Look at all that JUICE!
Another year, another hit game release. Last year it was Halo 3, this year was the sequel to the 2006 Game Of The Year...Gears of War 2. There are many things to talk about with the game, but let's start with the basics.
The game has your simple Single Player Campaign, Multi-Player Campaign, and Online Play. Lets start with the campaign.
The Campaign follows Delta Squad. Marcus Fenix, Dominic "Dom" Santiago, Augustus "Cole Train" Cole, and Damon Baird. The main story follows Delta Squad 6 months after the events of the first game with the humans loosing the battle against the Locust Horde. But the human have a new plan to attack the Locust's on their home turf, underground. There is also a smaller second storyline in which Dom is looking for is missing wife Maria. Although the gameplay is fairly similar to the first it does feature new weapons, new enemies, and CHAINSAW DUELS! Some of the new weapons include the Gorgon Pistol, a pistol which fires 4 short bursts of ammo.The Boomshield, which is pretty much moveable cover, and the Scorcher Flamethrower. There are also a Mortar launcher and a mini-gun called the Mulcher. Some of the new enimes are very tough, like the Bloodmount. Which is a bulky locust creature which uses 2 strong legs and a rider that fires a weapon while riding. Tickers are like time-bombs. They swarm you, then explode. Kantus's are kind of like the religeous members of the Locust. They can revive downed Locust which means you have to kill them if you want an easy fight. Bosses include the Rift Worm, and Skorge. But I'm not spoiling anything. Now to the Chainsaw Duels. The duels utilize the Lancers chainsaw bayonets. When you and an enemy come at each other with a chainsaw, it triggers a quick time event which requires you to rapidly tap "B" to knock the enemy's lancer away and cut him in half. All and all, the Campaign is an enjoyable experiece that you, or you and a friend can enjoy. Although I do have a problem with the game leaving more questions than answers. But I can look past that just a bit to say I really like the game.
If you liked the Multi-Player in the first game, you most likey will absolutly go nuts with the Gears 2 Multi-Player. There are 5 new game types. Submission is a lot like CTF, but the flag is a person who is trying not to be captured. Wingman pits 5 teams of 2 in a all out war. Guardian is pretty much Assassination from Gears 1, except as long as your Guardian stays alive you can respawn. The team who goes th longest without dying wins. Warzone is Warzone, but you can now have 5v5 instead of 4v4. Then comes Horde. Which lets 5 people team up against wave after wave of increasingly difficlut Locusts. Then you have your Annex, and Execution. Which are just the same as the original. I personally love Wingman the most, but all the modes are equally enjoyable.
I'll put it this way. If you bought the first one, buy the second. It's a very simple answer to a problem you might have. The reason I gave it the score I did is because the whole "Left more questions than answers" thing kinda bothered me. But at least we know that can only mean one thing....SEQUEL!!!!
Gears of War 2 gets a 4.5 out of 5.