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Gears of War 2 review
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Gear up and fight for humanity in Gears of War 2

In Its Own World


Believe me, I love 8-bit NES games as much as the next guy, but you can't tell me you don't feel the need to experience something as lifelike as the world outside? Ironically, Gears is neither 8-bit nor as realistic as walking out through your front door. I guess I wouldn't call it unrealistic, though. Simply put, Gears has its own style of graphical beauty that differentiates it from the real world in such a majestic way. Its dark and gritty textures set it apart from games that try too hard to look like real-life. I've got nothing against those games, but the way Gears 2 presents itself is just stunning.

Unlike the original Gears, GoW2 has a more epic feel (no pun intended), as opposed to the horror theme that the first presented. Booming anthems will give you the courage to trudge on through the muck and scum. It won't bring a tear to your eye, but it certainly is quite amazing... and if it does, suck it up and take it like a man. It's Gears for God's sake.

Tons of Players = Tons of Fun


Face it, the gaming industry is all about being able to play with others. A decade ago, being able to play two-person multiplayer was a godsend. Now, it's the bare minimum and any game without any sort of co-op or multiplayer gets hurt in the long run. Thankfully, we won't have to dig a grave for this game, as it'll be just as big a year or more from now as it is at this very moment. Gears 2 is just chock full of different ways to interact with your friends. Co-op campaign is a blast as it was in the first Gears, while online multiplayer has brought it up several notches since the first title.

Instead of the hosting of games that plagued Gears 1 with unfair host advantages, Gears 2 has brought in the successful means of matchmaking similar to what Halo and Call of Duty use. You'll be able to choose from numerous of different gametypes, from the standard Deathmatch Warzone to a twisted take on Capture the Flag named Submission. The best addition by far has to be Horde. Picture yourself plopped on a map with a few of your friends and the only thing separating you from dozens upon dozens of oncoming Locust of all shapes and sizes is the gun in your hands. That is Horde in a nutshell. And, with the Locust becoming stronger and stronger as you progress, only the best of the best will toil through the blood and dead bodies to reach the end. If you don't reach the finish line, it is still a very enjoyable experience. That's what games are about, after all: fun. Many people seem to forget it. Epic Games sure didn't. In short, Gears of War 2 is fun. Simple as that.

Sometimes Good Things Don't Have To End


Gears of War 2 is finally out. The painstaking wait is finally over. Through all that time, we have been rewarded with what will easily compete for the Game of the Year title. It's unquestionable. Gears of War 2 is so full of... well, everything you can imagine. It's hard not to become enthralled in what is an exhilarating ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat for a long, long time... or at least until you have to go to the bathroom. But, you'll come back. You'll always will. Gears of War 2 is too awesome not to play again and again.

9.0

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