It’s easy to dismiss Gears of War. In another world, I would have, too. Gory video games about neckless space marines shooting reptilian aliens tend not to be my thing.
But it was harder to dismiss Gears of War nine years ago when it was on your TV screen and the controller was in your hands. Its blend of breathtaking visuals and innovative combat made it the first essential Xbox 360 game, and the series remains one of Microsoft’s most important nine years on.
Now, ahead of next year’s Gears of War 4, Epic’s original game has been rebuilt for the Xbox One in the shape of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Microsoft’s new console has yet to see any games with the impact of Gears, so it’s good to have it back.