September could not come closer as millions of gamers along the world wait patiently for Gears of War 5. We were amongst the lucky cohort that got a chance to experience it hands-on at E3 2019 and it was surely a delight. The game was announced during E3 2018 alongside a trailer and a release window of 2019.
E3 2019 brought us much anticipated news alongside gameplay experience for the game. The developers did a marvelous job keeping the majority of the details under wraps to maintain anticipation and assure an element of surprise with the game. The conference was monumental in terms of sharing details about the game and we were lucky to be able to get a first-hand experience.
The development studio is still strictly keeping the details of the campaign mode contained, however, we got to know the following detail about other modes.
Getting to experience Escape mode was a really fun experience. The premise is very simple; Team players team up together in either online play or local co-op with the goal of battling through enemy give map in the shortest amount of time. During my gameplay experience, I struck done anything that got in my way. The poisonous gas in the background added a really interesting element to be aware of.
My character of choice for the first run was Keegan. He is essentially a supporting character and his special ability allowed me to spawn ammo within a circle. This was a really helpful perk for a limited time and was really handy when my team ran out of ammo.
Keegan is not the only character within the game, the game also adds two additional brand new characters. Lahni and Mac. Lahni is a scout character with the special ability to summon her electro-blade. The blade allows her to stun and cause damage to enemies for a limited time. Mac is a solid tank with the ability to generate a shield to protect teammates.
These were the only characters we were able to experience in this mode however there are multiple other characters that will be included in other game modes.
Even though we were only able to have a limited time experience of the gameplay, the graphics of the game were absolutely stunning in 4k. This crispness adds an element of visual interactive-ness even in scenes that are not otherwise extraordinary.
Gears of War 5 basically begins right when you start. The timer at the top indicates the start and helps have an idea of the time to track competitiveness. The default difficulty setting was easy which made the game a little too easy to play. The basic grunts were too easy to kill. The biggest annoyance during my gameplay experience with the lack of ammo. That luckily was covered by choosing Keegan as the main character.
Our short experience was extremely fun and definitely left us waiting for September to see more of what Gears of War 5 have to offer.