Gears of War 2 thrusts players back into Marcus and Dom's brutal world, as COG continues to fight against the locust horde.
At the moment, you can grab a copy of GOW2 for the fantastic price of £9.95 from The Game Collection, which is almost £3 cheaper than the next best offer of £12.75 from Tesco Entertainment.
Ok, I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of the first game. In my opinion, the combat felt clunky, limited, and was far too dependent on the duck and cover system, and the story felt recycled and a bit stale. Having said that, the enemies were original and at times genuinely frightening, the co-op was amazing, the AI was a challenge to play against, and my favourite aspect to the game was that your standard weapon came fitted with a handy chainsaw bayonet for close encounters.
As a result, I was somewhat dubious about what to expect from GOW2. Luckily for me at least, it was a vast improvement on the original. There's a bit more focus on the story with more cutscenes between action sequences and more of a backstory to the locust horde, which helps to flesh them out a little bit. Also, whilst new characters are introduced, they don't detract your attention from the main characters, which has been the downfall of a number of sequels in the past.
The co-op experience is just as good as the original, making it one of the better co-op titles on the market, and the combat system feels a lot better. You can now pick up dead enemies and use them as shields, and there are many other pieces of mobile cover that can be utilised, which greatly improves your ability to move around the environment without feeling as exposed as you did in the original. When I first got the game I wanted to find out how the chainsaw's finishing moves looked, so you can imagine my surprise when I ran towards an enemy like Leatherface, only to enter into a frantic duel to the death. Shortly afterwards I got my gory treat, but the challenge of the duel made it feel more rewarding.
If like me, you were a bit unsure of what to expect from the game and didn't pick up a copy as soon as it was released, then you should definitely go out a grab one now for £9.95, as it'll be money well spent.
Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD