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Gears Tactics Is Out Now, Available On PC's Xbox Game Pass

Game Pass subscribers can try the tactics-based Gears spin-off at no additional charge.


Gears Tactics releases today on PC, and as a first-party game it's included in Microsoft's Game Pass subscription service. Many of Microsoft's own PC offerings are dual-platform, releasing on Xbox One and PC simultaneously, but this time PC gets a wide headstart with no release date given yet for the Xbox version.

Gears Tactics is a spin-off from the regular shooter series, instead giving you an overview of the battlefield and ordering troops in a system reminiscent of the tactical series XCOM. It's received pretty positive reviews across the board, including in GameSpot's own Gears Tactics review.

"Though Gears Tactics wears itself a little thin by the end of its protracted campaign, the rush of pulling together a victory from the jaws of defeat carries an exciting, chaotic energy," Mike Epstein wrote. "Unlike most strategy games, playing well doesn't necessarily make you feel like a mastermind, so much as though you've cheated death. Every successful plan, even a last-ditch effort, feels like a small stroke of genius. That's no small feat."

The game is also available through Steam. It costs $60 to purchase, which makes it part of your permanent collection regardless of your Game Pass subscription.

Microsoft recently outlined its Game Pass offerings through the remainder of April, including Gears Tactics. That included games like Gato Roboto, Deliver Us The Moon, Hyperdot, and Levelhead. The service also surprise-launched the co-op party game Moving Out. And in May, the console version of the service will add Red Dead Redemption 2.

Game Pass offers a rotating library of 100 games for $10 apiece on PC or Xbox One. A Game Pass Ultimate subscription packages both services, along with Xbox Live Gold, for $15.

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