It may not be perfect, but Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is certainly a game worth playing. There is plenty of value to be had, no matter if you are a Gears fanatic or someone who is brand new to the series. Just make sure to experience it with a friend at your side.
New and old players alike should feel no hesitation about seeing this as the definitive way to play the opening story of the Gears epic. The new edition doesn’t remake the cog, but it certainly makes it shiny again.
Niggling issues and strange presentation decisions aside, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a must for any fan of the franchise, and an extremely well put together remake of one of last generation’s most defining titles. Gears of War seems in safe, loving hands with The Coalition.
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.
Game Mechanics: 7.8
The story was pretty bland; it didn't move much, and much stayed in one location. The first entries of every game or game series should build stuff up and get the player interested in the world; this game delivered this very poorly. Gameplay was cool, with different weapons and styles; Hammer of Dawn was a nice touch. The mechanics were ok; the AI was buggy sometimes and not helpful at times.
- Repackaged together, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition features all the content of the original plus the tacked on DLC for the ultimate nostalgia trip for hardcore Gears fans.
- Gears holds up surprisingly well in the gameplay department.
- Cutscenes have been touched up and redone.
- Runs at a relatively smooth 60fps in the MP department.
- Horrendous optimization. This game has not aged well graphically, and the remaster adds very little to get excited about.
- Broken matchmaking. It's understandable that Australian servers are limited, but changing the region to Europe and United States yields no results. Sometimes, a game can be found within seconds. 90% of the time, 15 minutes of lobby waiting results in nothing.
- Lobby waiting system is also broken once a game has been found - maps are on random cycles and tend to repeat themselves all too often.
- Terrible menu system, with a lack of options such as number of players active.
- Kicks everyone to the lobby after every match instead of continuing onto the next map.
A poor attempt to emulate a classic, mostly down fell but its broken MP component.
Never had XBox360, so this is first time I play this game. Really don't know why some people like those games, but GOW is really mediocre third person shooter with really bad story and boring gameplay. Could be fun if you have low expectations. Seems they didn't take advantage of new hardware in any way except better GFX. Loading time after you die is ridiculous today and controls are terrible.