7. Gears Of War: Judgment
The first three Gears of War games come together to make a near-perfect trilogy. It is so damn rare that video game stories have a satisfying ending, so after 3 tied everything up, the only place to go was into the past.
Epic was signed to a four-game deal, so it was inevitable that we were going to be graced with something after Gear of War 3, but Judgment failed to set the world on fire.
As a prequel to the beloved trilogy, it served almost no purpose in the grand scheme of things. It isn’t like players were clamouring to find out the backstory on Baird or Cole, and most of the new cast were totally forgettable.
All of them including Garron Paduk, who then shows up in Gears 5, even though by the end it was neat to have him back and remind everyone that Judgment happened.
What Epic should’ve done with the fourth game is go even further back to the events of the Pendulum Wars to shed a little more light on the history of the COG. At least that wouldn’t have felt so safe or like glorified DLC.