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Gears of War 2 massively improves on the original! It provides a solid campaign with gameplay and multiplayer options as well!
Story: the story carries on from Gears Of War, where the Locust now have the ability to sink entire cities, so the Cog now have no choice but to attack the Locust and destroy them for good.
Gameplay: the cover system has been completely redesigned so that it give the player complete control. Only 80% of the time did the cover system in Gears Of War actually work, however in this game, it works 99.9% of the time! New weapons have also been included, such as the awesome mortar launch, mulcher (gattling gun) and poison grenades, with the ability to tag the grenades against walls to set up ambushes for your opponents! New enemies have also been included, such as the lovely 'butchers' and blood hounds that want to tear you limb from limb.
Extra Content: With the Game Of The Year edition, you can get the 'All Fronts Collection' expansion pack, containing new maps and an additional part to the campaign!
The graphics aren't a massive improvement, however character models and environments look at lot smooth and less jagged.
The online mode has also been increased, with the ability to play 5 on 5 battles, new modes such as 'Wingman' and 'Horde' and much much more!
Having bought Gears of War 2 on a bit of a whim, not really knowing much about the game all I can say is that every minute of it was enjoyable.
Gears of War 2 is a classic fast-paced shoot and kill game that is also incredibly addictive. Game play is nice and simple but there is the option to change the difficulty settings for a more seasoned gamer.
Personally, I would say that I'm pretty useless at any games that involve shooting or accuracy but the game controls for Gears of War are simple enough for any novice to understand. I'm the first to admit that my girlfriend is generally far better than myself at these games but it didn't take too long to get on par!
The co-operative mode is clear and well designed on the split-screen and after a while you forget that there's two of you in the game. There are certain points where the teamwork does come into play (one part where I had a sniper rifle protecting my partner from an onslaught from up above), which is quite nice when you're in the same room.
Perhaps my only disappointment was that it was quite a short game, taking maybe 10 or 12 (a few hours each) sessions to complete. What the game has is very good but I wish there had been more of it.
I would certainly recommend the game and hope there are future editions of Gears of War
Gears of WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR 2.
This game is a game for men. I'm not being sexist here, girls just GTFO because you're just not welcome here. Have they gone? Good, now who's braiding my hair?
Anyway, this is a game for the mannliest of men. Guns with chainsaws on. Awesome. A bow that shoots explosive arrows that sprays enemy body parts around a room. HOLY CHRIST THAT IS AWESOME.
Well for us men anyway. I can't help but think that Cliff Blezinski would have hung a 'No Girl's Allowed' sign on the front, because this game is so mannly, it makes your manhood grow just by playing.
The game follows Marcus Fenix. An angry man with a voice like a cement mixer, in his fight against the Locust. A strange alien race that came from the ground. How? Who knows. Why? I don't know. We're not here for the story, because we're MEN and MEN HAVE NO FEELINGS.
Seriously? Just look at the front cover. A man hardened by war, the size of a fridge in his power armour, with a machine gun the size of a large toddler, looking in remorse at the dog tags of his lost comrades.
MAAAAN. WAARR. BANG BLOODY GORE. DEATH. I LAUGH IN YOUR FACE.
The gore in this game is immense. Running up to a locust behind cover and ramming a chainsaw up his arse, never stops being SO SATISFYING.
The gameplay is incredibly varied, where you could be fighting through a deserted house at one point, only to be cutting your way through a squishy worm the next.
However, there is one complaint. Dom. The sidekick and totally not gay boyfriend of Marcus'. Dom is on a personal vendetta of his own to find his wife who has been captured by the Locust. You may be feeling sorry for Dom right now, but he just DOESN'T SHUT UP ABOUT HER.
To conclude, Gears of War 2 is a fun and varied game. It's unique style of gameplay puts it head and shoulders above many shooter games of the day. But only if you're a man.
The Gears of War franchise is a game that revolves heavily around the use of cover. This generally works well in the game, as there is a somewhat excessive abundance of chest-high walls/debris, which is surprisingly convenient. You are on the planet of Sera, and you are fighting for control of the planet. The humans built on the planet, and prospered for many years, until the Locust hordes erupted from beneath the surface and waged war on humanity.
This is the general plot to Gears of War 1, I won't ruin the end for you in case you haven't read it, but let's just say you are playing as the same character, with the same group.
The basic game mechanics remain the same, using cover, leaning out to shoot the baddies, and that general level of gore and profanities are preminent also. I personally don't mind this, yes it may seem a bit excessive but that is what war is meant to be like, and you seldom find a censor in real life, or soldiers shouting "Sugar!" when they get shot.
The story of this chapter in the game is focused heavily around Jacinto, the last remaining haven for mankind, which (due to the ground it is built on) remains unravaged by the Locust Hordes. Jacinto also hosts Control, who keep in touch with you throughout the game, namely Anya.
Overall, the gameplay and playability factor of the game is very enjoyable, however, the online multiplayer factor of it is as frustrating as anything. You have the ability to place proximity mines in obscure places and surprise your enemies. However, this works both ways. And I end up frustrated and grinding my teeth when I turn the corner, hear a beep, and see my carcass explode across the room. Then there's the fact that the shotgun is overpowered, and generally >every other gun in the game. So it's one weapon or none when delving into multiplayer.
However, there is a new game mode added from the first one in the way of Horde. This involves you and 4 other people surviving against the Locust for as long as humanly possible. It really is a test of your mettle.
Overall, I'd have to recommend this game should you enjoy playing with friends, and not against the community of Xbox Live.
The gears of war franchise has always been an xbox exclusive for that very reason i was swayed away from sony and the ps3 with good reason to.
Gears of war 2 builds upon the originals success taking place after the previous games events you see yourself once again playing Fenix and Dom fighting for the human races survival against the monsterous locus.
What sets gears of war 2 apart from all the other games of this genre such as halo is it unique gameplay. The ability to take cover behind a pillar,fallen log or anyother object that will protect you from the locus gun fire. With this creative cover system comes the ability to pop out and unleash carnage or lay down some cover fire using the genious blind fire option.
The weapons in this game are similar to the first and all are enjoyable to use. The standard weapon of choice for our main hero is The Lancer.Now this is basically a large machine gun with a chainsaw for a bayonette. Now this adds upon the games gore and mutilation by adding an abbility to chainsaw enemys in half.
The story line is different and enjoyable. Its not the typical just kill bad guys.Theres actual characters and people you begin to understand. Its not a great surprise that there is a gears of war film in production which i hope will mach the success of the game franchise.
The battles you'll experience are epic and the unique thing with gears of war is your never alone. Be it offline with ai controlled team mate or mates in the form of dom,braid or the great coletrain.
The online multiplayer experience has a variety of different game modes.
From capture the flag to good old fashion team deathmatch.The one to take note of is Horde mode.Now in horde mode you and 3 other online players will do battle against upto 50 waves of monsters battling out in rounds.
I have to say ive owned this game for well over 2 years and im still playing it and most of all enjoying it.