Summary: Despite a new developer (People Can Fly ( )) taking the helm, and despite its undeniable "side story" status, Gears of War: Judgment still packs the trademark great gameplay and robust feature set that the series is known for and is every bit as good as its predecessors. It makes a couple of basic, but long overdue changes to the core gameplay. It tweaks the campaign progression. And it adds a ton of new stuff to multiplayer.
Excerpt: In Gears of War: Judgement, Epic Games and People Can Fly try to take what has made the previous Gears instalments and introduce new features and mechanics to keep things interesting within the franchise, including 2 campaigns, a new smart spawn system along with the usual variety of Multiplayer modes and maps. Does Judgement live up the legacy that it has been built on?
Summary: Gears of War 3 may have seen an effective end to the war between the COG and the Locust, but in the game industry, a story isn't over until games stop selling. While Epic Games works on an inevitable sequel, it's joined up with People Can Fly to plunder the past. Yep, it's prequel time!
Summary: Since Gears of War 3 , Epic Games has not been afraid to squeeze every last cent out of its customer base through premium maps and skins for characters and weapons. Don't get me wrong, I still consider the All Fronts DLC pack for Gears of War 2 to be one of the best available for any game. The amount of replay value that my friends and I got out of all of those maps was well worth the 800 Microsoft Points.
Judged by its Cover | Gears of War: Judgment Review
New Gamer Nation
3 June 2013
Conclusion: As its own game, there’s a lot to enjoy about Gears of War: Judgment . The changes keep the franchise feeling fresh and new, if a little different. It’s this underlying difference that separates it from the Gears of War trilogy, and, even though it makes it its own game, it also makes it a lesser title. It’s glaringly obvious that this title is in the shadow of those that came before it, and that’s a real shame.
Conclusion: Of course you should download Call to Arms if you own the season pass, to not would be wasteful. But at $12 a la menu, this DLC pack is quite a bit overpriced. Buy it for Master of Arms if you enjoy free-for-all, otherwise move right on back to Gears of War 3 like the rest of the Gears playerbase.
Pros: ^ Master of Arms is great fun ^ Terminal and Boneyard are a good addition to the map library
Cons: ^ Seems a bit chintzy for a season pass offering ^ Blood Drive? Still?
Gears of War: Judgment takes a step toward the small-time (Review)
5 May 2013
Excerpt: I think we can all agree that Damon Baird is, for all intents and purposes, a sentient dick move. The least meatheady member of Delta Squad in the billion-dollar Gears of War franchise, Baird somehow turned the voice of reason into a non-stop whine. He mixed a solid background in “complaining about everything” with a side of “brag up minor accomplishments” and threw in a hint of “make someone else do it, I’m too smart.
Pros: Set years before the first Gears of War, Judgment is the heartwarming story of how Baird got his groove taken away. He and his command, Kilo Squad — made up of fan-favorite Augustus “Cole Train” Cole and newcomers Sofia Hendrick and Garron Paduk — arrive already in chains, on their way to an amusingly blunt kangaroo court. The game then flashes back to explain why the presiding judge, General Loomis, wants to put on this farce just so he can legally kill them. So yes,...