Gears of War: Judgment is a good game in its own right, but any loyal fan of the series is likely to be disappointed by its departure from the first 3 installments. The familiar (yet unimproved) graphics, enemies, weapons and third-person shooter Gears-style game-play in the roughly 7 to 10 hour campaign are mostly included. However, the epic large-scale boss battles, dramatic cut-scenes, and tactical firefights are noticeably absent, and without them, Gears of War: Judgment just doesn’t feel like a traditional Gears game. The formula for the entire duration of the campaign feels boring and monotonous: (i) fight through a few levels of grunts; (ii) defend a position against attacking enemy waves with the assistance of turrets and/or maybe even fight what passes for a “boss”; (iii) cut-scene; (iv) rinse and repeat. The repetition becomes obvious after investing just a couple of hours, and it comes across as rushed and unimpressive. The developers made some revisions to the controls and game-play (e.g., weapon swapping, throwing grenades, types of weapons you can carry, etc.), and while some of them contribute to what is undoubtedly a fast-paced game that provides moments of tense, challenging action, most fans will feel they are an unnecessary departure from what worked so well in the past. This is not to mention the inadequate multiplayer component of this game, which many fans have voiced frustration over. Similarly uninspiring is the lack of humorous narrative and climactic story development, which contributes to the feeling that reaching the end of the campaign is more of a chore than an adventure. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be force-fed the same old games in new packages with expensive price tags, but change is only welcome when it benefits the experience. That isn’t the case with Gears of War: Judgment, but if you’re looking for a rental and a quick distraction, you may be mildly satisfied.
posted by MongolWarrior1 (PASADENA, CA) Mar 28, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
I am a hard core fan of Gears of War and the only reason why I have Xbox not the PS3. I pre ordered this game and had a huge expectation specially with the snap shots and pre release clips. My review for this game goes this way.
Campaign : By far from all the GOW series I found this is the best campaign mode. With mini horde mode every now and then, Declassified mission makes the game more intense and challenging. The new laser turrent is really kool.
Overrun: This is WOW when u play for the first week but soon you will realize the few tricks and tips then u lose the joy. (A Tip play engineer it's way powerful than the other)
Survival : Nothing different than the overrun it's just that u dont get to be the locust and it has 10 wave.
Multiplayer : This is where I play the most but Judgement did the worst job here. They took all the good stuff ( Grenade tag, Ganasher Battle and the tense moment where you are the last guy battling against 3 or 4 opponent). In short they took all the fun away. The game has limited map (4 I guess) New weapons are good but starting the game with only 1 main weapon and pistol is bad. Melee is way too powerful there is no shortgun battle melee takes it away.
Final verdict : Excellent Campaign everything else is by far the worst ever. Do not buy. Rent from here or red box and complete the campaign. If u dont believe me Judgement sale for 1st week is just a quarter of GOW3 sale in 1st week.