A solid game (when you can actually play)
Reviewed in the United States on 11 September 2019
*Sighs* So, Coalition studio, even though they can look at Pre-order numbers, SOMEHOW, under-estimated demand for a game, that is #5 in the series. Like it was an accident or something? So they have been having "server side issues" like every other game that's released here recently. (Anthem comes to mind)
So here's my review, short & sweet:
Online Aspect, sucks. To even play the campaign, you need to be online. If you can't connect to Xbox Live, your SOL.
Since human kind is-fallible, & no one is perfect, definitely not our internet in the U.S., DEFINITELY not XboxLive.
Coalition studio should have just made the game, so you can at least play Horde & Campaign offline, with no issues. The game would just record your stats, then upload em once you did have access to the servers. Build this offline component into the game, so it isn't a pretty brick when the internet doesn't work. When servers don't work, whether on PC, or Xbox.
The Actual game itself, is really solid. As far as gunplay, & how your characters control. The one Vehicle you get to drive in the game, handles really well. for the most part.
Aesthetics wise, in the game are hit & miss. For the most part, things looks really good. But at the same time if you have an eye for detail, you'll notice where environmental artist/texture artist, were seriously slacking.
Some of the Horde maps though have really caught my eye. They look amazing.
Story: The story is not good. I obviously don't want to spoil anything. But I love to read, & I know a good story from a bad story. A lot of the book's I've read, that I'd give a bad rating because the way the story was set up, I'd do the same for this game. The reason its no good, is because death is used as too big an enemy, right up their with the swarm. Like whoever the director was, was waving the "death flag" around like they just don't care! (Which will be obvious if you play the game)
When something like that is used, willy nilly... it loses its effect as a tool for getting empathy from the player, & instead becomes frustrating, annoying, etc.
Horde Mode: Ol, Rod.F. Done went & screwed it all up. Instead of playing the class you want. The character you want. Because that makes too much sense... You just get kicked to whatever under leveled character the game feels like putting you in. Its horrible.
For that last one, & that last one alone. I give the game 2 stars. It pains me as a fan of the series. But they took 0 steps forward, & 3 backwards. If the "Abilities" actually were useful & recharged at the time of this review, at a decent rate of speed.. I could say they took 1 step forward.
I might give an update after this game gets some tweaks or something. & re-rate.
I have a friend that's just stuck with Gears 3. Because he considers it the cream of the crop. I'd have to say, I agree.
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