Gears 5 has had a few multiplayer betas now and having played it I can confidently say the game has changed. It only took them 6 games. No more shotguns.
You may have seen Brad play the Beta on UPF a month or so ago and based on that you might think that it's business as usual, but it didn't highlight the biggest change to the game. No more shotguns. When I say the game has changed, of course I don't mean the overall gameplay is suddenly different. You're taking cover, shooting beefys boys until they go down. For those who have played other Gears games you will recall every match boiling down to a few players rolling and point blank blind firing a shotgun to kill you in one hit. Maybe 2, if you're lucky.
With Gears 5 competitive each character has their own weapon loadout and the Gnasher shotgun is no longer part of any loadout. You cannot pick up a shotgun on the map. Kills earn you credits which can then be spent on special weapons depending on your class, and the gnasher/overkill are included in these but you cannot start with one. For a fan of the series who recently played some Gears 4 to get ready for the new game this is a massive improvement. As an average skilled player it allowed me to actually participate in multiplayer without being frustrated all the time.
Is the change from being one shot all the time more or less likely to make you give Gears 5 a chance?