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, but we’re not the only ones who found Epic Games and People Can Fly’s masterpiece a shining ray of light.
If you’ve already read a few of the negative reviews out in the wild virtual world of the internet – here’s some of the more favorable reviews not including our own.
“There are a ton of things that could have gone wrong with a prequel to a series like Gears of War. Judgment embraced these issues and delivered. I praised Gears of War 3 for all it accomplished and Judgment continues that level of excellence. There’s also a little surprise for you when you complete Judgment that fans of the series will truly love. While I may not be able to predict the direction of the series from this point, I can definitely say I hope this is not the last we see of these characters.”
“People Can Fly is exactly what Gears of War needed. The Bulletstorm developer brings a bold new energy to Epic Games’ excellent (but overly familiar) action series. It presents such refreshing and disruptive ideas to Gears of War: Judgment’s campaign that it has an effect comparable to the original’s in 2006. During the introduction, the sights are almost impossibly beautiful. Halfway through, I realized this is the best third-person shooter around. By the end, it’s clear that it’s paving a path other developers could (and hopefully will) follow.”
“Gears of War 3 was still a great little game, but represented the kind of step down indicative of a series that’s running out of steam. Gears of War: Judgment puts paid to that impression, proving there’s plenty of vitality in Epic’s flagship yet; provided it’s willing to try some new spins on its established formula.”
“Gears of War: Judgment is gorgeous in its destruction and the gunplay is simply unmatched, as has been the case with every Gears title since its inception. The fact that the game doesn’t offer anything significantly new is definitely a point against it, but it remains undeniably fun to play.”
“Judgment evolves the franchise, giving it a strong, new identity without diminishing the events of the original trilogy. Declassified Missions are a brilliant concept that are executed in a great way, and the new multiplayer modes are worthy successors to Horde. Gears of War: Judgment tells a story that didn’t really need to be told, about a time that didn’t need explanation, but it does it so well you’ll be happy to take a trip back in time for a quick trial.”
This is only a small selection of chosen positivity around Gears of War: Judgment, those who have embraced a change for the better and appreciate the intense, fast-paced action packed world of Sera as it sits on the brink of destruction in the immediate events of Emergence Day – the event that defined the original 2006 Gears of War.
If you’ve read some of the latest reviews – what are your reactions and are you looking forward to purchasing the game today or in the near future?