Review: Gears Tactics (Steam)

Gears Tactics is the fast-paced, turn-based strategy game from one of the most acclaimed video game franchises – Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • 28.8gb download size.
  • Xbox login integration.
  • Benchmark test.
  • Full controller support.
  • Steam achievements.
  • 5 save slots.
  • Four difficulties-Beginner/intermediate/experienced/insane.
  • Iron man mode-on/off. (characters permadeath)
  • Turn-based strategy gameplay.
  • XCOM influenced game.
  • Save and exit option.
  • Can down enemies and then execute them.
  • Crates-level rewards and found in le els, these give tiered loot based on rarity for equipment and weapons.
  • Loadout-weapons/armour/appearance.
  • Each squad member earns EXP and levels up for skill points to put in their own skill tree.
  • Deployment screen-pick your team.
  • Tac Com-use it in level to show buffs and disadvantages.
  • A-action points that dictate what actions you can do.
  • AAA quality cutscenes.
  • When targeting an enemy you get a hit percentage and damage percentage.
  • Fast-paced combat and enemy turns move fast.
  • Each mission has a main and an optional objective.
  • Recruit-roster changes periodically but you can hire new recruits.
  • Side missions are in the game to help progress to the story missions.
  • Colorblind settings.
  • Gore and mature filters can be turned on/off.
  • Controls-rebind both controller and keyboard.
  • Solid level design with a lot of cavernous routes.
  • Remembers your last deployed squad.
  • Missions can have modifiers that help or hinder you.
  • Maintains the Gears humor.
  • When moving around you get lines of sights from enemies so you K ow if you are moving into trouble.
  • Can move someone as another is moving.
  • Veteran mode-after finishing the game you get rolling objectives and new loot.
  • Easy or casual difficulty took 20 odd hours to finish.
  • 3 acts with 8 levels in each for the story.
  • Can use passives in such a way that you get a flow going.
  • Passives-unlocked from the skill tree.
  • Hide/show helmets and accessories.
  • Crew roles-Vanguard/Support/Heavy/Scout/Sniper.
  • Mission types-Sabotage/Scavenger/Control.
  • Fog of war in use on the levels.
  • Unlock new customize options for recruits as they can be changed in every way.
  • Maintains core Gears mechanics and ideals like using the bow and boomer, rings in use for capturing zones, chainsaws.
  • Heavy emphasis on action with endless numbers of enemies spawning.
  • Loot rarity system in use.
  • Completely playable with the controller.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Amazing set pieces.
  • Compelling engaging story.

Cons:

  • Long initial loads.
  • Loves to default to mouse and keyboard.
  • Using a controller is only pain when using the camera.
  • Bayonet charges crashed the game a few times.
  • Audio sync on cutscenes went crazy at a point.
  • Long level playtimes.
  • Looong boss fights.
  • Player skill trees are the exact same for each role type.
  • Maps and layouts feel repeated.
  • Travelling is when a character can’t be used which is fine but you can’t access their gear to swap with others.

 

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

The Gears franchise takes its steps into a new genre and that genre is dominated by X-com. Thing is though, the Gears universe is actually very deep and the style of enemies really do lend themselves well to the genre. It honestly surprised me how well it all worked and how I really got into it. The story is a good one, might not be as good as mainline Gears as I never felt like I knew or cared much about the main bad guy, that aside its still of the Gears quality. The controller works really well and when you add in a robust system made up of passives and cover the game is one that will delight and surprise. I finished the story which opened up the veteran mode which is a never ending cascade of mini missions and loot. Boss fights are absolutely spectacular and a fine example of how to do boss fights, but man oh man do they drag on for a long time! Everything you know gears for is here, from chainsaws to grenade tagging walls to sniper headshot noise, it’s just a lot of big dumb fun.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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