If you’re more used to the reflexive third-person shooting of traditional Gears of War games, then the methodical turn-based strategy of Gears Tactics may seem unfamiliar and difficult. This series spin-off–which is exclusive to PC for now–models itself on the unforigiving tactical formula of the infamously difficult XCOM games, so failure is to be expected. Fortunately, you’re not completely out of luck, as we’ve come up with a few essential tips to help you strategically rip apart the Locust horde with ease.
For more about Gears Tactics, be sure to read our full review. The game is out now on PC through the Windows 10 Store and Steam, and it’s free through Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Not All Cover Is Created Equal
Even if this is your first turn-based tactical game, you probably already know that your units should always be in cover. As you advance and flank your enemies, ensure that your soldiers are safely tucked behind a low or high wall before you end your turn.