I bought Gears of War 2 on launch day and took it over to my friend Pete’s house, where me, he, and yet another Pete played through the entire thing splitscreen over a period of 48 frenzied alcohol- and Red Bull-fueled hours. As one Pete put it, “it was like a day and a half of chainsawing aliens, broken up by a nap and a walk.”
So, the verdict? Gears 2 is excellent. I recommend it for children as young as seven anyone who loved the first or wants to really get their adrenaline pumping with the absolutely outstanding sequel to one of the best shooters ever.
I’ve got a longer review in the offing, because there’s one specific thing I want to complain about (a thing so bad, so appalling, so shameful, that I am going to knock a point of Gears 2’s score for it), but it may take me a while to work up a suitably wordy diatribe. In the meantime, take this as an early warning.