Gears Tactics is a turn-based tactics game set in the Gears of War universe. It was released recently, and a set of lucky circumstances means you can try it out for as little as one dollar. It requires some know-how and a bit of work, but it’s a great deal. This guide will show you how to play Gears Tactics for $1.
All you need to do is subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass for PC, which is currently on sale for $1 a month. Just make sure you turn off auto-renew, or set a reminder on your phone to cancel the subscription before they renew it for another month.
Of course, this means you’ll have to download the Xbox app from the Windows Store, which is where you’ll get the game as well. If you have qualms with using the Windows Store, or don’t update your operating system regularly, the deal is off the table.
If you’re sad the offer doesn’t apply to Steam, just keep in mind that the Steam version also requires an Xbox profile login, so you’re just cutting out one additional client it has to run through this way. Also, if you already have the game pass and you’ve preloaded the game, you might have to update it before you can play. Day one patch and such.
If you haven’t heard of the game, it’s a turn-based strategy set before the evens of the first Gears of War. The Locust Horde is ravaging the planet Sera, and it’s up to you, Gabe Diaz, to assemble a squad of survivors, turn them into true warriors and command them in battle while you hunt down Ukkon, the leader of the horde. It advertises itself as putting a strong emphasis on story, customizable squads and aggressive gameplay with big, flashy boss battles.