Gears 5: Hivebusters

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

94%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 critic reviews
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IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2020

Apart from a few inconsistencies with the relationships between its main characters, Hivebusters does everything a great Gears game should and then some.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2020

Hivebusters provides about three hours of excellently designed gunfights that are great solo or with friends

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8 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2020

This short DLC can be seen as a sum of everything that makes Gears… Gears. The short duration allowed the screenwriters to give shape to a tighter and more cinematic story, all embellished with quite varied scenarios and a graphic impact among the best in circulation. Perhaps there remains a bit of the bitterness of not having seen Hivebusters exploited as a Trojan horse with which to experiment with the introduction of something new in terms of gameplay. But, after all, fans of the Microsoft franchise will be able to enjoy another three unreleased hours in single player or cooperative.

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Dec 16, 2020

If you liked the main campaign of Gears 5, then Gears 5: Hivebusters brings even more to enjoy. Fast action is offset by surprisingly introspective character development, all in a jaw-droppingly gorgeous jungle setting.

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GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 28, 2020

Gears 5: Hivebusters is a great addition to the original game. It can definitely be recommended for purchase to every fan of Gears 5 and the Gears of War series as a whole.

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86 / 100
Dec 26, 2020

Hivebusters has an appropriate level of difficulty for returning Gears 5 fans. The South Islands are so beautiful that although Gears 5 is clearly extremely action-heavy, they’re simply asking for a fleshed-out photo mode. I had a few checkpoint issues, but nothing game-breaking. Scorpio Squad is a big draw of Hivebusters as the trio is composed of relatable and funny characters. Hivebusters feels like a proper expansion pack to Gears 5 rather than a tacked-on DLC that was really just removed from the main game. The Coalition clearly put a lot of work into this add-on. Though it doesn’t feel like that full step forward that a sequel would be, Hivebusters remains a robust experience and an essential one for Gears fans.

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8.3 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2020

It is hard to see why Microsoft has so quietly launched a very gluttonous DLC that, in its small way, it could have represented the Xbox response to sony's operation with Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. In a wild race between stone idols and legendary monsters, the three hours of Hivebusters will serve to remind you why Gears is after all these years a series still so damn satisfying. Hivebusters is a must-see for all Marcus Fenix fans, and strongly recommended for anyone who wants to get closer to the saga for the first time.

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9.9 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2020

Both my grade and my overall impressions of Hivebusters are positive, but I can't help feeling a strange feeling with this new installment. The Coalition has gotten me hooked on it and now that it's over so soon I can't stop asking myself questions about whether or not this will be the future of the franchise. I honestly believe that this DLC should set the tone and mechanics of future installments. And it is that the personality and charisma of the Scorpio Squad is something that I missed; They took love triangles away from the equation and focused on delivering shots, action, and a story almost on par with the original trilogy.

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Dec 26, 2020

Gears 5: Hivebusters is just what the series needed; a short but enjoyable romp, new faces, and a new perspective. It's clear that The Coalition wanted this to be special and they succeeded. Hivebusters is a showcase for those playing on either the Xbox Series X|S or Window 10 and is a perfect example that less isn't always a bad thing.

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Unscored
Dec 23, 2020

Hivebusters is a rather interesting operation that the internal team of Xbox Game Studios used sagaciously to emphasize the deepest and most narrative direction of the saga.

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