Two More Gears 2 Videos Out

So Bash ducked back in to give you the first Gears of War 2 gameplay footage from 1Up/ last night (apparently there was some international video-leaking and embargo-breaking intrigue; we had no part in it). This morning we'll update you with GameVideos' overnight post of two more videos: A CliffyB-free gameplay version (above). And an analysis (after the jump) of the first video, pointing out and freezing cool details that might have got lost in the action. They also analyze Cliffy, but not too closely.

"Gears of War 2" is due for release in November on Xbox 360 only.

Wow. "You can now pick up enemies when they're downed and use them as a meat shield." But can you upgrade your meat shields?


Gears of War 2: "Assault Gameplay" and "Assault Analysis" []



These "Gears 1.5" comments are ridiculous (and annoying as hell). Gears of War has, to date, the best graphics of any console game that has been released. So if this is even .5 better than that — on the same friggin' console — it's incredible. And the game does look damn amazing. As does the first.

This isn't a console to console sequel. It's on the SAME console. What did you people (by people I'm guessing I'm referring to those who do not own a 360 and are bitter they won't be playing this game) expect? Halo 2 didn't look different from Halo 1. Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3 looked pretty similar. Metroid Prime 1 & 2 looked similar. Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 weren't that different in looks. Same goes for GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas. This is what happens when you make a sequel/sequels on the same console.

But there are differences. This level is bigger and has more enemies than any in the first. The frame rate is even more impressive than it was in the first (it's actually silky smooth to the point of ridiculousness). There are new moves and some new gameplay. But you know — none of that matters. The first already looked good enough, as it still looks better than any console game out there.

This is Gears of War 2. The first had one of the best single-player campaigns I've ever played through, despite its short length and nearly non-existent story. I loved it all 3 times I played through it. The first time by myself, the next two in co-op with friends. This one supposedly tells more of the story and goes deeper.

My only somewhat cynical question is — how will they fit this on one disc when the first had to trim itself around the edges to make it? Hopefully they just bite the bullet and go for a 2 disc game rather than edit the hell out of this one for space.

Still, whatever happens, if these merely lives up to the fist, it will probably be my favorite game of the year. If it manages to beat expectations with a longer campaign, better story and all the excellent gameplay and graphics of the first? Nothing will come close.