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Gears of War 2 Review

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November 17, 2008 4:15:27 PM

Review by Rob Wright

Epic's Gears of War 2 attempts to outdo the original title with more action, explosions and gore along with a deeper single player story. But it's a new multiplayer mode that makes this sequel a hit.

Gears of War 2 Review

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November 17, 2008 4:21:18 PM

Horde mode was a stroke of genius on someone's part. Absolutely brilliant crack. However I find it can take a while to actually get a match going and the constant read errors on my disc are annoying as hell.
Liked the single player mode as well but the gaps in the story annoyed me.
I love a good story in a game and it didn't come out well in GoW2.
November 17, 2008 8:18:48 PM

Nice review, pretty much summed up my thoughts on the game.

However, "Gears of War 2 has a superior multiplayer offering." This kind of took me aback. The multiplayer has been at best... schizophrenic. It sometimes takes forever to find a match, restarting does help a little bit, it almost seems like the matchmaking system forgets about you as you search. There is also an issue with lag, it has probably happened in 1/5 of the games I have played where it just gets so frustrating to attempt to play. But, when everything does work out playing with 4 other friends in matchmaking it reclaims the fun of gears of war 1.

By the way, love the Second Take videos! Keep up the good work.
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November 17, 2008 9:53:28 PM

In single player scripting and team AI seem to be flawed to the point of being idiotic. On a number of occasions the teammates would run ahead like 2-3 meters and disappear behind a bend. when i proceed to follow them, some big nasty gets spawned and i have to fight it on my own, while my team is nowhere in sight. once i defeat the big nasty, i finally go around the bend and there they are, my awesome team.... sitting on their asses... where were they while i had crap kicked out of me? also, sometimes im advancing on the enemy and my team is sitting behind cover. after proceeding through a corridor or two and clearing out a gaggle of bad guys, suddenly my team magically appears right behind me. what kind of crap is that?!! also, the game suffers from something i used to see in older games where no matter how big is the group you are with, the enemy always starts to pick on you. it's like it knows that if they kill you there's a good chance youll have to restart the game :\
the other thing that bugged me is the limited colour palette. seems like the entire game is coloured with shades of gray or brown. say what you will, but it gets very tiresome on the eyes.
November 18, 2008 1:22:11 AM

While I haven't quite finished it I completely agree with the singleplayer. I hate how I always feel that I am running to get to the fight. Horde is awesome if your playing with a group of freinds but I wish you could go at it with 4 people on one console. I have also been impressed with the graphics especially for a console. Nice review
November 18, 2008 8:19:20 PM

While I enjoyed the game, it's definitely not game of the year in my opinion. The current matchmaking setup is pretty weak, and the story was pretty pathetic. They randomly add new characters just to kill them off quickly and act as though I should care, and the bit about Dom's wife was really poorly done. While the gameplay is as good as Gears has always been, it hasn't really been improved either. I'm not a big fan of being 100% stuck to the ground, and having invisible walls everywhere. That being said, Horde mode is probably the biggest addition to the game and makes it worth playing if you can get a 5 player team together.
November 18, 2008 9:03:57 PM

Heyyou27 said:
While I enjoyed the game, it's definitely not game of the year in my opinion. The current matchmaking setup is pretty weak, and the story was pretty pathetic. They randomly add new characters just to kill them off quickly and act as though I should care, and the bit about Dom's wife was really poorly done. While the gameplay is as good as Gears has always been, it hasn't really been improved either. I'm not a big fan of being 100% stuck to the ground, and having invisible walls everywhere. That being said, Horde mode is probably the biggest addition to the game and makes it worth playing if you can get a 5 player team together.


It's weird, I never had an issue with the matchmaking system until just recently. But for some reason, it takes forever now to get a Horde match going. Which seems a little odd, since there are 2 million people playing the game.

I agree, the bit about Dom's wife was botched. That had a lot of potential.
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