In case you own an Xbox 360 gaming device, you simply must have Gears of War game in your favorite collection. As a matter of fact, if you truly believe that you are a real gamer, you probably own all three Gears of War sequels that have been released up to this date. But whether you already are a fan of the series or not, the upcoming 4th addition to the series, named Gears of War: Judgment, is sure to be of interest to you. According to both rumors and official sneak-peaks and announcements, it seems that the Gears of War: Judgment is aiming to become the best game of the series. That would be no small feat, considering that Gears of War 3 has set very high standards, with most game critics awarding it with scores north of 90 points (out of 100).
To quickly introduce the series to those who are unfamiliar with it, Gears of War is a third person shooter which takes place on a fictional planed called "Sera" which in many ways resembles planet Earth. The storyline focuses on a war between humans and "Locust"; violent creatures that previously lived underground until one day, they found their way out to the surface and wiped out a large portion of the human population. This day became known as the "Emergence Day". Ever since then, a war has been raging between the remaining human population and the Locust, with each group attempting to eliminate the other.
While the first three sequels have focused on the events after the Emergence day, rather surprisingly, Gears of War: Judgment will take the player back in time to the most critical moment of the whole story - the immediate aftermath of the Emergence Day. According to the trailer first shown at E3 in June 2012, we can look forward to playing along characters that have accompanied us since the first sequel, such as Augustus Cole and Damon Baird, but we are also going to be getting to know three new key characters.
According to the developers, some of the most exciting new features are the completely new multiplayer modes. One of them is a thrilling, class-based competitive "OverRun" mode, in which the players (known as COG in Gears of War terms) will battle Locust head-to-head in a way "unlike anything Gears fans have experienced yet" (taken from official GoW statement).
The game is planned to go on shelves on March 19th, but can be pre-ordered already on sites such as Amazon. As is the case with the Gears of War series, with the exception of the first game which was also released for PC, it will be available exclusively for Xbox 360. So if you are an owner of a PC or Playstation 3, you are unfortunately out of luck.
Regardless of whether you are new to the series or a veteran player, 19th of March 2013 is a day that you certainly want to mark on your calendar. Perhaps even consider taking a few days off work and stockpiling on food. Because if Gears of War: Judgment meets its expectations, we will without a doubt have a serious contender for the game-of-the year award for 2013!