Gears of War 5 (Series) Review

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Posted: 9 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Gears of War is 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 takes damage a red fog fades into the screen. It's frantic and exuberant and designed to be fun of the Saving Private Ryan kind.
  • 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 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.

Features:
• Three-player Campaign Co-op: 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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Shooting and Strategy.

 

CommitmentCommitment

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.

CostsCosts

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

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.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language. Players use machine guns, sniper rifles, pistols, assault rifles, and grenade launchers to kill alien enemies and boss creatures. Combat is frenetic, with frequent explosions, gunfire, cries of pain, and blood-splatter effects. Several weapons cause aliens to explode into chunks of flesh; players can use a chainsaw to slice into aliens' chests. Some sequences depict creatures performing execution-style finishing moves: tearing soldiers to pieces, cutting their heads off, crushing soldiers' heads as they lay on the ground. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

You can use a setting to turn off gore and remove blood splatters and custom executions from the game. You can also disable swearing in the camapign.

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Gears of War 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.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing.

Assistance

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator, their Tone and Environment Sounds: Captions indicate who is speaking and their tone, game sound and music.

Voiced

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Menus are Voiced: All of the game menus can be narrated for easier navigation.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Swap Sticks: Swap the sticks over.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity, Deadzones and Thresholds: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are and the related deadzones and thresholds.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

Head-Up-Display Visibility

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Visual Depiction of Directional Audio: Indication on screen with arrows, icons, located colour splashes and the like, to show where directional audio for damage, footsteps, environmental or way-finding sounds are coming from.

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Player-to-Player Communication

Text Chat: Chat to other players by typing text.

Filtered Chat: Option to filter out profanity and/or sharing of personal information from online chat.

Text to Voice: Sent text messages as voice to other players.

Voice to Text: Convert voice from other players to text messages.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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