Return to Gears 5 with the Hivebusters expansion and undertake their first suicide mission. Explore the tropical Galangi islands, battle enemies with the team’s ultimate abilities and confront a deadly new predator. Included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
$20 or free with Game Pass Ultimate. Out 15th Dec.
Enjoy a new, 3-hour campaign set on the volcanic Galangi islands. The island lava flows and sandy beaches are crawling with Swarm and a deadly new predator. Use and upgrade Ultimate Abilities in a campaign story setting for the first time. Up to 3-player co-op, split-screen or online. 16 new achievements to unlock for 210 Gamerscore The expansion supports Gears 5 Xbox Series X|S optimizations, including reduced load times, quick resume, variable refresh rates and 4K HDR Ultra visuals on Series X.
Just finished this (then uninstalled, as I didn’t realise this expansion was coming!).
Really good, and looks incredible. I played on ‘experienced’ and there were some sections where you needed to get lucky, and needed to keep replaying. There are some cheap sections that box you in, and get tough, homing grenades, drop shots and that final boss!
"The fun varied fights in beautiful new environments makes for a tense action packed expansion that never slows down. Its a excellent reason to fire up Gears 5 again and see how amazing it looks and runs on a new Xbox Series X"
To me, Hivebusters points to a bright future for Gears of War, where one-off adventures and even anthology tales could be told, Monster of the Week-style, to satiate our appetite for more blood, guts, and viscera. So long as Microsoft can continue bridging great and inventive writers like Kurtis Wiebe onboard, I have a feeling The Coalition will be able to find plenty of weird and wonderful stories, encounters, and characters to explore in this more nuanced, truncated campaign format.
A spectacular piece of story-driven single-player DLC, Gears 5's Hivebusters update is a graphical showcase for PC and all Xbox consoles. And more than that, The Coalition has also delivered bug fixes and optimisations that improve the core game for all users. Here's John and Rich to discuss Hivebusters and the patched code.
I played through the hivebuster DLC last night. It was good yeah, graphics good, OK character development (in the short time) some really good sections and face offs and set pieces. Too many tedious "juvies bits", annoyingly easy to miss some of the pick ups, and the dialogue gets a bit too schmaltzy at the end. 8/10.
On level 2 - it was really good recognizing the hive tiles. Massive shame they cut it short. I would really have liked, and the scope was there, to have extended that section to include more hive tiles. Juvie bits - far too often the game design fell back into the lazy - stand here and we will through some annoying juvie waves at you.
About 3-4 hrs worth, i had it on ultimate so im not sure about value for money. I believe its £20 ish without (?). If you compare with DLC from 10 years ago, it could be said its a bit disappointing and in comparison with a £50 game maybe a little light on content. But with inflation and comparing to a £20 football ticket, or a £12 cinema ticket - its probably inline with those.