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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition vs Gears of War (Backward Compatibility) - Graphics Comparison

See how Gears of War has changed since 2006 debut.

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AstroCyborg1124d ago ShowReplies(4)
0to1001124d ago

not sure what it is but the darker contrast seems to make the original look better from an art standpoint, but the higher res textures on the remaster are going to be better of course.

it seems the original has more detail in those lower res textures, and of course better art design, looks dark where as the remaster looks more softer & cartoony lol

Deadlead1123d ago

Yeah and some details have been removed/replaced like buildings in the distance or the the tarnished wall with that banner. Also one image in the og had cracked, dilapidated tile and instead of that war-torn look they just put in a blanket, repeating pattern. That said the character models are vastly improved and the remaster looks much, much better in motion.

jb2271123d ago (Edited 1123d ago )

I noticed those things, plus the sky looks dark & stormy on the 360 vs. Clear blue on the XBO (in my opinion the 360 sky looks better in that aspect)...also the ambient lighting from the gunfire was completely removed for the UE for some reason? I dunno maybe the beta was meant to be fairly rough and a lot of changes will happen but honestly I'd prefer the look of the original. The original really conveys the sense of a warzone while the remaster looks a fair bit more cartoony, like Gears crossed with Team Fortress. The bump in resolution doesn't make up for the wholesale changes on display for my tastes. I'm sure the 60 fps will be nice but visually it seems like they are actively trying to distance themselves from the whole "greys & browns" color palette that games got flak for last gen, but in GoW's defense, they were the originators that everyone else was copying to a lesser extent, so The Coalition should've championed the original assets a little more IMO.

donthate1123d ago

@Deadlead:
The changes has been discussed extensively by Rod Ferguson (which was part of GeoW since the beginning) that originally there were technical limitations so Epic had to make it darker to hide that.

As the technology improved, they added more and more color to the world and removed that darkness that hid well, the details.

I'm glad TC are changing the game more, because I don't want just a 1080p/60fps bump and sell game. BC will take care of most of that for me already.

The most exciting thing for me is to enjoy Gears of War on dedicated servers! The experience in Titanfall is just out of this world amazing with Azure so I'm hoping for a repeat.

jb227:

The more cartoony look is more due to the detail. As you keep dialing in on the details, you get more and more cartoony look, because know you can actually see what is wrong with it. As before you imagined what it would be like.

If you just bumped the graphics straight up to 1080p, it would look very flat.

"The bump in resolution doesn't make up for the wholesale changes on display for my tastes. I'm sure the 60 fps will be nice but visually it seems like they are actively trying to distance themselves from the whole "greys & browns" color palette that games got flak for last gen, but in GoW's defense, they were the originators that everyone else was copying to a lesser extent, so The Coalition should've championed the original assets a little more IMO.

I covered the color issue repeatedly, but the darkness was to hide the technical shortcomings at the time. As Epic got better, the world got brighter, more color and more detail.

But yeah, the black and grey world was very unique and had a horror feel to it so it is quite fun to go through the entire series to see the changes all the way up to Judgment that had the slightly more cartoony look with lots more detail.

maybelovehate1124d ago

Graphics look very nice. Not sure if the draw distance is drastically improved or they just added a lot more to the city but either way it is impressive.

FoxyGotGame1123d ago

Yeah looks awesome...this is how you update a classic. Take note SONY! /

SuicideKing1123d ago

Take note Sony? Uncharted collection looks great,wish they had multiplayer,but it looks great nevertheless.
I am excited to play this next week. Going to co op the campaign and then get back into the multiplayer.

jb2271123d ago

I think it's honestly two different approaches. The UC collection for instance is being developed by Bluepoint instead of the original ND crew, and I personally applaud their restraint when working w/ someone else's art. When paintings are being restored, we don't want the restorers applying new colors or elements, we want them to bring the original back to life after years of aging.

The Coalition are now the rightful owners of the Gears franchise, so they definitely have the right to change whatever they'd like, but in this case i just think it's a step down from the original in terms of overall aesthetic and the atmosphere is totally changed by the texture swaps, the water details, and certain aspects of lighting. At a certain point, additions can be subtractive to the whole experience in terms of visuals. Granted I haven't played through the whole UE to judge whether the Coalitions vision is somehow better than Epic's original work with the title, but there is no denying that there is a fairly drastic difference.

If you own the original and just want as many changes as possible to somehow justify your purchase then good on you, but like I said before, if someone remastered the White Album and completely re recorded sections of the songs, I personally know music fans would be really bummed. Gaming fans have this whole competitive angle that skews things, but I'd say if people would let go of those ideas & also let go of this idea of remasters only being valuable if they look absolutely different than the original, regardless of the quality of the end result, they may see the scenario a bit differently. I wonder what Cliff and some of the original Epic members that aren't a part of The Coalition would have to say about the UE.

donthate1123d ago

jb227:

If you respect the original too much, it becomes a "port" and that is what Sony's "remasters" feel and appear like. Minimal changes, and a performance boost due to new hardware.

I don't want a 1080p/60fps bump alone so I welcome freedom to change it. For instance, the old Gears of War game mechanic is dated by todays standard so I am happy they modified it to make it relevant and fun again.

This package is more like a remake than a remaster as all the assets has been redone, sounds re-recorded, cinematics re-imagined to what current technology allows, dedicated servers and added content.

Rod Ferguson coverd some of these changes where the darkness you see in origina GeoW is due to inability to add detail at the time or some of the cut-scenes were done a certain way because technology didn't allow you to do that.

So I find it quite refreshing that it is a new take with the original purveyor of Gears of War heading this game. We get to see what they wanted it to be instead of a re-hashed 1080p/60fps bump and sell!

saywat2471123d ago

i actually thought the top was the remastered and the bottom was the old in the first image until i read otherwisse lol

TOTSUKO1123d ago

Sony: "Note to self, Microsoft trying harder to build brand loyalty" (Wipes ass with the note paper.)

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FoxyGotGame1123d ago (Edited 1122d ago )

@suicideking

Not sure what part of my comment insinuated UC Collection wasn't a good update?

If you had read my prior comments on UC Collection, you would know that I have applauded Bluepoint games. I only own a PS4 as a current gen system. But, I'm not defending Sony or any console maker just because. You obviously read my comment as a negative, but I see no negative in expecting better.

Not entirely sure what a Sony PS4 game has to do with Gears Ultimate Edition. I thought this was an Xbox article? My Bad / ...In any event, I wasn't comparing, merely making a comment fellow gamer.

RiPPn1124d ago

Looks great and I skipped it last gen so looking forward to playing this gem with what appears to be some great enhancements.

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