I was originally thinking about writing a review for Gears 2. Then I came to my senses, realized I wouldn't have anything particularly novel to say on the subject, and decided the short version was the better idea. It's one damn fine video game. The action is tighter than ever, the visuals are crisper than ever (minus the occasional texture pop-in), and the story is more...existent than ever. If you have even an inkling of interest in the game, pick it up. You'll be doing yourself a favor. If you already bought it (and you probably already did), then I'm just wasting my time.
Horde also focuses on one of Gears' primary gameplay facets by accuentuating the need to dig in and take cover. It's reminiscent of missions in RTS games that require the player to quickly build up a defense and prepare for the onslaught that is about to be all up in your ass. It really gives the feeling that you're a part of a squad under siege, often fighting just to squeak by, especially on the higher waves. Combine that with the overall atmosphere of a firefight that Gears normally creates, and you got yourself one freakin' intense shootathon.
You know, done typing, I'm just going to go play some more of it. Hit me up if you feel like shooting some computer dudes.
Or we could shoot human dudes too. Either way, I'm shooting something.