Percentile Rank

Gears 5 is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 101 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

85

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

Based on 101 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Sep 4, 2019
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Skill Up
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 4, 2019
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 left my belly nice and fat, and keen for the next course.

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Worth Playing
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 4, 2019

Although it has a few stumbles, and an obvious setup for Gears 6, the overall campaign package is a satisfying experience whether you’re a long time Gears fan or entirely new to the series.

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Polygon
Unscored
Polygon

Top Critic

Unscored
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is personal, like its predecessor, and insistent in focusing on its characters. It’s thoughtful, and unafraid to stop the action in favor of slower story beats and sections focused on exploration. And those are the parts that I enjoyed the most.

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Player2.net.au
A or higher
A or higher
Sep 3, 2019

Gears 5 offers, in my mind at least, the best game in the franchise yet and that is thanks to the developers feeling comfortable enough to take the game out of its usual wheelhouse. The introduction of the open maps, along with a fantastic story that is sure to make long-time fans jump with glee takes the Gears we know and love and brings it to the next level.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 5, 2019

. It’s like welcoming home an old friend only to find they have a new haircut that looks better the more you see of it.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Loved
Loved
Sep 4, 2019

Across the board, Gears 5 really is the whole bloody package… and it’s bloody excellent.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 10, 2019

Should you have read this much of a Gears of War-related review, I imagine at least one of the above four modes sounds up your alley. Just because Escape is currently wonky in action doesn't mean it's not a unique and satisfying co-op action experience. The campaign's herky-jerky start is likely worth enduring for a certain brand of shooter fan. And both Horde and versus are likely to delight fans old and new for entirely different reasons.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Eurogamer

Top Critic

Recommended
Sep 11, 2019

Mixed multiplayer and a depressing grind can't dim the light of a superb new Gears campaign.

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Scored Reviews

God is a Geek
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

If you didn't think you needed another Gears of War, you were wrong. Gears 5 is a barnstorming success, and a triumphant return for the series. This is the essential first party game the Xbox One desperately needed.

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SomosXbox
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is the best Gears of War to date

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Game Rant
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is the complete package, with a compelling campaign, entertaining multiplayer, and a Horde Mode that will keep players engaged for hours.

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Star News
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is the best looking the series has ever been, and that's maybe the least of the improvements here.

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Generación Xbox
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

Gears 5 is perfect as a new Gears and one of the best action titles of this generation. You can't ask for more quality content in one game.

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Hobby Consolas
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 takes a step forward in all aspects, with a campaign with open levels, but still very intense. Audiovisually it's a delight and the multiplayer expands with new more approachable modes and a renewed horde mode with hero shooter features. The best Microsoft Studios game in recent years.

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Heavy
9.5 / 10.0
Heavy

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

The Coalition has simply knocked it out of the park with Gears 5.

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Areajugones
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is the greatest iteration on Xbox One

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ZTGD
9.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 rekindles the magic the first three games delivered in their prime and it has me excited to see where the series goes in the next generation. This is one of the best games Microsoft has put out this year, and quite possible one of the best games of 2019.

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Glitched Africa
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

The magic of Gears 5 is how all this comes together to offer the best entry in the series to date. Right from its exceptional campaign mode all the way to its new simple but effective Escape mode. The Seasonal Ranking ties everything you do across the game together to always deliver new challenges and rewards for completing them. It is simply one of the best games Microsoft has ever released.

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Just Push Start
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Sep 10, 2019

After 13 years of the same thing, Gears 5 finally manages to change things for the better. With some much-added flair and long-overdue tweaks, it's a refreshing and easily the best the series has ever been. The Coalition did a phenomenal job with the campaign, co-op elements and the newly added Escape mode is an absolute delight. So, if you're expecting business as usual, you'll be pleasantly surprised by Gears 5.

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Gamerheadquarters
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is an ambitious, and incredible expansion of the franchise that takes this series to new heights.

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IGN Spain
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

An outstanding game that offers more and better in every aspect of it, making Gears 5 one of the biggest first party games ever released on an Xbox console.

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The Games Machine
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

Gears 5 is the natural evolution of the historic TPS series and, with its solid gameplay and contents, is a step towards the future that so many fans wanted. Perhaps some of them wished for a more decisive revolution, but the developers' hard work can be seen and felt, and it can satisfy any kind of player.

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Spaziogames
9.1 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

9.1 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is the natural evolution of the Gears series: a more daring game, in every possible way. The Campaign took us by surprise, not only with its narration, but also with its bold design choices. The singleplayer experience prepares the player for a second round, with the gargantuan multiplayer section, where we find the glorious old modes and an Escape mode that punished and seduced us.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is one of Microsoft's best games this console generation. It's a package that's brimming with content, and has top-notch stuff on offer for you no matter what you're looking for. With its campaign, it successfully revitalizes a franchise may had feared was becoming stale, while with its online component, it continues to be on the top of its game, the way the series always been since the day it was born.

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Daily Dot
Sep 9, 2019

Overall, I can’t imagine anyone walking away from Gears 5 disappointed. This is a complete package, tied together with some of the most consistently engaging gameplay you could ask for. The storytelling on display proves that the franchise has yet to peak, and it lays the foundation to continue improving with whatever comes next.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 4, 2019

If you never liked Gears of War before, this is not going to be the game to change your mind, as it sticks with the same formula, but does finally evolve the design in a positive way. If you were previously a Gears Stan, then this game is a must-buy.

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Press Start
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is a big, loud blockbuster that brings so much to the table, it’s easy to under-appreciate it.

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Xbox Achievements
90%
90%
Sep 4, 2019

Once again, The Coalition proves itself as Gears of War's ideal custodian. Gears 5 is one of the best entries in the series yet, delivering an unrivalled package that still boasts the best headshots in the business.

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GamesBeat
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 has a lot to offer, with multiplayer, co-op modes, and a single-player campaign with wide range of emotions, from humor and laughter to despair and tragedy. It leaves the fans with a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but that just means that fans will want Gears 6 to come soon.

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Rapid Reviews UK
Rapid Reviews UK
Aaron Jones
Sep 8, 2019

The massively popular Xbox exclusive series Gears of War has finally returned, with this latest entry into the franchise being simply titled “Gears 5”. As a fan since the first game, this shortened title is one that speaks to me. It tells me I already know what this game is about, what I should expect and yet the game still managed to blow me away as it does so much more than what fans have come to expect from these games.

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Windows Central
Sep 4, 2019

The future of Gears of War has never been so bright — and sure, there's room for improvement, but this is the evolution that the franchise desperately needed.

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3DNews
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Classic Gears of War experience is greatly modified with cool new mechanics and not so necessary open world sections. But overall the game is close to be brilliant.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

There are missteps, especially with the open worlds feeling lifeless, but Gears 5 is a more confident turn from a developer that no longer has to prove it's capable of making a faithful Gears of War sequel. Bigger, better and more beautiful – and a bold step in the right direction for the series. The action is superlative, the writing hits humorous and emotional notes, and the number of multiplayer modes is extensive. If ever there was a reason to subscribe to Xbox's Game Pass service, this is it.

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Stevivor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 has some great innovations, held back behind the same ol'.

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MSPoweruser
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2019

If anything, Gears 5 proves that not only does The Coalition knows how to make a solid game in the series, but they also know how to evolve a long-running franchise.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 4, 2019

With Gears 5, The Coalition took some risks, and it makes for one of the best entries in the series yet.

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Echo Boomer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 8, 2019

Gears 5 could have been more of the same. And somehow that’s exactly what it is. But it’s also proud and secure enough to take some interesting risks that made it the best of the series.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is an impressive evolution in the Gears of War series with a campaign that feels like a huge leap forward and a dizzying amount of excellent multiplayer modes. The story isn't without its issues, especially the final act which I'm sure will draw controversy, but that does little to hold back this awesome next chapter in the Gears saga.

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LevelUp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2019

After many doubts - which at this point seem ridiculous and unjustified - Gears 5 shows why Gears of War is one of the most beloved franchises in the industry. It is a fantastic game that dared to change so that the franchise reaches the heights it deserves.

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Screen Rant
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 takes steps forward for the franchise, providing the bombastic, bloody violence of the series with both a greater scope and intimate story.

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Saudi Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 9, 2019

With the new gameplay mechanics, beautiful world, character development and diversity in multiplayer game modes, Gears 5 is the most complete gears experience. It's an entry in the right direction and one of the best shooter games of this generation.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

Gears 5 continues to prove the team at Coalition can tell a fantastic story while providing plenty of great content for fans beyond the campaign.

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Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2019

Gears 5 is not just a good Gears of War title, it is a love letter to fans who have been around from the beginning with many callbacks to previous entries.

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SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2019

Gears 5 dives deeper in Kait's story and offers better gameplay experience than Gears of War 4 with a lot of fresh ideas, bigger areas and a huge amount of content.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

Gears 5 is perhaps the best entry in the long-running shooter series and stands as one of the best games of the Xbox One era.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

Gears 5's campaign is the best the series has seen, and Escape mode is a brilliant new addition. It's fun to play, beautiful to look at, and full of some of the best characters the series has ever seen.

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Gamers Heroes
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 4, 2019

Much like its iconic Lancer Assault Rifle, Gears 5 functions as perfectly as it was designed. The developers threw on a chainsaw of character, narrative, and content to make an over-the-top, thrilling experience from start to finish. Gears 5 is a badass game, and you'll come away feeling more badass than the legendary Marcus himself.

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Digital Trends
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is one of the best games on Xbox One, with a satisfying campaign and tremendous multiplayer.

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GameSkinny
Sep 13, 2019

The Coalition has set a new benchmark for Microsoft's first-party campaigns. By taking huge risks, subverting expectations, and delivering a visual spectacle, Gears 5 is the best in the series.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN
By Ryan McCaffrey

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

No matter which mode you approach it from, Gears 5 is an incredibly fun and polished game.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is a brilliant experience which can be enjoyed alone or with friends in equal measure. It keeps much of the series' core gameplay and feel, but also takes it in some new directions. It's great to see Gears evolving, opening the door for even more positive changes in the future.

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Gamersky
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 has a solid single-player campaign which is full of interesting ideas and a brand new PVE mode. It might be a breakthrough for the franchise if it keeps providing high-quality multiplayer content in the future.

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Video Chums
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2019

Gears 5 is the best Gears of War game so far as it features one thrilling campaign and plenty of exciting online multiplayer modes.

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Atomix
88 / 100
88 / 100
Sep 10, 2019

Gears is finally back with it's fifth major game. The Coalition did a wonderful job making the Gears game the all the fans deserve.

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GameCrate
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

It's unfortunate that Gears 5 continues the trend of 'games that were clearly shipped before they were ready' since its diverse offering of different gameplay experiences is virtually unmatched by any other shooter game or franchise. Once The Coalition has ironed out the campaign performance issues and multiplayer network problems, this latest Gears of War game has a very bright future and is a must-play for any fans of the shooter genre no matter their individual tastes.

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IGN Italy
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

Gears 5 is still the same game it has always been, but in Katie it finds a fresh, new character with a more intriguing story.

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Everyeye.it
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2019

Gears 5 is a very solid chapter in one of the sagas that truly define Xbox as a gaming platform: an episode that boldly reaffirms the attitude of the Lancer-armored squads and the talent of The Coalition as a studio ' stopping just a small step before excellence.

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COGconnected
87 / 100
87 / 100
Sep 4, 2019

No matter what your experience level is with these familiar faces, Gears 5 is the most accessible title in the line, and is ultimately successful in trying to be something for everyone.

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Nexus
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2019

Gears 5 is The Coalition’s coming-out party, showing the world that the Gears IP is in good hands, and that the future for fans of the series is bright.

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Wccftech
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2019

Gears 5 is excellent, albeit with a major narrative downfall. While the finale of the campaign definitely left a sour taste in my mouth, the game was so good that I want to keep playing the Horde and multiplayer modes just to get more Gears 5.

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GamePro
86 / 100
86 / 100
Sep 9, 2019

Even if not all new features work: Gears 5 is a great action game with a huge display value.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2019

Gears 5 is one of the best instalments in the series, the story surprises us with some twists and the multiplayer content is massive, but the series needs to find a new direction in the future before it suffers from fatigue.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 delivers plenty of excitement in its encounters and story, and offers nearly endless thrills in its excellently crafted multiplayer experiences

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GRYOnline.pl
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2019

Gears 5 is simply a very good game, tailored for the fans of the series. The new installment works great regardless of whether you play alone, or in coop, as well as during multiplayer battles. Sure, maybe it's not very inventive and rather similar to previous GoWs, but in this case, it’s a great recommendation.

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Bazimag
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2019

Gears 5 will be a pleasant and enjoyable experience not only for the fans of Gears of War but also for all the gamers. However, the game struggles with lots of technical problems and can't convey the feelings of a real Gears of War to the players as best as possible. That being said, Gears 5 still manages to show why Gears series is one of the best and most unique videogame franchises of all time.

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PowerUp!
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

Gears 5, is a decent addition to the franchise. Fans will love the story and lore and will equally enjoy the combat. It doesn’t reinvent the COG but then again, it doesn’t have to.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 biggest changes don't reinvent the series, but give the classic shooter more room to breathe. Let Gears be Gears.

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Slant Magazine
Sep 13, 2019

Gears 5 is the first time the series has made the brutality of its combat feel captivating and disturbingly intimate.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 once again feels like a safe bet by The Coalition.  You can start to see the developer thinking about new ideas and potential directions that the series can go, but Gears 5 feels largely familiar.  The additions of some new features and a new mode added to the fan-favorites that return make for a robust package though.

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Daily Mirror
Sep 5, 2019

For Gears of War fans, this is a package that is essential, and a game that certainly surpasses its predecessor.

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Guardian
Sep 6, 2019

A female protagonist, more comedy and increased tactical options bring subtlety without sacrificing adrenalin

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is both a very generous and welcoming game. Building on what made the Gears franchise a power house, The Coalition changed the campaign's structure, added useful features to Horde mode, created a fun new coop mode and made the game more accessible for people with disabilities and new players. And it doesn't hurt that the game is really pretty (especially on the Xbox One X) Gears 5 is only being dragged down a bit by a couple technical issues that shouldn't be seen in AAA first party games.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 4, 2019

The Coalition is clearly making substantial strides to evolve Gears into a bigger and better shooter, but the fifth installment is only half a step in the right direction.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 10, 2019

Gears 5 tries to bombard players with tons of contents, and offers many days of entertainment as it aims to introduce itself as a true AAA+ game. The result is a very entertaining game, but is that enough to justify Microsoft's flagship? Not sure. Maybe the only part that Gears 5 shines at is visuals, and while everything else is also okay, we expect a lot more than that from a title like Gears of War.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 6, 2019

The Coalition has slightly fiddled with the formula, and whilst some adjustments need to be refined for future entries, Gears 5 is ultimately the gorgeous third-person shooter you want it to be.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

The Coalition has achieved a lot with Gears 5. The writing and action often rivals the best moments in the series, even surpassing its predecessors at times. The overall package is the most robust Gears has ever seen. But, the big structural alteration feels like an unequivocal misstep. Gears 5 is a rousing success, but it could've done without the needless change.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is the series' most ambitious entry to date, bringing with it an endless wave of revolutionary ideas that the franchise has been in desperate need of for years. The Coalition's mark has finally been made, and it's one that focuses on narrative importance alongside bright, energetic mechanics that show that Gears 5 can happily stand alongside this generation's other blockbusters without fear.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2019

The latest Gears of War game is still the gory Gears players know and love, but The Coalition is working hard to evolve Microsoft's shooter

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Game Revolution
Sep 4, 2019

If you’re any kind of shooter fan, this game has earned your attention.

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2019

Gears 5 delivers the usual solid co-op experience and offers enough variety in the gameplay-mix over the different modes. Sadly a lot of technical issues, bad level design and a lot of well meant ideas of the developers that didn't really delivered the effect they wanted doesn't make Gears 5 stand that much out compared to Gears of War 4.

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Cheat Code Central
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 6, 2019

Combined with a clean, user-friendly multiplayer suite that even finds time to add brand new ways to play, Gears 5 is a standout even among its own series. It’s rough around the edges, but in a good way.

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Daily Star
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 is a return to form for Microsoft’s hardcore series, delivering fans the roadie-running, head-bursting, visceral joy that made the franchise such a success in the first place.

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Easy Allies
8 / 10.0
Easy Allies
Bradley Ellis

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2019
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Rectify Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

Gears 5 ambition and bold direction breathes new life into old legends.

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GideonsGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

It’s a solid title, just not a perfect one. If you enjoyed previous titles in the series then Gears 5 is an easy sale. If you are new altogether, well, there is a ton of stuff for you to dig your chainsaw bayonet in!

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 makes major strides in the series' approach to storytelling. This is the most heartfelt Delta Squad has ever been, and The Coalition backs up that emotion with genuine improvements to gameplay. While its new co-op mode, Escape, is generally underwhelming, Arcade mixes up the competitive meta enough to keep things interesting. All told, Gears 5 is more Gears, but it's also a bold statement for why this series is still relevant.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

Gears 5 is a beautiful balancing act of new and old, and it manages to offer the franchise's trademark action and gore while telling a compelling story that sets up the future of the series in a big way.

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AusGamers
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

I played the first Gears of War, and right now, Gears 5 has barely changed the flavour of the original. And while the original might have been a revelation, Gears 5 presents as a detriment.

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PC Gamer
78 / 100
PC Gamer

Top Critic

78 / 100
Sep 9, 2019

A polished and surprisingly varied campaign married to stalwart PvE and PvP modes which gently refine, rather than revolutionise, the classic Gears experience.

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NoobFeed
75 / 100
75 / 100
Sep 9, 2019

Gears of War 4 introduced a new enemy and didn't attempt to stray from the established formula of the original games. Gears 5 takes a lot more risks, shifting the focus of the narrative, introducing side missions, and new gameplay mechanics by building on previous systems. Much of these new changes work in the game's benefit, providing a refreshing take on the franchise. It's unfortunate that a glitch exists that can cause halt progression in the campaign and the multiplayer, while loyal to the Gears formula, has experience boosting options. Along with the promising campaign ending with an awful cliffhanger, Gears 5 takes a lot of steps in the right direction to provide a refreshing experience from this acclaimed series but stumbles way too many times along the way.

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Flickering Myth
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2019

Gears 5 doesn’t reinvent the wheel of this formula-keen franchise, but nevertheless makes baby steps towards something a little more adventurous.

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New Game Network
73 / 100
73 / 100
Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 offers a familiar action experience that should satisfy fans who gravitate towards its expanded multiplayer options. And yet, the uneven campaign and lack of significant gameplay innovations mean this latest chapter does little to draw in the uninitiated.

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PCWorld
PCWorld

Top Critic

Sep 11, 2019

Gears 5 still feels like a series in need of an identity, but a more charismatic lead and experiments with open-world structure hold promise for the future—even if they don't quite pay off now.

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Paste Magazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2019

Luckily the foundation of the series is still strong in and out of the campaign, with the multiplayer suite of Horde and Versus being as fun as ever. Escape, clearly inspired by Left 4 Dead, is also a great way to kill an hour if you've got competent squaddies for the ride. Ultimately, I had a fair amount of fun tearing my way through swarms of foes with shotguns and chainsaws, but there's definitely a part of me that's disappointed Gears 5 isn't the evolution its bloody heart is set on being.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 11, 2019

The Coalition adds a lot of smart new ideas to the Gears of War formula in Gears 5.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 4, 2019

The attempts to innovate in terms of storytelling and structure feel superficial and ineffective, leaving Gears 5 to survive purely on its increasingly overfamiliar action.

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CGMagazine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

Gears of War 5 isn't a bad game, it's just the worst game in the series (I quite liked Judgement). It promised to bring new ideas to the series, and it does, but to the detriment of the game as a whole with how poorly designed they all are. The open-world levels are empty and boring, the story is lackluster after a great first act, and the new Escape mode is a fleeting distraction at best. Gears of War needs changes, but not like this.

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USgamer
USgamer
iew by Hirun Cryer, Guides Writer

Top Critic

Sep 4, 2019

Gears 5 survives on its solid cover shooting gameplay and a campaign that isn't afraid to pose difficult questions about problematic topics. But the largely stagnant Horde mode and general mess of an Escape mode really pull the sequel back from being a bold step forward.

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PCGamesN
6 / 10
PCGamesN
Benjamin Griffin

Top Critic

6 / 10
Sep 4, 2019

Familiarly solid cover shooting with the occasional surprise. It's fitting The Coalition has opted to simply call the latest game 'Gears', because mostly, it's just going through the motions.Benjamin Griffin

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