Short Pause: "While I had a chance to remedy this last fall, the one Xbox franchise I was always most disappointed I hadn’t yet played was Halo. Gear of War has its dedicated supporters, but as an avid fan of shooters and sci-fi themed stories, Master Chief was always the one sitting in the back of my mind, subtly prodding me to eventually take up arms and bring down the Covenant. Always hearing about how epic Chief’s tale was is why I was so excited to finally experience the series with the Master Chief Collection. That’s not to say I didn’t have any interest in the Gears of War franchise; I am well aware of its storied past and fervent following. I just wasn’t sure if there would be enough depth to the characters, or the story for that matter, to really hook me and keep me engaged by the time I eventually got around to trying it. Let’s be honest, just by glancing at the cover art featuring Marcus and company, it could easily be assumed this is nothing more than a mindless shooter. Well, after spending the past couple of days toiling away through the campaign of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, I can confirm that it has all the ingredients of a mindless shooter, but with an unexpected wealth of charm and charisma."