Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Review - Dudebros In Arms | Short Pause

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."

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tazmeah1194d ago

Looks like The Coalition did a good job updating this for the Xbox One. I still don't know how I feel about the sprinting in this game, the screen is all over the place. There definitely doesn't appear to be any shortage of action in this game though.

TheDude791194d ago

It's seriously a non-stop, over-the-top, thrill ride. I enjoyed the game thoroughly, and I haven't even gone through it cooperatively. That was probably my only real complaint was the friendly AI, it's all but useless most of the time. I'm really excited to play through it on the hardest setting cooperatively!

Foehammer1194d ago

An awesome game with the bonus of getting the other games as Backwards Compatible games.

Glad to see the author finally jumping in and having a great time.

I think The Coalition will be proud, this was August's highest scoring exclusive.

spicelicka1194d ago (Edited 1194d ago )

It's kinda part of the experience, you're supposed by more vulnerable and disoriented while roadie running. I've never given it a second thought since I've been playing for 9 years, but people who aren't used to it probably think it's weird.

The game is just brilliant though. That Berserker battle is still one of the most intense scenes I've played, specially in co-op.

TheDude791194d ago (Edited 1194d ago )

Yeah, if you're a noob to the franchise (like I was when I first played this), the sprinting takes some getting used to. But like most things, I adjusted to it. I don't think it's a knock against the game, it's just a bit goofy at first.

And I agree, that first battle in the Cathedral (or whatever it is) with the Berserker was pretty bad ass. It was even better when I got to use the Hammer of Dawn on his ass! That thing sounds lovely when it's called down from the heavens above!

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evilkillerk1194d ago

I Still want to play it for the nostalgia value, but am waiting for it to drop in price and for the minor bugs to be fixed.

Trekster_Gamer1194d ago

I loved the remastered!
GOW is really fun. I do agree that I have never liked the camera angle while sprinting.

Everything else is Rock Solid Fun!

Morgue1194d ago (Edited 1194d ago )

Was playing this last night and my only gripe which really isn't a deal breaker but nonetheless annoying is Dom. The pump station level I was like " where's Dom at? " he had already ran up the ramp, got shot up and was wounded crying for help. It's happened numerous of times where he's just ran off or won't shoot. I don't remember the AI being that bad on the original but regardless of that, the graphic upgrade is pretty killer and all the extra stuff you get is good deal for the price.

TheDude791194d ago


This was my main issue in my review. The friendly AI is all but useless. I can only imagine the game being even better cooperatively, which I hope to do soon!

Bobafret1194d ago

Embarrassing to say but I am stuck on the Corpser boss on the additional chapter on hardcore difficulty.

TheDude791194d ago

The Corpser took me about 4 tries of burning up all my ammo before figuring out his weak spot. I felt like a total noob and that was on Normal! Pretty tough on harder settings I assume?

Bobafret1194d ago

It's super tough, very hard to avoid all the Lambents rushing you while trying to take out the Corpser. Going to something else for awhile.

Morgue1194d ago


Last night I did the same thing. Then I was trying to lure it too smash the locking parts on the bridge, Dom is running around yelling " LAMBENTS " and not shooting. Then I was like " oh duh.... I have too shoot the locks...."

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