According to Gears of War executive producer Rod Fergusson, gamers have become so accustomed to the series’ advanced visual finesse that they now take it for granted.
“That was one of our biggest problems with Gears 1 to Gears 2,” he explained. “Your memory is far better than reality. When I was a kid, Gilligan’s Island was the funniest show on television. When you watch Gilligan’s Island now, it’s just plain terrible.”
When creating Gears 2, he said, the team wasn’t just having to improve on the graphics of the original, but on what players remembered the original to look like. And even reviewers complained at the lack of improvements.