Gears of War 2 – Review

After a much anticipated and hyped release of GOW2, which on inserting into my XBOX360 caused my console to display the dreaded ring of death, I was pretty much ready to be dissappointed.  Why you ask ?  Lets just say I am (was) (and continue to be) a big fan of the original Gears of […]

GOW2

GOW2

After a much anticipated and hyped release of GOW2, which on inserting into my XBOX360 caused my console to display the dreaded ring of death, I was pretty much ready to be dissappointed.  Why you ask ? 

Lets just say I am (was) (and continue to be) a big fan of the original Gears of War game.  From the graphics, the game play, and the story line , the game has a fantastic look and feel.  So good I might add, that it was the principal reason behind me purchasing an XBOX 360.  Now you might wonder, ok big deal but realize this that the last gaming console that I had purchased before the 360 was a Super NES.  Suffice to say the game left a great impression on me and I wasn’t expecting the same for the sequal.  Well I hate to admit it but I was dead wrong.  Not only did GOW2 live up to the hype but in my opinion it surpassed it.  The gameplay is simply awesome. with enough unique things thrown it that it never feels repetitive.  From driving a Tank, to flying a Reaver, to riding a Brumak, there is an abundance of variety thrown into each level of the game.  With almost countless enemies coming at you, I kept feeling like I am in a real War fighting for humanities very survial.  I kept wanting to go further and continue playing which is a testament to how good this game is.  On a side note, credit has to be given to the Unreal engine developers at Epic, they have really pushed the Unreal Engine to its limits while still keeping excellent frame rate and playability.  I continue to be amazed at what this next gen console can do.  This time around, the developers focused more on the story and the personal side of war with Dom’s wife being MIA.  This was done very tastefully and reallly showed the horrors of war and althrough the story left more questions than answers, I felt it enhanced the enigma of the GOW Universe and makes me want more.  After finishing the game the first time, I can’t wait to play through it again.  This time I am hoping to pay closer attention to the details and extra nuances the developers have thrown in such as the collectible items you find across each levels that let the player piece together some back story to whats been happing to this world.  If this is all this game had I would have only praises for GOW2 but thats not all,  Epic went ahead and introduced new aspects to the co-op/multi-player gameplay as well.  You can have your friend join you in the campaign anytime they want.  Both parties can also play at their own difficulty and the process is seamless. Secondly, new multi-player gametypes have been inttroduced as well as a new game-type called Horde, where you and 4 of your buddies get together and fight off a continuing onslaught of enemies coming at you in increasing numbers and difficulty.  A few nights ago a few of us get to level 39 out of 50 but at 5:30 am it was time to call it a night or more appropriately morning.  Friends, thats how good GOW2 is that you will not want to put it down.  You will sacrafice sleep, food, new episodes of HERO’s just to keep playing this game.  So EPIC, thanks for creating an excellent game and robbing me of the little free time I had…  GOW2 gets a teknojunkie 7 out of 5, yes a 7.. because its that dam good..

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