Gears of War: Ultimate Edition - Xbox One [Digital]

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Blood and gore, Intense violence, Strong language
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Overview

What's Included


  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2365 out of 2441)

Product Details


  • Developer: The Coalition
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 04/28/2017

Synopsis


The landmark original Gears of War returns, stunningly remastered and modernized for Xbox One. Includes bonus Civilian Anya and Animated Imulsion Weapon Skin for use in multiplayer matches.

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Features


Remastered for 7.1 Surround

90 mins of bonus campaign content from the original 2007 Gears of War PC edition

New Xbox Live achievements (1,250 Gamerscore)

Concept art gallery and unlockable comics

Modernized Multiplayer featuring 60 frames per second, dedicated servers and skill-based matchmaking

New game types - Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill (Gears of War 3 style), Blitz, and new 2v2 Gnasher Execution

19 maps, including all XBox 360 DLC and 2007 PC-edition exclusive maps

17 unlockable Gears of War 3 characters for Multiplayer progression



Customer rating

4.6
97%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Remaster, but not perfect

    Posted
    BozzCollin
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    Chances are, if you have an Xbox, you've either played Gears of War or have seen it played. This remaster of the original Gears of War is a solid attempt. In an age where remasters are releasing very often, this game delivers more than most. It's more than a simple remaster. It's been put on Unreal Engine 4, the graphics have been boosted and the cinematics have been redone to look a TON better. I'll start with the negative: The campaign is locked to 30fps. The xbox one should be capable of running this game at 60fps, without any problems whatsoever. It has good graphics, but not great and it's a very linear shooter. There's no excuse for 30fps. Another negative is that the only way they got multiplayer to run at 60fps is by stripping the graphics down, by a lot. Multiplayer is definitely not easy on the eyes. Some maps look decent, but others, like Mansion, look rather bad. It's another testament to the lack of power behind the xbox one, which continues to be a big issue. Now the positive: The Unreal Engine 4 overhaul makes the campaign look great and the cinematics even better. The gameplay is smooth as ever and has been refined to match Gear of War 3, rather than the original Gears of War. The multiplayer is really polished, there is the leveling system from Gears 3 and there are unlockable characters and skins, adding a bit to the depth of multiplayer, compared to the original Gears, which was simple, with no unlocks or customization or leveling. The aiming has been altered as well, not in a negative way, but simply a side-step. Takes a little getting used to, which is fine. It's a solid game, and if you liked the previous games, you'll like the remaster, and it will hold you over until Gears of War 4.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Far from Beta, Further from Original, Still Good

    Posted
    Foreman
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    The Gears of War Ultimate Edition was my most anticipated release since Gears of War Judgment which turned out to be one of the most disappointing games and worst shooters I have ever played. This game returned the franchise to what I enjoyed in Gears of War 1 and 2 while maintaining one of the favorable elements introduced in Gears of War 3 in Team Deathmatch. Team Deathmatch is a great introduction to the game, but the mode suffers from original maps lacking adequate respawn points that were clearly not designed to accommodate the game mode. Also, the game is very different from what we got in the Beta with bindfire shots being completely ineffective and maps from the Beta not included in the full game. In comparison to the original, the shotgun is completely different with headshots being possible from very long distances and downs being possible from much further than in the orignal game. Though active downs with the sniper rifle were removed, active reloads increase the power of both the shotgun and lancer drastically. This, along with how easy the sniper has been made to use, make the game very different to the original Gears of War released 10 years ago. As a competitive player, I do not see any sense in rankings that have no basis except for points and that game stats are not visible to other players as they were in the original. Despite these deviations from the original game, I still enjoy this remastering a great deal and would recommend to both fans of the franchise and those new to the series. However, it is important to know that this release is absolutely nothing like the beta and even more different from the original release of the game. This will be apparent to gamers who have played both.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Knuckles Still White with the Remaster

    Posted
    CJHansolo
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    Whew . . . Gears of War may be one of the most visceral, intense near-FPS on the market. I state that the game is "near-FPS" because, if you are not aware, the game is played from an over-the-shoulder third person view much like the POV from Resident Evil 4. And I must say that it fits this style of gameplay perfectly. Throughout the game heart-skipping moments abound. The fighting is non-stop and insanely intense. The game designers at Epic were ingenious with their implementation of their duck-and-cover design. You CAN NOT survive a moment without it. And this focus on cover adds to the authenticity of the game's world, Sera. Add on top of this the GORGEOUS graphics, brought to you by the Unreal Engine 3, and you are immediately one with the world and its culture. On a low-note though I must admit that the dialogue, although well executed by the voice actors, is regrettably CHEEEEZZE. I almost have to remind myself that I'm not watching an Arnold or Sly over-the-top action film from the '80s filled with all their wonderful one-liners. However, this is hardly anything more than a slight "groaner" moment and should definitely not affect one's decision on whether or not to get this game. And of course this is an M-rated game, therefore definately NOT for children.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW!!! Gears Gets Better!

    Posted
    Blackdeath
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    Some things in life are just what you want them to be. For me, Gears is ultra-testosterone, full throttle, guns blazing shear enjoyment. I really wasn't concerned that there was a possibility that the game was just going to be the same, exact game just updated for Xbox ONE. I just wanted to be able to play Gears on ONE. But then you put in the game...the re-made cut scenes grab you and hold you with the vivid colors, facial movements (you can see the non-verbal dialogue/emotions in the characters faces!) and new action sequences. I told a buddy, it's the same but it's COMPLETELY different! SPOILER ALERT!!! Remade cut scene when Marcus gets off the helicopter and walks up to Hoffman for the first time since Dom gets him out of jail...Your watching Anya smile back at Marcus and it is violently interrupted by blood splatter all over the side of her face as a Grub snipes the head off a Grunt standing next to her. If you are a gamer, THIS IS A MUST HAVE GAME! This IS NOT your old Gears game. Buy it and enjoy it for what it is. What it isn"t? It isn't a "fix everything that was wrong with the original game" especially when it comes to the Multiplayer. So don't even expect that. Buy it so you can be the baddest MF on the planet saving everyone and everything from the legions of locust around every corner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good remake

    Posted
    Marco
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    I'm giving this 4 stars only because it seemed to me that I was getting all the previous GoW games mastered for xBox ONE. You should know that this is just the first GoW. I love this franchise and playing it on xBox ONE was a delight. Better graphics, smoother frame rate, and lots of restructured scenes, more than I thought there would be. New gameplay and new cut scenes gives this a level of excitement even for gamers that have played this game a dozen times on xBox 360, like I have. If you understand that you have only the first of 4 GoW games with this ultimate edition, and as new remastered games become available you've be able to download them for free, then you will love this edition. Had the other GoW games been ready to download when I bought this I would given this the 5 Stars and then some. Maybe unfairly I am deducting a star from a 5 star value because when it was over, it was over, no new game to play. Maybe it's me, maybe no one else thought they were going to get all 4 games. If that's so, well, then I'm a little "thick". Can't wait for the new game in the franchise. GoW is one of the best game franchises for xBox.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Huge improvement overall.

    Posted
    IceSikill
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    With the exception of Judgement, I've spent significant time with all the other Gears games. This version plays largely like the original while fine tuning a lot of the movement which removes some of the clunkiness the original had when it released almost 10 years ago. On the campaign side, I've gotten through the first few acts and it's every bit as good as it was back then with significantly improved visuals and response time. For multiplayer, the learning curve is high yet again and using the gnasher well takes some getting used to even if you've played the others. My only real complaint about the MP is the way the maps cycle, I usually play KOTH and not all maps are cycled on every game mode so I often find myself playing the same 3 or 4 maps while never getting a chance to play on Mansion, one of my favorites. I believe the developers are currently addressing this however so hopefully soon that will no longer be an issue. Regardless, if you're a fan of the Gears series then $40 for this is a no brainer to hold you over until Gears 4 arrives next year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cogs!

    Posted
    mattman
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    Late in the story of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Marcus Fenix kicks down the front door of his childhood home. He finds the wallpaper peeling, the furniture in disarray, and a fine layer of dust blanketing every surface. This return to a dilapidated family home is a poetic echo of the task at hand. Many members of developer The Coalition worked on the original 2006 Gears of War, and this remaster is the studio's first release before it launches Gears of War 4. And although it's created a faithful homage to the game that started it all, some of the furniture is still out of place, and the corners continue to gather dust. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition lets us cheat time, and travel back to 2006, when we first saw Fenix emerge from that shadowy prison cell. Because of the updated visuals, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition fills in cracks and polishes edges to preserve our ever-so-fragile nostalgia.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice remaster

    Posted
    Marine57
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    I love all the GoW games, well, maybe not Judgment as much as 1 to 3 but you get what I mean. I think these games are one of the best out there for a FPS with an actual story, co-op play, and competitive and fun PvP. I'd say this is much better than any COD game. If you're looking for endless hours of PvP than GoW isn't for you. I've played through the stories of GoW many times on my own and with friends. The enemies in these games will give you nightmares. I'm glad a new generation of Xbox One gamers will be able to enjoy what I have one my 360 for years. It's a bargain price and that you'll get to play the other 360 games on your One is an incredible bonus. Only downside is the download time for the game. I don't understand why I have disc then I have to install it. Is what is. I hope you get this game and enjoy it as much as I and others have for years. *I gave it 4 stars because I haven't finished yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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