"Gears of War: Ultimate Edition" on the Xbox One is what "Halo: Anniversary Edition" was on the Xbox 360; a remaster of a classic game featuring updated graphics and new features. It also includes levels that had been previously exclusive to the PC version. While the game feels dated, the developers have done a great job of upgrading it to a next-gen console. The newly remade cutscenes look great and improve upon what was shown in the original release, while the in-game visuals have been upscaled to 1080p. New additions to the campaign include scattered collectibles that unlock panels from the "Gears of War" comic book issues and drop in/drop out cooperative play.
The Ultimate Edition includes every multiplayer map made for the original game and increases the framerate for competitive play to 60 frames per second. Additionally, "Team Deathmatch" and "King of the Hill" have been added to the versus modes. If you've never played "Gears of War", then the Ultimate Edition is the best way to experience it. But even if you have experienced it, you'll probably still get a kick out of it. There's nothing quite like the "Gears of War" franchise. It's fast and brutal and can be a lot of fun with friends. While the franchise has evolved and improved, the first "Gears" is worth revisiting with this Ultimate Edition. I'd rate it with an 8 out of 10.