When the original Gears of War released in 2006, it helped provide a finite starting point for next-gen gaming at the time. Even though the Xbox 360 had already been out for a year, none of the first year games had done much to differentiate themselves from games that were playable on the original Xbox. Epic Games took the power of Unreal Engine 3 and married it with a solid cover-based shooter, likeable characters, an unrelenting enemy and an addictive multiplayer experience. Now almost ten years later, and only one year after the lovingly-built but ultimately-broken re-release of another high-profile, Microsoft console exclusive in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Marcus Fenix and company have gotten a facelift in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Now, just like its original release, Gears of War draws a line in the sand and provides a new starting point of sorts for the Xbox One as it signals the beginning to what Microsoft is touting as its greatest holiday lineup ever.