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IGN: Gears of War: Judgment Review

Youth, of all things, is the greatest influence on Gears of War: Judgment. The story hinges on disrespecting authority. Angst dictates character behavior. Aggression and agility uproot the fundamentals of combat design. Most significantly, Gears of War: Judgment is rebellious. Both the campaign and multiplayer reject what previously worked for the series in favor of bold new ideas. The numerous risks pay dividends. Gears of War 3 appeared to exhaust what third-person, cover-based shooters do best. Judgment makes Gears of War feel young again. (Gears of War Judgment, Xbox 360) 9.2/10

onyoursistersback  +   987d ago
That is a high score, need to see more reviews to Narrow it down and really be marked as a good Gears of War game.
GusBricker  +   987d ago
Lots of 8's.
MrBT  +   987d ago
Dave is a real Gears head and I'd go with his score any day of the week

I'm happy enough that Overrun is awesome - I do love that game mode!
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   987d ago
"Halfway through, I realized this is the best third-person shooter around."

For the most part, Gears has always been.

This one is the icing on the cake for me...

I especially love this part...

"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. OverRun alone is worthy of praise, but there's just so much stuff going on in this package, there's something for all followers of the series. A few of Judgment's experiments may not be as fondly received as others, but overall it's hard to complain about a game that tries so much, and succeeds in almost all its endeavors.

This is Gears of War back, unquestionably, on the winning path."
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EVILDEAD360  +   987d ago
Can't wait till Tuesday.

But it's going to be hard to jump into the campaign until I finish God of War.

blitz0623  +   986d ago
Looks like both GoW games "bombed", or rather got lower scores than expected since 80% is not a bad score at all.

Funnily enough, both are prequels, the 4th console games in their respective franchises, and are also not numbered. Oh yeah, their scores are also very similar, and the first 3 games of their series have also similar scores.
Ezz2013  +   987d ago
this will help you get the idea
The_Infected  +   987d ago
I say if you're a fan of Gears you will like it regardless of Metacritic. IGN seems to have given it the best review so far and it does look good. Their video review of the game looks really fun especially overrun.
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SDF Repellent  +   986d ago
doesn't matter. There are only a few sites that I trust for reviews anyways. IGN = 9.2 , Destructoid = 9, Eurogamer = 8, and waiting on Gamespot.

Can't wait for tomorrow.
bryam1982  +   986d ago
ign bitching about god of war not bringing nothing new to the series and they give gearsOW a 9????
Sony360  +   986d ago
All of the reviews from people worth listening to are giving it a 9+ out of ten, good enough for me.
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Oh_Yeah  +   987d ago
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Mr-SellJack  +   987d ago
this game is overrated...if GOW A was reviewed by any of the ps people they would have atleast given it a 9 which it deserved
ginsunuva  +   986d ago
reviews =/= shit

Why do people throw all their trust in reviews 100%?
How old are the people on this site? Below 18?
joab777  +   986d ago
What i have gathered from all reviews so far is that its about an 8-8.5. It has better, quicker combat with better, less strategic and more reactionary combat situations b/c of the spawn system. It wasted a great opportunity to see into the origin of the locust horde and its frightening destruction of a homeworld and its people. Instead, it created a fractured story to suit replayability and modifiers.

It looks the best of all of them and gone r the days of clausterphopic grey corridors. The boss fight, again, is a let down. the aftermath is cool but is a good indicator of differences. The campaign is more of an arcade type like bulletstorm using wave techniques and defense gimmicks.

Multiplayer did the unthinkable and released without a horde mode so overrun, which everyone wanted after gears 3 is the very good replacement. Survival was just tacked on. Competitive doesnt come with all the modes but its quicker and many will be angry with how they changed classic button mapping. Thats about it. I guess this guy is a huge Gears fan and whoever reviewed God of War wasnt.
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jetlian  +   986d ago
you mad?! survival mode is like horde.Boss fights are better than any other tps on the market. I dare you to mention UC bosses lol

they added some modes and took others away. F4A and DOM wasnt in older gears games.
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monkey nuts  +   986d ago
"IBoss fights are better than any other tps on the market. I dare you to mention UC bosses lol"

In my opinion metal gear solid 4 has some of the best boss fights in the TPS genre. . . . . . . . . . . . . .... .
DOMination-  +   987d ago
Another solid entry into a blockbuster franchise
TekoIie  +   987d ago
I'm amazed at the disagrees. I've been playing the early access demo for 4 days now and can say this is a perfect example of how a franchise can actually change while staying true to the originals.

Also the Epic forums have done a 180 on this. Lots of negativity there before the demo and now people love it.
aiBreeze  +   987d ago
So does it still feel like a gears of war game and the changes make it feel better? Honestly everything I've heard about this game makes it sound like an insult to what made the gears games awesome.
Oh_Yeah  +   987d ago
Gears hasn't changed.. Cmon now. Judgement is very much the same.
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TekoIie  +   986d ago

Here are the noticable changes which are all really good:

Chainsaw takes 0.5 seconds longer to rev but can now melee
Chainsaw vacuum is slightly smaller
Melee is MUCH weaker than before (4 hits to kill)
New control layout is easily better
Faster weapon swap
New loadout system makes the game faster
Overrun is awesome!
New weapons all have a place in the game (e.g Markza and Breechshot)
Mantling is faster now
No stopping power
New grenades increase the amount teamwork
SOS redesign is much more enjoyable to go against
Maps are much more "compact" compared to previous Gears

Only negative I can find is only going to be in Overrun which is the Engineers sentry. That thing destroy everything it sees.


Prove me wrong ;P


Again, prove me wrong ;P
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Sony360  +   986d ago
Console exclusive articles = console fantards bombing people with agrees/disagrees.

The site should just remove them.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   986d ago
The Sony fanboys are mad that this game got better scores that God of War. ROFL. This site never ceases to make me laugh at Sony fanboys.
Ezz2013  +   986d ago
@AnimeAvenger @LessThan2Tflops

lol you guys are amazing
gears J 79% metacritc
GOWA 80% metascore

gears is amazing with 79% meta....but GOWA with 80% metascore is lame and sucks...right ?!

this site double standers is just out of this world
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LessThan2Tflops  +   986d ago
Looking damn good, looking forward to spend countless hours in Overrun
Cocozero  +   987d ago
Higher than expected, i though it would be getting below 8 like other recent prequels.
HammadTheBeast  +   986d ago
Same metacritic score. Boom.
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ame22  +   987d ago
It's funny that GOW:A and GeoW:J both exclusives, launched neck on neck and both have 80 metacritic scores. Something is off.

Edit: Both prequels.
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clintagious650  +   987d ago
Both great series. Great review for gears.
RustedMan  +   987d ago
Conspiracy. The truth is out there.
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josephayal  +   987d ago
a must buy game for the Xbox 360
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torchic  +   987d ago
hey you have two bubbles now! congrats!
ILive  +   986d ago

When you say nonsense like 4hr download time and 30 minute install, how can one take you seriously? If you like your xbox so much, sell your ps3, that is if you really have a ps3. You wouldnt have to worry about download and install times. Nonsense.

I dont know you, but I can already tell your teeth is brighter.
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Rask  +   987d ago
It's true that there's only 4 maps on multiplayer?
GusBricker  +   987d ago
4 for OverRun/Survival and 4 for Deathmatch, etc.
iNathan  +   987d ago
Another Great Game Came Out
This year has been pretty good from Tomb Raider, God of War, Rising and Now Gears of War.

GTA V and Last of Us are still coming and than Next Gen.
InTheLab  +   987d ago
How do you have disagrees? This has been an amazing year thus far with only one stinker in Aliens and one reboot disaster in DMC.

Hell, Bioshock is out next week right? That alone makes the year...not to mention The Last of Us.
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Kanzes  +   987d ago
Slightly better score than GOWA.
dale_denton  +   987d ago
2 different game styles there buddy
sandman224  +   987d ago
Is the demo out yet. I see my friends on Xbox playing judgment early access.
CBaoth  +   987d ago
Thank god
"The greatest divide Aftermath makes evident between previous Gears games and Judgment is in the art direction. Gorgeous colors, radiant lighting, and detailed particle effects give the planet Sera a vibrant sense of life amid its ongoing apocalypse. Developer People Can Fly’s exceptional visual palette is a makeover Aftermath (and certainly Gears of War 3) barely attempts to match."

I hope PCF take the ball and run with it like Treyarch and 343.

OFT: Epic seems to be doing the same thing as Valve, Square, and Capcom; transitioning from developer to publisher.
rajman  +   987d ago
Finished the single player Judgment campaign in 4 hours o_0 I wonder how long the Aftermath campaign is?
I really dont like how the button A on the pad must kept pressed to sprint, because with your thumb on there how the hell are you supposed to control the R thumb stick? makes it very awkward to maneuver and also A is to cover behind something, so when you sprint into something the character automatically covers behind it.
HeavenlySnipes  +   986d ago
I don't get the disagrees. Rajman even uploaded his playthrough on Youtube lol
DatNJDom81  +   986d ago
wait is that THE rajman? Shit man I always watch your videos on youtube. Keep em coming!
GABRIEL1030  +   987d ago
Microsoft is taking good care of their franchises like Halo, Forza and now Gear, great job MS¡
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InTheLab  +   987d ago
Great score for a normally (Gears 2 was crap) solid franchise...but

You know what really kills is how these critics downgrade a game for doing the same thing the franchise is known for. The few lower scores I've read mirror that of GoW Ascension. They say it's just more Gears. I fail to see how that is a bad thing. I'm all for innovation but it's unrealistic to expect major leaps in innovation during a single generation.
torchic  +   987d ago
yet all these publications gave Modern Warfarer 3 9.0s (think it's sitting on a 89 on Metacritic) when it was EXACTLY the same game we were given two years back! nothing warranted a new disc, could all be thrown in on a >2GB file as DLC.

Modern Warfare 3 reviews left a very sour taste in my mouth.
momthemeatloaf  +   987d ago
Talk about milking. Gow judgement had 1.2 million less preorders than gears 3. Naaa, fans aren't fatigued at all.
Typical-Guy  +   987d ago
No offense but calling a drift from emotionally-driven game to a mindless wave after wave shooter a good change, is just what ruined franchises..... I'm glad you're enjoying your game....

I knew there's something wrong when Cliffs B and the President left.
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Letros  +   987d ago
Can't wait to fire this one up, the Gears series are always a lot of fun.
IQUITN4G  +   987d ago
Gear3 didn't quite do it for me- at least on my first playthrough so far- but this looks more on par with what I want from a campaign experience right now. Gears has such great combat but sometimes the intensity of it is only found during horde say. I like this new direction even if it's just for the sake of keeping the franchise fresh. The next Gears will hopefully feature what appears to work so well here combined with what also does works in previous games. Things look on track for the franchise I think
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Jek_Porkins  +   986d ago
I was excited for this Gears until Microsoft did the big reveal and showed off some of what the game had to offer a couple of weeks ago. Now that they added Domination and are offering so much in one package I'm really excited.

Glad to see it get solid scores. I'm sure it'll get average and sub par scores as well, mostly depends on who reviews it. Some people probably are feeling franchise fatigue when they go into a review like this.
Derekvinyard13  +   986d ago
Looks like a decent game
LOL_WUT  +   986d ago
Well, if we go by this score then its most likely to be a must buy.
kupomogli  +   986d ago
Gears of War and God of War are both getting poor reviews for the same reason. I'd say if you're a fan of the series then you'll enjoy the games. If you didn't enjoy the series, then the new ones probably won't change your mind.

It's an odd time for reviewers to take offense to games that play similar to their previous games when they're constantly throwing high ratings at games like Call of Duty which have no variation at all.
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4lc4pon3  +   986d ago
Agree'd. You know what is pathetic is how the COD series keeps getting high reviews and the COD series is pretty mediocre in itself. Lame graphics, Weak single player stories, Rehashed multiplayer with Zero innovation but they still seem to get 10's
4lc4pon3  +   986d ago
i am a HUGE gears of war fan and I am looking forward to playing Judgement and judging for myself. I got mine at newegg for 40.98 shipped and will be here tomorrow and I am excited.

I loved the gears series and I know I will love Judgement but there will always be people who dislike the game since its all user opinions and Honestly I dont Listen to reviewers because alot of times when they have said a game "Sucked" I actually enjoyed it.
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Clarence  +   986d ago
@sdf repellent
It's funny that you trust ign site when they are know to be bias towards the Playstation.
They gave the ps3 version of ff13 the same score as the 360 versio. Even though the graphics looked better on the PS3.

How about the score they gave gears 2, even though the multiplayer was broke. Or the score they gave GT 5 but they didn't even play through whole game.

Kick rocks please.
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aLucidMind  +   986d ago
I thought they were biased towards whoever is pulling out a checkbook?
arbitor365  +   986d ago
2 God of war games in one generation? rehash!

4 gears of war games in one generation? wellll, you get to shoot stuff. so it gets a pass
StreetsofRage  +   986d ago
Amazing review. As expected. The Gears franchise just rocks. I was a little worried when I heard horde mode was gone but sounds like over run and survival is better. I'm glad they pointed out the AI being top quality. Gears always had tough and smart AI. Looks like this game improves in every way.

Great job People Can Fly. :)
Sugreev2001  +   986d ago
Gears is one of my favorite franchises on the 360.I hope there's hints of Baird's humor from the main series.Plus,I really enjoyed People Can Fly's Bulletstorm,so I'm really looking forward to this after I bear God of War:Ascension.
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Max-Zorin  +   986d ago
People still but faith in reviews? just play the game for yourself.

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