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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:30pm 14/08/15 | 6 Comments
While out at Gamescom recently, we were given a chance to get hands-on with the forthcoming (this month) Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One and cut together a neat little video of our experience.

At 5-minutes long, our video is comprised entirely of our own capture of the game, complete with the soothing sounds of my own voice for VO, and gives a really good indication of just what you're in-store for, come August 25th. But if the video isn't enough, here's an official breakdown:
Experience the iconic adventure that launched one of the most celebrated sagas in gaming with “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.” The shooter that defined the first generation of HD gaming has been painstakingly remastered in 1080P and modernized for Xbox One with all-new content, including five campaign chapters never released on Xbox and heart-pounding 60 frames-per-second multiplayer action.

“Gears of War” thrusts gamers into a deep and harrowing battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the depths of the planet. Players step into the boots of Marcus Fenix, a disgraced former war hero who seeks personal redemption as he leads his fire team against an onslaught of merciless warriors from below.

  • The First at its Best: The original “Gears of War” has been completely rebuilt from the ground up in full 1080P. Every aspect of the game, including lighting, environments, characters, and cinematic scenes have been beautifully recreated. The game includes five exhilarating campaign missions never available before on console. These missions follow Delta Squad as they battle their way to Timgad Station and face off against a terrifying Brumak. Improved checkpoint placement, an additional difficulty level (Casual), and a modernized co-op experience that lets you join and quit seamlessly as well as set your individual difficulty level make this the definitive “Gears of War” campaign experience.

    Fans can also go deeper into “Gears” fiction with five “Gears of War” comic books, which can be unlocked and read within the game.

  • Genre-Defining Multiplayer: The most visceral online shooter returns with multiplayer matches running at a blistering 60 FPS. It includes all original DLC maps and three new multiplayer maps from the original “Gears of War” PC version for an incredible 19 multiplayer maps. In addition, “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” features newly added multiplayer modes, including Team Death Match, King of the Kill and a special 2v2 mode designed by the “Gears of War” community. Returning modes include Warzone, Assassination, Execution and Annex. The game also features 17 unlockable “Gears of War 3” characters in multiplayer.

  • Multiplayer Your Way – Dedicated Multiplayer Servers and LAN Support: Play “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” cooperatively with a friend over Xbox Live or battle head-to-head with others in competitive multiplayer, powered by Xbox Live’s dedicated servers. The game also features all-new Xbox Live Achievements with 1,250 Gamerscore to be earned and has LAN support.

  • Modernized Controls, Co-Op and UI: “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” features modernized controls that have been re-tuned for Xbox One, including improved input acceleration, aim assist and haptic feedback for the Xbox One controller. In addition, a number of improvements and additions have been made to the co-operative experience, controls and UI based on “Gears of War 3,” including:
    • Ability to revive teammates while in cover
    • Ability to toggle weapon while roadie running/evading
    • Improved sensitivity customization
    • Alternate controls and new tournament controls
    • Improved situational awareness in multiplayer through enemy spotting and tac-com features in “Gears of War 3”
    • Letter boxed split screen (horizontal letter box)
    • Seamless joining and quitting from co-op Campaign
    • Individual difficulty settings for splitscreen co-op
  • Early Access to the “Gears of War 4” Multiplayer Beta: As an added bonus, “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” offers early access to the “Gears of War 4” multiplayer beta in 2016.

  • 19 Classic Maps, Remastered for Xbox One: The complete list of remastered multiplayer maps featured in “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” includes: War Machine, Mausoleum, Escalation, Clock Tower, Fuel Depot, Rooftops, Canals, Gridlock, Mansion, Tyro Station, Old Bones, Raven Down, Garden, Subway, Bullet Marsh, Process, Courtyard, Sanctuary and Gold Rush. “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” also includes one brand new map meant for the next 2v2 game mode, Boxes.

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Latest Comments
Posted 07:33pm 15/8/15
Sure can't wait to pay full price for a reskinned nine year old game!
Posted 12:27am 16/8/15
wow nine years old :O

I still remember when i got it, had a mate come round one night and we played co-op until we finished it. Awesome game.
I thought it really embodied what games are for, having fun.
Posted 06:56pm 16/8/15
Already played @ 1080p 60 fps 9 years ago, like to play it again @ 1920p 120 fps but good old f*****g drm screwed that.
I should say mostly 60 fps, the driving part with the kryll chugged like a thirsty Irishman.
Posted 07:31pm 16/8/15
Sounds like its more than a reskin though, it has whole new chapters and big chunks of it remade. Full price of a brand new game is still probably a bit much, but I don't mind those sort of remakes where they're genuine remakes, and not just some HD upscale of the textures.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:33am 17/8/15
Yeah, it's definitely had a lot more work than just a reskin applied to it. They've tweaked checkpointing, fixed drop-in, drop-out co-op and a bunch of other s*** as well
Posted 07:46pm 17/8/15
Yes they have added more, would be better if it was being released on pc, oh yeah.
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