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Submitted by Nostradavis 1053d ago | review

Gears of War: Judgment, The Verdict's Not So Good - RipTen Review

RipTen writes: "Gears of War: Judgment is a prequel to the popular third-person Microsoft Xbox 360 exclusive franchise, Gears of War, and it’s broken up into three essential elements; campaign, co-op, and full out multiplayer. What you think of Gears of War: Judgment will all depend on what you are looking for in the game.

Are you someone who enjoys playing the “story mode” then shelving the game and moving on to something else? Or are you the type who’s looking to play with friends online until the servers are shut down? Maybe you’re a gamer that wants both. Well, lets “dig in baby” and find out if Gears of War: Judgment is worth tapping into your Thrashball reserves." (EA, Gears of War Judgment, Microsoft, People Can Fly, Xbox 360) 6/10

ehuipe  +   1053d ago
This sequel feels like one of many that are part of this end of the generation throwaway games, which includes the latest God of War. Odd, considering that I'm positive both the 360 and PS3 are going to be doing great this holiday even with new consoles.
Number-Nine  +   1053d ago
DatNJDom81  +   1053d ago
6/10 is about what I would give it as well. Maybe that's being too generous. Nothing new. Prettier lighting, but not that much prettier. Story is the most generic bullcrap I have sat through. The last gears game that mattered was 1. Duck shoot duck shoot. Boring.
testerg35  +   1053d ago
DatNJ, weird... your pass comments make you out to be PS3 fanboy.
OlgerO  +   1053d ago
The average user score on metacritic is a 6
Ezz2013  +   1053d ago
that's what it deserve ...really ..nothing more
Stunt  +   1053d ago
I've been hearing Judgment is more of a "for the fans"-type game.
Nostradavis  +   1053d ago | Well said
If you mean "fans of Halo and COD" then yes. Fans of Gears? Not so much.
PaladinXII  +   1053d ago
Really fair take on the game.
Jek_Porkins  +   1053d ago
I've rarely seen a game score the same way across the board, so while I wouldn't say this game is a 10, I'd say 8 or 8.5. The campaigns and story are probably the best and most entertaining of all the Gears games. Also, stoked they finally added Domination to the mix.

Since reviews are just opinions, it's hard to argue with them, I can just speak for myself, but 80 on Metacritic is pretty good, and it'll probably sell between 3-5 million copies, which is outstanding for an exclusive.
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Nostradavis  +   1053d ago
The campaign is great Jek but the replay value comes from the multiplayer and this release is super thin in that department. In fact, its the thinnest since the original release in 2006 when it comes to modes. And all three previous Gears games launched with 10 maps, yet somehow this one only has four. It was either rushed or they realized they didn't have to give gamers all those maps and modes because they could just charge us extra for them later. If you think that logic deserves an 8 or 8.5 then be prepared to pay forkloads of money for your favorite titles in the future when games require extra $ for the ending.
Skips  +   1053d ago
It's meta is pretty good.

Weird how it's user score is much lower though at a 60. I guess some people were a bit more disappointed than others. : /
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Jek_Porkins  +   1053d ago
Or it's trolls, I mean I never even look at the user scores on games anymore. People spam them with fake, negative reviews all the time.
Nostradavis  +   1053d ago
Jek makes a good point with trolls on user scores however the one thing to note in addition to that is that some users are actually just as qualified to review a game if not more so depending on their level of exposure to it. Just because someone reviews a game for a specific outlet doesn't always mean they are well versed in the history and evolution of that series. With a game like this you may find that most user reviews are taking into consideration more changes (good and bad) then a typical website review.
Skips  +   1053d ago
But if it's only trolls, weird how many "verified purchases" agree with it's user meta score.

I honestly don't think people would spend $60 just to give it a bad review :/ . I wouldn't be surprised if buyers from GameStop feel the same way.

But maybe you're right, it could be "just the trolls". lol
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Blastoise  +   1053d ago
Just be glad it's not a BS 3/10 from Blistered thumbs -_-'

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BLAKHOODe  +   1053d ago
Now we know why Cliffy B left Epic before this game came out. He knew he would get trolled to death by all the haters, blaming him for the game not living upto expectations, even though he had nothing to do with this game. Same with Rod Fergusson.
BlackjackCF  +   1053d ago
WHAAAAA. Chad the Gears fan gave Judgment an okay score? Man...
Nostradavis  +   1053d ago
Hey, it was an honest review. Feels like they rushed it and gave gamers a super light and super generic offering for multiplayer that feels more like Halo of Call of Duty than a Gears of War game. Campaign had some nice features but it wasn't enough to save it.
4logpc  +   1053d ago
Sorry but are we playing the same game? THis is a pretty bad review that doesnt even touch upon Overrun, which from the start has been the focus for Judgement. Name one other person shooter that has a mode like Overrun, and that is as fun and crazy.It cant be done.

The campaign story is what you would expect, but what other Campaign in he last 5 years has been something truly special? I would say the campaign is entirely mediocre, but the aspect that you can access the declassfied missions changes the campaign entirely. Which you barely even mentioned.The campaign is by no means bad, but it is better than Gears 1 and 2.

Oh and you left out the Smart Spawn System which once again, changes the campaign entirely.

How about survival? Which you don't even go into detail about, and fail to properly explain how it truly is better than horde.

It seems like the author reviewed the game based off of what he wanted to see, and not what is on the disc. I get that you wanted certain modes to make a return, and that infinite respawns upset you, but that by no means makes it a bad game. Try reviewing a game based off what it is, and not what you want it to be.
xPhearR3dx  +   1053d ago
Or you're just upset about the score. I personally know and have worked with Chad. He is a HUGE Gears fan. And when I say huge, I mean F'n huge. He would NEVER in a million years give a Gears game a low score just to be a troll. He's the founder of RipTen and would never pull a half assed review for hits or anything like that.

When I saw the score I had to double check that Chad wrote it and when I actually did read it, it made sense. Sometimes our favorite games start to wear thin after a while if huge changes aren't made to further push the game.

Look at GTA for example. Every 4-5 years a new one comes out and Rockstar puts so much love and care into their game to make it the best it can possibly be. Sure, they made some design mistakes with GTA IV, but it was also a technical achievement for it's time and offered many innovating features and gameplay mechanics.

I personally haven't played Judgement for the simple fact that the previews haven't convinced me. I played the Overrun demo and while it was pretty damn fun to play, it was just more of the same. Which to me is okay. Hence the 6 out of 10. Ripten's scale is a lot different than most sites. 6 is an okay game. Which doesn't mean it's bad, or that's it's really good, it's just okay.

MS needs to cough up some cash, put out more IP's and spend quality time on their well praised franchises instead of pumping one out every year. Forza Horizon was a good example of a spin off being made by a different developer. GoW Judgement is not.
SDF Repellent  +   1053d ago
Bought the game, enjoying it right now and it is pretty good IMO just like God of War. Both are @80 on Metacritic right now, so both are doing good and both will sell well.
BabyTownFrolics  +   1053d ago
If you like gears you'll like judgement overrun is extremely enjoyable

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