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Gears 5 (Series) Review

Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 4 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Gears of War is a series of shooting game about a conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent. It's a big brash game franchise with six games, a comic book series and five novels.

You play over the shoulder of a buff soldier using a range of brutal weapons. There's a focus on moving forward tactically to use cover. When you take damage a red fog fades into the screen. It's frantic and exuberant and designed to be fun of the Saving Private Ryan kind.

Games in the Gears of War series are as follows:
  • Gears of War (2006) 360, Xbox One
  • Gears of War 2 (2008) 360
  • Gears of War 3 (2011) 360
  • Gears of War: Judgment (2013) 360
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (2015) Xbox One remastered version of the original game
  • Gears of War 4 (2016) PC, Xbox One
  • Gears 5 (2019) PC, Xbox One
  • Gears Tactics (2020) PC, Xbox One

Gears of War 5 offers a Campaign alongside various other modes: Escape the bomb, Versus Teams, Horde Battles with Four friends. It also has a map builder to create your own experiences to share with and challenge your friends.

  • Three-player Campaign Cooperative: Battle alongside your friends in three-player online or split-screen co-op.
  • Tours of Duty: Rank up from new recruit to four-star general in Gears Tours of Duty. Take on new and exciting challenges, earn awesome rewards, and show off your loot.
  • Boot Camp: New to Gears or just a little rusty? Bootcamp is a fun way to learn the ropes, from the basics to advanced combat techniques.
  • Play as Jack: Play as Jack, your personal flying support bot that can protect allies and damage enemies - perfect for players new to Gears.
  • Visual Showcase: Play every mode in 4K and HDR at a smooth 60 frames per second on Xbox One X.

Accessibility: Customize your gaming experience with updated accessibility features, including: full controller remapping, single stick movement, Adaptive Controller support, narrated UI and menus, improved subtitles and more.
  • Some modes including Escape, Versus and Horde, and online multiplayer require Xbox Live Gold on console, membership sold separately.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 07/11/2006, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Coalition Gears (@CoalitionGears)


Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 25 hours to complete. Game length varies. Gears 5 can take up to 25 hours to complete the campaign. This time is extended by online game play.
Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room and up to 10 players online. Local campaign co-op play with up to 3 players or online with up to 5. Local multiplayer Horde modes for up to 4 players.

Cross-Play: Play across PC and Xbox One.


Gears 5 usually costs £34.99 to £54.99.

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Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One. You can purchase a range of cosmetic, level and character content for a range of prices from £4.25 to £39.99. This includes the Iron currency to obtain in game items.

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Content Rating

Gears 5 is rated PEGI 18 for depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters, and use of sexual expletives. This game contains frequent depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters. Powerful attacks often lead to dismemberment and decapitation of characters. Explosions cause characters to burst into bloody chunks that litter the floor, and execution moves emphasize the gross violence by pulling the camera in and focusing on the gruesome deaths. Violence is performed using a wide variety of weapons such as bladed-weapons, explosives and large firearms. All the attacks are paired with strong blood and gore effects. Post-mortem dismemberment can also be performed on the bodies that remain on the battlefield. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives. The word “*!@?*” and its derivatives can be found throughout.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.


Gears 5 offers the following accessibility options:

Enabling Fabricator Ping will cause the fabricator in Horde to emit a ping sound while in tac-com. The ping will increase in volume as you approach, making it a valuable navigational tool.

Navigation Ping Escape Mode offers four settings to aid navigation through the Hive maps for players without sight. This places a cookie-trail style direction indicator that emits an audible ping. This is available from the Operation 7 update as a new navigation feature added in conjunction with accessibility consultants.

Target Lock feature aids aiming at enemies. Provided you update the game you can use this feature on any difficulty.
Our Gears 5 Accessibility Report documents 37 accessibility features:

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