PC, Xbox One
EXPLOSIVE set-pieces. Intimidating enemies. Brutal weaponry – Gears 5 is easily one of the best instalments of the series, far outperforming the previous outing and ramming home one loud, exhilarating spectacle after another.
So to be left with an overall feeling of ‘meh’ is confusing. Until, that is, you realise the problem lies in the game’s trademark chunky, cover-diving combat that’s barely evolved since the first Gears of War, and that crouching behind objects and clicking on enemies until their lifebar expires is getting very old.
Gears 5 is still an exhilarating and great-looking meat-grinder, but after nearly 15 years, the series has lost its edge. The last word:
Brilliantly executed but the series is going stale. Price: £44.99