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Gears of War: Judgment - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • SKU: 5720587
  • Release Date: 03/19/2013
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Intense violence, Strong language
$19.99
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (215 out of 249)

    Product Details


    • Developer: People Can Fly
    • Publisher: Microsoft
    • Platform: Xbox 360
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 03/19/2013

    Synopsis


    The absolute devastation of Emergence Day has just fallen upon the planet Sera and the Locust menace lurks in the secretly terrified corners of your heart. You are Damon Baird, leader of the elite Kilo Squad and your courage may be all that stands in the way of total annihilation. You must navigate the besieged planet in a life-or-death effort to eradicate the enemy — but is this a fight you can win?

    Gears of War: Judgment gives you a glimpse into the aftermath of Emergence Day, the most defining event in the history of the Gears universe, for the very first time in the most intense and riveting storyline. Follow the efforts of Kilo Squad through this campaign full of menacing enemies and challenging gameplay. The new Mission Declassification system keeps you engaged by revealing critical information upon the completion of achievements. Contend with unpredictable enemy types, timing and location with every new encounter thanks to the new Smart Spawn System. Play cooperatively with up to three friends on Xbox Live to destroy the Locust menace in the campaign, or experience the revolutionary new class-based competitive mode, OverRun, in which you play as Locusts or COG soldiers as they are pitted against each other. The saturated storyline of the Gears saga is enriched even further with numerous new gameplay modes and features in this prequel to one of the most riveting campaigns in gaming history.

    Features


    Pre-order Gears of War: Judgment to receive a Classic Hammerburst assault rifle and an Anya Multiplayer Skin

    Take on the role of Anya in competitive multiplayer matches with the Best Buy exclusive Multiplayer Skin

    Gun down your enemies with your very own Classic Hammerburst, the standard-issue assault rifle of the Locust Army, which delivers a powerful six-shot burst

    Gears

    Negotiate the most intense and riveting game yet with a campaign that takes you back to the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day, the defining event of the Gears of War universe

    Follow the saga of the Kilo Squad, a troop of soldiers led by Damon Baird and Augustus "The Cole Train" Cole and newcomers Sofia Hendrick and Garron Paduk as they navigate the devastation surrounding the besieged city of Halvo Bay

    Gears of War

    Embark on an epic battle against the seemingly unstoppable new Locust menace in an effort to eradicate your enemies and save the planet Sera from total annihilation with this new vantage point into the rich saga of

    Maneuver the new Mission Declassification system for more challenging gameplay and achievements that allow you to uncover critical information over the course of the campaign

    Destroy your enemies with realism with the new Smart Spawn System for both campaign and multiplayer modes that ensures each encounter is new and unique, as types, timing and locations of enemies change to keep you on your toes

    Gears

    Experience a riveting gameplay experience with the unique, fast-paced combat style that captures the true essence of in a way that's more intense than ever before

    Play co-op with up to three friends on Xbox LIVE or play in the new multiplayer experience, OverRun, that offers a new class-based competitive mode in which Locust and COG soldiers are against each other (additional subscription and fees may apply)



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 249 reviews

    86%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Showing its age

      Posted
      bjc184
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Judgement's only strength is it's campaign. the campaign is fun and offers a little something different than what we have all become used to. Yes you are still fighting locust in the same point A to point B linear fashion, yes you are still using Lancers and Shotguns, but it still feels fresh and fun. The Declassify option is the shining feature, making play in a certain way to attempt to attain a 3-star rating on your missions, like using only pistols, or adding more and varied enemy types. It really adds a bit of replayability trying to rack up high scores with your friends. It's not all roses in the campaign though, Difficulty is nerfed to hell, if you used to feel challanged on Hardcore or Insane, a 3 year old could literally survive on these difficulties. I started straight off on hardcore and at no point felt challanged, even declassifying never added difficulty. Enemies that were never present in GoW1 are magically here, then gone for the next 2 games, then come back in 3, and the introduction of new and mainly useless weapons make for a less than inspired twist on gameplay. But, once the campaign and the weirdly out of place and timeline Aftermath is over, the multiplayer is all you have left. Well, then you officially have nothing. Multiplayer has to be the worst in Gears history. Overrun is about the only gametype that even feels like it should be there. Execution takes forever to finish just one match, Team Deathmatch has been taken from 15 cumalitive kills then last chance to being 50 kills, Free-For-All is absolutely abysmall, Domination is a sad attempt to be CoD, and not fighting locust, no Down But Not Out, just make Multiplayer all around a frustrating experience. As you level you unlock prize boxes (much like in Mass Effect 3) but they offer nothing more than comestic changes for your guns and character. The biggest frustration is the lack of the 4 weapon series staple, Where as you could have an Assault Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, and Non-Lethal Grenade you may now only have one Non-Lethal Grenade, One pistol, and Either an Assault Rifle or Shotgun. This completely removes the ability to take people on based on where they are. You won't make it very far if you have a Sawed-Off and the other team has nothing but Lancers. What they should have left alone they retooled the most and made it the series worst Multiplayer experience to date. To wrap this up this game is the definition of rent not buy, play the campaign enjoy it and then chuck it out the window. Hopefully this is the official end of the franchise.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Gears of War Judgment

      Posted
      foster1887
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      After beating Gears 3 I thought to myself "the next Gears game will be about E-day, that might be a pretty cool game!". I was half right. If your buying this game for the campaign only you might like it (for about 6 hours) but don't expect anything revolutionary its just plain ol' Gears of War with a weak story line. If your buying it for Coop, it has plenty of modes to choose from survival, overrun, and campaign coop will keep you busy. If your like me and buying it for game modes like Team Deathmatch then I'd think twice. I'm usually just a campaign and Deathmatch type of guy and I can't believe that this game only shipped with 4 maps. Its actually insulting to think about. They are pretty much forcing you to buy the season pass and wait for a descent multiplayer experience whenever they feel like adding more maps and thats not right. Not only that but they tampered with the gameplay and it all just falls flat on its face. 70% of the TD games I joined everyone was just running around with the Gnasher shotgun. You see, your only allowed to pick one gun and a grenade type and you have a p-shooter pistol to start with. The maps are another problem. They are huge (and very bland if I say so myself)! Usually this isn't a bad thing, but when your character is as slow as this its a real pain to get anywhere. There is no mini-map either so you could be wandering around forever looking for an enemy for a couple minutes just to find yourself looking down a barrel of a Gnasher shotgun by someone sitting in a corner camping. This is probably the biggest disappointment I've had in gaming this year and it won't be soon forgotten. I spent 80 dollars today (Yes, I was a sucker and got the season pass and no, I didn't buy it from Amazon) for this and after the bitter taste in my mouth got so bad I just put in Halo 4 and tried to forget the fact that I just wasted my money. I'm pretty sure I'm done investing time into this franchise until they actually figure out a way to make this game better. Which is funny cause this game is not broken at all. Everything I have a problem with they could fix with this game. They pretty much have said "This is how Gears is now and you better like it!". I'm sorry Epic and People Can Fly, I don't like it. I don't like it at all. I want my money back or change the game back to what it used to be. This is a typical case of fixing something til its broken. Very sad to see this franchise end up this way.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent game, worst Gears yet

      Posted
      Illmatic73
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I've played all the previous Gears of War games and enjoyed them all completely. I was hyped for this but it was a let down. It is a great game by itself but if you compare to it the other Gears games, it falls short. With Judgment, something just feels stale. The single player campaign is short, and the story itself is lackluster. All you basically do is pick up a different gun and kill enemies in different ways in order to earn stars and other things based on different conditions. I liked the Declassified missions in theory but how the developers implemented it took away from the story and made it feel clunky but I still had fun during the short play through. The multiplayer is fun to a certain extent, and it was actually better than the main campaign, which disappoints me because I consider multiplayer to be an added bonus not something to outshine the single player experience. They changed some elements which made Gears unique but now you can only carry two guns, no longer use the D-pad to switch guns, etc. However, they did do something right with the Overrun mode. I am currently addicted to playing that solely. If you like a shooter with an under average storyline and a main goal to pick up different guns and kill, kill, kill, this is the game for you. If you're looking for more, maybe wait 'till the price drops. All in all, it is a decent game, but definitely not worth brand new game price. I really hope this doesn't mean that Gears of War will become like many other games that keep getting released just to have a game and have very little value added to them. It will be very disappointing to know another series has done that.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A prequel to be proud of

      Posted
      J2ASHOWTIME18
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      Gears of War Judgement provides bold new ideas to the series in both campaign and multiplayer that completely pay off in the end. The beautiful campaign immerses you in a story as the characters observe and comment on their environment in the moment. Enemy AI even attempts to provide a new experience to the gamer as semi-random spawning is implemented so a somewhat different experience can occur each time (such as different enemies faced and directions they come from). The story and gameplay really shines with the new Declassify system. These are optional objectives that challenge your gameplay through stronger enemies and other handicaps such as shortage of time, ammo, and more. These sections also increase another new addition, the scoring system. Scoring is based on similar ideas from things normally done in multiplayer to earn points in the form of ribbons such as executions, head shots, using specific weapons, etc. The score rating can be fast tracked by taking on the Declassified sections to obtain the possible max score for each level. Although Judgment's multiplayer may not live up to that of Gears of War 3 in the long run, its faster and more violent gameplay along with character customizations and new modes such as Domination and Overrun (human vs. locust mode) can provide a substantial amount of gameplay and experiences to last for some time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another good chapter in the Gears saga.

      Posted
      mattbuc16
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Bottom line. It's Gears. But if you're reading this, you're probably new to the series -- since any fans bought it before any review was even out. So is this worth your $60? Well, I'd recommend Gears 3, since you can get it used and the fan base still seems pretty big. Single-player here is more of the same with some different ways to ramp of the challenge. You'll get some pretty good bang for your buck. Still, if you're out for JUST a single-player Gears experience and are new to the franchise, go get the original for a few bucks. The online in Judgment? Be warned, new players. This isn't COD. It isn't Halo. You can't just jump in and dominate. Mutliplayer takes some learning. A lot. So many good players. Gears plays differently from any other shooter. I consider myself an average gamer and am experienced with Gears games but this one plays even tougher than the already difficult others. In the end though, it's a fun experience I don't get from Halo or COD. Much more of an adrenaline rush, especially in Execution mode, when you're the last man standing on your squad. For experienced Gears players: - I don't like the fact their are no more grenade plants. - Up close gun play seems more jerky, but I'm probably getting old. - Not many maps included with the disc and it seems like people pretty much only vote for the same three. Anyway, that's it. Solid game. New players should just go buy 3 (or 2 or 1 if they want single player). But I don't think you'd be disappointed either way ... unless you just HATE the gameplay. This is no run and gun.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Pretty good Gears of War game

      Posted
      darktempler007d
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      I'm pretty fond of the Gears of War series, but this one is probably my least favorite. The graphics look good, but the controls are different in this game from previous installments. It takes a little getting used to, but it's not that bad once you get the hang of it. As far as I can tell, because of the new control scheme, you cannot carry as many weapons as you could in previous installments as well. My biggest issue with the game, though, not a huge deal if you can get past it, is the scoring system. At the end of each section within each chapter of the story you are rated on your performance from 0 to 3 stars based on a variety of deferent factors. I suppose the rating system was implemented in this installment of the game to enrich the experience by allowing players to compare scores online and earn bragging rights and whatnot, but I find that it has the opposite effect. Because the rating system is in place, I feel the need to earn a perfect 3 star rating, but sometimes it is difficult to achieve this on your first try and repeated attempts significantly slow the progression of the story, thus ruining the player experience. Overall though, I think that the game is solid and is good for any Gears of War fan or anyone who likes third person shooters.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A different take on the Gears of War franchise

      Posted
      Hulkster83
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      Gears of War: Judgment is a prequel to the original Gears of War that also features additional content that takes place during the story of Gears of War 3. For these two story pieces, the gameplay is what you would expect from a Gears of War title. Its violent, over-the-top, adrenaline-filled and sometimes goofy. Where the new developers, People Can Fly (Bulletstorm), deviate from the formula is in the multiplayer features. Instead of recreating what was done in previous Gears games, People Can Fly added a few faster-paced offerings similar to a Call of Duty or Halo game. The Down But Not Out feature is gone in almost all of the match types as well as the pool of lives teams have to share between their players. Now, when a player dies, they simply wait out a timer and respawn somewhere near their teammates. Ultimately, if you liked previous Gears of War games, you'll feel right at home playing the story mode. The changes to multiplayer do take a bit of getting used to but the game options and character customization make the competitive modes a lot of fun and very rewarding.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Game, but not Gears

      Posted
      Mutilated
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      Gears of War: Judgment is a good game, but it is not at all comparable to other Gears of War titles. The game is essentially your average 3rd person shooter now. Multiplayer is fun, but it is nothing unique. The ability to use 4 weapons is gone, and you are now limited to 2 weapons at any time. Most of the variety of characters are gone, and the game tries to make up for this by adding different paint jobs to the same character or weapon. Judgment is a fun game, but it is produced by People Can Fly, and not EPIC Games. People Can Fly really tried to capture a larger market, bringing in Call of Duty and Halo fans. Sadly, if you were a huge fan of the previous Gears titles, you will be a little disappointed in the game over all. If you are looking for a game for solely single player story, the story of this game is by far its saving grace. The story add's all kinds of features, and actually keeps things from past Gears games, that had been taken out of the multiplayer.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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