When a game offers four games for the price of one, it’s hard to argue its value. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will ultimately provide access to four games through Xbox One’s back compatibility program, and that alone makes it tempting. However, the track record on remasters of games has been spotty, so Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has to battle through understandable consumer caution to earn gamers’ money. Fortunately, it does this beautifully because it’s not a remaster. All the in-game objects, textures, backgrounds, character models, and cutscenes have been totally rebuilt so that they look and work (mostly) better. Basically, Damon Baird no longer looks like he lost a bar fight after surviving smallpox, and the Stranded no longer look like evil marionettes dressed like cowboys.