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Sid Redburn and Mikayla Dorn coming to Gears 5

Gears of War twitter account have shared new characters coming to Gears 5 multiplayer.

Sid Redburn and Mikayla Dorn are characters from Gears Tactics. If you already have played Tactics before a certain date back in December you would would receive Gabe Diaz, however.

From the image below:

Those that was unfortunate that didn’t get Gabe could be in look. For current players that have already Gabe, perhaps a new skin? More details to follow.

Source: Gears Of War

Gears 5: The Hivebusters DLC Review (Xbox Series X)

  • Genre: Third person shooter, horror, action, adventure
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S/One and PC.
  • Developer | Publisher: The Coalition, Microsoft Game Studios
  • Age Rating: PEGI 18 | ESRB M for Mature
  • Price: UK £14.99 or free with Ultimate Game Pass
  • Release Date: 15th of December

In the first story DLC for Gears 5, we witness the beginnings of Team Scorpio, from their formation to taking the fight straight to the Swarm.

Story

If you haven’t read the Hivebusters comic, this DLC is the perfect introduction to the characters of Team Scorpio and how it came to fruition. We start off with our team in a Condor transport heading to the island of Pahanu, ignorant of what their mission is. This is where we are first introduced to Keegan, a member of the Onyx Guard serving at Azsura; if you played Gears 3, the background lore relating to this character will pique your interest. Secondly we have Lahni, whose personality, family and heritage we learn about over the course of the story. And finally Mac, the foul-mouthed Irishman, whose human side emerges as Team Scorpio develops.

One thing I will hand to the Gears games is the chemistry between all characters. It’s so perfect and believable, yet quite relatable. When the chips are down and backs against the wall, you find this resilience to overcome any challenge, even if the odds are heavily against you.

Three new arrivals join the cast to Gears 5. Fan favourite COL. Hoffman returns, and it’s about god damn time too. (See what I did there? No? Urrgggh, nevermind…) And Hana Cole, daughter of Augustus “Cole Train” Cole. She’s leading the science in this one and will no doubt give Baird a run for his technical know-how too. And lastly, Taka the pilot.

Without spoiling the story too much, Hivebusters is the origin story of Team Scorpio and the development of the venom to kill off the Swarm, spread over a roughly 3-hour campaign – though hunting down the 23 collectibles and upgrading all of your abilities will likely extend this by a fair amount. It’s an action-packed, story-driven plot that ties in nicely to the base game, making Escape (multiplayer) mode both more appealing and easier to understand.

Graphics, Sound, and Performance

Hivebusters DLC is actually quite remarkable looking. Throughout the course of the game you visit a variety of environments, from colourful island vistas to going underground, and even riding a eruption of lave from exploded volcano. It’s pure eye candy, and the Series X handles it like a wet dream.

The sound is top notch with its different type themes, especially being on a island. Not just when fighting against the Swarm, but the wildlife itself, other enemies and of course the new beast you encounter. If they don’t add the new beast as a boss in Horde or Escape, people should riot!

Performance was stable and fantastic throughout.

Difficulty

Just like any game, Hivebusters can get tough on the higher difficulty settings! Of course, you can play 3 player co-op the same as in the main campaign of Gears 5. Certain areas provide a greater challenge, such as one specific section that consists of defending against a wave of Swarm before moving to the next checkpoint. Insane difficulty should be a good ride, but don’t expect it to be a walk in the park.

Conclusion

Seeing as this is the first DLC for Gears 5, the Coalition have done a great job. Believe it or not, I find myself more inclined to pick Keegan, Lahni or Max in multiplayer going forward. Before I wasn’t that interested in them as characters, however the DLC has given us a great trio with rich background stories that you can’t help but relate to. Not only that but I also find myself wanting to play Escape mode more too. The DLC is so good, it leaves you wanting more and I really do hope the Hivebusters gets a further expansion or even a spin-off title of its own.

Verdict
It’s the best piece of add on content that I have played for sometime. Gears 5 fell a little short after Act 2 in terms of its story, however Hivebusters was hands-down a phenomenal experience throughout.

Gears HiveBusters DLC hits Xbox store 1pm today, Gearsmas kicks off Thursday Dec 17th and what’s inside title update 12?

You have come to the right place for the round up for Gears over the festive holidays. If you haven’t noticed last week The Coalition announced the first DLC for Gears 5, the Hivebusters.

The Hivebusters DLC for Gears 5 launches today at 1pm UK time, 4am PT on the Xbox store. Players can buy it off the store or unless you have ultimate game pass, it comes free.

Gearsmas, the traditional Gears festive holiday season greetings, will be hitting the game Thursday Dec 17th. More information will be shared tomorrow with the full breakdown of “goodies” as the Coalition put it.

Amongst all this goodness for Gears 5. The Coalition will also be rolling out its title update 12 with PvE balancing tweaks and variety of quality of life improvements such as, the large portion of players experiencing crashing.

You can read the whole title update 12 patch notes here.

Source: Gears 5

Gears Tactics Review (Xbox Series X)

  • Genre: Turn-Based Strategy
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S/One and PC.
  • Developer | Publisher: Splash Damage/The Coalition, Microsoft Game Studios
  • Age Rating: PEGI 18 | ESRB M for Mature
  • Price: UK £54.99 or via game pass| US $59.99 or via game pass
  • Release Date: 10th of November

12 years before the events of the first Gears of War. Cities around the planet of Sera are falling to a monstrous threat, the Locust Horde. We step in the boots as Gabe Diaz, fighting for survival, recruiting fellow Gears on one suicide squad mission, kill the Locust and its head, Ukkon.

Story

We take control of Gabe Diaz, a once decorated COG solider, until shit turned sour at Gatka Ridge. Of course you don’t necessarily need to play any Gears game prior to Tactics. Though it would help in the background and the events that will happen after Tactics, is a hardcore Gear fan wet dream.

The COG (Coalition of Ordered Government’s) has sent Sid Redburn to seek out Gabe Diaz, a now mechanic and demoted to Sgt from the events against the UIR. From the get-go Gabe dislikes the COG hierarchy, especially Chairman Prescott. As times goes on throughout the campaign, you will see Gabe and Sid bond quite well. Not on the Marcus and Dom friendship/brotherhood scale, but enough to make it believable.

Gabe and his squad have one clear mission, kill Ukkon. With no support and completely off the grid. Gabe and Co have to adapt, survive and work as a team to overcome the threat Ukkon poses. With this suicide mission bestow upon him. Its one hell of a ride and another great story added to the Gearsverse. I don’t want to spoil the whole plot, but you get the gist of it all. Its typical styled action story which we experience near enough all the time with such media as film and other games of course.

Tactics continues the great story telling of what previous Gears games have done. Even though Gears 5 kinda went off the rails after Act 2 (my personal opinion of course) Tactics makes up for it and keeps me wanting more.

Gameplay

The big change when it comes to Tactics is the gameplay. Moving away from the staple of run and gun, cover and chainsawing the Locust or swarm now. Tactics is literally what it says Tactics. Taking the X-COM formula, which is superb and easy for console players to pick up and play. Experiencing Gears in a new way plays off quite massively.

You do get the option of permanently losing characters who you will recruit along the way. Just like the X-COM games, you will have to micro-manage, level up squad members and upgrade their gear. Not once did I feel overwhelmed when at first I thought I would be. Completely the opposite I might add. When you see your actions paying off and you end up mowing down the Locust Horde in front of you. It’s a great feeling, not in a sadistic sense of course… Just a great feeling that your ‘tactics’ is paying off and the survival of your squad has increased to see another day.

Throughout missions you will encounter caches on the floor. Pick these up as you unearth some rare gear for the squad be that armour, weapon mods etc. Again, each mission will allow you to select your squad. Which in turn can be a bad thing. Some members of the squad will be forever benched as you will continue to use the 4 guys who are way ahead in stats, to overcome each forthcoming mission. Each solider class is different and unique with their own set of skills, abilities and locked to certain weapons. It’s entirely upto you how you kit out your squad and tackle each mission. If you dislike the look of a certain solider you have recruited. You can alter their appearance to your liking too, adding more customization and giving the players even more options of choice at your disposal. The classes are Support, Sniper, Vanguard, Scout and Heavy. Having one of each class in your squad is the best course of action, as you cannot go wrong.

Make sure to balance out your thrown items too for a tip. Having two members with frags and stim grenades will be a good asset for you. Some missions you can be pitted against the wall, but then again it isn’t exactly overwhelming, though it can be when the grubs come knocking.

Graphics, Sound, and Performance

Tactics is a stunning game. It isn’t mind blowing granted, yet it is good looking. A game that released on PC back in April of this year and now released on the Xbox Series X/S and One. I hardly see that much difference from console to PC. However these things can change when playing on a native 4K TV to see the benefits of a next gen console.

Sound, music score is top notch. It’s what I expect of a Gears game with a orchestrated military type music to supplement the sounds of lancer rounds and the shrieking Locust when they eat bullets.

Performance has been ok and steady. A few cut scenes did see some of the characters losing their arms and some stuttering, which I did find amusing but at the same time, how did that get missed on initial bug reporting duty before launching a game already out.

Difficulty

Gears Tactics can be very difficult. If you don’t use your head and plan accordingly, you can severely butt hurt yourself in great fashion. It’s having the right approach, cover all flanking positions and using overwatch can allow you to flank, push ahead and allow the Locust to fall into your trap, if you have one. Selecting a harder difficult is a true test of mental strength. And good on you to try too.

Conclusion

If you are after another Gears game then please check Tactics out. It is on game pass too! It’s a refreshing game and different from the norm when playing Tactics. It still keeps the ethos that the Gears games bring with it.

Verdict
It’s grub killing time, but tactically. Get your thinking cap on Sgt, as it’s time to deliver boots to backsides.

Gears 5 HiveBusters DLC coming Dec 15th

The Coalition have announced the HiveBusters DLC coming to Xbox on Dec 15th.

Take control of Scorpio Squad on this suicide mission and bring boots to asses. Earn new achievements adding extra 210 gamerscore.

Gears 5 HiveBusters campaign is available through xbox game pass Ultimate or available for 19.99 pre-purchase.

Source: Gears of War

Gears 5 gearing up for Season 5

With the Xbox Series X/S launching yesterday worldwide. Gears 5 has been given huge overhaul update because of the Series X.

With new visuals, 120ps, Ray-tracing and better lightning. Gears 5 runs smoother than ever before and is pure eye candy. New game +, Dave Batista playing as Marcus and using any MP skins to use in campaign too. The Coalition had made a great update for Gears 5.

That isn’t all for just the Gears 5 fans. Season 4 is ending and we are about to begin Season 5.

Dizzy and Skorge enter the fray in what is known as, Hollow Storm. More details will be announced from The Coalition and Xbox in due course.

From a personal opinion point of view. Hollow Storm and these characters scream Gears of War 2. I would expect at least 1 map or maybe 2 from Gears 2 multiplayer, either way I’m looking forward to the new season for Gears 5.

Source: Official Gears Twitter