(tl;dr at the bottom) So I’ve heard a lot of people are unhappy with the way Gears 5 seems to be shaping up so I thought I’d offer my perspective on things because I’m really excited for this game.
- The main issue people had with Gears 4 at launch was it was too similar to the rest of the franchise. Now that they’re changing things up people are still mad. What change would people consider “good change” vs. “bad change”?
- I’m normally one to call out feminism in games and movies (cough Last Jedi cough) but I don’t see it here like a lot of people do. Let me explain. A) Having Kait be the main protagonist makes the most sense given the ending of Gears 4 where it was implied that since her mother was dead she would now be targeted to be the successor of the Locust. The Locust, like ants, have always had a queen so having a potential queen be the protagonist isn’t, in my opinion, feminist. Instead, I think it’s a very interesting plot device and I’m excited to see where it goes. B) About the whole “It’s not about you it’s about me” thing. I first saw it and I was like “woah feminist alert” but there are some things to consider. First, she just saw that someone she loved (Oscar?) was dead so she’s already upset. Second, she just heard from Marcus that there was potentially a place she could go to get cured and then she was ordered to go the opposite direction AND that opposite direction would put her in a perfect position to hurt her friends if she did turn. Understandably, she was upset about those orders. Third, it was JD bossing her around. They were clearly a couple at the end of Gears 4 (and Microsoft released some art to confirm this) so in the years between Gears 4 and 5 something must have driven a stake between the two which made it that much more annoying for Kait to be bossed around by JD. Fourth, it was hinted at that the medallion could be corrupting her thoughts which could also explain her seemingly feminist snap.
tl;dr I think Gears 5 looks awesome, brings some change people wanted to the franchise, and isn’t feminist like a lot of people think.