posted by StormShadow826 (CYPRESS, CA) Mar 21, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
gamers (84%) found this review helpful
This game is not a gears game. I say this because much of what fans have liked about the series has been changed. First the creators have changed the control scheme and any hard core gears fans are going to find themselves maniacally pressing the d-pad to no effect. They do this after asking if you are a fan and do not need a tutorial in the controls since you have played previous games, not cool. The overall dark theme of the gears series has been completely lost in the bright color scheme, boring monologue driven story, and campaign point system. I felt no connection to the characters like I have in recent games with Coles PTSD and Doms tragic story, they added to the darkness of the world, and Judgment just doesn't spend any time developing these characters. Really, the campaigne feels more like it should have been DLC and called Arcade in the main menu of gears 3 since that is how it feels. Multiplayer is also vastly different in many ways with the removal of meat shields, grenade planting, and the three weapon system. It is faster paced but this type of pacing means that everyone is just running and gunning and no strategy. I did enjoy several of the maps and it felt as though more thought went into these maps than the rest of the game. Overall, if you are unfamiliar with the franchise you will enjoy the game even with its poor story. However, any fans of the series will be disappointed with the changes, poor story, and handicapped multiplayer.
posted by LoneSage (Saint Petersburg, FL) Mar 19, 2013
Member since Apr 2008
gamers (74%) found this review helpful
Before I write my review let me say I am a big fan of the series and have been since the first one. I also own 3 of the books. That being said, this game is a rip off and seems like it just exists to take advantage of the fans and their money while Epic experiments with a series that after this one, will be run into the ground.
Campaign: I have only played about a hour and a half of the campaign but so far it has not grabbed my attention like the others. This one is more arcade-y and goes off of a point system so you can can unlock another campaign that takes place during Gears 3 but from what I heard, it seems like that "campaign" feels more like a lost DLC that was meant to be in Gears 3.
Survival/ Overrun: These two modes are pretty much the same but in survival you only play as COG and have to survive 10 waves. Pretty much there is a E Hole that the COG have to protect and the locust try to destroy. If the E Hole is destroyed, you have to protect another one further into the map until you run out and either the COG successfully hold off the locust until time runs out or the locust take over. The COG are divided into 4 groups, engineer, soldier, healer and scout. All have their own rechargeable ability that can be activated with the left bumper.
In Overrun mode you also play as locust and switch sides with COG when the round is up. The locust also have a special ability that can be activated with LB. Overall, these two modes are the funniest but without a good team, you may not have too much fun.
Multiplayer: This is where I have to scratch my head the most with this game. They decided to take out downs, meatshields,executions, active reloads and wall tagging frags. Apparently, for a faster mp experience. They also took out the ability to have two big weapons with a pistol. Now you can only have one big weapon and a pistol plus grenades to start the match. Basically they made MP more arcade-y and less team strategy. A disappointment for Gears fans.
posted by peterl (VERNON ROCKVILLE, CT) Mar 21, 2013
Member since Aug 2009
gamers (78%) found this review helpful
Im about 2 hours into the campaign, and its pretty bland. I don't have much to say about it.
But Multiplayer is really where im upset. THERE ARE ONLY 4 MAPS TO PLAY IN TDM,FFA and DOMINATION. FOUR MAPS!? That is ridiculous to me...its like a dlc pack. There are 4 different maps just for overrun mode. But if you're like me and don't enjoy the horde/survival type game mode, then the multiplayer will get old pretty quick(ONLY 4 MAPS!!?) If you are looking for a classic hardcore Gears game, you wont find it here. Its a lot more arcadey, with only one primary w/ pistol.(No more Retro Lancer with a Gnasher and pistol!). Also the reticle is always shown, so you can hip fire really easily. The game changed, so more people can play it with ease. Its upsetting if you really loved Gears from the start.
But that being said, I am still getting some enjoyment out of it. But I wouldn't put 60 bucks down on it. Wait until it gets down to atleast 40 before you buy it.