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Gears of War is a series of shooting game about a conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent. It's a big brash game franchise with six games, a comic book series and five novels.

You play over the shoulder of a buff soldier using a range of brutal weapons. There's a focus on moving forward tactically to use cover. When you take damage a red fog fades into the screen. It's frantic and exuberant and designed to be fun of the Saving Private Ryan kind.

Games in the Gears of War series are as follows:
  • Gears of War (2006) 360, Xbox One
  • Gears of War 2 (2008) 360
  • Gears of War 3 (2011) 360
  • Gears of War: Judgment (2013) 360
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (2015) Xbox One remastered version of the original game
  • Gears of War 4 (2016) PC, Xbox One
  • Gears 5 (2006) (2019) PC, Xbox One
  • Gears Tactics (2020) PC, Xbox One

Gears of War 5 offers a Campaign alongside various other modes: Escape the bomb, Versus Teams, Horde Battles with Four friends. It also has a map builder to create your own experiences to share with and challenge your friends.

Our examiner, Ellen Robertson, first checked Gears 5 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Adventure, Creative and Narrative elements. You can play with 1 to 3 players in the same room or as a 10-player online game. Local campaign co-op play with up to 3 players or online with up to 5. Local multiplayer Horde modes for up to 4 players.

Cross-Platform: Play across PC and Xbox One.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 25 hours to complete. Game length varies. Gears 5 can take up to 25 hours to complete the campaign. This time is extended by online game play.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Violence and Bad Language. This game contains frequent depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters. Powerful attacks often lead to dismemberment and decapitation of characters. Explosions cause characters to burst into bloody chunks that litter the floor, and execution moves emphasize the gross violence by pulling the camera in and focusing on the gruesome deaths. Violence is performed using a wide variety of weapons such as bladed-weapons, explosives and large firearms. All the attacks are paired with strong blood and gore effects. Post-mortem dismemberment can also be performed on the bodies that remain on the battlefield. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives. The word “*!@?*” and its derivatives can be found throughout.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Bloody Violence.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.


Gears 5 usually costs £29.99. 

Gears 5

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
You can purchase a range of cosmetic, level and character content for a range of prices from £4.25 to £39.99. This includes the Iron currency to obtain in game items. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/11/2006, updated in 2020

Price: 67% off

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Players: 1-3 (10 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting (Adventure, Creative and Narrative)

Accessibility: 41 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Coalition Gears (@CoalitionGears)

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