Back in the days of Gears 2, my team and I almost exclusively played guardian. Each of us were ranked in the top 500 in the world, we had a strategy for each and every map and knew exactly what to do regardless of who was made leader. As an OG player, it was honestly some of the most fun I had every had, not only in Gears but in gaming.
Like everyone at the time, my team was extremely excited for Gears 3 and we were optimistic that ‘Capture the Leader’ could be the next best thing… Unfortunately, most of us know how that went…
Now, since September 2011, we have had a couple attempts to recapture the heart and soul of Gears 2 Guardian, but they have all mostly missed the mark. It was the little things that felt off, like enemy spawn locations, whether you still respawn if your leader died while you were in the respawn queue, and other minor factors that just made it feel off. When Epic retroactively added it to Gears 3 and TC’s attempted in Gears 4 and launch Gears 5, I gave the mode another honest try, but still, the mode never scratched the itch I was looking for.
Fast forward to this past weekend, after a couple hours of Bunny hunt, it dawned on me that the rules for that mode felt very closely aligned with the energy of the Gears 2 version of Guardian. So, my team switched over to quickplay Guardian… and I am now ready to kick myself for not getting back into this mode again sooner.
It was genuinely the most fun I had playing Gears in years, it was a freaking blast!
I know several of you who frequent this forum are huge advocates of the mode, but I was under the assumption some of the poor rule change decisions were still in place and I simply ignored the mode.
I don’t know why this thread was necessary, but if your favorite mode used to be Guardian, chances are this current version in Gears 5 can be too. Please give it a try if you haven’t played since earlier in Gears 5’s life cycle.
TLDR: The current version of Gears 5 Guardian is amazing and you should play it.