Gears 5 review embargo – Update 1:
The embargo is now up, and the reviews for Gears 5 are starting to roll out.
It appears to be a healthy start for the latest Microsoft exclusive, with a few outlets highlighting some issues with the campaign tarnishing what is otherwise a satisfying title.
You can read our thoughts on The Coalition's latest below.
- Gears 5 review: Best-in-class cover shooter gunplay dulled only by open world woes
Gears 5 is due for release next week, but should you commit to the game on Xbox Games Pass or pick it up at launch? Especially since we're at the start of an incredibly busy period for gamers with Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds, DOOM Eternal and more on the horizon.
Gears of War 5 carries a September 10 release date on Xbox One and Windows PC, with early adopters of the game (meaning Ultimate Edition customers and Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscribers) able to access the game early on September 5.
So as the staggered release dates close in, we know a lot of people are getting excited about the reviews for the game – will the biggest ever Gears game live up to the hype?
We'll find out soon.
GAME – Gears 5 Ultimate Edition – £69.99
GAME – Gears 5 Standard Edition – £49.99
Amazon – Gears 5 Ultimate Edition – £69.99
Amazon – Gears 5 Standard Edition – £49.99
Xbox Live – Gears 5 Ultimate Edition – £69.99
Xbox Live – Gears 5 Standard Edition – £49.99
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If you are one of the early adopters of the title and have nabbed the Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, you will also get to enjoy bonuses such as the Halo: Reach Character Pack and 30 days of Boost in online multiplayer (which effectively multiplies your earned XP in MP modes by two).
The campaign revolves Gears' first female lead, Kait Diaz, moving away from Gears 4 protagonist JD Fenix. The story mostly follows Kait and her tragic story following on from the events of Gears 4 as she attempts to learn more about her mysterious heritage.
"The world is crumbling," reads the official description for Gears 5.
"The Swarm has corrupted the Coalition’s robot army and is descending upon human cities.
"With danger closing in, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself."
The stage is set for the return of Microsoft's goriest, heaviest shooter… and people couldn't be more excited.
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