What you need to know
- Gears 5 launches in September on Xbox One and PC.
- The game eliminates the season pass and loot crates.
- There's a new "Bootcamp" mode which teaches you how to play multiplayer.
- You can preorder the game for $60 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Gears 5 is an upcoming third-person shooter from The Coalition which features a campaign and multiplayer modes. While anyone can easily pick up and play the campaign, the multiplayer modes have a moderate learning curve, especially when it comes to choosing your weapons.
In order to better familiarize new players with the combat mechanics, the developer is introducing a "Bootcamp" mode. According to a post on the game's website, "Bootcamp is a new way to practice your skills and learn new mechanics before joining the fight in Gears 5... you'll play as Del as he helps Damon Baird gather combat data... This all takes place in specially-designed Training Grounds outside the House of Sovereigns."
It's great to see that The Coalition is giving newcomers a chance to become familiar with the shooting mechanics before they jump into the various modes. However, only time will tell how effective it will be.
Gears 5 shines with Unreal Engine 4. The game looks stunning and should run at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second (FPS) on Xbox One X. Gears of War 4 ran at 4K 30 FPS during the campaign and 4K 60 FPS during multiplayer. This time around, both modes are the same frame rate.
A personal journey
Explore Sera. Skim across glaciers, sail over deserts, and descend into sunken ruins to discover the largest and most diverse Gears world ever created.
Excellent and affordable Xbox accessories
Up your Xbox experience with one (or all) of these budget accessories, all of which are approved by the gamers of Windows Central.
PowerA Play & Charge Kit for Xbox One (opens in new tab) ($15 at Amazon)
This charging kit keeps your Xbox One wireless controllers juiced up, and it offers batteries for two controllers. At just $15, this is hands-down our favorite budget charging companion.
ElecGear 4 Port USB Xbox One S Hub (opens in new tab) ($19 at Amazon)
This brilliant little USB splitter hub attaches perfectly to the side of your Xbox One S console. It's ideal for use with chargers, controllers, headsets, and more.
Controller Gear stand (opens in new tab) ($13 at Amazon)
Proudly display your Xbox gamepads with this stylish and functional stand. The licensed design is minimalist and black, and it has a hidden storage compartment, making the price of $13 a real steal.
Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.
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