I should start off by saying this isn’t one of those insta ‘I’ve played two games of control give me KOTH back’ posts
I just want to give my thoughts on it replacing KOTH and what can be done to improve it in my opinion and it would be nice to see what other people think.
I have been playing the new mode for almost a couple hours so its not the longest amount of time but I have had it on a few different maps. So I kind of have a basic idea how a few rings play out on different maps in a competitive environment rather than a quickplay environment. For me, I kept asking myself ‘What does control offer that KOTH doesn’t?’
I think control promotes a bit more close quarters play because of how big the ring is and therefore easily broken. I have seen more people playing closer to the ring than they would in KOTH where they would take further away positions and lancer people trying to get a break. So that’s quite nice, I am not a fan of lancer spam.
Other than that I don’t really have anything else I like about it.
I would say the rounds are too short. I was expecting a best of 3 thing like KOTH. It feels like games end too fast and there isn’t opportunity to get rolled over the first round but make a 2-1 comeback like in KOTH. That could be easily fixed tho.
I am not really sure what else could be done to improve the mode because it is what it is. I do miss KOTH already as its a staple for the franchise and you could get some really close and intense matches in it. At the moment my control games have been really one sided but that could be due to rank reset.
I guess its worth saying that I know a lot of people are KOTH only players and changing it to a social playlist could seriously hurt the longevity of the game. It might not, but I think its a serious potential threat to gears 5.
These are just initial thoughts and I may come to like control more than KOTH, you never know. Its very early days
I have ADHD and playing in a stack is super hard for me to be able to play and focus on the game while listening to 3 other people talk. I can do it with one other person, but anymore than that and I feel like it hinders my play. I CAN stack,but basically not while using comms, but most people want comms in a stack.