Summary: While comparisons to XCOM are inevitable, Gears Tactics successfully spins off the shooter series with a must-play game for turn-based strategy fans.
Classic tactical gameplay well-executed, with a few smart twists to shake things up.
True to the Franchise
Definitely a Gears experience, monsters, gore, and all.
Gameplay loses some momentum towards the end-game.
Top Critic Average
Clever combat abilities and brutal executions translate Gears of War into a deep, fast-paced strategy game.
A competent tactical retooling of the Gears formula, even if the execution isn't always spot-on.
Gears Tactics does an excellent job of grafting Gears' signature look and feel onto XCOM's turn-based battle format and looks great doing it.
Gears Tactics is a smart, fast, and aggressive strategy game that's in need of a little more variety
A fast-paced and accessible turn-based action game that if anything feels constrained by the predictable nature of the Gears Of War universe.
Inject some much-needed adrenaline and storytelling into the tactics milieu, even if the campaign wears out its welcome
Gears Tactics carefully recreates the chaotic excitement of a Gears of War firefight in turn-based strategy form.
This is a near miss, but as anyone who has ever played a turn-based game will tell you, a near miss can be all the enemy needs to take you out. This is an interesting, but hardly essential, addition to the Gears family.
This isn’t a gimmick or reskin of XCOM. This is something great that stands on its own.
Gears Tactics finds its niche by leaning further into the hyper-aggressive action and gore of the franchise. It throws tons of enemies at you, which forces you to move and keeps you on your toes, but can also become annoying and tedious in some missions. For a first-time outing though, Gears Tactics is a fantastic start.