Gears' strong style and great gameplay make it enjoyable even today, nine years after the original was released.
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.
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.
A fun and visually impressive trip down memory lane, even if some of the shooting mechanics feel dated
Ultimate is the best possible demonstration of Gears of War's classic shooter bonafides
The Coalition has crafted a faithful homage to a great nine-year-old game, but hasn't completely erased the blemishes of the past.
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.
How much mileage you'll get out of Gears of War: Ultimate really depends on what you're aiming to play. There's very little you haven't played before in the campaign and the new cinematics and voiceovers do little to assist the bare story, but the gameplay is still great, it looks and sounds fantastic, and fans will no doubt enjoy playing the formerly PC-exclusive section they missed the first time.
While the inclusion of all Xbox 360 versions of the Gears of War series could be seen as a sweet deal, I'm certainly torn by Microsoft's decision to do this. It's a nice touch to allow Xbox One owners to be able to play any Xbox 360 Gears of War game through backwards compatibility, but I feel this to be more of a cop out as The Coalition really should have offered the complete collection in what they consider to be the "Ultimate Edition" of the game.
A genuine visual upgrade and the multiplayer being 60fps means there's every reason for fans and newcomers to enjoy this package. Ultimate Edition reminds us of why Gears of War is so beloved.
Somewhere between a remake and a remaster, the work done to the original Gears of War is evident at every turn. You'll come to see the impressive new coat of paint, but you'll stay for the timeless multiplayer.
One of the best third-person shooters in history? It was and still is. The proof is right here.
The original Gears of War holds up better than you might think for a game that inspired years of me-too shooters. It may not be worth $40 for everyone now, but if you haven't touched the series before and want a good starting point before Gears of War 4 hits next year, this is the best place to start.
This goes in the pile of worthwhile rereleases that have been churned out lately, and is no doubt going to adequately tide over Gearheads until the next sequel makes its mark.
The Coalition's visually upgraded version of Epic Games' classic shooter is an optical treat content to preserve the original's (now slightly clunky) mechanics
Rebuilt in every way, and unlocking the entire Gears franchise for a value-conscious price, this truly is the Ultimate Edition of Gears of War. Curb stomping is as fun as you remember, but with this much of a rebuild, you have every reason to experience it all over again.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition features ample improvements made to the original game throughout, making it a familiar but fresh trip down memory lane.