Dropping the of War from the game’s title is indicative that the series starts to take on a new direction with Gears 5. The biggest change upends what you think these games can be, and that’s by making the environments larger and basically open-world hubs. They still lead to corridor-laden missions, but the overall feel is impressive and provides scale to the world, all the way down to the combat encounters. There’s a big budget movie feel here, and a lot of the cutscenes and moment-to-moment action make you wish you had popcorn at your side. Gears 5 is bigger, better, and more badass than ever.
Mark your calendars, as the next chapter in the Lancer-revving “Gears of War” saga is set to begin on Oct. 11 with the release of “Gears of War 4”.
For the unaware, this is in fact the second time that Gears of War has come to PC, which debuted alongside the Xbox 360 version. Fast forward almost ten years for a remastered version, dubbed the “Ultimate Edition” which came out for Xbox One, and now for PC on Windows 10. While not much has changed, the visual options and fidelity are what set this version apart from its console companion. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 is more than just a port to PC, it’s a statement about presenting emerging technology and proving that you can go home again.
Gears of War on the Xbox 360 was more than just a game, it was a cornerstone that made the Xbox 360 a console worth owning as well as set the bar for cover-based shooting, elimination-style multiplayer, and one of the best co-op experiences to have. This can also be said about Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One. The gritty and horror-themed game remains the same, as a ragtag group of soldiers (that end up friends) within Delta Squad are of a dwindling military doing whatever is necessary to wipe out a spreading invasion from the subterranean dwellers that have come to the surface known as the Locust, and save their planet of Sera. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition stumbles in a few places, but mostly is a smooth ride down memory lane.