E3 2012: Hands-On Gears of War: Judgement
After a long wait in the Gears of War line-up on the E3 show floor, I was finally able to test the upcoming title, Gears of War: Judgement. I had the chance to play the new multiplayer mode, titled “Overrun”, which mixes the concepts of the Horde mode and the Beast mode from Gears of War 3.
Although the general idea might seem recycled, the feeling is quite different. Here’s how it works; each team (the Hordes and the Beasts) has up to 5 players on each side and the goal of Overrun is to destroy the other team’s generator by shooting it. Each class from each side has a special ability that can contribute to their team’s success.
On the Horde side, you have the choice of selecting up to 4 classes: Engineer, Medic, Scout, and Soldier.
Engineer: The Engineer is the only one that has the ability to fix barricades. This can be done by using the flamethrower on the barricades, if they are still on the field. In addition, Engineers can spawn temporary turrets that assists their team.
Scout: The Scout’s job is to keep an eagle eye out over the surroundings and scout out the area, hence the term “Scout”. He is the only one that can gain access to higher grounds and he can use sniper abilities to shut down enemies. This ability is also accompanied by the helpful radar-like grenade. This grenade reveals the position of enemies that are within its blast radius.
Medic: The Medic is the only one on the team that can heal his allies. The Medic can also throw a special kind of smoke grenade that heals all allies within its range. It might not seem like much, but trust me, in these small maps, the Medic is essential.
Soldier: Each team needs a Soldier. His ability to spawn ammo crates can really make a difference in combat.
As for the Beast side, I will let you wait for the game to be released, so that you can discover the different classes. Just keep in mind that, as a Gears of War fan, I really enjoyed this hands-on experience because I felt more and more immersed into the world of Gears of War. It’s true that it’s a prequel, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be exciting. I’ve also noticed that the graphics have improved and are more detailed. In other words, I feel that Epic Games has another epic game here, in the works.