Gears of War: Judgment Review: Grin and Baird It

 

In some ways OverRun is the culmination of the Gears of War idea, combining the slick, tactical cover-shooting of the multiplayer, the siege mentality of Horde Mode, and the rich Locust vs. COG fiction of the singleplayer. That’s a good thing, but it also points to Judgment’s one serious flaw: for a $60 boxed game, it feels more like an expansion — too beholden to its predecessors, tweaking and perfecting and iterating without offering quite enough content that feels truly new. The firefights are improved, but familiar. The story is interesting, but in the end simply supporting the main narrative of Marcus Fenix.

Gears of War: Judgment is the period at the end of the Gears of War sentence, and in creating it, Epic Games, People Can Fly, and Tom Bissell have created a masterpiece in video game punctuation. Personally, I look forward to their next sentence, when dust-choked, declassified chaos is the default, not the option, and Bissell’s huge talent is deployed in favor of something truly innovative. Until then, though, Judgment will do fine.

Pros:

  • Superb writing and voice acting
  • Polished, well-designed campaign challenge.
  • Excellent new multiplayer mode.
  • Cons:

  • Campaign would benefit from a few pacing changes, like the vehicular sections in previous Gears games.
  • For a stand-alone $60 release, it needed a few more new, innovative ideas.
  • Final Score: 80/100

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    3 Comments on Gears of War: Judgment Review: Grin and Baird It

    Matt

    On March 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I’m glad its light on vehicle sections, that was the worst thing about gears, that should be listed as a pro not a con.

    Marc

    On April 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    IMO, this review sure tries to shine a positive light on a less than average Gears game. I wonder if the writer of this review or Tom Bissell ever played GoW 1, 2 or 3, and then played this new one.

    I really don’t understand why they basically destroyed gears for so many fans.

    However, I did enjoy the cut-scenes for the most part.

    mudersaurous99

    On April 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I loved playing GOW with my son, but when he switched to PS3 we were no longer able to play it because it’s not available on the PS3 console ( we all know it’s not about the players but about the money for these big corporations) Right now I wouldn’t care how it was as long as I got to play it.