In April this year, Microsoft released Gears Tactics on PC - an isometric, squad-based, and turn-based tactical game that, contrary to my expectations, was a great fit for the IP and a lot of fun. The Gears of War games have always emphasized sticking to cover, drawing fire, and flanking enemies, basic gameplay elements that - with a couple Gears-flavoured tweaks - translate well into an XCOM-style experience.
Despite offering gamepad support on PC, we’ve had to wait until the launch of the Xbox Series S|X consoles to play Gears Tactics on both the last-gen and next-gen hardware. Thankfully, developers Splash Damage and The Coalition have used this time to include a new campaign mode, a new tier of equipment, and balanced campaign progression (with these new features coming to PC as well). As a result, this relaunch remains easy to recommend to both console players looking for an XCOM tactical fix, and Gears of War fans alike.
Thankfully, developers Splash Damage and The Coalition have used this time to include a new campaign mode, a new tier of equipment, and balanced campaign progression.
The ever-present companion bot Jack will join your team early on and is always available to the squad without taking up a slot in your mission roster.
Enjoys games with awesome stories and characters, along with new and interesting hardware. Dislikes day-one patches and driver updates.
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Splash Damage, The Coalition
Xbox Game Studios
PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series
10 November 2020
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