E3 2015: Gears of War Ultimate Edition Delivers Definitive Experience

Gears of War is entering its tenth year next year. Earlier this year, word came out about Gears of War being remade for the current generation of hardware. They wanted to get something new in the hands of players while making Gears of War 4. Every animation and every part of the game’s graphical base has been remade. The original code has been used, but they’ve remade everything they possibly could.

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Epic has been helping The Coalition out with things, and instead of just up-ressing textures, they wanted to remake them completely. The gameplay will now be presented in 1080p and at 60 FPS, and you can participate in the Gears of War beta now and experience that. The switch to 60 FPS puts the gameplay on par with current-gen shooters, and they’ve added PvP from Gears 3. They wanted to add as many things from Gears 3 as they could while keeping everything true to Gears 1. They consulted Gears players and asked them what they wanted from the later games that wasn’t in the first, and want to make this the best game it can be.

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While playing Gears 1 again, they found oddities that made them wonder if they were bugs, and when they found that it was intended, it surprised them since it flew in the face of what has been done since. Spectator mode is being added, and is there to help aide the community. LAN support is also being added, and when combined with spectator mode, you can get a pro-level experience with the original game. The upcoming Elite controller should work really well with Gears, and make for an even smoother experience. Graphically, it looks pretty close to on par with what you would expect from current games – especially when it comes to lighting and water effects. Hair still looks a bit wonky, but that still fits the world pretty well. They’ve sanded off just the right rough edges so far, and haven’t sanitized the look of the game at all in changing things around.

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The Coalition is taking the helm of Gears of War, and change their old Black Tusk name to better reflect their desire to create games in the franchise that were done by fans of it. The company is big into Twitter and has a stellar reputation with responding to fans. They’re proud of the community and are blown away by how passionate they are about the franchise and want to make themselves available to the fans as much as they can. Gears of War Ultimate Edition will be out on August 25, and buying it gets you access to an early beta of Gears of War 4 and the PC version of Ultimate will have 4K support alongside a keyboard and mouse control plan for those who prefer it.

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