Gears of War: Judgment

Common Sense Media says

Bloody sci-fi shoot 'em up is laced with profanity.

Age

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Other than defending humans from a vicious alien attack, this game doesn't have any positive messages -- especially given how much violence, blood, and gore is in the game.

Positive role models

You play as Damon Baird, an elite military squad leader, tasked with destroying aliens one by one, along with his squadmates. Seen in previous Gears of Wars games, Damon is strong, smart, and sarcastic, and he enjoys killing the alien species. He doesn't talk much, or reveal much about his history, feelings, or motivations, but this isn't usually the kind of game to explore these sides of the protagonist.

Ease of play

Those who've played other Gears of War games should have no problems learning the controls here. The analog sticks and buttons on the Xbox 360 controller are used to control Damon's movements and actions.

Violence

Gears of War: Judgment is an extremely violence game. Much of the gameplay is devoted to killing aliens using a number of weapons, including shotguns, pistols, sniper rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, grenades, and chainsaws. Copious amounts of blood is sprayed and splashed when the enemies are killed, plus it's possible to dismember, disembowel, and behead enemies.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The game features strong profanity, including words like "f--k," "f--ker," "s--t" and "a--hole."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The game can be played online, with full support for audio chat, and there's no filtering or monitoring of the dialogue between players. As a result, gamers can hear profanity, and perhaps other inappropriate language or dialogue, while chatting with strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gears of War: Judgment is a mature third-person shooter. It is not meant for kids, tweens, or young teens -- primarily for its intense violence, blood, and extreme gore. This includes the ability to shoot, slice, and blow up enemies, hear them scream in pain, see body parts explode, and leave blood trails on the ground or walls. Also, the game has some very strong profanity, just like the Gears of War games before it.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • exploration

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Gears of War: Judgment wasn't created for educational purposes, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • exploration

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Gears of War: Judgment wasn't created for educational purposes, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Set a few years before the events of the original Gears of War trilogy, GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT focuses on a troop of human soldiers led by Damon Baird and Augustus “The Cole Train” Cole, who are joined by other newcomers, Sofia Hendrick and Garron Paduk. Their goal? Protect the besieged coastal city of Halvo Bay from a vicious, relentless new alien threat. Along with this new campaign that takes gamers back to the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day -- the moment the Locust creatures began their attack on humanity -- Gears of War: Judgment also adds an unlockable side-story called "Aftermath," which links the events of "Judgment" to the original Gears of War trilogy. This new disc also features new cooperative (co-op) and competitive multiplayer modes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fans of this popular sci-fi action series will like what studios Epic Games and People Can Fly has created here, in both the story (which serves as a prequel to the trilogy) and in the multiplayer department (including new modes that keeps things fresh and exciting). Up to four people can play co-op together, and chat at the same time, over Xbox Live. New to Gears of War: Judgment is "Mission Declassification" system that lets gamers experience more challenging gameplay scenarios (and achievements) by finding key information during the campaign -- which is a nice way to tie the narrative to the action. While still a "stop and pop" third-person shooter, where you're often hiding behind an object to take down an enemy, the action is faster in this new game.

While it's not a flawless offering -- the Aftermath campaign seems like an afterthought and both campaigns only yield 7 or 8 hours of gameplay (short for a $60 title) -- the intensity, new multiplayer modes, and challenge-based rewards all make this title a worthwhile investment for mature shooter fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why third-person shooter sci-fi games are so popular: Is it the running and gunning, the battle tactics, or the over-the-top gore? Is it the multiplayer thrill of playing against other humans? Is it the story?

  • Parents can also discuss the impact of media violence.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:March 19, 2013
Genre:Third-person shooter
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Bugs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Space and aliens
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language (Xbox 360)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old June 10, 2013
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Very good game with some bad attributes

First off very gory body parts will be dismembered easy by a close range shotgun or cutting some one in half with a chainsaw gun, The language isn't too bad. Lots of violence. Very entertaining story that you son or daughter will like.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educator and Parent Written byyomama123 July 18, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

rated e

amazing not violent at all it should be rarted e
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written byFRELL89 April 1, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

A mild game, if you turn the blood off.

Gears of war has blood, but the great thing is about this game is that you can take away any of the swearing or blood if you're uncomfortable with it. When you turn everything off, it reminds me of halo, which is a very mild game. as you all know common sense blow things out of proportion, so no, you cannot hear the aliens shriek in pain if they die. the grunt, like in every other shooter.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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