I've been considering buying Gears 2 for a long time. I loved both Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space to death, and the gameplay in Gears certainly looks similar. Thing is, I'm not much of a multiplayer man. If I get it, I'll probably not spend a lot of time(if any) playing online. So I'm wondering if it's worth buying the game just for the single player?
Is Gears of War 2 worth it for the single player?
If you're only interested in the single-player, I'd say to give it a rental. The campaign shouldn't take you much more than 10 hours or so (unless you crank up the difficulty) and there isn't much replayability, unless you're interesting in finding all of the collectible items. And, even if you're not interested in the multiplayer now, I suggest you at least check out Horde mode -- it's pretty fun/addicting.
The single player is definitely far better than the first game. I would consider the game worthy of a purchase even if you do not play multiplayer. I never play online multiplayer with Gears 2, but I do play local multiplayer and just use bots to fill empty slots.
2 player horde is damn awesome
As for the campaign, it has some pretty good moments (like the attack jacinto and the assault derrick whatchamacalit level on act 1), and some pretty lame moments (endless tramping through nexus with dom) but overall it's pretty epic. And insane mode is way hard
I would say yes for two reasons: the campaign is good and you will want to play it through more than once, and also you can experience the multiplayer maps and game modes without playing online, by setting up bots at any of the same difficulty settings as the campaign: casual, hardcore, and insane.
The only thing you'd really be missing out on is Horde mode, since it's near impossible to do well solo, but you could always have friends over and split-screen it.
I actually never play online unless its with friends. All we do is have some two on two matches or just try to get through horde mode. But yeah, if you got friends and play the co-op and the horde mode with them, then its definitely worth it. It is a great game even if you dont do that, the campaign is pretty fun.
"I've been considering buying Gears 2 for a long time. I loved both Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space to death, and the gameplay in Gears certainly looks similar. Thing is, I'm not much of a multiplayer man. If I get it, I'll probably not spend a lot of time(if any) playing online. So I'm wondering if it's worth buying the game just for the single player?"I really loved the original Gear's Single player but didn't really like the 2nd games' as much.
I would say that it is well worth it, even just for the single player, but that's just my opinion. As someone already mentioned, even if you're not normally into online multiplayer experiences, you should still give Horde a try online, since it is completely different from the regular deathmatch-type experiences and it provides near unlimited replay value, especially with friends. The campaign doesn't have too much replay value without a co-op buddy, but the first campaign play through will probably be a great experience. I say probably because it's still a matter of taste. For example, you mentioned Resident Evil and Dead Space, those games aren't too similar to Gears. Yes, they too are 3rd person shooters, but both RE and Dead Space are more horror based, slower paced, and more plot driven (based on uncovering mystery) than Gears 2. On the other hand, Gears 2 has a more cinematic action experience and intuitively tightened controls for bad-ass firefights. For what Gears is, I think it executes almost flawlessly. If you find entertainment in Aliens and Terminator 2, and you like videogames, it is highly probably that you will find Gears 2's campaign and horde a worthwhile experience.
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