Gears Tactics Image
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 92 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 491 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Gears Tactics is the fast-paced, turn-based strategy game from one of the most-acclaimed video game franchises – Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters.

Trailer

Play Sound
Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
Gears Tactics - 7 Crucial Tips To Keep Your Units Alive
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
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

See all 99 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 139
  1. May 1, 2020
    10
    Didn't really play or was into Gears games at all before this came out. But once I gave this a try, it really blew me away. It gives you vibesDidn't really play or was into Gears games at all before this came out. But once I gave this a try, it really blew me away. It gives you vibes of Xcom Strategy and the classic Gears feel and mixes together really well. Expand
  2. Apr 28, 2020
    10
    Great gameplay and unexpectedly fast pace makes for an exciting experience... Must play for lovers of the gender and for new comers
  3. 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!
    I love Halo, Gears, Forza, Ori, Fable, I love XBOX!!!
    Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2020
    9
    This game is more casual than XCom series, but it introduces some cool new mechanics and I'm actually enjoying it more. Graphics and cutscenesThis game is more casual than XCom series, but it introduces some cool new mechanics and I'm actually enjoying it more. Graphics and cutscenes are awesome and I feel like playing regular Gears game. Expand
  5. 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 Expand
  6. May 1, 2020
    7
    Its so good to play a turn-based tactical strategy game in dark brutal gears of war world and Thanks to Xbox u can play this 60$ game onIts so good to play a turn-based tactical strategy game in dark brutal gears of war world and Thanks to Xbox u can play this 60$ game on gamepass. First i must say the graphics and attention to details in this game is so amazing that it makes Gears Tactic one of the best looking strategy game i've ever played. Gameplay is simple and u learn most tools u need in tutorial like overwatch mechanism which is really good . besides being simple the gameplay is actually very complicated in higher difficulties. I also like upgrade system which u can change all weapons parts and fully customize your characters.
    cons:
    1-story is very short and linear
    2-gameplay is repetitive especially side missions
    Expand
  7. Nov 15, 2020
    0
    This is nothing really like X-Com. Moreover, it is way worse than Phoenix Point (you read it right).

    It is a decent game, but absolutely
    This is nothing really like X-Com. Moreover, it is way worse than Phoenix Point (you read it right).

    It is a decent game, but absolutely mediocre, and adds literally nothing to the genre.

    Developers keep making the mistake over and over than their "realistic" graphic consist of shades of brown and gray, and here you are, you can't catch the enemy from isometric view on a 32'' monitor. It is also absolutely boring to watch.

    Games should not be too realistic, but GAMES! Why do you think the people still playing with old-school games like Doom?

    Enemies are also completely mediocre and totally similar to each other, as if the similar color schemes weren't enough.

    It is just simply boring.

    I recently finished Fort Triumph, which I enjoyed a lot more than this, despite that that game is definitely for the younger generations.

    The game also has an idiotic checkpoint system with no save option, which can make you to loose a hard-core, eight turn progress anytime. This is clearly a refund-trigger.

    The game also has an idiotic, mobile-like menu system, which is completely unintuitive.

    There is no base-management part. You just go one mission after another. This would be not a problem if the missions had been not completely repetitive.

    Don't buy those 10 point reviews, they are all scams.

    For comparison: X-Com 2 8/10, Phoenix Point 7/10, Fort Triumph 6/10.

    I keep playing it, so I might update my review, later.

    UPDATE: so you have three types of basic missions: sabotage (destroy a canister), supply run, and rescue people, and these three missions are repeating over and over. After you finish each multiple times, you get a story mission, which is sometimes an overwhelmingly hard boss fight.

    This "content" totally can be considered as an unfinished game. Seriously, the Phoenix Point is a 20 times more professional game with 50 times more content. The only advantage of this game is the "better" graphics, better animations, and a somewhat more sophisticated overwatch system. But there is really nothing else besides these.

    By the way, about overwatch: you can win most of the missions by simply barricading yourself and set up a killzone, and watch how the reptilians run into it one by one, then, you can hunt the rest who had more intelligence to not doing so.

    The main characters are more or less useless, and you have to chose them for finishing main missions. On the other hand, the 'scout'-class is way better than the rest combined. They have a powerful shotgun, ability to shot twice in a row, they have a predator/crysis cloak, and many great abilities. You can pick two of them in each mission, and you simply cannot loose, not even on hard difficulty.

    The problem of course, that you can't bring them with you to boss fights, which makes them a lot harder than it should be.

    Did I mention that if you want to exit from the desktop during missions (mostly out of frustration or boredom), the game either saves the actual progress, even if you about to loose the battle, or make you to completely abandon the mission and start over the whole thing? I mean, there is NO option to exit without save. So you have to be defeated, then restart the checkpoint where you still have a chance, and THEN exit to the desktop.

    And you calling this as game-"design"? And just imagine that these useless, drone programmers get terrible amount of money for doing this absolutely amateurish job, which never happened even in the beginning of the computer games-era (I was there).

    It is a 3.5 point game, but I give it a zero, to balance the brutally lying, paid reviews. "X-Com on steroids"? Are you totally retarder or WTF??? That's not game journalism, that's lies, lies, lies!

    Buy ONLY if you REALLY starving for a minimal, smartphone-like X-Com experience.
    Expand

See all 139 User Reviews

Related Articles

  1. 2020 Games Preview: 40 Notable Releases Including Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us Part II, and More

    2020 Games Preview: 40 Notable Releases Including Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us Part II, and More Image
    Published: January 22, 2020
    Get details on the most anticipated games headed to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC in 2020. We also look at the year's most intriguing indie games.