T. Salamunic: It’s hard to imagine that nine years have passed since the original Gears of War was released and forever changed the third-person shooter genre. Nearly every action game that followed borrowed gameplay elements from Bleszinski’s talented team. Understandably, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft decided to release an HD remake of their acclaimed franchise. But, is a decade-old game with a new paint job enough to mask Microsoft’s recent hiccups? To a degree, yes, even if the gameplay elements that made GOW so revolutionary in 2006 no longer carry the same weight.