By DBoy 24 Comments
Tonight, I completed the campaign in Gears of War 2 with my good buddy and wing mate James "jimb0" Logan by my side.
One word can summarize my final impressions: Wow.
I was pleasantly surprised at how refined and well-paced the story was in this game compared to the first Gears. Although many questions are left unanswered, the story delves more into the personal lives of Marcus and Dom, revealing a side to both characters that we never got to see in the first game. We also get to experience the war between the Locust Horde on a much grander scale, as we see humanity's fight for survival unfold before our very eyes.
A key word here is "scale". The game looks and feels much bigger than the first one. Once you leave the hospital in the very first Chapter of the first Act, you get to experience the grandeur of the fight you will face in Gears 2. Some of the battle scenes are amazingly epic and reminded me of a Hollywood blockbuster. As I've mentioned before, you really feel like you're in an army fighting against another army in this game, instead of an army of 4 COG super-soldiers taking on the entire Horde.
Aside from the grandeur and epic feel of the game, there's it's story. I am being very honest here when I say it is one of the best stories I've witnessed in a very long time. It made me laugh and, hell, it even jerked a couple of tears out of me, two things that are rarely accomplished in video games these days. Without revealing anything, there is one cinematic sequence involving Dom that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
So, there you have it, my impressions on the campaign in Gears of War 2. I definitely want to go back and play it again, this time on the hardest difficulty setting, just to relive the grandeur and awesomeness of it all. If any of you guys out there are ready to take on the Horde with me, just let me know. Oh, and of course, there's still the fantastic multiplayer to be played.
I don't see myself putting this game away for a long, long time.