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Reviews: Gears of War 3 – GOW Judgement: The past makes for a great future

April 5, 2013

Fans of the Gears of War franchise are excited as the newest game, Judgment, was released last week. Judgment is the first in the Gears franchise to be developed by the People Can Fly studio. It also serves as a prequel to the original “Gears of War.” That is why this game feels like the original game with some innovation. “Gears of War Judgment” delivers a positive verdict for the future of the franchise.

The campaign mode follows the story of Baird a short time after emergence day. Most gamers will remember Baird as the smart-aleck, cynical tech guy from the previous Gears of War games. In this Baird has to be the level headed leader while the cynic ends up being a former UIR trooper (think USSR with COG being America). The story works as a series of flashbacks that explain the testimony of the squad before a military tribunal. The missions are set up in sections. Each section contains a “declassification” addition which if you choose to accept will make that section harder. These declassifications range from environmental effects, to tougher enemies, and restricted weapons. The missions themselves range from horde style defense to pushing through strong points. This allows for different game play throughout the game but still feels like you are wading through an endless amount of Locust.

Overall, the campaign was fun to play, but the story wasn’t stellar and the new characters except for Paduk are kind of throwaways. Even Cole wasn’t as involved as in previous games, other than the one mission set to his testimony. However, this lack of story didn’t detract from what Gears does best which is to supply you with an endless amount of carnage.

The multiplayer is also a combination of the old and some new. The normal modes like VIP, deathmatch, and team deathmatch are here. One change for these is that both sides are now human instead of being human v. locust. New multiplayer modes added to this list are survival which is closer to horde mode but only with ten levels and onslaught which is a combination of horde and beast modes from “Gears of War 3.” Onslaught is set similar to survival mode but COG and locust are both control by humans in a 5v5 style match. This makes for pretty exciting game play as both humans and locust are able to level or make improvements. One game ended when the Locusts leveled to include three maulers, one kantus, and one boomer. Overall, multiplayer brings something fresh and is a solid facet of this game.

If you are a fan of “Gears of War” there is much to like about Judgment. If you are new to the Gears Franchise then this is a good time to join in before “Gears 4” rolls around. This game while it has cheezy elements is a solid addition to an excellent franchise. People can fly stepped out to do their first “Gears of War” title and the judgment is good.

Elisha French
Contributing Writer

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