Gears of War was the very first game I purchased for my Xbox 360 back in 2006. At the time of its release, Gears of War was heralded for supplying XBOX owners with astounding visuals, solid gameplay, killer multiplayer and innovative reload mechanics. This game has spawned fantastic sequels and has genuinely inspired so many individuals and teams throughout the industry.
Therefore, when I heard that Microsoft were publishing a Gears of War Ultimate Edition for the XBOX One, I couldn't help but be excited. But time isn't kind to all of us (see, Keith Richards) and it seems that the near 10 year gap since Gears of War's initial release date has seen a lot of updates to the face of gaming.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition & Other Games That Haven't Aged Well!
Don't take this the wrong way - Gears of War is by no means a bad game! I absolutely adored it when I first bought it; it introduced me to a whole new generation of gaming! But sadly, my nostalgia for those days wasn't enough to disguise the fact that this title is far from perfect.
The campaign of Gears of War has aged rather poorly. It's uneven, woefully scripted and the sections of cover-based shooting it throws at you are tiresome. However, multiplayer is still a ton of fun!
This game has inspired so many, but the series improved on its foundations and the rest of the industry with it. So here are some other fantastic and inspiring Video Games that time has been less than kind to!
Tomb Raider (1996)
The glory days of the original Tomb Raider - which spanned a franchise lasting to this day, with Rise of the Tomb Raider arriving later this year - are long since past. The PS1 was a console that made me glimpse the future. Looking at Lara Croft below...it's like glimpsing my nightmares.
With difficult controls and bizarre map design, Tomb Raider is most certainly an inspiration classic that hasn't exactly gotten better with age.
Resident Evil (1996)
1996 was clearly a glorious year for games! Resident Evil has been one of those titles that every other game in this genre has been compared with. It was absolutely terrifying to play when I was young and after you play it today, you realise why. THE CONTROLS!
I remember how infuriating it was to get Jill to aim anywhere near where I wanted her to. But this lack of control was what contributed to the terror.
However, with its awful dialogue, clunky controls and pretty horrendous visuals, Resident Evil hasn't aged well. That being said, its HD upgrade has actually made the game a lot more manageable. That dog though...
Goldeneye 007 (1997)
This was one of the greatest games I'd ever gotten my hands on as a kid. The idea of playing Goldeneye 007 with friends was basically why I bought the N64. Rare made one of the finest games on this remarkable console and what I thought to be the best FPS of all time.
It had great weapon design, a fantastic setting, a crowd-gathering local multiplayer component, and a solid campaign.
Sadly though its controls have not aged well at all. It's almost unplayable in its current state. Years of the likes of Halo, have transformed the FPS genre on consoles and Goldeneye 007 hasn't been able to keep up. Yet again, dat face doe.
But what about you guys - can you think of any amazing games that haven't aged well? If so, be sure to let us know in the comments!
And finally, if all that you loved about Gears of War on Xbox 360 was its dynamic multiplayer - fear not. The Gears of War Ultimate Edition on Xbox One has preserved the best part of Gears beautifully. Some things never get old!
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