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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Xbox 360 / Suitable for 18 years and over / Release Date: 2008-11-07 / Published by Microsoft

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      26.04.2012 01:16

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      Overall a good game, however it could of been alot better!

      Gears of War one was to many, one of the best games off all time. It had a stunning campaign and an intense online multiplayer mode. Gears of War 2 was surrounded with alot of hype, people expected it to be better then the original, however this was not the case.

      I thought Gears of War 2 was a massive let down. They makers had made many unnecessary changes, these changes had a negative impact on the game. They changed they way in which you move, this slowed down gameplay and caused alot of glitches, it made the game slower and it lost its buzz. The Longshot rifle, which was one of the most powerful guns in the original game had been weakened and made harder to use, this also made the gameplay less intense.

      The graphics in GoW 2 have been enhanced and you can tell that the developers really tried to make everything more real and have much more depth in the colours and design of each object and building. However i feel that this again was an unnecessary change, to me the graphics looked more cartoon like and less real.

      However the game is not all bad! The campaign is carried on and it is a great, you will encounter various new characters and enemies and get in numerous gun fights and battles. It very rarely allows you to get bored.

      One weapon i believe was improved was the Torque Bow, it is now able to headshot opponents providing you hit them in the head with the bow!
      The new online multiplayer game modes are very good and are alot of fun too play and the new maps are all unique in some way and the developers have really dug deep to improve the online multiplayer!

      Overall Gears of War 2 is a good game, however if you are a massive fan of "Gears of War" you may feel slightly let down.

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      13.02.2012 08:23
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      gears two is somewhat outdated now but it has two player co-op which is fun with a friend

      Gears 2 is not as good as Gears 3 but is still a pretty fun game and is the single player story mode is still fairly good. As for the multiplayer, this game has the most lag of any other multiplayer game I've ever played. It totally ruins the experience and the only reason I bought this game again was to prepare for the release of Gears 3 because I was told that if you reach level 100 in the multiplayer you get something for the next game. Now that I played Gears 3 so much Gears 2 is considerably slower and just not as fun. I have to think the first Gears of War was better than this one and that's always bad when they don't improve on a great game. I am not trying to bash this game too much because it is truly a decent game but I did not understand what the big hype surrounding it was. The controls on Gears have always been irritating being that it's a third person game that has no crosshair on the screen and that doesn't make any sense at all. All the Gears games definitely have a learning curve so I guess if you make it through all the inconsistencies on the game the more you play it the more you enjoy Gears of War.

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        08.11.2011 11:12
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        Will keep you entertained until Gears 3 comes down in price

        Gears of War 2 carries on from where GOW 1 left off - the Locust (subterranean baddies) are bloodied but not defeated after you detonated a Lightmass bomb (a big bomb).
        The Locust are using their sinkhole technology to undermine and collapse human cities, and it's up to you, Marcus Fenix, to stop them.

        The gameplay hasn't changed much from the first game, but this is fine as it's still fun. You're still getting involved in heavy firefights with an emphasis on cover based tactics.
        This time a lot of the action takes place below the planet's surface and there's new weapons to play with, including a flamethrower, a chaingun and a mortar launcher.

        The levels are again well designed and the creature design seems to have been scaled up. You'll enter the guts of a giant worm, and fight several Brumak (armoured dinosaurs) and reavers (flying tentacle things) in some truly epic battles. Although the graphics were improved from the first GOW I couldn't really notice, although that could have just been my TV. The marines grunt and growl their way through the story - it really is impossible to empathise with any of them despite the developer's efforts to humanise . There's a bit where your buddy Dom finds his wife and there's a big emotional scene, but he ends up shooting her in the face because she's become a thrall of the Locust. That's GOW machismo right there - if you have a problem, either physical or emotional, just shoot someone in the face and it'll make it all better. It's a transparent attempt at maturing the game when it should have remained joyfully adolescent.

        If you've never played any Gears of War you could do worse than buying this. If you've played the first one you might just want to rent it - I played it the same week I finished GOW 1 and the gameplay did get a little samey.

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        05.09.2011 21:16
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        top game

        I bought this game when it first came out my im new to here so here is my review. Set in a world were Mankind is failing, the team of infamous heroes continue to battle against the deadly locust hordes. For the evil that lay under the grounds of Earth, did not perish in their previous encounter with humanity and a new story of depth and dispair shall unravel.

        Gears of War 2 holds with in it a different and dynamic edge to console gaming. The first, i thought was an interesting if slightly dull shooter, however this one caught my attention from the start.

        The best bits!
        GoW2 has added plenty of new stuff for you to play with in several fairly long chapters. The creatures have been made to challenge the player far more and are now varied rather then the same damp figures that you used to fight against. The multiplayer on this game is also something of interest, although i never played the first mutliplayer, i found GoW2 to be extremely fun! The 50 levels of Horde mode were indeed one of my favourite add-ons. But were this game excels the most, is in its campaign. The story, although 'macho' and ultimately awesome, was also increasingly 'touching'. There is a scene in one chapter (won't spoil anything) which made me think "This game has just reached a new level" in terms of seriousness and over all brilliance to the story.

        The "slightly" bad bit..
        Not much to say really, apart from the gamerscore that requires you to get "100,000 Kills" and the other "10,000 online matches". These i found were ridiculous and should be possibly replaced with atleast a possibility of non-powergamers to gain them.

        In the End, Gears 2 is a fantastic game with superb graphics, story and game play. Also if your looking to buy now its only going to cost around £20.00!!!

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          09.04.2011 18:24
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          One of the best shooter games on xbox, totally immersive

          GofW 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Gears of War. For which I also written a review.so please read and rate that too.

          General:-
          If you liked the first game you`ll love this one, its stimple. graphically the develpers have made this alittle better..but to be honest it didnt need that much more doing to it. The movement of the characters and the background looks smoother. Also there seems to be a more diverse range of settings like a stately home (that of sgt fenix) and forests.

          Gameplay
          Again I`ll have to write this review in the mind that I only play arcade style on my own and with another person on co-op, I dont play onlne multiplayers. But when you play this on co-op arcade verses mode. the horde game is great, you have to fight of increasingly harder and larger waves of enemy attackers, the attackers themselves are diversein nature but they are al standard baddies, they wont throw any bosses into the mix. Its great because after a while your position will become desperate and you`ll be running around in self preservation. Its incredably addictive and you find yourself trying to beat your own record. The one player campaign mode is equally as good as the first game but I found that the storyline sucks you in ore and it deals with some quite tragic adult themes, like when dom finds his wife, quite disturbing really. But it makes you take notice of the characters and feel sorry for them/associate with them. Once again you are fighting on the planet Sera, playing Marcus Fenix and his team, still fighting against the Locust Horde. The bomb that Marcus' squad planted at the end of the first game did not completely destroy the Locusts hoembase, in fact hat was one of many and 'the general' wasnt the mastermind behind the horde, it is in fact a female leader of some kind, Marcus is still searching for his missing wife since the first game.

          Game play is the same as the first game, you play in a 3rd person view, or 1st once you look through sights and the old run and cover system in contacts with the enemy. There are new baddies from the first game in new Grinder or Reavers.

          You also get to ride many vehicles, like a reaver itself, bit wierd and dont ask !but generally you control hude gun platforms, tanks even Locust. Cut scenes are better looking and more regular, it still looks very good and the enemy AI is much smarter, they take cover, are quicker to move and try to flank you. You cant just assault enemy postiions you`ll get killed you need to think about things more then in the fist game.

          Sound:-
          Steve Jablonsky has been brought back in to do the fantastic job on the soundtrack and its one of the best that can be bought on itunes. His main theme tune 'metallic prayer' is very staring and if it doesnt make you want to take on the horde straight away then theres something wrong with you. The sound effects are excellent , again the sound of rain, bullets, mag changes and monsters is masterfully done.

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            27.09.2010 01:28
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            Above-average game that is saved by being both beautiful and beautifully violent

            One of the things that immdiately makes Gears of War 2 stand out among other run-of-the-mill shooters is its high level of gore. This game pulls no punches - grenades will literally destroy you or your enemies and the frequently helpful chainsaw bayonette will saw your enemies into bits amidst a geyser of blood. The style of this game is nowhere near the more precise, tactical shooters that have been emerging of late, but much closer to the 'blockbuster' that the game's makers want it to be; meaning that the plot is minimal (and occasionally nonsensical), the characters and their 'dilemmas' are one-dimensional and the action is on an epic scale.

            It also means you get to revel in some particularly nice and detailed production design. The environments of Gears 2 resemble a mash-up of Blade Runner and Alien, which isn't a bad thing). The characters are a bit ridiculous-looking for my taste - the 'Gears' (the soldiers of the title that you play as) themselves look like dangerously overdosed steroid-abusers - but the design elsewhere, especially in the look of vehicles and weapons, is immaculate.

            The campaign mode of the game showcases these spectacular designs over an admirably lengthy series of five 'chapters'. Though the length of the game has the unfortunate side-effect of making the missions feel samey after a while, there are some ludicrously enjoyable highlights. For me, these included going into battle alongside hundreds of other Gears on a giant troop carrier and taking a tank deep into heavily-fortified enemy territory (always a good point of a game).

            Gears of War 2 is not the masterpiece that critics would have you believe (it currently holds a median rating of 94 on metacritic). In fact, thanks to a non-existant plot, uninvolving characters and some very samey missions, I nearly gave the game 3 stars. What elevates Gears 2 above average is the refreshingly non-PC gameplay - the game's achievement bands, which include killing 100,000 enemies, suggest that the game's makers take delight in the senseless violence, too - and the overall design of the game. There are some cool weapons here, too.

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            27.06.2010 20:59
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            not as good as i hoped

            Now for a game that needs no introduction GEARS OF WAR 2. This long awaited sequal to one of the most talked about games of all time made me glad i had decided to pick up an X-box aswell as a PS3. Having never played the first however I wasnt sure what to expect. But im glad i bought it.

            Like most millitary games there really isnt much of a story and even if it is its not very involving and seems out of place (call of duty 6 anyone?). Gears Of War realises this and trys to keep things at the most basic of levels, while also providing under tones of emotion and plot. Ok so first let me skip through the plot of the first game. Its a future in which technology has advanced to new heights and peace had begun to spread across all lands. But this doesnt last long as an alien race know as the locust begin to pour onto the land and begin lay waste to every thing it touchs. However it soon becomes apparent that this race isnt as alien as we think and as it turns out they have been living in under ground canvers for as long as they can remember and are escaping through cracks in the ground. Skip now to the second game and the humans have been forced into one city and its a race against time to remain any claim to the world they live.

            First of all i want to make a point of how good this game looks. while not up to the standards of say uncharted or dark sector this game does look rather good. Everything looks as dirty as it should and the world is damp and dark and gets darker as the locust begin to poison more land. However i do have many gripes with the way this game looks. The first is that some sections are far to dark to make out whats actually going on. the second is that when it comes to the locust themselfs there is very little detail and also the weapons look flat and have a quality about them that makes them look like toy guns.

            When it comes to guns however there is alot to choose from. You get the standard rifle and pistol but theres flame throwers and explosive crowsbows on over too. Also each weapon has its locust counter part and unlike most games, there are advantages and disadvantages to using a gun from either side. But for most people you stick with the human weapons as they come with chainsaws. However for me the chainsaws are far to easy to use and to kill with. rather then taking cover and firing in burts i found it far easier to just charge at them chopping them all in far within 5 minutes.

            a very good game with some big niggles. its best point, the chainsaw is also its downfall.

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            23.06.2010 16:04
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            An essential for every Xbox 360 owner!!

            The story mode follows on from Gears of War, six months later, with Marcus Fenix, the leader of Delta Squad. Once again, you follow Delta squard in their fight against the Locust in the cities on Sera, before they are taken out and made to disappear by swarms of Locusts below.

            The fights with chainsaws have vastly improved. If you have the limited edition game, you will have the "Golden Lancer". There are now chainsaw battles, whereby if two people try to attack eachother using the chainsaw, it will be a matter of whoever is a bit slow on the button bashing, will loose and die.

            There are now new modes of online co-op, so the longevity of the game is greater than that of the first game.

            Hoarde - This mode allows you to battle against the Locust etc on any map, at varying levels. The further on you get, the more enemies there are, the more difficult they are killed, and the easier you are killed. Not even the developers had managed to reach level 100 on hardcore!

            Wingman - You are in a team of two, and you need to defeat everyone else in order to be the last ones standing.

            The graphics are amazing! It really adds to the whole experience. I've had this game a year and a half and im still not bored of it. There are so many different things you can do, and with the varying levels mean that this can be played over and over again.

            I would recommend this game to everyone because I can guarantee, once you start playing, you won't be able to stop!

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            08.06.2010 18:27
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            A Intense Game

            Gears of War 2 Review

            Storyline
            - The main story leads off from the very popular prequel Gears of War, which was was recognised as a gripping Xbox 360 Classic, Which i greatly enjoyed playing. More noticebly for it's compelling online multiplayer.

            - The storyline for those who are new to Gears of War, basically follows Marcus a war veteran who you play as, and other members of the COG army fight against an uprising of Locust monsters, which come from the underground. You compete in various futuristic battle's where your equiped in heavy armour, and expanded warfare technology which goes as far as putting a chainsaw on a gun. Really it does. You endure through some epic outnumbered battles, fighting and destroying (and getting destroyed by) a large range of locust monsters. I find this a very clever concept, because it's plays with idea of unknown and other life on earth. The campaign runs smootly, is hard hitting and can really get frustrating. But there is a great feeling of achievement when completed.

            - The graphics and visuals on the game can only be described as stunning artwork, where the makers have really nailed on clarity and realism

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              29.05.2010 17:33
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              A good game with an immersive storyline right from the beggining.

              This is the first of the two Gears of War Games. Almost as soon as you enter the game you are released into an immersive storyline in which strange monsters called locust have came from the ground, trying to enslave mankind in a massive war. Playing as Marcus Fenix you will battle many ferocious enemies using a wide range of weapons and a unique cover system in which you can lean out and shoot. In a series of chapters you battle many monsters with your crew (which often splits up) named: Baird, Cole, Dom and you Marcus. Oh! and a few others which die along the way. The online play for gears of war is not great, if joining a lobby there is really bad connection unless you live in London or another city and people can easily glitch and modify there gaming. Luckily there are loads of different weapons to chose from such as the lancer or the shotgun so you won't get bored no matter how long you've played.

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              This is one of the 360's must haves

              BE WARNED SPOILER ALERTS!!!! Now this game I did buy on release and I was very impressed, it stopped that whole kill 5 locust in an enclosed area to kill hundreds of locust all over the screen at the same time from the initial Derek ride to the Nemacyst fight, Centaur tank ride or the Brumak ride.

              It just feels on a larger scale and you do feel the desperation more, as the amount of ammo is less and you can carry less on 550 lancer bullets compared to 660 in the first game you do end up using all possible weapons.

              The new range of enemies was good I especially enjoyed the tickers and their suicide charges. The multiplayer after it was patched was also a lot of fun with more equality in the weapons which is to say online it isn't just everyone using the Shotgun there are a range of weapons used. I like the wall grenade tags which are more fun as you can still get kills even when you have died already.

              I love, love, love Horde but I which Epic hadn't made all the DLC achievements based off of this I think it would have been better to have more weapon achievements as well as it gets boring going over 50 waves, 40 waves, 30 waves all on the same map just for an achievement.

              Thank the maker there is also an actual storyline along with all the action packed awesomeness. Dom finds Maria and in a sad scene puts a bullet in her head to stop her suffering at the hands of the locust and we are not just doing things which we are told we actually know why as well which is good.

              A lot of people didn't like the Maria storyline but I did like the addition of a sensitive story added. One of my really manly friends even cried when he saw it the first time. A great game, I still play it and this installment has ensured I will be buying 3 no matter the console it is released on. The sinking of Jacinto at the hands of the COG was completely unexpected but will be interesting to see what happens in 3.

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              26.04.2010 20:40
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              A must buy for any Xbox 360 owner

              Gears of War 2 is the sequel to the hugely successful and critically acclaimed Gears of War. I love this game and it's one of my favourite Xbox 360 titles. As with all of my reviews, i'll go through the game in sections.

              STORY / CAMPAIGN:

              Gears of War 2 takes us back to the fictional planet of Sera, where Marcus and his team are still fighting against the Locust Horde. The bomb that Marcus' squad planted in the first game did not destroy the Locusts and their attacks are becoming more frequent and more brazen.
              The story focuses mainly on Marcus and his leadership of the squad and Marcus, who is still searching for his missing wife since the first game.

              The storyline is the campaign mode is amazing and carries on perfectly from the original - the cut scenes are very watchable and immensely enjoyable. It has genuinely touching moments in it too, proving that games are really pushing as a new medium for immersive, filmic storytelling.

              GAMEPLAY:

              The game play is basically the same as the first game - you play in a third person viewpoint and utilise a run and cover system in firefights with the enemy.
              What has changed from the first game however is the scale of the battles and the environments in which you fight, giving it a fresh feeling - all the set pieces are big and the action can be much more frantic than the first game. Battles with the all-new Grinder or Reavers are extremely action packed and make excellent use of the cover system utilised in the game.

              There are also many vehicle sections throughout the game - although i didn't find them quite as enjoyable as the main gameplay they do make a refreshing change and on the whole are good fun, if a little frustrating in parts. I won't ruin which vehicles are available but suffice to say you'll be controlling everything from tanks to Locust.

              GRAPHICS / SOUND:

              The graphics are excellent, although there's no real improvement on them from the first game - to be fair, there didn't need to be. The set pieces, cut scenes and general gameplay all look gorgeous and i didn't notice any glitches or dropped frames throughout.
              The sound is extremely well done - all the characters are voiced and acted perfectly, the weapons and vehicles throughout the game sound great and they've even done a fantastic job with the various Locust enemies in the game. The music is extremely grandiose, helping to add to the 'bigger and better' theme moving forward from the first game.

              MULTIPLAYER:

              Gears of War 2 introduces multiplayer to the franchise, with a host of game modes and five-a-side matches.

              There are now seven multiplayer modes in all (all of them generally focused on players killing each other). Maps are large and varied, and generally well designed.

              A nice touch in the multiplayer is the chainsaw duel - if two characters have come together with their saws up, you'll enter a button-mashing duel to see who wins.

              Another cool feature is Horde, which allows players to fight alongside one another against increasing waves of Locust enemies - it's fairly simple but good fun and a nice addition.

              Overall i thought the multiplayer was good but there's no real XP system for upgrading (i.e. COD:MW) and the lobby is terrible - it takes forever to find a game and generally ruined the online experience for me. It's a shame because when you do get online it's a fun and really interesting multiplayer experience, although it can be hugely frustrating.


              Overall i'd hugely recommend Gears of War 2 just for the single player campaign mode (which can also be played in Co-Op and is great fun) - one point i'd make is that you'll get a lot more out of the games' fantastic story if you've played the original, which i'd also hugely recommend.

              A brilliant sequel from a brilliant franchise.

              9/10

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                24.04.2010 13:39
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                The Fight Continues!

                Just Another Cog In The Machine
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                Just when you think it's safe to walk around on human inhabited planets without getting a huge locusts pulling your feet from below, a whole new load of even more powerful locusts come to spoil the party.

                Marcus Fenix, his buddy Dominic Santiago and the Cog army are back to kick some Locust butt again and this time it's even more personal.

                Conclusion
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                I thoroughly enjoyed the first Gears that was it many ways a showcase for what the Xbox 360 could do and no doubt sold Microsoft thousands of consoles. It was the must have FPS game on the machine and being an Xbox exclusive maybe even helped it to outsell initially the overpriced PS3.

                The campaign in Gears 2 is in many ways even more impressive than the last one. The story is not amazing but the execution is. It follow off six months after the end of the last game, the Locusts are now able to
                destroy entire cities by sinking them. It's up to the Cog army to save humanity from extinction again. The AI seems to have been tweaked and the Locusts seem more cunning than before. There are some very intense battles, and if you don't use cover properly you'll very quickly become worm food.

                If you do find yourself down but not out you can try to crawl to a buddy who will hopefully revive you, as you can with them if they are down, which can be important also. You can now also sometimes use a downed enemy as
                a meat shield, although you move slower and can only use hand guns, it can save you life.

                Graphically they've sharpened things up a bit, at first glance it doesn't seem a lot different but it is a bit smoother and there are lots of fantastic moments, especially later on in the single player mode that really shine.
                It's also a lot more colourful than the last one, especially in locations such as forests.

                The music used really get's your heart pumping, when there's chaos all around and bullets flying everywhere, it really helps to get you into the action and on the edge of your seat. The sound effects are excellent again, although they're pretty much the same ones used in the last game, if it's not broke don't fix it. They even got Hans Zimmer to write the theme.

                The crowning glory for me though isn't the exceptional campaign mode, but the multi player mode Horde. This is different to most multi player games in that you have to work with other online players to defeat computer
                controlled Locusts that come in waves, each wave getting progressively more difficult. I can't believe how addictive it is, I was up until 3:30 in the morning with this once. It's an idea that other game makers are
                starting to copy.

                Summing up, although it is more of the same, for me it really works, there is enough in the story mode to please those who like to play on their own, and there is more than enough to get your teeth into with multi player. Horde mode is simply genius. I find it a very satisfying game and thoroughly worth the money. It's come down in price a lot now so it really is a bargain.

                Recommenced.

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                Buying this game is a must!

                The much anticipated Gears of War 2 took everyone by surprise with the amount of new features that were added from it's pre-decessor, Gears of War. The storyline is brutal and gory with added drops of comedy that will give you a dry chuckle.

                Gears of War was known most for the online gameplay, which was second to none. The popular first game of the series would have had to pull of something spectacular off to match the quality of the first game. Well, Gears of War 2 did. With added game modes and new features, the second of the series adds depth and dimension to the game. With added chainsaw duels, frag grenades being able to be planted to walls and new weapons, the team at Epic Studios clearly listened to the community and gave them what they wished for.

                Addec characters show that the series can add other factors to the game and still make it as strong as it always were.

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                  Awesome Game, you will not be disapointed

                  After playing Gears of War 1 and loving to so much and the previews of Gears of War 2 saying that it was to be even better i couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy

                  Campaign
                  The campaign like the original is brilliant fun and absorbs you completely although i did think that it wasn't quite as good and was a little longer and seemed to drag a little more than the previous. None the less a brilliantly throughout map with plenty of places to explore in hunt of the elusive cog tags

                  Online Play
                  I didn't enjoy the online play as much as GOW1 as i felt that it was a bit over worked and if it were simpler it would have been better but i can completely understand if others were to find it to be fabulous. It's my only slight niggle with the game

                  Combat
                  The combat was really spiced up for this game with the options of the taking your downed enemies as meat shields as well as various combinations to finally send them to hell once and for all were ever more graphic
                  The addition to auxiliary weapons such as a Gatling gun and mortar were awesome until you realised that there were new enemies that were able to use them against you!
                  A new multiplayer/singleplayer game mode called horde was truly epic; 50 levels to endure with each level passing increasing the amount of enemies attacking you and after 10 levels they get smarter, tougher and more hardcore. You really earn the achievement for reaching level 50

                  Achievements
                  In GOW1 the achievements were very much like kill 100 enemies, complete the campaign, collect cog tags whereas in GOW2 all those have been kept but others have been added that encourage variety in you killing and the way you play the game; it's not just run in with the best gun and go mental. The Achievement for killing in every possible way and using 10 meat shields to save your life are a good example

                  Verdict: Everything from GOW1 has been included in GOW2 and improved with some new features encouraging some diversification. You MUST BUY

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                Gears of War 2 is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 4.5 million selling blockbuster third-person tactical action game that became one of the most popular Xbox 360 games in history. This time, Marcus Fexis and Delta Squad are poised to deliver a bigger and more intense experience than ever before.