That's what it feels like to me so far... one of those 'throw-in' titles in the arc of a franchise that didn't get the development attention it needed. Just doesn't resonate like the other Gears titles without Marcus in SP campaign, and all the changes to MP are agrevating. weapons control changes, Cog v locusts gone, no curb stomp, etc.. To be fair, I'm only a couple hours into the campaign, but it is not feeling nearly as developed and deep as the first 3 games. perhaps it will get much better as I go along. All that said, its a Gears game and I love the Gears of War game, so I will play it and complete it with no regrets, but I don't see the replay value here that there was in the original trilogy.