Gears 5 managed to pleasantly surprise me, both in terms of its gameplay and its story. For a series that’s now six total entries deep, that’s impressive. The Coalition pulled it off by taking the time to develop its trio of young heroes beyond the foundations established in Gears of War 4 and having the guts to alter the course of the series in a way I didn’t expect. And while it makes no attempt to fix what isn’t broken with the rock-solid cover-based shooting gameplay, it does augment it in interesting ways and experiments with an open-world structure.
Combine all of that with a broad set of multiplayer modes that range from the trusty old stalwarts to bold and spicy new takes on both co-op and competitive gameplay, and what’s presented is a tremendous package that stands as one of the year’s best action games.
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