Gears of War 2 - Xbox 360

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  • Award-winning sequel picks up six months after the events of the blockbuster original
  • Innovative third-person tactical action gameplay; Xbox LIVE delivers online multiplayer (up to 10 simultaneous players) and cooperative action
  • Unreal Engine 3 delivers jaw-dropping graphics; new effects include ambient occlusion, dynamic shadows, advanced destructible environments, and more
  • Winner of several awards at E3 2008, including Overall Best Shooting Game, Overall Best Graphics Technology, and Best Action Game
  • Original cast of characters returns, including Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago, as well as several newcomers

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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard

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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 Fenix and Delta Squad are poised to deliver a bigger, badder, and more intense experience.

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The wait is over, Gears of War 2 has arrived. Ever since the original was released, fans have clamored for this sequel. Developed exclusively for the Xbox 360 by Epic Games, Gears of War 2, which has already garnered several awards, picks up six months after the events of the blockbuster original Gears of War. Players are thrown back into the role of Marcus Fenix, leading the battle for humankind's survival against the Locust Horde. With innovative third-person tactical action gameplay and unsurpassed high-definition graphics, Gears of War 2 is a must-have game for the Xbox 360.

Gears of War 2

Players:
Offline: 1-4
Online: 10

Gameplay Modes:
Single player, competitive multiplayer, cooperative multiplayer, system link multiplayer, online multiplayer with voice support.

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16:9 Widescreen on HDTV 480p, 720p, and 1080i.


Gears of War 2 offers stunningly realistic, vast environments to play in. View larger.


The enemies in Gear of War 2 are huge and downright nasty. View larger.
Huge Environments, Bigger Gameplay
For those who loved Gears of War, Gears of War 2 builds upon it in every way, but with several major enhancements. There are more weapons, bigger vehicles, and more action. The enemies are more dangerous, and the total experiences is more immersive than ever. And with a revolutionary tactical combat system, the game will require not just fast reaction times and shooting skill, it will also challenge you to devise a strategy that will work against the enemies who exhibit smart AI.

Jaw-Dropping, Realistic Graphics
Just as Gears of War did the first time around, Gears of War 2 ups the ante for graphical prowess. Combined with the sweeping vistas and evocative locales of Sera, where the story takes place, Gears of War 2 offers jaw-dropping graphics that are made possible through advances in Unreal Engine 3. New visual effects include ambient occlusion, dynamic shadows, improved character lighting, the ability to render hundreds of on-screen characters simultaneously, improved water physics, additional blood and bullet decals, advanced destructible environments, new weather effects, and the introduction of fluid objects.

Immersive, Gripping Story
Taking place six months after the end of the first game, Gears of War 2 returns the cast of characters of the original, including Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago, as well as several newcomers.

Novelist and comic book writer Joshua Ortega, who assisted with the writing, has created a story that is big on character development and personality. With a new in-game conversational camera system and multiple story arcs, the story is presented in a gripping cinematic style where characters gain an emotional depth that matches their realistic graphical representation.

More Characters, Upgraded Vehicles, Badder Weapons
Those who were impressed by the original Gears of War will be in for a real treat. New characters such as Tai Kaliso, weapons like the burst pistol, and huge vehicles like the COG Centaur tank will give players a whole new dimension and scope of gameplay in both single-player and multi-player modes.



Multiplayer Action with Xbox LIVE!
Gears of War 2 features a multiplayer mode that allows up to 10 simultaneous players for outstanding multiplayer fun. Taking full advantage of the Xbox LIVE service, which boasts 10 million gamers, Gears of War 2 features both competitive and cooperative multiplayer gameplay. Setting up games is simple with LIVE, and you have the ability to drop in and out of co-operative campaigns at any time.

Everything you loved about multiplayer in the original is back, including the classic death matches, but with this sequel there is an added emphasis on teamwork. New multiplayer game modes will require better coordination in order to win. The game also features voice support, so you can communicate with other players around the world -- whether you're on the same team or trash talking!

Gears of War 2 won several awards at E3 2008, where it was first presented, including Overall Best Shooting Game and Overall Best Graphics Technology of E3 2008 from IGN, as well as Best Action Game of E3 2008 from the Game Critics Awards.


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Platform:Xbox 360  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B000ZK9QD2
Release date November 7, 2008
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4.3 out of 5 stars 424 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
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By Shann Yu on November 8, 2008
Platform for Display: Xbox 360Edition: Standard
To start off, I played the first Gears for the campaign/co-op campaign. And I purchased this game for the same reason, so if you're looking to know more about multiplayer gameplay, check out another review. That said, this game plays very well, very much like a thrill ride for the most part. Story can use a lot more refining and better integration. This gets a 5-star in its own right. But Halo 3 and BioShock are still better games overall than GoW 2.

GAMEPLAY: A+
This game still plays like the first Gears, except with a wider array of weapons and features (ie, chainsaw battles, different modes of executing a downed enemy). This is a third person shooter, for those who have not played the first one. And also, expect a lot of blood and violence, so if you are parents considering this game for your children, this serves as fair warning.

The campaign takes longer to beat this time around (10-20h I think). The graphics are very beautiful and realistic, and a lot more 'vibrant'. The first Gears was in general a very dark and gloomy game. You see a lot more color in this one. Co-op campaign gameplay continues to be addictive and I think a strength in this game. It is still as immersive an experience for all players involved as the first Gears was.

Further, the creators definitely outdid themselves in design of the levels. You should expect to be pleasantly surprised with every single level that comes up. While you can clearly expect to see yourself running around in the streets battling waves after waves of Locust, you will also see another order of magnitude of fighting, with sometimes even as many as 80-100 Locust rushing through your field of view.
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Meh. Bland story line, stiff controls, and you can be hung up on a battle sequence because of insane enemies. There is 0 tactical thinking in the game, just hide and shoot. One sequence toards the end has you shoot down rockets as you escape the underground. Almost impossible as you can't see the enemy and the rockets apear with half a second before impact. Lastly, the shooting mechanics could have been way better for a game of this magnitude. I'm sure the newer games are more user friendly.
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My main gripe about this game is it's notorious tendency to cause an open tray error on an XBOX 360. I had never heard of or run across this issue until I bought and returned several copies of this game thinking they were defective. It got so bad I had to physically dismantle my machine and adjust the lasers inside and several other games have gone wonky on me, I blame it all on this title, I swear it has to be cursed. Ontop of that this game was actually a dissapointment even once I was able to play it. The story makes almost no sense, not that the first was that great, but it just doesn't have any depth or a proper flow, and while everywhere I've seen says this one and the third are the same length and both longer than the first, this one felt the shortest of all, and it didn't offer much if any fresh gameplay, just more of what the first had, only two or three new weapons, a short Brumak ride. Just a bit sprinkled here and there ontop of what was offered in Gears 1. Thinking back to all the hype this series had back in the days it came out fresh, I can't understand what all the fuss was about. Semi-decent shooter with a couple good weapons and a well made cover system. Thats about all Gears 2 is.
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Of course, I knew I'd love it. My last copy was ruined by my sister's baby's daddy who wasn't careful with it at all. Now that my Gears collection (all but Judgement) is complete again I can play my favorite game once more.
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After the epic (and awesome) story mode was done, I went into the side missions. Annex mode is the best, and of course the more players, the better. It's a LOT of blood and gore, so be warned before you play it.
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Great game, must play if you are a fan of the series. Introduces some interesting game play concepts not seen in the first game in the series.

Highly recommend you buy the first three games in the series and play them in sequence. They are all fairly short experiences ~10 hours each depending on how thorough you want to be.
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Now that I've pretty much completed GOW:J (pretty sad for a little over a week) I look back on all the Gears games and I have to say Gears 2 was my favorite for several reasons, first being Horde mode.
We also got the war journal that allowed us to track achievement progress and every kill you made in the game no matter what mode you were in counted toward your overall total for Seriously 2.0

Other great additions was the ability to crawl while downed and frag tagging, I'm sure I'm missing a ton of other stuff but as I said before this is just an overall reflection of the series so far.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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This game is so much better than the original in pretty much every way. I was actually surprised at how much I didn't care for the original and I was kind of worried that this game would be the same. Thankfully, that's not the case. The controls and overall fluidity of the game surpass the original by leaps and bounds. I was constantly annoyed by how easy it was to die for almost no reason in the original and I felt like you moved around like a tanker truck. GOW2 is smooth and I very seldom died for any other reason than my own dumb mistake. The graphics were also a step up but that's to be expected. I enjoyed the story and visuals a lot and I'm excited to start GOW3 now. I just wish I could play these games on a PS3 because I still find the dualshock controller to be far superior for shooters.
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