Gears Of War 2 - Review
Fast forward to November 2008 and Gears of War 2 is finally hitting the shelves, sending fan boys into a frenzy. How does it compare to the first? Is it just Gears 1.5?
In short, Gears of War 2 is breathtaking and a benchmark on how to make an action shooter, period.
Cliffy B was right in saying that Gears 2 would be bigger, better and more badass. From the moment you pop this one into your console, you’re in for something special.
The story is much more satisfying than the first with Dom playing a bigger part in Gears 2, his struggle to handle the fact that his wife is missing is fantastic. There are a few new characters you meet along the way, each have a purpose and overall the story is very satisfying.
Visually Gears 2 is flawless, with some of the most impressive visuals you have seen in a video game to date. Player models look great, environments and shadowing are outstanding, Epic are showing other developers how the Unreal Engine 3 should be used. Gone are the poor frame rate problems during cutscenes that were evident in Gears 1. There is basically no loading in Gears of War 2, you can effectively play the game from start to finish without a loading screen at all (unless you die) .
Sound is also of the highest quality, there is nothing better than pulling off a headshot with your sniper gun and hearing that “pop” sound as the enemy’s head blows up into a million pieces. Atmospheric sound and voice acting is brilliant, much love has been put into every aspect of this game.
When it comes to gameplay, Gears 2 is very much like Gears 1, extremely tight and a blast to play. Multiplayer is back with 10 all new maps and will no doubt be very popular online.
Epic have delivered an amazing experience with Gears 2, a must own game for all 360 gamers.
Gameplay = 9.5
Visuals = 10
Sound = 9.5
Game Now Score = 9.6/10