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Gears 5 is Xbox’s biggest launch this generation, but there’s a catch

Published: 16/Sep/2019 22:21 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 23:06

by Bill Cooney

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With over three million players in just the first weekend, Gears of War 5 has already had the biggest launch week of any Xbox Game Studios title this generation.

Gears of War 5 officially launched on September 6 and so far the numbers indicate it’s well on its way to being a big hit for Xbox.

Three million active players doubled the first week debut of Gears 4 and is the most players for an Xbox Studios release in the first week since Halo 4 was released in 2012.

343 IndustriesGears of War 5 is the most-played Xbox game in release week since Halo 4 in 2012.

What makes Gears 5 so special?

The fifth Gears of war game focuses on Kait Diaz, an Outsider of Locust descent, who has to uncover the origins of the Locust and her family. JD and Marcus Fenix, from past Gears games also make a return as well.

The game also brings back Gears multiplayer – arguably one of the most popular features of all the games in the franchise.

XboxPlenty of players got into Gears 5 during the first week for the multiplayer alone.

On PC, Gears 5 has blown its predecessor out of the water completely, nearly tripling the amount of users and becoming the biggest launch for an Xbox Game on Steam to date.

The game has seen good reviews from critics and fans alike, it currently sits at an 8.7 user score on Metacritic – the sixth-best rating of any Xbox One game.

XboxGears 5 has been a hit with PC players on Steam as well.

The Gears 5 hype is real

Several streamers have hopped on the Gears of War 5 hype train since release, including Dr. Disrespect, whose multiplayer gameplay was roasted by NickMercs for resembling a “bot”.

Streaming superstar Ninja also played Gears 5 on Mixer, for awhile at least, before the allure of WoW Classic drew him back in – as it’s done for many streamers, including shroud.

Gears may not have seen the streaming explosion that WoW Classic did following release – but that doesn’t mean fans and players aren’t any less excited about it.

At a time when a ton of new games are dropping for the upcoming holiday season, Gears 5 definitely seems to have made a name for itself.

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WWE’s The New Day tear up Survivor Series with custom Gears of War armor

Published: 23/Nov/2020 2:58 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 3:36

by Brad Norton

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Continuing their trend of exceptional video game-inspired ring attire, WWE’s The New Day came to this year’s Survivor Series ready for battle, bringing their custom Gears of War skins to life.

While Batista may have been the first WWE superstar to join Gears 5, the longest reigning tag champs in history just dropped in as well. Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Big E are all available in Microsoft’s third-person shooter with their own custom skins, emotes, and voice lines.

To celebrate their vibrant in-game items, the trio entered this year’s Survivor Series with a unique look. Rather than walking to the ring with their usual attire, things were turned up a notch. The New Day entered the building with a real version of their Gears skins.

Everything from the blue, pink, and yellow body armor to the limited Booty-O cereal box, it was all custom made for this one-off appearance.

It’s no secret that members of The New Day are massive gamers. Xavier Woods runs one of the biggest gaming-focused YouTube channels in UpUpDownDown, and the crew even appeared at Wrestlemania 33 in Final Fantasy ring gear.

The Gears 5 collaboration is just the latest in their video game crossovers. This one couldn’t have had a bigger spotlight. Survivor Series is one of the biggest Pay-Per-View events of the year. With a champion vs champion tag match set between them and The Street Profits, there was no better time to show off the Gears 5 attire.

Big E walked down the ramp with both belts by his side, while Kofi held the custom cereal box. Xavier Woods had something a little more over the top in his hands, however. He came with a buffed version of Francesca the Trombone, custom-designed to match the look of a Gears Lancer.

With a chainsaw at one end and the base of the gun on the other, the trombone still worked as he made his way to the ring. 

The suits of armor were enormous, mirroring their in-game counterparts in terms of both style and size. Obviously, the chest plates came off when it was time to do business. Regardless of the result, there’s no denying The New Day had the standout look at Survivor Series.

Who knows what kind of gaming creations they’ll come up with next. Though you can always expect the tag champs to be pushing the industry further into the eyes of the wrestling community.