Gears 5 review: Stunning gunning

The newest entry in the third-person shooter series aims to deliver a bigger, better Gears. Does it succeed? Our review.

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The original Gears of War was a watershed title for Microsoft back in 2006. It kicked off a big-money exclusive franchise and was the first big technical showcase of the Xbox 360’s hardware capabilities. Its third-person shooter mechanics spawned a generation of imitators and established genre tropes that would define its generation. Nearly fifteen years later and under the direction of a different studio, Gears 5 aims to chart a new course for the series on the back of an expanded campaign and a masterclass in technical achievement. While it is held back from immortality by sticking too close to its roots, Gears 5 is the most complete package in series history and a must-play for fans of the franchise.

The devil inside

Gears 5 drops players into the action directly following the events of Gears of War 4, which saw a new generation of Gears led by JD Fenix, son of series mascot Marcus Fenix. In that game, the good guys ran up against a fiendish opponent known as the Swarm while simultaneously rebelling against the COG government that employed the series original collection of heroes. Gears 5 opens with the younger crew working to protect the citizens of the mining planet Sera from the swarm when tragedy causes a fracture in the group’s relationship.

The bulk of the campaign in Gears 5 directly follows Kait Diaz, the daughter of Reyna Diaz, the former leader of the human rebellion against the fascist COG leadership. Kait fights for the COG army despite her heritage because she believes it to be the best chance to save lives on Sera. She has a special connection to the Swarm due to events from the previous game, leading to distrust among the core Gears protagonists, but this connection puts Kait at the center of events in Gears 5. Along with fellow Gear Del Walker, Kait sets out on a field trip around Sera to get the Hammer of Dawn, a satellite-based superweapon, back online to help combat the Swarm threat.

Expanding the scope

Kait and crew battle across various environments and climates during the campaign, including a frozen wasteland and a red-sand desert near the border of the COG-occupied zone. While much of the campaign progresses in the linear fashion that the franchise is known for, Gears 5 opts to evolve and expand the design of its single-player component by offering semi-open world sections that make up the second and third of its four acts. These areas allow the player to pick and choose between following the main narrative path of the campaign or taking a detour into optional secondary objectives.

Traversal of these open areas is handled by a metal-frame sled attached to a large sail. Kait and crew harness the power of the constant wind storms that plague Sera to zoom around the campaign’s open-ended map sections. These areas are much bigger than anything previously seen in the franchise and sledding around them feels good. Primary and secondary objectives are pretty evenly spread around the map. Approaching one of these objectives requires temporarily ditching the sled and entering a closed-off mission area. Entry to these sections is usually blocked by a small entryway, door, or large drop that effectively hides a load screen, helping to make the transition from the open map to mission feel more seamless.

The side missions themselves are very short in practice and don’t add a whole lot beyond offering areas to find more collectibles that help expand the lore or to reward diligent players with upgrades to Jack, the campaign’s robot co-pilot. Despite not offering much in the way of gameplay, these areas all feature incredibly detailed interiors and level design that looks as good and immersive as any part of the mainline missions.

The campaign has you battle hordes of Swarm, Locust, and corrupted COG robot enemies across a variety of areas with some boss encounters and the occasional “on-rails” section tossed in for variety. Outside of the open sections in the middle acts, the structure is nothing new to the Gears of War series, but the pacing of the encounters and direction of the cutscenes is all top-notch. There is never a dull moment from the opening of the game until the credits roll. Additionally, the entire thing can be played in co-op with up to three people, with two players controlling Kait and Del and the third operating Jack the robot. Jack’s ever-growing arsenal helps to keep the experience from becoming a never-ending sequence of hacking consoles or unlocking doors. The co-op campaign can be handled entirely online or via local split-screen (even on PC!). 

War never changes

The gameplay loop for Gears 5 is going to be very familiar to anyone who had previously played a game in the series. Most encounters are in medium-sized rooms or arenas full of pillars or chest-high walls that serve as anchor points for the cover-based gunplay. Traversing these areas in a hectic firefight feels exactly like it did in 2006, with up-close combat being nearly unmanageable and long-range encounters being tough without proper weaponry. 

Like I did with the first Gears game, I often grew frustrated trying to affix and detach my human in giant cartoon armor from pieces of level geometry. It is possible that the game is designed this way to simulate operating in such restrictive outfits, but in 2019, it feels dated when compared to other, more-recent cover shooters like The Division. Much in the way that I could never find myself completely falling into this year’s Resident Evil 2 remake due to its adherence to aging conventions, struggling with positioning and invisible obstructions repeatedly pulled me out of the immersion that Gears 5 works hard to establish.

The gun selection in Gears 5 is generally strong all around, with the series-staple Lancer being a solid weapon for all situations and the remaining cast all serving situational purposes. You can usually drag your favorite guns from encounter to encounter if you don’t waste too much ammo. Aiming in the PC version of the game works wonderfully, as I was able to easily land headshots with the Markza MK1, my personal favorite.

Always better with friends

Gears 5 offers a few different ways to satisfy players who complete the campaign mode. The typical versus modes are available here, offering straight deathmatch and teamplay modes. You can level up your characters, allowing for the use of boost cards and unlocking cosmetics. You earn points for playing and can spend them on new gear, or opt to open the checkbook if you don’t feel like playing for them. While these microtransactions are in the game, none of the modes I encountered felt like they were designed to push players towards them, which sadly counts as a plus for a AAA game in 2019.

An all-new mode called Escape is also available, dumping three players into danger by asking them to deliver poison gas into a Swarm compound. Once planted, the trio must escape the complex to complete the mission. Predictably, players will encounter opposition in the form of mixes from the entire roster of campaign baddies as well as the gradual onslaught of the poison gas that seeps through the level. There are safe rooms to gather your breath, but the mode remains hectic at all times. The characters each have a special class and a unique ability to help navigate the ocean of bad guys. Players can level these characters and apply unlocked cards prior to subsequent rounds, much the same as in Versus mode. Gears 5 also includes a level editor for Escape mode that allows for custom maps built using tiles in a top-down view editor. Each tile and enemy spends some of the custom level budget, so that levels can be easily swapped and shared between friends and other random folks online.

Finally, Horde mode returns in Gears 5 with a few new twists. Up to five players drop into a Horde level and must clear increasingly tougher waves of enemies. The team is given a fabricator at the start to use for buying ammunition, barricades, and other helpful structures. Each of the selectable characters has a unique ultimate that can change the tide of a difficult wave. The leveling and card systems also come into play with Horde mode, offering progression for those who plan on replaying often. I had the most fun with Horde mode during my review period and cannot wait to drag my scrub friends through wave after wave and then yell at them for being noobs when we lose.

The sights and the sounds

No beating around the bush here — Gears 5 is arguably the best-looking video game ever released. Making use of all the latest graphical tricks (save for ray-tracing), everything you see in the game looks like a million bucks. The hero character models are insanely detailed and are incredibly sharp (particularly with the optional 4K texture pack available for the PC version). The wide variety of uglies you do battle against have their own unique designs and represent the best I’ve yet to see in a video game. The sub-surface scattering helps human and Locust skin look incredibly lifelike during closeups. Geas 5 has the best-looking object motion blur ever seen in a game and it is applied to nearly all objects you see, creating the smoothest, cleanest looking motion in all situations. Whether you play at 60Hz or 144Hz, the experience is second to none, with Swarm attacks and cutscene action leaving my jaw on the floor more than once.

The quality of the lighting allows for awe-inspiring transitions between outdoor vistas and murky, abandoned interiors. There are particle effects spraying all over the screen during most battles while the trees and other environmental objects take a constant whipping from the enormous windstorms of the planet Sera. Gears 5 also has one of the most beautiful implementations of HDR I’ve seen to date (this is becoming a trend with Microsoft’s flagship titles). Lights from control panels and character armor stand out strongly from the shadows and the sand dunes of the third act will leave your display awash with vibrant crimson hues. Subterranean ice caverns host an array of lavish blue tones and the burning embers of collapse buildings come to life. If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to upgrade your television or monitor, this is the game to show it off. Audio nuts will be glad to see Dolby Atmos support to make use of the height channels in your surround setup or deluxe headphones.

Attention to detail

You only get one chance to make a first impression and every person at The Coalition who worked on this game must have had this mantra tattooed on their eyelids. As a long-time PC player, I am used to shoddy ports, games launching with bugs, 1.0 launches that should’ve been labeled “Early Access”, and worse. I’m having a hard time recalling any game I’ve launched for the first time offering up such a striking and polished experience. From the opening studio logo cinematics to the final roll of the credits, Gears 5 feels like the product of painstaking attention to detail, rivaling the best console-exclusive experiences, and possibly approaching Nintendo first-party quality.

From the inclusion of two different story cinematics to introduce new players or refresh the minds of returning players to the outstanding array of options, the front-end of Gears 5 sets the standard. For the first time I've seen, the game offers new users the option to enter a setup wizard for Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, as well as the single best HDR and brightness calibration tool I’ve seen in any game and a responsive options menu that covers all bases.

PC hardware enthusiasts and novices are going to find lots to love with the graphics settings menu in Gears 5. Every single option is explained and the individual graphics settings toggles for quality are accompanied by a fullscreen image that shows exactly what each step of the setting brings to a real scene from the game. If you have average or below hardware, identifying the settings you can live with turning down has never been easier. The game also offers “Insane” options for some of its graphical features that push image quality through the roof. You can even choose to toggle frame rates for in-engine cutscenes, allow perfect transitions from exposition to gameplay.

If you have no desire to ever fiddle with toggles, The Coalition has you covered. It appears that all the work that went into ensuring the Xbox One X version of the game runs at a native 4K60Hz was also integrated into the PC version. By way of a setting called “Minimum Framerate,” users can simply select how fast they want the game to render at their chosen resolution and everything is taken care of. At all “Insane” settings on my GTX 1080 Ti, I am only able to get around 40 fps. When I use the magic framerate option, I got to enjoy Gears 5 at a rock-solid 60Hz in HDR with no perceptible loss in image quality, thanks to the dynamic resolution shifting. This option will allow your GPU to punch above its weight class and is by far the best implementation of this feature I’ve seen yet in a PC title.

Wrapping up

When Epic Games sold the Gears franchise to Microsoft a few years back, some fans worried if it would mean the end of the good times for the series. New developer The Coalition has taken up the task of continuing the series and brought it to new heights. If you never liked Gears of War before, this is not going to be the game to change your mind, as it sticks with the same formula, but does finally evolve the design in a positive way. If you were previously a Gears Stan, then this game is a must-buy. I was a bit put off by the game’s insistence on sticking to the same tired movement and environment traversal mechanics, but it does not cancel out all the other positives.

Arguably the best-looking game released this year, Gears 5 will appeal to graphics nuts and, along with Forza Horizon 4, is the clear showcase title for the Xbox One X. The PC version is even better, with uncapped frame rates, arbitrary resolution support, and enhanced graphical features. It is incredibly well-optimized, ensuring it will look good and run smoothly on a variety of hardware. Microsoft pledged to put a focus on its PC players and if Gears 5 is an indication of what is to come, mouse and keyboard jockeys are in for a treat. 9/10 doo-rags


This review is based on the PC Windows Store release. The game key was provided by the publisher. Gears 5 is available for Windows 10, Steam, and Xbox One on September 5 for Ultimate Edition owners and Game Pass subscribers. Standard edition buyers can start playing September 10 for $59.99. The game is rated Mature.

Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

Review for
Gears 5
9
Pros
  • Breathtaking visuals
  • Expanded campaign
  • Numerous multiplayer modes
  • Top-shelf HDR implementation
  • Excellent optimization on PC version
  • Heavy level of polish
Cons
  • Some game mechanics stuck in 2006
  • Microtransactions
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    September 4, 2019 6:01 AM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Gears 5 review: Stunning gunning

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      September 4, 2019 6:56 AM

      Wow, this is exciting!!

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      September 4, 2019 6:59 AM

      Whoa whoa whoa, now I may have to try this

      Free on gamepass? Freaking nuts.

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      September 4, 2019 6:59 AM

      Pretty excited for this. Gears4 was kind of so-so, but it seems like they learned from their mistakes.

      I just want to know how big the install size is on PC. 4 was fucking enormous. There were times I wanted to redownload it just to have some fun for a few hours, but the download/install size convinced me not to.

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        September 4, 2019 7:01 AM

        60GB. I'd expect more space to be required as they release maps and DLC. Gears 4 is currently at 131GB.

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          September 4, 2019 7:04 AM

          60 is fine. 130+ is just insanity since I have no interest in playing the MP in Gears4 this far after release. Really wish they were 2 separate downloads.

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          September 4, 2019 7:06 AM

          The review mentions 4K textures for PC, so I wonder if that’s an extra pack

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            September 4, 2019 9:11 AM

            It is a separate download. I first loaded the game, went to the options and when I tried to set to ultra, the game prompted me to download the texture pack. I clicked yes and it downloaded while i was in game (Windows Store version). IIRC, it did require a quick restart to enable.

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        September 4, 2019 7:13 AM

        Dloading now @60gb

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      September 4, 2019 7:15 AM

      No beating around the bush here — Gears 5 is arguably the best-looking video game ever released.

      Whoah. This is brave. And interesting!

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        September 4, 2019 7:21 AM

        The screens and vids don't really make it seem like the best-looking game ever released, but maybe that's me not being into the art and designs. It looks a lot like the last few Gears of Wars but slightly upgraded in detail.

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          September 4, 2019 7:23 AM

          I LIKE the art direction and I still wouldn't make that claim. It's a real nice looking game, though!

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            September 4, 2019 7:25 AM

            Yea, to me RDR2 holds that crown, then bf v, we'll see once I play this

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              September 4, 2019 7:38 AM

              Metro Exodus with the ray traced global illumination is pretty incredible technically, but stylistically it's also kind of bland and drab as they're going for a sort of post-apoc realism there. Some of the environments and texture details could be a lot better, Gears here is definitely flashier overall, but man that DXR lighting is in Metro is something else. Also makes more sense to have in a slower paced, more atmospheric and immersive fps than something like Gears.

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                September 4, 2019 7:43 AM

                I wish I had an rtx card!

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                  September 4, 2019 7:57 AM

                  Don't rush it. I know plenty would disagree, especially when things like Control and Metro are out there right now and hype is high, but this first generation of rtx hardware, even the high end 2080s, still aren't quite up to the task in my opinion. You have to make compromises with quality in other areas with stuff like DLSS to make it viable if you want good and solid performance, plus DX12 in general still has issues overall, and ray tracing is still far from ubiquitous and is mainly used only for specific effects and flourishes. And while impressive, these handful of games and fancy effects are not worth the price of admission if you want the best experience.

                  I would hold off until the next generation of gpus at least, there is a ton of room for improvement.

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                    September 4, 2019 8:00 AM

                    I agree, I'm trying to hold out for 3080ti, I don't have the $ now anyways :D

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                September 4, 2019 9:16 AM

                The combo of the beast hairworks and RTX GI in Metro is astoundingly good looking. I can't wait to try the new expansion pack that is adding ray traced lighting effects from direct sources.

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              September 4, 2019 9:14 AM

              I am waiting on the PC version of that still. The PS4 Pro version for me was a bit of a letdown. I loved the world, but the image was very soft and many of the effects were a ways behind Spider-Man and God of War. It's still very impressive when you take into account how much is going on, but I don't think it made top 5 for my best graphics of 2018.

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                September 4, 2019 9:15 AM

                Same, sold the ps4 before coming close to beating it, I really hope it comes to pc someday

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          September 4, 2019 7:25 AM

          I was gonna say, there is no way a game with Gears' art/character design is "the best looking game ever". I'm sure it looks technically excellent.

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          September 4, 2019 9:00 AM

          I can totally understand not liking the Gears art style. My claim was based mostly on the technical side of things. That said, this is the most colorful and vibrant a Gears game has ever looked, thanks in part to the change in scenery and the outstanding HDR implementation. I can totally buy the argument that Control, Metro Exodus, BF V, or Forza Horizon 4 take the cake for best looking game, but this one has the looks and the relentlessly consistent performance wowed me.

          Two of its effects, the "Insane" shadow detail and object motion blur, are really impressive. The shadow stuff is as good as we've seen from a rasterized solution (I can admit that Shadow of the Tomb Raider RTX and Control edge it out). The object motion blur is crazy good - in my mind dethroning what I saw in God of War last year. It makes everything so smooth (and unlike GoW, can run at 144Hz). The ability to uncap the frame rate on cut scenes is also huge for the overall aesthetic to me. Unlike Gears 4, the swaps between controlling someone and cut scene are as seamless as I've seen in anything.

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        September 4, 2019 8:28 AM

        I was watching Gamespot do the first hour (didn't watch the whole thing, the guys hosting it were annoying and like 15) but yeah, god damn what a good looking game. I have next to zero interest -except I'm totally gonna use my Game Pass to play it.

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        September 4, 2019 11:07 AM

        RTX ON???

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      September 4, 2019 7:21 AM

      Awesome!

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      September 4, 2019 7:24 AM

      Man, how good is gamepass? It has already saved me like $150

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        September 4, 2019 7:33 AM

        It is fan-freaking-tastic! I can't believe Gears5 is included.

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        September 4, 2019 8:43 AM

        I have paid like $13 so far (forgot to cancel the initial promo and was billed 1 month for regular price)

        I've gotten so much gaming out of it just by playing Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 co-op with friends, I'll definitely get in some of that Blair Witch and Gears5 this week.

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        September 4, 2019 8:50 AM

        Also we get it Thursday night! Earlier than regular release! Neato!

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          September 4, 2019 8:55 AM

          Haha so good, ms knows what they are doing

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        September 4, 2019 9:03 AM

        If I had an Xbox I’d get it but I sold it :( seems like the PC doesn’t have all the games.

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          September 4, 2019 9:05 AM

          Not all, but definitly still a lot!

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            September 4, 2019 9:07 AM

            Yea it’s hard to beat $4.99 price. I guess it says it will eventually go to 9.99 though. Maybe they will grandfather people in that got it early.

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        September 4, 2019 2:12 PM

        Deal apparently still working, but plz double check.

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        September 4, 2019 5:40 PM

        There was a deal a month or so back where one could “morph” their live sub into ultimate for $2. I ended up with a year of game pass for a couple bucks.

        Check slick deals even better, setup an alert.

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      September 4, 2019 8:14 AM

      Crabs is all about looks here, but how is the campaign itself? The incessant, non-stop, vapid, rapid-fire teenage banter absolutely infuriated me in G4. Crabs said nothing about it, so I'm assuming it's just as annoying in this iteration. I'm looking forward to blowing through the 4hr campaign on Easy just for the opportunity to recover the 100+GBs install. I'm already exhausted.

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        September 4, 2019 8:20 AM

        Based on other reviews I've read and some of the gameplay I've watched it seems like they REALLY cut back on that crap. They focus on Kait in this one and it seems like they're back to the "emo action" of the first 2. I don't really care about any of that. I just want to chainsaw some Locust in half and not a bunch of stupid robots.

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          September 4, 2019 8:23 AM

          Hallaluyaw. (I'll play through once regardless, ha)

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        September 4, 2019 8:31 AM

        The gameplay sounds exactly the same as it's been for the last 13 years. Sooo…. probably boring.

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          September 4, 2019 8:34 AM

          did you even read the article? they added open world aspects and a bunch of other stuff. sure, the gun play is the same - but the gun play is rock solid and awesome. if you don't like cover shooters, you will never like a gears game.

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            September 4, 2019 8:36 AM

            Yeah yeah I heard it's got open areas and hub type stuff. I'm really not into Gears that much, I've played 1 and 4, tried to play 2 and couldn't get into it and just the demo of 3. 4 was boring AF. It sounds more or less the same otherwise. I'll play it, I have game pass, so that's great. If the game changes my mind then huzzah!

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            September 4, 2019 9:06 AM

            The open areas do not change the game in a meaningful way, just offer a different pace and more stuff to do. If you love Gears, you'll be super-happy, but its not gonna change minds.

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        September 4, 2019 9:04 AM

        This is still a Gears game. The tone is darker than it was in 4, but not by a large margin. There are still big hunks of meathead comments/shitty jokes and the game goes for emotional moments that it never really earns. It's not Dom's wife bad, but this is still Gears. This isn't the game to buy for narrative.

        The campaign will take you more than four hours, should you choose to tackle any of the non-mainline encounters (at least it did for me).

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      September 4, 2019 8:33 AM

      reloading!

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      September 4, 2019 8:50 AM

      wow this really makes me want to buy it on PC, if just to check out how it looks

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        September 4, 2019 9:07 AM

        I agree with this. The open areas are big, but don't go in expecting a living open world like in RDR.

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      September 4, 2019 8:52 AM

      https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-pass/pc-games

      sign up for a month of GamePass PC instead!

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        September 4, 2019 8:53 AM

        Weird, this is supposed to be a reply to gameindustryplant's post above. Oh well.

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        September 4, 2019 8:56 AM

        Good tip! And then I can get Crackdown 3 out of my system too and be done with it in a week or two

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          September 4, 2019 8:57 AM

          Man, Crackdown 3 came and went, didn't it? Even CD 2 has a bit more sticking power....

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            September 4, 2019 9:00 AM

            Yeah it was pretty nuts considering how long people were waiting for it.

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          September 4, 2019 9:09 AM

          I tried this and want to like it so much, but the PC port is undercooked and buggy like it came from 2007. Grabbing green balls is still cool in 2019, but I can't speak for the rest of it.

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      September 4, 2019 9:21 AM

      Having worked on this game for the past three years, I'm very proud of what the team has accomplished!

      If any Shackers want to add me on XBL, is be happy to play some coop.

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        September 4, 2019 12:40 PM

        Congrats on shipping!

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        September 4, 2019 2:41 PM

        Broooooo... I am hyped out of my Mind for Gears 5 \m/ :) \m/ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I am going to be DX12'ed out of my mind, FOV on MAX, Async compute [ ON ], Tiled resources [ ON ] , + Ultra everything all on my multi screen setup 5760x1080 Maxed out!!!!!!!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-BkrwO_Dck :)

        MEGA congrats for making such an epic game and also showing so much love for the PC crew \m/ :) \m/ , also very cool you have it on Steam [ respect! ]

        You must feel amazing right now, well probably even better this Friday once early access gets first dibs at it and the game goes [ LVIE! ]

        Your just living the dream Man :) , ohhhhhh weeeeee!

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          September 4, 2019 4:06 PM

          Thanks Valcan! I hope you enjoy playing it

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            September 4, 2019 6:38 PM

            Cool, yeah Man I can't freaking wait I am sure I will love it and it will look insane on the PC! Oh hey tell who ever decide to make the Ultra-HD Texture Pack for the PC that they own and give them a MEGA Man Hug! -> https://store.steampowered.com/app/1117250/Gears_5__UltraHD_Texture_Pack/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-BkrwO_Dck

            What part of the project where you involved in if you can say? Seems like you guys have the Gears Soul down to the T now and really have taken the IP to where no one thought it would ever go and exceeded everyone's expectations.

            No disrespect to CliffyB but I am really glad The Coalition took over you guys really own and should get a medal \m/ :) \m/ . If only you guys would do remasters of 2, 3 and Judgment like you did to1 that be amazing and have a perfect set on the PC!!!! I have all the games on the Xbox One but I love to have rest done as remakes in the new UE4!!! It be an epic break to allow you guys to hash out Gears 6 LOL :) , let's GO!!!!!!!

            Right now I bet your like "Dude!!! We just finished Gears 5!!! Let us catch our breaths LOL " :) LOL

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      September 4, 2019 10:47 AM

      do I have to play the other gurrs of wurrs to understand what's happening?

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        September 4, 2019 11:01 AM

        Not really. The story is a direct continuation from the Gears of War 4's ending from what I gather. So you could optionally choose to play that one, but I'm fairly sure you don't have to.

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        September 4, 2019 11:06 AM

        There are bad dudes and you need to shoot them in the face before they shoot you in the face.

        For a more subtle approach, you can saw them in half.

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      September 4, 2019 11:08 AM

      Already have my PC Xbox pass ready for Sept 10th. \o/

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        September 4, 2019 12:12 PM

        Make sure to get the latest drivers for your GPU.

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          September 4, 2019 12:31 PM

          Oh yeah refreshing that NVIDIA driver page everyday!

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      September 4, 2019 11:09 AM

      So I'm guessing I should play Gears 4 now? If only I can drag myself way from Oxygen Not Included for long enough.

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        September 4, 2019 11:12 AM

        I finished it a few days ago. It ends abruptly and isn't all that great.

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        September 4, 2019 12:00 PM

        Gears 5 starts with a "previously on...." and wraps up the entire story of 4 in about 2 minutes.

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        September 4, 2019 12:37 PM

        It is not required to enjoy 5. The main menu offers two different franchise recap videos to get you up to speed.

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        September 4, 2019 5:43 PM

        Not worth it, GoW 4 wasn't very good imo

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      September 4, 2019 12:41 PM

      wait so gamepass people can play this tomorrow?

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      September 4, 2019 12:48 PM

      is this on PC game pass or whatever it's called?

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        September 4, 2019 12:52 PM

        I just read this at the bottom of the article "Gears 5 is available for Windows 10, Steam, and Xbox One on September 5 for Ultimate Edition owners and Game Pass subscribers. Standard edition buyers can start playing September 10 for $59.99. The game is rated Mature."

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          September 4, 2019 2:02 PM

          Love me some GamePass.

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            September 4, 2019 2:13 PM

            I'm still a bit confused though. I think to play it early on PC you need the game pass ultimate not the regular pc game pass?

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              September 4, 2019 2:18 PM

              you need pc game pass or you have to buy the ultimate version outright

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          September 4, 2019 4:04 PM

          so basically I can play this game for $5 since the game pass beta gives you 3 months for that much O.o

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      September 4, 2019 2:32 PM

      Awesome! My body is freaking ready \m/ :) \m/, let's GO!!!!!!!!!! Already pre-ordered on the PC!!! Can't wait and I can already taste it Gears 5 is going to be the best one, oh baby!!!

      YES!

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        September 4, 2019 5:44 PM

        Yes!!! Preloaded here

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          September 4, 2019 6:15 PM

          My Man [ MEGA high five ] :) !!!! Did you you go Steam or MS Store?

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            September 4, 2019 6:17 PM

            Gamepass, free!

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              September 4, 2019 6:25 PM

              Right!!!! I totally forgot you got that!!! Feels good Man :) , that means you will be playing on Friday!!!! [ WOW! ]

    • rms legacy 10 years mercury mega
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      September 4, 2019 6:08 PM

      AMD owners: Gears5 driver released https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/release-notes/rn-rad-win-19-9-1

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