One of the things I really believe in is that in order to get diverse characters you have to strive for diversity. Like diversity just doesn’t happen, especially from the creative mind of a middle-aged white guy. Like that just doesn’t happen, right?
Those are the words of The Coalition’s Studio Butthead Rod Fergusson.
We all knew what Gears of War 5 was going to be after that E3 demo. Looking back at the old trilogy, Gears 4 and up feel like another franchise all together.
But this has obviously been intentional. We've seen various franchises go through this shift, and Gears is simply just the next in line. What was once a testosterone filled shooter is now an "emotional" female driven Marxist story.
It's all so tiresome.
Anyways, lets cover some aspects of this trash
Gears 5 is the first entry in the series in which you play as a waymen. And not just any girl, but the unlikable punk from Gears 4. Very cool!
The game opens with
"Previous on Gears..."
Like a soap opera.
Anyways, much like Gears 4, the game doesn't start too horribly. You begin by playing as J.D., who, with the rest of Delta squad, attempt to get the Hammer of Dawn back online. If it weren't for the marketing, one would assume you play as J.D. the whole game. Anyways as you run through the bland level design Kunt, err Kait, talks about how she doesn't sleep because of bad dreams. Marcus, losing his chad attitude long ago, is now only around to give Kunt sympathetic looks and entertain her crazy attitude. He consistently worries about her over his own son, J.D.
Funnily enough, J.D. uses this as an insult towards Kunt, then immediately apologizes.
After the opening level Delta squad finds themselves fighting in a city to aid Clayton Carmine. But this city is hostile towards the COG. We find this out when Del Dindu and some other forgettable dude talk about shooting peaceful protesters. Dindu claims they were peaceful while forgettable dude mentions they were throwing firebombs.
It's really funny.
But why is this brought up? You'll see.
Anyways we soon see Clayton, who is old and uncool now. All his potential scenes are stolen by his niece Elizabeth. Who gets an over the top bad ass intro.
But it's time for a twist! Forgettable dude states that J.D. was the one who ordered the firing on the peaceful firebomb protesters. Kunt and Dindu are none too pleased! They give him angry looks while sad music plays. Despite everything these three went through in the 4th game, they turn on J.D. at the drop of a hat.
Soon Delta squad and others find themselves in an impossible firefight. In a self-sacrificing act J.D. uses himself as a guide for the Hammer of Dawn. It fires down on his location, killing the enemies. J.D. survives, but soon after the hammer frenzies and fires down on allies. J.D. selflessly saves as many as he can while everyone else, including Marcus, run away. In this act Elizabeth dies and J.D. losses his arm.
Despite these heroic acts the game will paint him as evil.
After this the game switches over to Kunt and Dindu, never back to J.D.
Here the two diversity hires are attempting to recruit settlements into the COG. Kunt goes to a settlement maintained by her uncle. Soon it is attacked and Kunt is swallowed by a snatcher. Like Marcus, she is connected to the Swarm's network or something. Unlike Marcus he is able to control Swarm soldiers. With this power she kills her uncle.
This then leads to that cringe E3 cut-scene. (That part is at 2:15)
Kunt and Dindu find a super secret base and a mad scientist named Niles. Niles reveals that Kunt's mother was the daughter of Locust queen, Myrrah.
Kunt, being the attention whore she is, then threatens to shoot herself. But holds the gun like an autstic kid would.
Soon after Kunt and Dindu seek to finish J.D.'s mission of launching more Hammer of Dawn satellites. J.D. joins, begging them to let him help. Everyone still hates him, but allow him to aid. Kunt is now squad leader.
After launching the satellites Detal returns home. After some pointless drama about Kunt getting arrested the city is soon attacked and Delta reacts by planting beacons for the Hammer of Dawn. As this is happening the Swarm Queen walks out of smoke and grabs both Dindu and J.D. The player must then choose who to save.
I wonder which one will be the canon choice?
Regardless of choice there's a big boss fight and the city is destroyed. Everyone hugs and sequel lines are spat.
The last shot is of Kunt tearing off the Locust necklace. The camera focuses on the COG emblem in her armor, showing the side she's chosen. As if she would have picked otherwise.
The plot seemed to have faced a bit of a reboot.
J.D. is no longer the protagonist. In fact he seems to be a villain. Over the span of this game Kunt takes all of his previous positions, finds out she's super important, and that all of her problems stem from evil white guys.
Since Gears 4 the series has lost its weight and impact. There is a high chance many of you have seen Crowbcat's video over the matter. It says more than words ever will.
Along with this the visuals have mutated from a grimy industrial look to colorful sci-fi.
The game has its share of bugs too.
Its longevity is placed into question. At launch there were server issues. Naturally, for campaign plays this SHOULDN'T be a problem, but collectibles are tied to servers. Meaning if you're offline that progress will not save. Along with this the campaign will crash and not save progress.
At The Coalition, we believe that gaming is for everyone. And we believe that gaming is better when we embrace the things that make us unique and respect diverse perspectives. Gears of War is a series grounded in diversity, and we’re proud to celebrate it in our characters and our players. The ‘Gears 5’ team was incredibly passionate about including flags representing the different aspects of Pride and we’re thrilled players can show up as their authentic selves while playing. -Rod Fergusson
The game has 19 different pride flags.
Then vs Now
Can't wait for Halo Infinite
Well, at least we got that one cool Gears 4 trailer from all this.
Queers of War 5 really makes you feel like a queer. 10/10