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Gears of War 2: Some Things About Campaign Mode

Yes, I've played Gears of War 2. But there are only a handful of things I can tell you about it.

Troika!
Last week Microsoft held an event devoted to letting people play through Gears of War 2. This was one of the first times that people were allowed to play through the game's campaign mode.

In short--because I'm leaving for the airport to head to Tokyo in a few minutes--Gears of War 2's campaign is largely what you'd expect, from a gameplay perspective. The new stuff, like additional weapons or additional maneuvers, is sprinkled throughout, but yes, you're still armed with a lancer at the outset. Yes, the game opens with an optional tutorial. And yes, it's quality stuff.

The game opens with one of the Carmine brothers joining Delta Squad. He's an absolute rookie, so this is how the game handles its tutorial--it's you as Marcus walking around with Dom and taking the rookie through a few basic moves, which is obviously designed to get you back up to speed, as well. From there, the Locust forces launch an assault on the hospital that your forces currently call home. It's here you meet one of the game's new characters, a spiritual, tattooed guy named Tai. From there, you know, you fight the Locust. The main difference I noticed is the one that Epic and Microsoft have been showing off all along--the game takes place on a larger scale than the original did. You might have to go back and play the original game to appreciate the game's differences right off the bat.

That also goes for the game's graphics. Sure, look at screenshots of Gears of War 2, and you might sort of shrug and make some derogatory "Gears 1.5" sort of comment. But when you compare the two games, it's easy to see that Gears 2 is, at times, a dramatic improvement over the original. Along with the size of the areas you're moving through, there has also been a very nice bump in detail all around. The improvements might seem subtle if you haven't touched the original Gears in a while.

Oh, and later in the game? You'll totally get to fly a Reaver. The context is something we're not allowed to talk about, but since the details surrounding it probably qualify as spoilers for the game's story, it's not something I'd want to get into anyway. It's a fun, great-looking sequence.

Then there's the multiplayer... but we can't talk about that until later in the month. Take a look at these new screenshots while I go stuff toiletry items into a bag and run off to Tokyo. We'll definitely have more in the weeks ahead.
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Posted by Jeff
Troika!
Last week Microsoft held an event devoted to letting people play through Gears of War 2. This was one of the first times that people were allowed to play through the game's campaign mode.

In short--because I'm leaving for the airport to head to Tokyo in a few minutes--Gears of War 2's campaign is largely what you'd expect, from a gameplay perspective. The new stuff, like additional weapons or additional maneuvers, is sprinkled throughout, but yes, you're still armed with a lancer at the outset. Yes, the game opens with an optional tutorial. And yes, it's quality stuff.

The game opens with one of the Carmine brothers joining Delta Squad. He's an absolute rookie, so this is how the game handles its tutorial--it's you as Marcus walking around with Dom and taking the rookie through a few basic moves, which is obviously designed to get you back up to speed, as well. From there, the Locust forces launch an assault on the hospital that your forces currently call home. It's here you meet one of the game's new characters, a spiritual, tattooed guy named Tai. From there, you know, you fight the Locust. The main difference I noticed is the one that Epic and Microsoft have been showing off all along--the game takes place on a larger scale than the original did. You might have to go back and play the original game to appreciate the game's differences right off the bat.

That also goes for the game's graphics. Sure, look at screenshots of Gears of War 2, and you might sort of shrug and make some derogatory "Gears 1.5" sort of comment. But when you compare the two games, it's easy to see that Gears 2 is, at times, a dramatic improvement over the original. Along with the size of the areas you're moving through, there has also been a very nice bump in detail all around. The improvements might seem subtle if you haven't touched the original Gears in a while.

Oh, and later in the game? You'll totally get to fly a Reaver. The context is something we're not allowed to talk about, but since the details surrounding it probably qualify as spoilers for the game's story, it's not something I'd want to get into anyway. It's a fun, great-looking sequence.

Then there's the multiplayer... but we can't talk about that until later in the month. Take a look at these new screenshots while I go stuff toiletry items into a bag and run off to Tokyo. We'll definitely have more in the weeks ahead.
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Posted by MachoFantastico

sounds good! definatly picking this up! not for the Multiplayer though. Still didn't see what was so great about the online play.

Looks great too!

Posted by Bennyishere

Jeff manages to stir emotions of love and excitement inside me yet again.

Posted by TheWorstPlayerEver

@ TrueEnglishGent

I agree. I love Gears of War and I am stoked about this one but the multiplayer just isn't fun anymore. It was fun when the game initially came out but after people started farming for achievements and exploited glitches it just wasn't fun anymore

Posted by Foil_Charizard

Can't wait for multiplayer impressions. Have fun at TGS Jeff.

Posted by Dudacles

Awesome.

Posted by halfameatball

I want this game so bad. Hopefully we will here more from Jeff soon.

Posted by MasterSplinter

@TheWorstPlayerEver

They fixed the glitches, adjusted the achievements, and nerfed the shotgun a bit for Gears 2. I think they tried really hard to make the multiplayer more enjoyable and I'm looking forward to seeing it as well.

Posted by Media_Master

hmm....sounds like a worthy sequel

Posted by tmontana1004

Flying reaver = instant win. Shooter of the year am confirmed!

Posted by giyanks22

Don't forget to pack a tooth brush...can't wait for this...

Posted by RHCPfan24

Wow, this is making me anxious to play this more.  I envy you Jeff.

Posted by krazy_kyle

PHWAR! love this game, too bad i sold my xbox for a pc but if this is released on pc, im frigggin buyin it

Posted by Godzilla_Sushi

So you become a locust to infiltrate the Queen's lair? Come on! We all know it!

Seriously looks like fun. More of the same? Works for me....

My biggest complaint was always the broken multiplayer. Fix that, and you fix most of the game.

Posted by majnuker

grrr...want for PC...NAO!!

on a lighter note, i will spending significant time at my friends' houses.

Posted by joslop500

Cant wait, Gears 2 FTW!!

Posted by Hulk

Hulk want this game NOW.

Posted by TomboDemon

I can haz sera burger?

Posted by Pibo47

I really want this game....bad......mad crazy bad...

Posted by Torb

Glad it's stacking up to be another great game! Hope it matches up to and beyond the first!

Posted by KhaldunTrigger

Man I watched the reaver part over at ign and it looks absolutely insane. It's like the speed of the train from Gears 1 except you're flying over and around trees. Hurrah for new technology!

Posted by MKHavoc

I was trying so hard not to read too much.  I want experience this game for myself and have everything be new to me.

Posted by Smoolander

For those people wanting this on PC, do a google search. I'm sure the developers have come out saying that this game will never be ported to the PC because of piracy destroying PC sales.

Posted by Jordan23

Gears of Wars 2 is going to be nothing short than amazing. Also, everybody and their mother is going to buy this game come November, yes, it's that serious.

Posted by MasterNele03

After playing the first Gears of War  and seeing the improvements that they have created in this sequel I have to say that it is one of the more interesting and more anticipated sequels of most first person shooters.  I think we can all agree on that note. 

Posted by ZmillA

So im assuming jeff won't be reviewing the game, right?

Posted by NickL

imo the multiplayer was fun with you and a really good friend playing on the same team, owning noobs :D
we were a perfect team cause i was pretty good with sniper (usually got at least 1 headshot per round)
and he was amazing at those little shotgun duels that always seemed to happen

edit:
@Smoolander and thats why they ported gears 1 to pc after about a year?

Posted by Caddy

Argh! I just want this game! NOW! Give me the game, mmmk?

Posted by Aaox

This looks great. Can't wait until it comes out! Ah, Jeff, Ryan, Brad and Vinny will be on a plane to Tokyo now. They grow up so fast...

And is it just me, or do they really enjoy rubbing this stuff in our face?
Posted by AlucardaLaCarte

I might actually turn my Gold membership back on to play Horde. Co-Op is positively made of win.

Posted by lightwarrior179

Since I never managed to play the original Gears I am really excited to play this game once it comes out.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

ehhh...another over-hyped shooter. Still not bringing anything new to the table, like Gears 1. Should still be decently fun.

Posted by Gregomasta

I'll play it, I'll beat it and I'll like it.

Posted by Warl0rd

Sounds Good