Gears of War: Judgment

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Bloody sci-fi shoot 'em up is laced with profanity.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

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

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 & Representations

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
Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFRELL89 April 1, 2013

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... Continue reading
Adult Written byyomama123 July 18, 2013

rated e

amazing not violent at all it should be rarted e
Kid, 12 years old June 10, 2013

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 ba... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 4, 2014

Think Twice Before Letting Little Jimmy Play This One!

I have beaten all GOW games, including Judgement. I think that it is suitable for kids 10+ if you turn swearing and gore off! but that basically takes the whole... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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