Dropping the of War from the game’s title is indicative that the series starts to take on a new direction with Gears 5. The biggest change upends what you think these games can be, and that’s by making the environments larger and basically open-world hubs. They still lead to corridor-laden missions, but the overall feel is impressive and provides scale to the world, all the way down to the combat encounters. There’s a big budget movie feel here, and a lot of the cutscenes and moment-to-moment action make you wish you had popcorn at your side. Gears 5 is bigger, better, and more badass than ever.