What Grinds My Gears! – Gears Of War 2: Reviewed (360)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: It’s been a 2 year gap since the first Gears hit the shelves to much critical acclaim. The story was entertaining, if not a little short. The multiplayer was enjoyable, if not lacking a little in variety and substance, but that didn’t stop Epic’s first major foray out of their Unreal comfort zone from becoming a fast selling and much loved hit.
Excerpt: You can’t start a Gears review with anything but graphics discussion. There is essentially no way for me to adequately describe how awesome this game looks. I had to stop many a time (when not being eaten by various things) to stare in awe at how beautiful everything was. Everything you’d want graphic-wise is present in full force. The effects are amazing, fire sends smoke and embers into the air, and not the fakey cloudy smoke but real decent smoke. The water...
Pros: Awesome effects, Sweeping and amazing environments, Good lip sync, Nice high-res textures on everything, Fitting score, Awesome voice acting, Smoothed out controls, More poignant story, Spectacular single-console multiplayer
Cons: Water when taken in huge quantities behaves strangely, Not any real improvement over the first Gears, Kind of short, Last boss is a disappointment
Conclusion: In summation, Gears of War 2 is as good a shooter you've played all year. In fact, it's as good as any shooter you've probably played to date. With its stunning graphical presentation, varied level design and enemies that never get boring are all the ingredients of a game that every Xbox 360 owner should own, and every fan of a shooter should seriously consider investing in.
Excerpt: The way that the developer went on about the story of Gears of War 2 you would have thought it was the deepest thing ever, well the reality is very different, as whilst it’s an improvement over the original, it’s not exactly vast enough to announce it from the rooftops with great enthusiasm.
Conclusion: Concept: Polish up the rough patches from the first game and throw a ton of new content at players
Graphics: Unreal Engine 3 looks better than ever, and the Gears team knows how to make it sing
Sound: The dialogue is still fresh out of a seventh-grader's notebook, but during battle the audio landscape is outstanding
Playability: The cover system frustrates less often this time, and aside from that you can't ask for a better or more responsive interface
Excerpt: Name: Gears of War 2 Genre: Third-Person Shooter Platform: Xbox 360 Check out the Video Review. I’ll admit it, I hated on the original Gears of War a little bit when it was released. I just didn’t get why it was so popular, but after putting more time into it I realized its brilliance, mainly from the cooperative play. The graphics were outstanding for its day, and still hold up against most shooters.
Summary: During my second tour of duty on the crumbling planet of Sera, I piloted a Reaver, performed heart surgery on a giant worm, and rode a Brumak to victory. It's just another day at the office for a 'roid raging sci-fi super-soldier. Gears of War 2 evolves from its impressive predecessor in every sense of the word. The sequel features better narrative pacing, deeper multiplayer options, and larger set-piece battles than the original.
Summary: Gears of War 2 came as close as any game that I’ve ever played to being given a perfect 100 score in this review. The original remains one of my favorite games and the second installment improved on all of the complaints that I had with the first one. The game is incredibly fun, beautiful to look at, engaging, compelling, and left me speechless at parts – it comes pretty close to being perfect.