Finished Gears 5 last night and frankly I am not sure what to think of it. Presentation was really good. Music was great, cutscenes were well executed, game looked great, plus Act 2 was really solid. Graphically it looked quite good but there were some problems with optimization too. Ultra hd texture pack was causing stutters in cutscenes so I uninstalled it and lowered texture resolution a bit but kept other settings on high. It solved stutters but I did experience 2 or 3 crashes and handful of glitches that prevented me from proceeding further. So I had to reload previous save and kill enemies in the area again and the game finally triggered next cutscene and I was able to progress. Anyway... not a big deal, at least I was able to progress and it wasn't outright broken.
I liked female lead. She was strong and a likable character. Supporting cast was OK too. I liked the humour and chemistry between characters. Ending left me wanting for more. I'm not sure if it's because I was not able to finish the job or because I was starting to like it and wasn't ready to depart with it. Long story shot; presentation and characterization was pretty good. Mission design however just like gunplay was pretty lackluster. Started feeling repetitive at the start of Act 3. You run, shoot, see cutscene and repeat it countless times. The game also lost the ability to introduce new stuff in its second half.
It's not just true for the weapons but also enemies. Same enemies over and over again just with different combos. Time to fight A, B and C. Watch cutscene. Now fight A, C and D. Let's spice things up. Fight B, D and A but now with a robot that protects 'A' with a shield. Watched cutscene? Now fight 2 As, 3 Bs, and 7 Ds. Expecting a cutscene? Oh shit, surprise, here comes 3 Cs protected by 5 As. It really became a chore when there wasn't anything else to do other than killing run of the mill enemies over and over again with same collection of guns that were already introduced before the start of Act 3, in their entirety.
Not a bad game though but definitely not anything special: 7/10.