CraveOnline: "Some might find themselves upset that the star system/Declassified missions disrupt the immersion of the Gears cinematic experience, but the truth is this series needed something to freshen it up. These additions do the trick without vastly overhauling the established foundation and therefore pissing off longtime fans. Judgment is really only dragged down by campaign scenarios that rinse and repeat, dumb AI, and a story that peters out at the very end. Otherwise, this old dog has learned some new tricks and deserves to stick around for a bit longer. It’s not quite time to Old Yeller ya just yet, Gears ol’ buddy."