Wow where do I even begin. I guess I should probably explain that I’ve played Gears from the beginning and put thousands hours into the series and played thousands of games on every single game with the exception of Judgment because that game was utter trash.
I’m a highly talented multiplayer player and I’ve never been one to get on the wall-bounce esports style of play I hate that (going slightly off topic there).
The multiplayer on Gears 5 is utter garbage what the hell have they done to this game, it’s basically like playing Call of Duty.
The ranked matches are nigh on impossible to win unless you have a serious competent squad of 4 as a minimum, but ideally a full squad of 5; as you regularly come up against stacked teams of full squads and playing King of the Hill in ranked leaves you with almost no chance against these groups with the way the weapons are tuned and the new utterly ridiculous flash-bangs. It is sickening getting flashed multiple times in a row on repeat its just like I’m playing Call of Duty (VILE).
More on to the weapon tuning… Gears of War 4 pretty much had everything perfectly tweaked damage wise towards the end so why on earth did they decide to throw it all out of the window and come up with the crap that they’ve thrown into Gears 5, nearly every weapon is OP af. The Gnasher is doing massive damage at insane ranges, you can use to to take someone down with 2 shots from very far away and it is absurd (The Gnasher needs a damage reduction either at range or entirely). This leaves you unable to push any section of a map or clutching when you come up against 2 or 3 enemies which are nearby to each other. This again is where they have made the transition to create this stupid Gears of Duty game they’ve devised. Basically it seems that whoever lands the first shot get the kill especially with the absurd damage that the lancer does which is almost like an automatic sniper if two or more people are shooting at you, you peek your head up for half a second and you’re already down. The Gnasher fights are super boring and you can seem to quick aim any more in hard left trigger aim even on max sensitivity the left trigger aiming is incredibly slow… as someone that grew up using that play-style its horrible to even attempt to move away from it.
Yes I realise that will be a polarising point for some of you guys reading this and you’ll just tell me to shut up get on and adapt or to not bother playing it but they are pushing away loyal fans from this game with the absurd changes they’ve made. The damage omen they have put in is horrific, You cannot see properly or tell how damaged you are its awful.
I felt most of these issues on the tech test and I’m pretty sure that loads of people also voiced these complaints too so I can’t really fathom why they didn’t take any of this feedback on board.
The match making leaves a lot to be desired as it still allows people with horrific pings to enter servers that they shouldn’t be anywhere near. My ping on average on Gears of War 4 was between 10 and 23. In the best server I’ve found so far on Gears 5 I’m sitting at around 36!!! Why? And more to the point how do they allow people with pings of over 100 (often over 200) into servers where 7 or 8 players are <50. There is nothing worse than having a high ping player sponge multiple shots and then one shot you the rage it induces is unbelievable and nearly every single server has at least one of these laggy players.
Get rid of the Flash-bangs, they are IMO one of the the WORST additions to the game, really sucky game design especially with the overpowered Lancers.
They sucked all the fun out of the Multiplayer, and they’ve basically done this to cater to casuals and groups who spam lancer fire. This is probably my favourite gaming franchise, and one that I have played religiously since it launched and while I understand that they wanted to expand their audience of the game all they have done is destroyed what made this franchise and multiplayer great… never mind the Call of Duty monetisation they’ve added in. The amount of characters missing from the launch game is crazy… of course they will be added in later as paid characters or complete some absurd challenges to keep the game population high to unlock them. No new characters in the Tour of Duty currently just silly skins which I couldn’t care less about (these ruined previous games).The Tour of Duty and Medals are a hell of a grind for absolutely nothing special. The shocking fact they didn’t even bother to add the characters that show up in campaign is laughable. This game technically hasn’t even been released yet as we are in early access and I can’t believe how bad it all is.
7 launch maps too for multiplayer, are you kidding me? You could have at least bunged in a few of the decent Gears of War 2 or 4 maps as extras to bulk up the numbers instead of some of the shockingly designed new maps with the high ground points for everyone to lancer down from into the middle of the map…
Thank god this came as part of Game Pass and I didn’t part with any additional money for it.
Some of the spawns are horrible too and way too close to the power weapon pick ups, I really don’t like the weapon re-spawn cool downs either; why they felt the need to change them and increase the durations too I’ll never know.