I've been a huge fan of the Story Mission since the original GOW, but never a big fan of the multi, even through I played it a fair amount on GOW II and III. This game not only doesn't compare, but even trying to play it as a separate game, not part of the series, makes it no better. The character controls are slow and non-responsive, the missions are terrible and you don't feel any sort of connection with the characters. Poorly written. I put this back in the mail the same day that I received it.
I am a huge fan of the GOW series. I own all 3 Gears of War and I was definitely interested when I heard about judgment. However, after playing Judgment, I didn't feel the same satisfaction and entertainment that I felt from playing the other Gears of War games. I admire that it tried to go a different route with the Declassified mission option and the flashback setting, but it just didn't have the same feel to it. It felt weird not playing as Marcus Fenix, and I think that change was something that should have been reconsidered. All in all, the game is definitely still worth playing, but I would strongly consider renting it before you purchase it.
I felt like I need to write a review because of all the nonsense people are complaining about.. we are still playing gears on xbox 360 they can only do so much.. I do feel the game was well thought out. If they made to big of changes pople would be complainging about that.. its not the most compelling gears of war but it is Deffently fun..also the COG's vs Soilders deathmatches felt good when playing, Over all I think its a great game and dont pay attention to all the haters, find out for your self.