This weekend, the original Gears of War was released 9 years ago. Gears of War 2 is 7 years old, and to think that over is rather alarming. I remember those release dates like it was last week. What a journey it has been with that series. Anyway, on with the story! We have a date for the Gears of War collection!
With the release of Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Microsoft and The Coalition announced that anyone who bought the game between its release date and December 31st, would be entitled to free digital copies of all three Gears of War games, and that other one, Judgment. In a tweet by the Gears of War account, it announced that codes will start rolling out as of December 1st. Don’t worry if they arrive later than that, they’re coming in waves.
— Gears of War (@GearsofWar) November 7, 2015
Of course, Backwards Compatibility comes to the Xbox One on November 12th, with the full list of 100 wave one titles coming on Monday, the 9th. If you already own the original Gears of War titles on Xbox 360, either digitally or physically on disc, you can start playing them as of the 12th of November. No additional charge, just pop the disc in, make sure you’re connected to the internet, and away you go. Likewise, if you have a digital copy, go into My Games & Apps, tab right to the end, look for your compatible games and start installing it on your One.
Even better news for you! Whether you or your friends are playing on the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One, you can all play and chat together while in-game, as the 360 emulator just turns your console into an Xbox 360 while in-game. Amazing stuff!
So, back to the top. Gears of War is 9 years old as of yesterday, November 7th, and to this day it is still a fantastic game, dark and scary, fun and intense. The multiplayer was a refreshing experience, which got better in Gears of War 3, while Gears 2 is debatable. Probably better maps in Gears 2, but it introduced Horde mode, a feature missing from the remastered Gears 1. Can’t wait to do that again in Gears 3. Hours of fun building defense turrets and barbed wire fences, protecting the base against waves of Locust. Ah, the memories….