Gears of War: Judgment, goes on sale today in North America whilst Europe waits an extra few days – but the review scores are rolling in thick and fast. ThisisXbox may have rated the latest Locust bustin’ title a favorable 9.5/10, however a few reviewer’s out there aren’t sharing in the COG love that we have for a new all improved Gears of War.
The worst of the dissing offenders rate the game 3/5 an equivalent of 60% or a mere 6/10.
“Despite my feelings that Baird is the most extraneous character in the Gears universe and a general feeling after Gears 3 that I was probably done with this franchise, Judgment is still a good time. It doesn’t let its story get in the way of its action, and the declassified modifiers had me playing Gears in ways that I normally wouldn’t, making for a more interesting challenge than the typical difficulty settings offer. But the lack of maps just sucks every last bit of life out of the multiplayer, regardless of its new modes.”
“Gears of War: Judgment is not a bad game, but one that very much stands in the shadow of its more illustrious predecessors. It is a bit like going back to a favourite restaurant, only to find that the management has changed and it’s just not quite the same anymore.”
“Judgment just might be the game that drops Gears of War out of the triple-A tier. It is competently done and no more. The rock-solid gameplay returns intact — virtually identical, in fact — and the Declassified options bump the entertainment value up a few notches, but the epic scope and precision level designs that elevated the franchise beyond its mechanics simply aren’t here.”
“Gears Of War: Judgment is a good game and I can see hours being invested into the multiplayer. However, it isn’t as good as its predecessors – Gears 3 for example – with a story that is quite forgettable. Instead, the Aftermath side mission had a lot more potential for being the main campaign, providing a more cohesive and familiar experience. So, Judgment is a good Gears game but it’s not a great one.”
“On the whole however Judgment is a solid effort that, in some ways, changes the Gears formula for the better. Whether it will be remembered as anything other than a stopgap is questionable, but small qualms aside, it’s a good one.”
This is only a small selection of chosen negativity around Gears of War: Judgment, but the feedback in general seems to be around the changes to the campaign in that it offers nothing new to the franchise, or that a lack of multiplayer maps is a major issue.
If you’ve read some of the latest reviews – what are your reactions and how do you feel about purchasing the game?