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.”