Gears of War 2
Having placed itself as one of the most important games on the Xbox 360, with more than 6 million copies of the debut installation sold, Gears of War at long last returns 2 years on to continue the fight between humanity and the Locust Horde.
Announced at the beginning of the year by Cliff Bleszinski along with a huge range of improvements to Unreal Engine 3, Gears of War 2 assures to deliver an emotionally deep storyline and a 'bigger, badder, and more badass' experience than its forerunner.Chuck in new multiplayer games like the 'last stand' scenario of Horde, and on face value, Gears of War 2 has smashed through the boundaries laid down by the 2006 original.
Placed months after the outcomes of the first title, when Fenix and the team exploded a lightmass bomb in a bid to demolish the Locust once and for all, Gears of War 2 throws gamers into a Sera on the brink. Somewhat obviously, the bomb hasn't annihilated the subterranean menace; in fact their forces have turned up the heat a notch or two, developing the ability to sink entire cities. With the city of Jacinto, and the existence of humanity, now under threat, Marcus Fenix and the rest of Delta squad are tasked with securing the future of mankind.
By Nature, everything core to Gears of War makes a return here, so fans will find themselves in common territory with the 'roadie run', chainsaw melees, executions, and 'active reloads' all present and correct. However, all have been built on, fine-tuned, and improved on the way. Many of the features making up Gears of War 2 have of course made their way onto trailers and interviews in the months running up to release, but what's great to know is that they really do work well to enhance the experience. The addition of duelling chainsaws, for instance, throws in a second mini-game that (like active reloads before it) bolts on an extra nugget of playability. It also acts almost like an eye-blink, a brief change in gameplay before the fire-fights proceed. Using downed opponents as 'meat shields' is another extra feature that gives players the edge (for a limited time), but only if they're quick with the handgun! Locust 'boomshields' can also get planted into the ground, creating portable cover positions. So far as executions are concerned, players can now do quick and extended varieties based on whatever weapons players have in their grasp – although a face first curb stomp will no doubt show be just as popular.
Gears of War 2 Multiplayer Information
Co-Op Story Mode
Co-Op Story Mode