with everyone starting with grenades you will find yourself getting constantly barraged by them in multiplayer. invincibility grenades are ridiculous and allow you to eat a gnasher shot from point blank range. with only four maps you get a feeling that you are getting stiffarmed into buying the vip pass. multiplayer is less personal with the removal of executions. i find the award system devalues all of the weapon skins buy letting you unlock a onyx skin on your first roll. so rent it play campaign try out overrun and go back to gears 3
Hardcore Gears fans, turn away now. Gears of War has been one of my favorite series since the debut of the Xbox 360. This series was action packed, full of gritty humor, and played progressively great (especially GOW3). With Gears Judgment, so much of that was taken away to the point that it no longer felt like a Gears game. While a lot of the dialogue remained true to its predecessors, there are some major problems that really got under my skin as a Gears fan. First of all, the control scheme has been completely redone to match those of COD or Halo. Why would they do such a thing? If I wanted to play a game that felt like COD or Halo then I would just play COD or Halo. The control scheme for Gears was unique and felt natural. As a gamer who continues to play GOW 3 this long after its release, I had no need or desire for a new button configuration. Next, the campaign felt short and boring. You spend so much time trying to achieve stars through these side missions that the actual story itself becomes irrelevant. There was also very little depth in the new and returning characters and overall I felt unengaged. Not to mention, the online multiplayer has also been simplified to include game types found in other shooters and removed all game types that made Gears unique as well. Let's not forget that there are only 4 maps to play. Even though all the Gears had DLC maps, each of the previous games started with more than 4 maps. Overall, this game feels like it was 3 mighty big steps backwards into the mundane and unoriginal. If you want Gears of War at its absolute best, avoid this disappointment and go straight for GOW 3. Still the undisputed best of the series. But what would you expect to happen without the guidance of Cliff Bleszinski? Cliff, you are dearly missed.
They basically castrated the series..... everything that made it original and unique was removed in favor of "new features" that appear in every other shooter game out there. Bring back horde and blood drive, annex/KOTH and change the controls back and the rating would jump to an 8.