Déjà vu and jamais vu in one exciting package!
I would like to start by saying that the original Gears of War was a system seller for me. It is the reason I picked up the Xbox 360 and have thoroughly enjoyed all the games released in the series. But it’s been a really long time since I revisited the game that started it all – the first Gears of War. And today, we have with us a great remaster of the original in the form of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.
Right off the back I’d like to say that if you enjoy third-person shooters, then you have to play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Some iconic games like Uncharted, Tomb Raider and more have borrowed elements from Gears of War and that is just a testament to how well GoW has perfected cover-based shooting. The mini game of reloading at the opportune moment adds to the tension, especially in a heated battle.
THE DANGLING CARROT!
If you are a fan of the franchise or enjoy cover-based shooters here is an incentive for you to drop about Rs. 3,000 on Gears of War: Ultimate edition. If you buy Gears of War: Ultimate Edition you unlock the entire Gears collection via Xbox One Backward Compatibility when the feature launches later this year. However, there is a catch to this carrot. Gamers have to play the game between 25th August 2015 and 31st December 2015 to access the collection. The collection includes Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgement. So for the price of one, you are getting access to all the gears games.
A FAMILIAR GAME IN PRETTIER PACKAGE
Coming back to the ultimate edition, you also get access to the story DLC that was earlier exclusive to the PC version of the game.
Now, the reason I call this game a mix of Déjà vu and jamais vu is because everything is so familiar yet so different. The opening cutscene, for example, is quite different from the original opening. And I don’t mean just the graphics, the way it is executed. You have the lead protagonist, Marcus Phoenix sitting in the shadows of his cell whereas in the original it was a POV (point of view) cutscene when Marcus is being rescued. It’s a subtle difference and there are many of them in the game that have refreshed memorable moments.
Creatures called the Locusts have emerged from beneath the planet’s surface and have started reigning havoc on everyone. It is your job to save the day. That’s far as I am going without spoiling it. The story of the game has the standard plot twists.
The graphics of the game is where it truly stands out. What was once a slightly greyscale toned game with blood and gore thrown in is now a beautiful lush environment of a post-apocalyptic world. At 1080p 60fps, the game looks really good. Playing the original Gears of War and then jumping into the ultimate edition is a testament to how far graphics of console gaming has come in the past 10 years.
There isn’t much to say here that hasn’t been said in the review of the original Gears of War. The fact that you have access to the entire collection if you play the game before the end of the year is incentive enough to pick up this game. If you are an Xbox One owner and haven’t played Gears of War on the 360, then this is the time you should get your hands on it.
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.