I just started out with the gears of war trilogy playing gears of war 3 for the first time, and actually beating the game. Recently, I have been looking forward to playing the rest of the trilogy but based on what I what I have heard and my own experience, I have to say that yes it was a let down. The game mechanic that lets you switch weapons quickly was okay when low on ammo, but the variety of guns that gow3 allowed you to have was way better. If GOW Judgement had did the same thing with horde mode in gow3, then I believe that would've been fun. You know as far as the whole engineer, soldier, medic, etc kinda thing was concerned in GOW Judgement's tower defense game.
The story line was short, and General Karn was more of a side character than an antagonist. Which well, let me down a little. Like filler character or something.
Not absolutely terrible, but I would believe that the best prequel for the gears of war trilogy would be the pendelum wars COG VS. UIR. However, that is opinion. Perhaps even going in depth with the locust on how the lambent began to take over.
posted by CrazyGamer2186 (LUCERNE VALLEY, CA) Nov 16, 2013
Member since Nov 2013
Gears of War is one of the best game series of this generation of gaming but for a prequel game this is not its best suit. Gameplay has more arcadey feeling and more on-rails but yet not on-rails level design that it makes it a bit of a dubbed down and quick game. People Can Fly is the company that built this game, which has been renamed Epic based studio since but I think is alright game. Most new features are dubbed down or ripped off from other games such as the Declassify feature can be a Gears version of Halo Skulls or the Intel in Call of Duty games. Weapons are down to two slots instead of four and controls are more simplified. For Gears Vets this is more of a let down in all areas except graphics,sound, story and multiplayer is still great; new players on the other hand will like this reinvented way.
Story is basically a prequel that details Baird and his squad Known as Kilo squad as they are charged with heinous charges for detonating a Lightmass missile to destroy a mean Locust known as Karn against orders. Once things gets toss on the head the story gets very great as a filler for the Gears Trilogy.
Like I said gameplay is basically more or less the same in most ways but more dubbed down from Gears 3. Still fun even with an arcadey feel. Mutliplayer is still the main point for this game for gameplay as with any Gears game.
Graphics is very realistic for a newer updated Unreal 3 Engine game tech and the sound is still the best in the series or on Xbox 360 period.
Overall this is a 6/10. Rent this game before buying or wait for a great price drop or deal to get it since it is not worth the full price like Gears 1-3.
I originally purchased gears of war 3 and liked it so much I decided to purchase the entire collection, went through & beat 1, 2 & 3 and then played Judgement, they tried to change the game and this almost always backfires. I'm a big ratchet & clank fan and they did this when they went to the all 4 one & full frontal assault concepts after what was a great campaign. Epic/MS did something similar here in that now you switch from character to character the whole way through, they also split the game up into two sections, a prequel to GOW1 and a post GOW3, both of which are very short and seem to be shorter(combined) than any of the first 3 campaigns. Also they changed the controls(in their defense it was probably requested but who makes a 1, 2, 3 and then changes the controls in 4?)
With that said if you liked gears of war 1, 2, 3 who can resist playing & beating judgement...and since the campaign is shorter it might be worth just renting rather than purchasing. It doesn't add a ton to the story but is fun none the less.