Gears of War 2
Let me be frank. I hated Gears of War. Most over hyped game ever created if you ask me. I found nothing seemingly remarkable or endearing about the entire experience. The game was short, it was boring, and frankly it didn’t feel like humanity was on the brink of destruction in any way. Even its apparent crown, the chainsaw bayonet, was to me the most retarded weapon ever conceived in its utter uselessness. Don’t get me started on the multiplayer disaster that lacked even a basic normal game type.
Gears of War 2, is not that bad. The story has somehow become epic in transition increasing itself in scale and replayability. The story is a bit more interesting raising a few questions and leaving others, though often it feels like you’re just trudging along for whatever reason. The voice acting is still bad but I did find quite a few lines (mostly those coming from or pointed at Benjamin Carmine quite funny).The entire campaign has gotten an upgrade and now I actually feel like I could play it again. Add to this the fact that the more I play this series the more I think the developers were creating the game on the following concept: “Hey, let’s just make Halo, slow the game down, make it third person and do some plastic surgery to change the setting, characters, and environments so we can call it a killer app.” The story almost feels to me like a Halo copy and paste job but they decided to switch a few things around and put up new wall paper.
The multiplayer is still bad. Is it too much to ask for one god damn normal game type? For some odd reason the games creators seem to have this retarded idea that different is better and we aren’t deserving of a normal run around and shoot at people game but rather have to endure retarded modification like enemies who have to be stomped to die or a utter lack of respawns. Then there’s still the horror of the shot gun frag fest which unfortunately still exists. AI bots can sort of give multiplayer some fun if you can’t play online or don’t like to (I don’t) but the absolute horror of the game types confounds me.
The one redeeming factor of this game for me is the Horde mode. This rocks. It’s like a Gears-ified version of Rainbow Six Vegas’ terrorist hunt with monster and frankly it is amazing. Oddly you can’t use the AI bots here but that’s ok because people will probably get this game to play with their friends anyway, and trust me you will have no end of fun with this game mode.
In conclusion I would like to add that Gears of War 2 is in no way a bad game. Quite the contrary, it’s a good game, but it’s a game that constantly makes me ask myself “so what?” It has a lot of flash and neat stuff but at its core no substance. You can enjoy this game, you really can, and I’m sure there’s something wrong with me to dislike it to the degree I do when everyone else seems to love it but I just fail to see what makes this game so great. I would say that if you didn’t like the first Gears don’t bother. If you liked it give this a buy because you will love it.
Rent or Buy: Buy it if you loved the first gears, ignore it if you hated the first. If you’re somewhere in the middle renting never hurt anyone.
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