Emergency Day (Nov 7, 2006) meant the release of Gears of War from Epic Games. Graphics and game play on the Xbox 360 was lifted to a new level of excitement and everyone had a new vocabulary which included words like cover, tactical and chainsaw. So when Gears of War 2 hit the shelves this week it was only natural for gamers to have high expectations. The man behind the game Cliff Bleszinski promised ‘bigger, badder and more bad ass' and delivered in full with Gears 2.
Gears of War 2 controls are smoother then ever. Graphics look like something you expect on a ‘next gen' title. You are thrust into a world of lush graphics with something to explore in just about every direction. Cover and strategy are important elements – gone are the days of random battles. Play through the solo campaign by yourself or co-op with a friend sitting next to you on the couch or via Xbox Live. Online multiplayer has improvements over the first game and a new feature is called Horde in which a team of five players dukes it out against an endless supply of Locust who get stronger and stronger each wave.
If turning on your Xbox 360 is about excitement, adrenaline and awesome game play then Gears of War 2 hits on all cylinders. Monsters will leap out and surprise you, the gore factor was elevated and there's even better dialogue and story the second time around. Gears 2 – a ride you won't soon forget!