Wasn’t a huge fan of shooters or pvp multiplayer. Was working at a Gamestop when Gears 2 released and had no interest in it. One of the guys working there said he’d buy me Gears 1 (used) and play through the campaign with me cause he said it was amazing and it would make me buy Gears 2.
I enjoyed the campaign of Gears 1, it was a great story. Hated the multiplayer and frankly never touched it till years later and it was just to boost achievements.
So I bought Gears 2 on when it released cause I wanted to continue the story, but Horde mode was what really made the game for me, loved it, played it for hundreds of hours, but never touched the pvp side except to boost achievements. So when Gears 3 came out I bought it and again, the story was amazing, horde was improved and a blast, and beast mode ended up becoming my favorite game mode, but again, rarely even touched the pvp side of multiplayer except for achievements.
Then Judgement came out, I didn’t buy this one, to many other games were out at the time and a buddy of mine who did buy hated it and he loved Gears 1-3. Didn’t play the game until it went Games With Gold on Xbox and I got it for free. And I share his opinion, it is the worst Gears game of them all.
Gears 4 came out and I had seen previews, bought and within a month regretted that decision. I felt the story was meh at best and it didn’t make me want to replay it, the microtransactions, what they did to horde (which eventually I got used to, but then they kept nerfing things, making it less fun to play), and the way that TC created achievements that lacked any real creativity that just made the game a more long and boring grind, I got burnt out and walked away from it and had no desire to buy Gears 5.
When Gears 5 came out, I didn’t buy it, if it wasn’t on Game Pass I would have never played it. For me TC took everything good about previous Gears games and tossed it and replaced it with gimmicky things that just made the game an absolute borefest. The constant issues and reworks/nerfs since Day 1 have only made me dislike the game even more, they took my favorite game mode, Horde, and utterly destroyed it. Its become such a grind for anything in this game that it’s just not fun to play anymore. If it wasn’t for a few friends I probably would have uninstalled it after OP1 and never gone back, but because of achievements like BFF I stuck with it along side my friends.
But when/if Gears 6 releases, I won’t buy it. If’ it’s on Game Pass, i’ll download it and play through the campaign on an alt-gamertag, just so I don’t feel the need to go back and complete the achievements in it. Or i’ll watch someone else play through the campaign on Youtube.