GEARS 5

PC, Xbox One

Bangor Mail - - The Game Review -

★★★★★

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

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