GLORIOUS, BUT GORY, COMEBACK
Gears of War: Judgement is a prequel to the previous editions and is set around 14 years before the first game. Our favourite bad mouthed killing machine, Marcius Fenix, is replaced by Damon Baird, who leads a team of trigger-happy soldiers called the Kilo Squad. The team comprises of Gears champions Augustus Cole and Baird and two rookies Garron Paduk and Sofia Hendrick. The game starts with the Kilo squad standing on trial for an act of treason. Each team member gives their testimony; each flashback taking control of each soldier. This is the first time in the Gears of War series that a narrative style is used and where you get to replay past events.
SLIGHT TWEAKS: The graphics make you feel at home if you have played the previous Gears of War titles. No doubt the game developers have ensured that Judgement is a treat to the eyes with crisp visuals. The biggest change, and a sure shot delight for gamers, is a host of new weapons to play with. Previously, one would be stuck with only a pistol, but now the Gears are equipped with a lancer, gnasher and any other weapon while using a boom shield. Also, now you can only have two main weapons, which allow you to swap and choose the ideal gun for the upcoming Locust onslaught. Activating grenades has become a lot simpler using the left bumper.
NEW FEATURES: The “declassified” testimony adds objectives or challenges by making campaigns combined. There are some situations that will force you to use a certain weapon, equip the enemies with better guns and put a time limit on areas, which can be quiet annoying if you don't get it right quickly. The game will also put you in tight spots where you will be in a dust or smoke filled room and your objective is to get out without getting shot. Then there is OverRun, where one team chooses a soldier, medic or engineer, and makes them defend E-holes and generators from a locust attack.
VERDICT: A Gears of War fan or not, as long as you like virtual blood and gore then this game is a must-have. It might not have the essence of its previous titles, but does at no time fall short of expectations.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
A perfect mix of fabulous gunplay and graphics.
GEARS OF WAR: JUDGEMENT