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    Jan 19th, 2009 at 14:41:33     -    Gears of War 2 (360)

    After becoming a big fan of the original gears of war, it was a must have title for me, however i was unsure exactly how they could have made improvements. The graphics, gameplay and game modes were all so perfect in the first one, i couldnt see how it was going to be better. All i was expecting was a few new characters and weapons along with a continued storyline from the last. However i was wrong.

    New game modes, enhanced graphics, gameplay elements, weapons, characters, mutliplayer features is just some of the things they've added, not to mention the intense 15 hour campaign.

    As the curtain opens on Gears 2's campaign, humanity has its back against the wall. The Locust have succeeded in creating enormous emergence holes that can swallow up entire cities, gradually forcing the COG back to Jacinto, their last bastion of hope, which the Locust have not yet been able to sink. With nowhere to retreat to, taking the fight to the heart of Locust civilization seems the only remaining option. The campaign of Gears 2 benefits from substantially better writing than its predecessor, delivering a dark and serious story, filled with both tragedy and humor, that will provide gamers with a much more satisfying emotional rollercoaster ride than the chest-thumping monotone of the original ever could. As long as you're not expecting the narrative to reveal everything, you'll enjoy the ride; even more than first Gears, this story leaves a lot of questions hanging to be answered in a third game.

    Beyond improvements in writing, the action in the campaign has been jacked up to provide much more variety and epic confrontations. From the city of Jacinto, to forests, snowy mountains, and locations that are too amazing to spoil, Gears 2 delivers enough variety to keep every chapter feeling fresh and different from what came before. Be prepared for close-quarters brawls; objectives that require players to defend a location against an onslaught; intense and varied vehicle sequences; and absolutely jaw-dropping boss fights. All this action is provided through the most enhanced version of the Unreal Engine 3, providing prettier environments to fight in, and far more enemies on screen than virtually any other shooter out there.

    Some of the new features you will see:

    - New game modes include an all-new co-op horde mode, where up to five players can take on 50 waves of locust horde and private multiplayer matches against computer bots.
    - There are some fancy new gameplay elements that make the gameplay even more exciting such as the chainsaw duels and granade tagging.
    - Enhanced graphics have made the environments look even more spectacular, using the Unreal Engine 3. The explotions, water movement and destructable environments made it even more realistic.
    - There are several new weapons added to the armory to help defeat the locust including heavy weapons such as the "Mulcher" heavy machine gun and the "Mortar", a mortar launcher.


    Conclution:
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    Ultimately, Gears of War 2 delivers on its promise to be "bigger, better, and more bad-ass," with a greatly improved campaign, and incredible fun provided by Horde. The multiplayer component of the game sees noted improvements in the form of party and matchmaking systems, as well as providing new game types to increase variety. Improvements in the graphics engine, as well as new weapons and executions, also help spice up the game and set it above the original.

    I would reccomend to any FPS/3RD Person fan.

    Audio: 5/5
    Visuals: 5/5
    Playability: 4/5
    Gameplay: 5/5

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    Jan 19th, 2009 at 14:21:59     -    Gears of War 2 (360)

    After becoming a big fan of the original gears of war, it was a must have title for me, however i was unsure exactly how they could have made improvements. The graphics, gameplay and game modes were all so perfect in the first one, i couldnt see how it was going to be better. All i was expecting was a few new characters and weapons along with a continued storyline from the last. However i was wrong.

    New game modes, enhanced graphics, gameplay elements, weapons, characters, mutliplayer features is just some of the things they've added, not to mention the intense 15 hour campaign.

    - New game modes include an all-new co-op horde mode, where up to five players can take on 50 waves of locust horde and private multiplayer matches against computer bots.
    - There are some fancy new gameplay elements that make the gameplay even more exciting such as the chainsaw duels and granade tagging.
    - Enhanced graphics have made the environments look even more spectacular, using the Unreal Engine 3. The explotions, water movement and destructable environments made it even more realistic.
    - There are several new weapons added to the armory to help defeat the locust including heavy weapons such as the "Mulcher" heavy machine gun and the "Mortar", a mortar launcher.


    With all these new additions to the game, i think they made a very good game even more amazing. I would reccomend it to any 3rd person, FPS fan.

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