Going back to Gears of War ten years after its original release is an exercise in myth-busting. Rightly iconic, but long since muddied in the public memory by a string of differently focused sequels, not to mention the decade-long cover-shooter boom it inspired, Gears is a game defined now as much by perception and periphery as by the concrete matter of what it actually is. It’s dude-bro ground zero to some. It’s a big dumb gun game to others. In truth, it’s neither of those things. In truth, it’s still one of the cleverest and most resonant shooters of the last decade.