Me and my friend had been looking for an online experience for us to play together and Gears 4 fit perfectly, I played the original trilogy and he never played a single one. We played Gears 4 for months, unlocking all the best skins and harnessing our skills to be able to take on the best, but it was filled with wall scripting, aim botting, cover hacking cheaters which just ruined it so was time to switch and upgrade to Gears 5 which is thankfully anti-cheat. We love this game, the campaign, the visuals, BUT THE GRIND is next level!
Everything feels horrendously punishing for anyone trying to simply unlock something they wanted, It’s just too little reward for too much effort, I play every time with my friend and we are still considered new allies with +2%xp bonus and we play it at least twice a week every week for the last couple of months. I wasn’t a fan of Gears 4 Lootboxes, not a fan of lootboxes in general, but they were pretty well balanced. You could easily get an elite box after an evening session which could drop a legendary, which you could scrap towards getting something you actually wanted. This tour of duty tho is awful, I can’t believe I actually long for a lootbox system, yes you can unlock some things in game but its gruelling work and doesn’t even seem worth it. +5 Scrap drops, a cursor icon, a bloodspray that no one will ever see are what you usually get for each level up. Levelling up not satisfying for you? How bout upping your medals and earn either +5 Scrap drops, a cursor icon, a bloodspray that no one will ever see, you might even get lucky and earn the most basic weapon skins in the game, but don’t run out of objectives because you only get another 1 for free then you gotta use that iron that can only be replenished by…wait how do you get Iron, I’ve not been given Iron once in the entire time I’ve been playing this game. Obviously all the best skins, iron even boosters to help you level up can be bought for money.
We loved the game but we have gotten fed up with the grind it puts a sour note on every victory or achievement in the game and there is no way in hell we would part with more of our money for such obvious cash grab tactics, for the first time since getting into gears 4 we’ve started talking about finding a new franchise.
So as a message to the Devs I gotta say, this tour of duty, this reward system in general is too punishing, it needs rethinking and needs to be more consumer friendly and less squeezing your fan base for all its worth. Also the argument that it’s free and easier this way is ridiculous, something designed to be hard and tedious for free and achieved instantly with money is a squeeze. Your up against free to play games that reward better than this, when I decide what I want to do with my free time I have a million entertainment options, this was one of my favourite I was even talking to some guys at work to get the game and join us and now when they ask I say it’s Grindy as hell might as well wait for it to lower to next to nothing for the campaign or just watch the cutsceens on youtube. This is what i’m saying, Gears isn’t in the position where it can say screw u, i’ll give you a lil something and the game mechanics will keep you coming back for more, it obviously won’t coz it hasn’t worked on us. When your buisness model is this dogmatic all you make is a quick buck, if you are more consumer friendly the growth and regular returning players not just give you long term return but also help towards the reputation of the next game.
Would love to hear your thoughts T.C sorry if it came across a bit harsh, but wanted to be honest before we jumped ship.