Gears of War quickly became infamous for its beautiful graphics (being one of the first games to really show what the Xbox 360 is capable of), great mechanics – especially in terms of its cover system - and overall polished yet gritty presentation. Gears of War 2 followed, receiving an equally rapturous reception and was praised for having a deeper and more involving plot than the first game but also suffering from the same problems as its predecessor. Play are currently offering the game for just £17.99 which includes postage.
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The war still rages on, with the COG army constantly losing vast numbers to the Locust. In an attempt to staunch this, they deploy troops to attack the Locust where it will hurt the most – their home The Hollow. Their search of the underground lair leads Delta Squad to discover that The Locust are taking and torturing prisoners, including Damon Baird and Tai Kaliso, who in particular is struggling with the physical and emotional scars inflicted by his imprisonment. Once again you play as grizzled war veteran, Marcus Fenix (who has now become Sergeant Fenix) with Dominic Santiago at your side. Marcus is still the leading man but the plot is largely focused on Dom's search for his missing wife.
Like the first Gears title, Gears of War 2 is a joy to play. Very little has been seriously changed but virtually everything has been tweaked and refined. The environments are now far more varied and dynamic, with advances in the Unreal 3 Engine allowing more scope for size and intensity. This allows for strange and brilliant new scenarios, such my favourite part of the game (because I am a complete child) where you fight your way through the body of a giant monster! The cover system has been improved, making it easier to hug to cover accurately, there is a range of new weapons to enjoy and those weapons that have been brought over from the first title feel more balanced and handle better.
I personally loved this second instalment in the Gears of War series and was pleased that Epic chose to add a more deep and emotional storyline to the run and gun fun. The violence remains as pleasingly grisly as ever and, if anything, is now even more intense and gritty. There is plenty of multiplayer action to enjoy with friends, with a good few different modes of play of which the Horde mode is particularly fun and satisfying. There's very little to complain about in this solid, well made title. I was not very keen on the vehicle sections which did not handle as well as they could have done but these were fairly few and far between and hardly worth worrying about in the grand scheme of things.
Overall this is a truly excellent title and a worthy addition to any X-Box 360 collection.
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