This is another article from our friend Brent Dewey!
Earlier this summer I was fortunate enough to participate in the Gears of War Ultimate Edition multiplayer beta and I wanted to take some time to share some of my initial impressions of the re-release with all of you!
Starting off, the first Gears of War came out out in late 2006, almost a decade ago (can you believe that?). At the time of its release, the game became a huge success and has since gone onto become one of the flagship series of the Xbox 360 console. The original Gears of War was not as polished or balanced as its predicessors, but it had it’s moments. Of course, it had its flaws for sure, but always managed to astonish with its breathtaking gameplay. It would seem that the re-release of this game is a little too true to the original than I would have liked.
The multiplayer beta was a visual upgrade of the original GoW; it was gorgeous with full 1080 p resolution and all the action was intense as ever in the very smooth 60 fps however, the upgrades stopped there. All of the original gameplay mechanics remain unchanged, and that’s fine but I was hoping that some of the mechanics from the later games would find their way into this game, such as the ability to place frag grenades on walls. This is forgivable and not really a game breaker, just something I would have liked to see. However the beta’s biggest problem is that like the original game the multiplayer suffers from phantom shotgun range, accuracy, and power constantly. It’s extremely annoying and I have found myself both on the giving and receiving end of bogus shotgun kills. Sometimes you will be unloading on someone from several feet behind and they refuse to go down. Other times someone will may be downed from one blast in your general direction. This inconsistency hurt the overall experience for me.
Overall I found the Gears beta pretty enjoyable, and as long as players know what they’re getting into the Gears of War ultimate edition is worth your consideration for purchase. Lets hope this releases at a $39.99 price point like the God of War 3 remaster. I think $59.99 would be fine if it was a remaster of the Gears trilogy, however that seems a little high for only the original. Thanks for reading everyone until next time, be well!
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