I spent my entire weekend playing Gears2 - Finished the campaign on Normal and I think I'm close to my 300'th multiplayer match or something. I also went out on Saturday night and had the most FUCKED UP "lets just be friends" conversation with a girl I hardly even know while she was sitting on my lap and making out with me. SO yeah, crazyness has taken place.
Gears Of War 2 has it nailed down. Frequent checkpoints and constantly refreshing battlegrounds compliment the intensity of its singleplayer and allow the story to proceed at a brisk pace. The new improved AI makes your teamates more reliable (I swear at one point Carmine was killing more dudes than I was...) and they will revive you when you fall, again adding to the sense of continuity to the story and making the gameplay less disjointed by removing checkpoints. It works for Gears Of War, which makes no effort to hide the shallow style of "shoot first, questions later" gameplay. Its as sharp as a chainsaw bayonet in its execution of every style of running and gunning - and despite its complete disregard for any kind of moral impact, it manages to pull of a complete rollercoaster ride of a computer game.
Online has been tweaked to iron out the flaws of the original. The lancer is now more powerful, chainsaw bayonets are ridiculously lethal, and the matchmaking is Halo3-esque which is great but can sometimes take forever to fill up a group. The matchmaking playlists also mean you will end up playing a lot of the game modes that were largely ignored in the original, something which is great. There has also been a serious reduction in lag and host advantage has successfully been disposed of. I can see myself spending a lot of time holding a lancer over the next few weeks.
Part of the reason I like writing so much is because I like getting people thinking. I love being able to show people a fresh perspective, and discuss the games I play in an articulate fashion. But i'm also a 20 year old chap who likes explosions. And Gears 2 manages to accomodate that section of my gaming requirements.
So yeah. Gears Of War 2 is amazing. You should totally go and buy it.
Oh wait, you already did.
Well.... This was a total waste of time then....
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