I’m coming back to Gears 5 for the first time since Op 5 to finish the tour and also get the masters skins. I noticed that playing this game has become more of a chore than actually being entertaining. There are plenty of great skins and a decent amount of maps in the game at this point, but the core game itself is just not fun. Isn’t that the point of a video game? To have fun? I don’t want to just bash this game over and over, but it’s hard to watch this game/series go in this direction when we all know the great potential it has.
Escape: I loved this game mode since launch but with no new recent hives or challenges, it’s become so stale. In my opinion, escape was at its best when there were earnable weapon skins for weekly challenge hives. Remember the toxic slime skins? It was fun grinding the different hives to earn those exclusive skins. Now all escape is is a grind for XP and coins.
Horde: I think horde is in a decent place. I really like the addition of the locust and I like the character classes. I know they’ve changed the modifiers up too but I haven’t gotten back into horde much lately. Same point as mention for escape though, why not have challenges where you can earn skins/exclusive content. There’s nothing to work towards besides XP and coins! And yes I realize there are skins that are exclusive to maxing out the class levels, but those lost their “exclusivity” when they added nearly identical skins you could just buy with coins (that look better IMO).
By far the biggest disappointment of Gears 5. First off, the tuning is inconsistent. It is constantly changing. I feel like I’ve had to relearn the gnasher 50 different times since launch. The starting weapons for gears have been around for nearly 15 YEARS!!! Why is it so difficult to have a stable movement and weapon tuning?
Next, the game modes. The options for ranked are absolutely awful. I know there is a big following for KOTH so that’s fine. It’s not my first choice but I know people really like it. FFA, and 2v2 need to go. TDM is ok but why is it limited to parties of 2. There are so many good game modes to choose from. If it were my choice, I would have KOTH, Guardian, Execution, and Escalation. And why not have multiple game modes per playlist. Didn’t gears 2 do that? It could be KOTH+Escalation, Guardian+TDM, Execution+Gridiron, etc. Also wingman would be awesome. They could even rotate the game modes in ranked every operation.
The ranking system is just weird to me. It seems like there are too many factors contributing to your rank. Can’t it just be as simple as if you win your rank goes up and if you lose it goes down? Rainbow 6 Siege has it like that and seems to be doing well. The way gears has it seems way over complicated.
Quickplay is boring and there’s too many game modes in quickplay that just further dilute the player base. Half the time the lobby is mostly empty. Quickplay should be exactly what it’s name says… it’s a quick way to play. Have 1 playlist that has many game modes, 1 playlist for the event, and 1 playlist for cool vs AI. Get rid of arcade too.
Player count needs to be 5v5. Why on earth they changed it to 4v4 is beyond me.
Too much focus on Esports makes the game too serious. Does anyone actually care about Esports? Do people actually log into the streams to watch Esports? If they didn’t give away skins, there would almost be no viewers (correct me if I’m wrong). This focus on Esports seems to leak into the game too much and make it too serious. Ranked game modes need to be perfectly even and balanced. Tuning and movement has to be what esports players want. Maps need to be esports friendly. Did we forget that this is a ****ing video game and not a career?
The fun factor is seriously lacking in this game. I know the easy solution is to stop playing, but it’s hard to just walk away from a franchise you care so much about.
Let me know what you guys think. How can TC make Gears 5 more fun?