’. To call Gears Tactics surprising is not that at all, it’s all about coming to terms with the realisation that at its core, Gears of War combat is tactical, deep, and full of its own style and flavour. And that all of that, when given enough time to develop and flesh out and expand upon, makes up the perfect list of ingredients to create a great turn-based tactics game.
  23. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    Gears Tactics is a solid turn-based strategy game that has something for genre veterans and newcomers alike. The faster pace and more aggressive style of the game will appeal to fans of the franchise, while the tweaks to established elements, like action usage and overwatch, will also tickle the fancy of strategy fans. The brutal difficulty may be par for the genre, and while the lack of multiplayer will turn off some players, the strong campaign and post-game skirmishes will keep others interested for quite some time. Both the series and Splash Damage are relative newcomers to strategy, but they've done a good job of convincing people that they can handle the challenge.
  24. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    Smart mechanics, aggressive battles, and tight storytelling make this a strong new contender in the genre, even if the campaign's pacing sometimes misses the mark.
  25. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    Gears Tactics is, simply put, an excellent turn-based tactics game that stands up well against titles like XCOM and others at the top of the genre. While it has some slight issues, such as disappearing characters and a story that can best be described as "more Gears of War", the character development is better than the series' average and most importantly, it makes slight changes to the genre that make it a tactical joy to play. From extensive character customisation letting you specialise characters and teams, to gameplay tweaks, like adding a slight movement boost if you end in cover or removing the idea of a movement and attack phase of a character, Splash Damage has created one of the best RTT games in quite a while.
  26. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    The first Gears foray into RTS is one that genre and franchise fans alike will enjoy.
  27. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    Everything about Gears Tactics screams quality, and it's easily one of the best debut titles this genre has seen in years. It's nearly time for X-COM to step aside - this genre just went up a Gear.
  28. Apr 27, 2020
    84
    Gears Tactics is a wacky experiment for the franchise, but The Coalition and Splash Damage managed to get it working.
  29. Apr 27, 2020
    84
    Gears Tactics delivers a very deep dimension of strategy while maintaining the wild style of the Gears series. It keeps me engaged for multiple hours. But at the end of the day, repetitive missions make me feel bored.
  30. Apr 27, 2020
    83
    Gears Tactics' structure couldn't quite sustain the 25 hours or so it took me to get through the campaign, but slap the combat into a sequel with a couple more strategic systems that balance out the variety and pacing, and I'd honestly rather play it over XCOM, a recommendation I never expected I'd make.
  31. Apr 27, 2020
    83
    Gears Tactics won’t be for every Gears fan, simply because of the genre switch, but for those looking to embrace something new, they’re going to have the pleasure of experiencing yet another wonderful take on the franchise, only from a totally new perspective.
  32. Apr 27, 2020
    82
    Gears Tactics reinvents the saga moving from shooter to tactical strategy. It keeps the essence of third-person shooter, it's fast, wild and fun, despite some boring side missions.
  33. Apr 27, 2020
    81
    Gears Tactics is a quite decent spin-off. The turn-based tactical battles are enormously aggressive and fast-paced, but clever nonetheless.
  34. Sep 14, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is an exciting game with incredibly beautiful graphics, interesting missions and well-developed mechanics, which could have been better if the authors of the game paid more attention to the story. Anyway we have a great project for fans of the genre, regardless of their loyalty to the Gears of War franchise.
  35. Jun 1, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics manages to blend the Gears of War series with a genre that was a home for such a different kind of gameplay beautifully, though its shortcomings are apparent.
  36. May 27, 2020
    80
    Gears is right at home in the Turn-based genre. A truly excellent tactical experience watered down slightly with mandatory side-quests and a lack of any strategic dimension.
  37. May 20, 2020
    80
    When we compile a list of the greatest surprises of the year, we certainly won’t forget Gears Tactics. This is a full-blooded, genuine turn-based strategy with its own identity that will please both seasoned strategists and connoisseurs of preposterously huge biceps.
  38. May 17, 2020
    80
    Although Gears Tactics is heavily inspired by XCOM and its mechanisms, it's still a great Tactical Turn Based Strategy that also remains loyal to the Gears of War universe.
  39. May 12, 2020
    80
    There’s a lot to love here about Gears Tactics, and it somehow manages to almost flawlessly blend the genre of one game with another one’s universe and characters with great execution. Yes, there are some issues, and they can be quite annoying, but in the end these won’t detract you from the sheer amount of enjoyment you will experience. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn good, surprisingly good. Now give me more, please.
  40. 80
    The prequel story may not be revelatory, but in moment-to-moment strategic gunplay Gears Tactics is a delight. Both as an extension of the franchise to a totally new format and as a bloody and aggressive take on turn-based strategy, it's a successful experiment that should satisfy anyone who enjoys both chess and chainsaw bayonets.
  41. May 4, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics transitions the series into a new genre admirably well. Although there is much to be desired regarding mission variety and replayability, the developers did a great job interweaving classic Gears combat and weaponry into a tactical format, making for a positive experience overall.
  42. May 2, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is exactly what the series needed after six similar titles. It introduces a whole new way to explore the Locust infested environments but also retains what makes the series so great. The battles are really addictive and the only thing really missing here is a multiplayer mode.
  43. May 1, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a very accessible, yet surprisingly rich, turn-based tactics game. It's more lenient than XCOM, but delivers enough of a challenge to keep you invested. The Gears setting and gameplay lend themselves very well to the turn-based format, and the creative implementation of series hallmarks results in interesting twists on genre standards. Publisher Xbox Game Studios, along with developers The Coalition and Splash Damage, should be commended for taking a risk with one of its most beloved brands and creating a tactics game for newcomers and strategy-gaming veterans and alike.
  44. May 1, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a great strategy game, but that's not really surprising. It is precisely the Gears DNA - taking cover, making optimal use of the scarce grenades, the chainsaw executions - perfectly suit the genre and giving Gears Tactics its own face.
  45. Apr 30, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a triumphant twist on an old favourite, capturing the fury and spectacle of its shooter-based brethren while also offering a more cerebral experience. Gears has always exhibited shades of American football, from the hypermasculine tone to its disconcertingly swole characters. Now it has the conspicuous brains to match its conspicuous braun.
  46. Apr 28, 2020
    80
    With a distinct cinematic and fast pace approach, Gears Tactics puts its own spin in the genre. While it borrows many things from games like Xcom it is also able to mix the essence of what has made the Gears franchise so popular. The action feels intense, dynamic and the experience can be adapted to many difficulties. Gears Tactics has been a welcome surprise.
  47. Apr 28, 2020
    80
    While it might be a surprising translation between genres, Gears Tactics plays like it was meant to be. The game is often quite challenging and instead of the twitch reflexes of a shooter, it demands smart and strategic thinking. It nails the look and feel of Gears and adds some welcome refinements and improvements to the now-standard turn-based formula. Lengthy and populated by familiar and violent Gears of War moments of triumph, Gears Tactics suffers a bit in the areas of story and character and repetitive mission structure. In most ways, however, Gears Tactics is a refreshing and unexpected take on the Gear of War saga.
  48. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics proves that there's a lot more that can be done with the Gears of War IP besides just third-person shooters. The game has some pacing issues and some repetitive missions, but it's otherwise a very engaging turn-based strategy game that should please both fans of the genre and Gears of War enthusiasts alike.
  49. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a gem of tactical combat with a precise personality that brings the gore and the furious action of the Gears series in the tactical genre with a big oomph.
  50. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a brilliant next step for a series that hasn’t seen much in the way of innovation since its inception. It’s not massively ambitious, but it’s bloody good fun.
  51. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a visually impressive and playfully solid strategy, which fearlessly collects the legacy of XCOM, and then adds some important tweaks.
  52. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a damn good game: it’s fast, beastly, violent and dirty.
  53. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is not only a pretty good turn-based tactical game, but it also manages to keep the typical feeling of the Gears of War series unchanged.
  54. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    While Gears Tactics could serve as a great introduction to the more traditional and brutal turn-based tactical games that inspired it, it shouldn't be seen as just a stepping stone. It's a brilliant adaptation of the Gears universe into a new genre, and the freedom of movement and action that comes in its late-game is hard to find elsewhere. Developer Splash Damage has found a wonderful sweet spot of thoughtfulness and violent reward, where the battlefield becomes a challenging puzzle which once cracked unravels with bayonet charges, chainsaw dismemberments, and exploding heads.
  55. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a nice surprise. If you like the XCOM genre, there's a lot of fun waiting for you. It's beautiful, epic and clever in its gameplay mechanics. And you don't need be familiar with the Gears saga to appreciate it. But if you are, it's definitely a treat.
  56. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a great game that is sure to delight fans of the series. More hardcore gamers will find it a little lightweight to be considered an XCOM rival.
  57. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    By the end of the 30+ hour campaign you begin to realise that the worst thing about Gears Tactics is that it’s a Gears Of War game. The gameplay and controls work very well but the repetition and lack of strategic control becomes more of a problem the longer the game goes on. As an introduction to the genre it works very well, and we hope it’ll get more people interested in turn-based action, but we doubt it’ll do the same for Gears Of War itself.
  58. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics it's a great experiment that proves the versatility of the franchise Gears of War. Dismiss the chance of telling a great history of the Emergency Day and maybe it's a little repetitive, but it's a great first step in the turn-based strategy.
  59. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics does exactly what is expected of it and does it well, very well even.
  60. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics delivers great tactical challenges combined with the brutal action the series is known for. The story of Gabe Diaz and his band of makeshift Gears fits right into the larger universe of Gears of War. But the game lacks an overarching strategic layer, that would give the forced side missions a different purpose than just to stretch the overall playtime.
  61. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    The gap between Gears and the isometric strategy genre popularized by XCOM isn't that wide, based around cover and squad action. Gears Tactics finds its niche by leaning further into the hyper-aggressive action and gore of the franchise. It throws tons of enemies at you, which forces you to move and keeps you on your toes, but can also become annoying and tedious in some missions. For a first-time outing though, Gears Tactics is a fantastic start.
  62. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    There’s a sense that this is Splash Damage and The Coalition playing to the crowd with Gears Tactics. It undoubtedly captures the look and feel of the Gears universe, squeezing it into a slick turn-based tactical game, but while I can see a few genre fans attracted to its more cerebral form of warfare, it’s the series fans who are going to get the most out of it.
  63. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics does an excellent job of grafting Gears' signature look and feel onto XCOM's turn-based battle format and looks great doing it.
  64. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Though Gears Tactics wears itself a little thin by the end of its protracted campaign, the rush of pulling together a victory from the jaws of defeat carries an exciting, chaotic energy. Unlike most strategy games, playing well doesn't necessarily make you feel like a mastermind, so much as though you've cheated death. Every successful plan, even a last-ditch effort, feels like a small stroke of genius. That's no small feat.
  65. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics should be on the radar of all Gears fans, even those entirely new to the tactical RPG genre.
  66. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears of War mostly nails its strategy debut with an accomplished, but no-frills alternative to XCOM.
  67. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Despite some issues with polish in the late-game cinematics and an underdeveloped progression system, Gears Tactics remains an incredibly fun first-effort in what could easily evolve to be a core part of the Gears of War universe. It was awesome seeing the Locust again from another perspective, complete with one of the better villains we've seen from the franchise in recent years. The combat is bloody and visceral, rewarding thoughtful aggression and reactive play, as you'll respond to various types of threats, including a few new ones from Ukkon's genetically-enhanced monster menagerie. Gears Tactics is tied together nicely with some epic set-pieces, stunning, well-optimized visuals, and hey, it's on Xbox Game Pass for PC, which in some ways makes it a no-brainer to at least try. While I think this one could have done a lot more to evolve its macro-level progression layer, the minute-to-minute combat is some of the best I've experienced in the genre.
  68. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    If you’re looking for the full depth of tactics, decisions, and consequences in XCOM or the full spectacle, gritty beauty, and intensity of traditional Gears shooters, you’re likely better off playing those, but if you would like an acceptable marriage of the two, Gears Tactics may be well worth your time.
  69. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Strategy fans should definitely give Gears Tactics a chance, its combat can even challenge the amazing XCOM. Some missions felt repetitive though, and the game lacked branching options to tackle and manage its content.
  70. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics is a very good mix OF action and strategy: we find the DNA and atmosphere of the Gears series and the quality of XCOM with all the strategic dimension that goes with it. The system of progression of soldiers is very satisfying and the story, even if it remains classic, makes you want to go to the end, with very beautiful cinematics of which it is full. A very nice surprise.
  71. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics combines the frenetic action of the Gears series with tactical gameplay that, barring a few stumbles, is refreshing.
  72. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Despite playing in a completely different style compared to the core Gears games, Gears Tactics still feels remarkably in line with the rest of the series and is a thrilling, worthwhile experience that Gears fans and strategy game veterans will enjoy, while being completely accessible to newcomers.
  73. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Gears Tactics makes a wonderful addition to the franchise, and I hope that it spins off as its own series. It avoids many of the pitfalls of the genre and provides a streamlined experience that was a breath of fresh air. Hardcore fans of tactical games may find it to be a bit too easy, but most will find it very enjoyable.
  74. Apr 27, 2020
    80
    Thanks to intuitive controls, Gears Tactics is easy to get into even for players who have never played a turn-based tactical squad game before. It’s just a shame there’s not more here.
  75. 80
    Gears Tactics perfectly translates the aggressive, bloody action of the series to the turn-based format.
  76. Apr 28, 2020
    78
    It's great to see how the developers of Gears Tactics have cleverly and successfully turned a huge array of Gears of War elements into turn-based tactics, resulting in surprisingly spectacular gameplay. But with a missing meta game or other game modes besides the campaign, it still feels a bit like Tactic-ish Antics Starring the Gears.
  77. Apr 27, 2020
    78
    A solid tactical game with some pretty good ideas, damaged by repetitive missions and a lack of a meaningful squad and strategy management.
  78. Apr 27, 2020
    77
    Despite its flaws, Gears Tactics should manage to satisfy tacticians and fans of the license, pushing players to be aggressive while showing some finesse. It's a pleasure to play this campaign, which has a correct lifespan. Unfortunately, the strategic dimension is almost non-existent and replayability is really lacking. It's a great game to play on occasion via Gamepass, but probably not one that many will choose to dwell on.
  79. May 22, 2020
    75
    Gears Tactics is a fine addition to the franchise and offers engaging turn-based combat. It brings a fresh air to the genre by making good use of its distinctive gameplay mechanics hailing from the “Gears of War” heritage. Although it may have great variety in terms of enemies, abilities and classes, it lacks -especially mid/late in the game- in mission structure, objectives and environmental diversity.
  80. May 1, 2020
    75
    Don’t get me wrong; it’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination. But given that XCOM2 is over four years old, I was expecting something more and better, and I feel like Gears: Tactics delivered neither.
  81. Apr 27, 2020
    75
    Gears Tactics has a great combat design, fantastic final bosses… and very repetitive missions. The overall experience is very good, and we think if you play the game in short sessions you won’t feel it as repetitive. Regardless of how you choose to play it, it’s a game that deserves an opportunity.
  82. Apr 27, 2020
    72
    Gears Tactics is a worthwhile spinoff that does a great job of integrating key franchise elements into a different genre. The story is shallow, and the missions get quite repetitive, but fans of turn based tactics should get some gory fun out of this one.
  83. Edge Magazine
    May 21, 2020
    70
    There simply isn't enough game nor story to justify such a drawn-out campaign, as attritional wear and tear causes those well-oiled cogs to grind. The more we pop, in other words, the keener we are to stop. [Issue#346, p.92]
  84. 70
    As a spin-off, Gears Tactics has strong core gameplay, but unfortunately surrounding areas in the design hold it back from being greater. A lack of a base management system or side economy to support the main gameplay makes the gameplay feel a little less rounded, and relies heavily on the narrative to keep things from getting stale. The tactical gameplay is excellent, however, its biggest fault is that it left me wanting more.
  85. Apr 27, 2020
    70
    Its core combat is probably better than XCOM's. If only it did a little more with it, Gears Tactics would be one of the greats.
  86. Apr 27, 2020
    70
    There's a lot to love in Gears Tactics. The ebb and flow of the action is strong enough that it can be easy enough to overlook its flaws, but they are still there – present and accounted for. It's a game desperately in need of a little variety; perhaps the same can be said of the core franchise games too, but it's particularly noticeable when there's a degree of separation between a command and the resulting action.
  87. Apr 27, 2020
    70
    Despite some stumbles, Splash Damage has successfully taken the essence of the Gears franchise and transferred it into a turn-based strategy game. Gears Tactics is a true Gears title with a campaign that builds and expands the franchise’s lore, all while introducing new characters and adding new wrinkles to old ones.
  88. Apr 27, 2020
    70
    Awkward pacing and a few too many small issues aside, series devotees and squad-based tactics players will both find a lot to love in Gears Tactics.
  89. Aug 21, 2020
    65
    Gears Tactics proves that there is a place for an awesome turn-based strategy game in the Gears universe. Now, someone needs to develop that game.
  90. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 23, 2020
    60
    Gears of War from a bird's perspective. An interesting system of action points is brought down by repetitive content with a boring grind of boxes with equipment and a weak story. [Issue#303]
  91. Apr 27, 2020
    60
    Ultimately, though, it’s down to a breathlessly dynamic battle system to provide Gears Tactics with surprises. Something as safe as setting your soldiers to overwatch, so that they can shoot at moving targets in the enemy turn, becomes endlessly watchable when those enemies can pinball between killzones, knocked about by bullet spray.
  92. Apr 27, 2020
    55
    Gears Tactics tries some new things, but ultimately results in a game that’s less tactics oriented than the name suggests. It’s a competent experience, but completely whiffs on character with a lackluster story and every tool is a hammer class design. Add in repetitive mission structure and Gears Tactics is a far sight less replayable than the giants of the genre.
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  1. Apr 27, 2020
    A competent tactical retooling of the Gears formula, even if the execution isn't always spot-on.
  2. Apr 27, 2020
    Two years removed from its surprise announcement, Gears Tactics is a creative success. While it lacks multiplayer and features a few too many repetitive missions, its aggressive combat and dedication to translating all the details from Gears of War into a tactical game are impressive. This isn’t a gimmick or reskin of XCOM. This is something great that stands on its own.
  3. Apr 28, 2020
    The world feels stuck and gloomy and I don't want to lean into that. I want to be transported somewhere fun and exhilarating. I want to drive fast cars or pilot planes at top speed, or adventure across huge landscapes with swords and magic and mythical monsters, or run and jump through engaging platformers. I don't want to have my movement limited to three actions per round. I don't want to slog through brown and grey apocalyptic levels. I don't want to be confined to this game. Gears Tactics isn't giving me anything I want right now. It's not you, Gears Tactics, it's me.
  4. Apr 28, 2020
    It’s a little less thoughtful than its peers, but the action is smooth and satisfying, and I love turning my squad into unstoppable death machines by chaining execution after execution. At one point I got five in the same turn, meaning each of my soldiers took seven actions. Relentless. As I said, I’m enjoying it more than any mainline Gears game this past decade.
  5. Apr 27, 2020
    This is a near miss, but as anyone who has ever played a turn-based game will tell you, a near miss can be all the enemy needs to take you out. This is an interesting, but hardly essential, addition to the Gears family.
  6. This is 100% a Gears Of War game, that also happens to be a top flight strategy effort. Arguably the best of its kind on the market, in fact, despite a bit of trouser trouble. It’s a spectacular thing to play through, and it’d be more than enough to merit the fifty quid price tag if it deleted itself on completion. Thankfully, however, the replay value is much greater than you’d expect. [RPS Bestest Bests]
  7. Apr 28, 2020
    A nearly-great game that captures the best parts of Gears, but which is let down by its campaign structure.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 458 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 458
  1. Apr 28, 2020
    10
    Thank you for very Much, Microsoft, The Coalition, Splash Damage, Rod Fergusson, and Phil Spencer.!
    Gears Tactics, is very Cool tactical
    Thank you for very Much, Microsoft, The Coalition, Splash Damage, Rod Fergusson, and Phil Spencer.!
    Gears Tactics, is very Cool tactical Game!
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  2. Apr 28, 2020
    8
    I thought Xcom Chimera would be better well i was wrong Gears Tactics is superior in almost every way compared to the latest Firaxis title.I thought Xcom Chimera would be better well i was wrong Gears Tactics is superior in almost every way compared to the latest Firaxis title. First the graphics are superb for a turn based game the sounds and voices are top-notch and the gameplay is very polished and simple. The only thing that i don't like that much is the plot i wish it was more mature. Well done Microsoft for creating a great strategy game Full Review »
  3. Apr 28, 2020
    10
    After the recent XCOM, it's just amazing. I hope that the 2nd part of Tactics will be released and will be even better.