developer: Epic Games
publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / split screen, players: 1-8
game language: English
game release date for X360:
Gears of War 2 for X360 is a sequel to the excellent action game by Epic Games. Once again we assume the role of Marcus Fenix and face alien invaders known as Locust.
The action takes place six months after the events of Gears of War. Most of the enemies have been defeated, yet a strange disease called Rustlung started to plague humanity. The remnants of aliens hide in underground tunnels beneath human settlements. Jacinto is the only remaining safe place for people. Soon, Locust starts to use their new technology that makes cities fall underground. Marcus Fenix and his band join the action with the objective of wiping out the Locust once and for all. In Gears of War 2 for X360 Marcus is assisted by Dom, Cole, Baird and some new NPCs. Tai Kaliso is a typical tough soldier with principles, Chairman Prescott performs a role of the commander in Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) and Maria Santiago is Dom’s wife. She is missing and we will look for her in the first stages of the game.
Just like in the first part of the production, gameplay consists of neutralizing aliens by using a wide arsenal of weapons such as an assault rifle mounted with a chainsaw bayonet, a shotgun, grenades etc., supplemented with new toys, like a Gorgon Pistol or Ink Grenades temporarily poisoning the area of explosion. From time to time you will use modes of transportations, such as the gigantic Centaur Tank. Gears of War 2 introduces an extensive variety of creatures, like Kantus – a kind of Locust priest who can reinvigorate his injured mates. The game also features monsters much bigger in size, which serve a role of fully-fledged bosses.
The authors implemented a fourth difficulty level that is even easier than so far the easiest Casual level. Apart from the single player campaign, the game also features multiplayer modes, such as cooperation, where different specifications can be set by the players. It is supported by a special system that scores each player differently, depending on the difficulty level they choose. There is also a multiplayer mode concentrating on chainsaw battles, either with enemies controlled by the game’s AI or real players. Multiplayer allows up to eight users to play at the same time.
Gears of War 2 utilizes modified Unreal Engine 3, which offers dynamic shadows, rendering hordes of enemies, realistic properties of liquids along with soft objects, and the destructible environment. Cut-scenes have also been improved as they are now interactive. The game’s voice-over is provided by the actors known from the first installment of Gears of War.
Game score 8.86 / 10 calculated out of 3251 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 333 players' votes.
Microsoft Xbox 360
Uses: Xbox Live + additionally (X360): link-cable