One of my biggest gripes with Gears 4, is how comical they made the executions look. I’m not talking about the detail of the gore from Gears 1-2 “rib cages” etc.
I’m talking about the fact that every execution results in a head pop or meaty sludge explosion. Yeah Gears is supposed to be super over the top, but it just looks really silly now and lacks the brutality of the older games.
E.g. The Retro lancer execution used to brutally cut their throat in Gears 3, but now their heads just pop. The Hammerburst execution no longer breaks part of the head open, it just pops the entire head, the Boltok Pistol whip also causing another head pop. Or the longshot, Smacks them on the back… Yes the back and guess what? Head randomly explodes yet again, because logic… Gears 5 seems to be doing the same silly looking deaths. Like the Claw execution for example, stabs the enemy with the spikes, pulls it out and their entire body just randomly gibs…
It seems like such an easy thing to fix, not every execution needs to result in dismemberment… Or maybe Microsoft made them tone stuff down so it appears less brutal and more comical?
They sure do love their head pops. A little too much perhaps. Maybe that’s the real reason the mobile game is called “Gears POP!”.