GEARS OF WAR 2 took me a solid 5 hours to beat.
I am happy to report that the experience was tremendously improved since Gears of War, and probably the best singleplayer story on XBOX360 - far surpassing Halo 3.
The war has widened. Rather than spending your time just running through the ruins of Planet sera, as in the original, this time around, you spend a tremendous amount of time fighting on battle platforms, riding the same beasts as the Locust troops and even fighting inside gigantic enemies.
The battles have become tremendous. Rather than simply climaxing with a single main boss character like General Raam, this time around, the battles are so plentiful and humoungous, that every single firefight feels as if it is just a piece of the widening conflict. New weapons such as the Flamethrower, mortar and grinder machinegun help you turn crowds into mulch. Your squad mates are even smarter this time, provide cover fire and airborne suppression fire - and don't screw themselves up running into environmental hazards.
This time around we also meet Queen Myrrah who leads the Locust hordes. This is guarranteed to generate more questions than it answers. The locust have also begun to kidnap and torture humans for some reason or another and there is a stage straight from Resident Evil where you find yourself in a biolab guarded by an A.I and wacky trap laser weapons.
Gears of War 2 IS WORTH THE $60 and provides a cinematic experience that far surpases everything I've seen on Xbox360. Hopefully, if there is a sequel, it will be held untilt here is a new XBOX because I feel Gears2 makes use of every single trick the Xbox360 has to offer.
The multiplayer is back and perfectly complete. The action is hardcore in your face and non stop.
My only dissapointment was that the plethora of battles sometimes felt a bit redundant and forced. The game more than makes up for that with tremendous visuals and unsurpassed scale of warfare.
I think the one thing missing is more on screen characters fighting at once -like Call of Duty 4.
Now I gotta buy Call of Duty World at War.