‘Gears’ is shiny again
When “Gears of War” was released in 2006, few games could match its pure visual grandeur, and the cover-based shooting mechanics were similarly novel. The 2015 remake, “Gears of War: The Ultimate Edition” (Microsoft, Xbox One), may not have the graphical chops to compete with the very best in the business, but the loving recraft is certainly pretty enough to feel at home on Xbox One. A head-to-toe visual and audio overhaul is as comprehensive as anyone could hope for. The campaign adventures of a ragtag squad of soldiers remains entertaining and excellently paced. Gameplay feels dated in both campaign and versus, but in many ways that’s a testament to the excellence of the original and that it’s held up as well as it has. The new edition doesn’t remake the cog, but it certainly makes it shiny again.
Matt Miller, Game Informer