What you need to know
- Gears 5 is a third-person shooter from Xbox Game Studios.
- The game features a lot of new additions to its campaign and multiplayer.
- The Coalition is working to address certain connectivity issues.
- You can purchase Xbox Game Pass through Amazon.
September 8, 2019: Certain Xbox Live gamers continue to have problems and The Coalition is working hard to issue service patches to fix them. Another one went up today which focuses on multiplayer.
Gears 5 is a third-person shooter from The Coalition. Not only does the game feature a larger campaign, but it also provided plenty of multiplayer modes. Some of the more underrated features of the game have to be its accessibility support and 60 Hz servers for smooth competitive matches.
However, the launch isn't going smoothly for everyone. According to various reports on social media, Gears 5 is experiencing some connectivity issues. While they currently appear to only affect a few regions, the developer is aware of them and issued a service update. Hopefully, this will fix the problems, but the team is going to keep on monitoring.
In Windows Central's review, Jez Corden wrote, "as a benchmark for visual excellence balanced against stellar performance, Gears 5 is technical wizardry. It also bridges platforms and storefronts... complete with... cross-play. The fact that Gears 5 manages to jam a... 12 to 18-hour campaign, several multiplayer modes, a map editor, and the promise of post-launch support represents one of the best deals in gaming right now. It's an even better value when you factor in Xbox Game Pass."
The game is garnering stellar reviews and you should check it out if you can. Gears 5: Standard Edition launches on September 10, and is part of the regular Xbox Game Pass subscription.
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