Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Top Critic Average
Gears' strong style and great gameplay make it enjoyable even today, nine years after the original was released.
Damn near essential if you've yet to experience the horror that followed Emergence Day, and very heartily recommended to those who've forgotten just what a special time that was.
One of the best remakes of recent years, both in terms of the amount of thought and effort put into the remastering and how much the original deserves the attention.
A fun and visually impressive trip down memory lane, even if some of the shooting mechanics feel dated
The Coalition has crafted a faithful homage to a great nine-year-old game, but hasn't completely erased the blemishes of the past.
Ultimate is the best possible demonstration of Gears of War's classic shooter bonafides
The campaign has aged pretty poorly and the graphical updates to the campaign side of Gears of War feel half-baked, so unless you're really excited for the competitive part of Gears of War, there's nothing for you here.
A right rollicking blast from the past brought bang up to date with a splendid, full 1080p makeover. Its campaign has a ton of macho meat to sink your teeth into, and once you're done, the multiplayer aspect provides plenty of long-term appeal. The fact that the game comes with three other Xbox 360 Gears of Wars titles makes it a veritable bargain.
Microsoft has a lot riding on the continued prosperity of Gears; after all, it is one of the publisher's largest properties. Gears of War Ultimate Edition effectively reminds why that's the case, just as it reminds why this is the game that partially influenced an entire generation of gaming. It just took a makeover to help us appreciate it again.
Make no mistake—regardless of my feelings about not getting the full trilogy, and my mild disappointment with how Gears of War plays in 2015, The Coalition has made a triple-A package worth picking up for any fan of the series.