developer: The Coalition / Black Tusk Studios
publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-8
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a remastered edition of a third-person shooter from 2006 that started one of the most popular Xbox exclusive series. The transition from Xbox 360 onto Xbox One and PC was made possible by The Coalition developer team (previously known as Black Tusk), with Rod Fergusson – a long-term producer of the series – at the helm.
The game is set on an Earth-like planet called Sera, presently devastated by a long war for resources. Soon after a new source of energy is found, and a temporary ceasefire was achieved, a hostile alien race emerged from beneath the planet’s surface. In just several years the so-called Locust managed to wipe out nearly 80 percent of human population. Those who survived found shelter in underground bunkers. The story begins 14 years after the Emergence Day. You play as Marcus Fenix, a discredited war hero, convicted for desertion and sent together with his team to fight the Locust.
The third-person perspective gameplay featured in the game, is characterized by a very high pace. You fight with various types of aliens using a wide arsenal of weapons, which, while rather conventional (assault rifles, shotguns, grenades), have a distinctive futuristic vibe. The protagonist wears a heavy battle suit, impairing his movement speed, but increasing his chances in melee combat in return. Proper tactics is essential in combat, as you have to move around the battlefield carefully and use various covers (either existing or self-made, e.g. by knocking down furniture).
The remastered edition of Gears of War features five new campaign chapters adding 90 minutes to single player gameplay time, which were originally available only in the PC version. The player is put up against a new boss – the Brumak. The game also features a highly acclaimed multiplayer mode. The developers from The Coalition Studio expanded it with new modes, maps, 17 additional characters featured in Gears of War 3, dedicated servers, and matchmaking system.
Furthermore, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition can also boast greatly enhanced graphics. The game now supports 4K resolution both in single player and multiplayer.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5 3.5 GHz/AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz, 16 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970/Radeon R9 290X or better, 60 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5 2.7 GHz/AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 650/Radeon R7 260x or better, 60 GB HDD, Windows 10 64-bit