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Gears of War 2’s biggest surprises

You’ve read the review and you know the game is good. You’ve studied all the screens and you know the game is pretty. You’ve watched all the videos and you know the game is big, loud and gory. When Gears of War 2 releases this Friday, you know exactly what to expect, don’t you?

Not so fast. Like you, we thought we were ready, and yet... when we sat down to play through the sequel a month ago, we were genuinely shocked by the ultimate experience. After so much waiting and after so much research, we were still caught off guard, for many reasons and at many, many moments.

Please note - the following is a list of surprises, not spoilers. The point is to share our excitement, not ruin yours. Rest easy and read on!

Gears of War 2 is even bloodier than you expect

With skin-shredding chainsaws, gut-spraying grenades and the unique ability to unleash flesh-microwaving laser beams from the sky, the first Gears became synonymous with blood. You couldn’t play five seconds without covering your screen in bright red splatter.

While the sequel obviously goes further, the degree of “further” may take your breath away... or make you want to gag. We can’t spoil the circumstances, but at one point in Gears of War 2, the four main characters are soaked – literally from head to toe - in the enemy’s blood. They wade through blood. They can drown in blood. We kid you not.

Gears of War 2 is even gorier than you expect

The quality of the gore is as extreme as the quantity of blood. The first time we aimed a derrick-mounted turret gun at a charging Brumak, we almost had to look away. “Meat cube” technology was in full effect, and the sight of a skyscraper-sized beast being torn apart – bit by individually gooey bit, chunk by individually flying chunk – was not pretty.

The new Mulcher gun deals the same, disgusting deal of damage, but is portable. Watching a tide of Locust run into your fire is like watching a lawnmower cut grass; they don’t die so much as they instantly disintegrate into a million unrecognizable pieces.

Gears of War 2 is even bigger than you expect

No, we don’t mean length (though, if you’re curious, the game took us 11 hours to finish on normal difficulty). We’re talking about sheer size. Remember how huge the spidery Corpser and the trollish Brumak seemed the first time you fought them? In Gears 2, you exterminate those things all over the place, often facing down two, three or more at once. That’s right – the absolutely biggest baddies from the original game are mere routine in the sequel.

The real giants of Gears of War 2 could eat Corpsers and Brumaks for dinner, and still have room for a Berserker dessert. Our favorite is the Leviathan, a water monster so impressively gargantuan that it creates waves without surfacing and can capsize your boat with the flick of just one tree trunk tentacle. Its mouth is large enough to hold a separate battle (hint hint) and staring into its hideous, screen-filling face is disorienting enough to give you vertigo.

Yet even the Leviathan is dwarfed by other creatures in Gears 2 that we’re not allowed to write about yet. Suffice to say, some enemies cannot be contained within the scale of a single level...

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40 comments

  • Evolution - November 24, 2008 4:40 a.m.

    HALO 3 still better than gears of wars 2 but i will buy them all
  • Furyspittles - November 8, 2008 10:12 p.m.

    prayers, your forgetting Halo isnt a good game. Gears of War 2 actually looks like its innotative.
  • digedog - November 8, 2008 1:38 a.m.

    I can't wait to buy this game
  • prayers - November 7, 2008 5:25 p.m.

    mmm well fuck u all halo3 is way better then gears of war flood= locust or w.e u call em gears copied halo so were the original ones and gears of wars is simply not good. 1. no elites 2. no master chief:) so ya'll can suck on it! Bungi Rules!!!!
  • Nitemarish - November 7, 2008 12:08 a.m.

    Damn it, school will delay my playing of this game for at least 4 hours! I THINK I'M FEELING A BIT ILL...
  • pdiddy0819 - November 6, 2008 8:33 p.m.

    this game looks awesome...and i will be able to get if for free just for filling out surveys at-http://www.rewards1.com/index.php?referrer_id=448414
  • Sash - November 6, 2008 8:48 a.m.

    Need...more...gears...of...war...2...features. *foams at the mouth*
  • wyatttowe - November 5, 2008 9:44 p.m.

    ya i here 360s brake alot i read all over the place that ppl have to wait till they get fixed
  • wyatttowe - November 5, 2008 9:40 p.m.

    this game is going to be f*!@ing awsome
  • Scott1121 - November 5, 2008 9:09 p.m.

    I cant wait to get this game but my xbox will probably ruin it seriously both of the last 2 games i bought work for while and then my xbox 360 just won't read them
  • TyrannosaurusAlan - November 5, 2008 8:33 p.m.

    Ya know, I wasn't sure if I was really going to buy Gears 2, but this article sold me. Thanks GamesRadar.
  • T0M95 - November 5, 2008 7:51 p.m.

    holy crap. seriously? that trailer multiplied by 3!? WE MUST RUN!!!!! really, how do you fight 150 corpsers on your own, underground, with a Lancer? i'll tell you: CHAAAAAAAAIIIINSAAAAAAAW!!!!!!!!!!
  • HotSht95 - November 5, 2008 12:34 p.m.

    This game looks so incredilble and i cant wait i watched all the traiers and the guns shoot alot more cool like there more heavy and the new locusts look so awesome i want this $%%%$@%& game and WTF a nine i guess 4 this game i dont car what u guys say
  • Faustovdmb - November 5, 2008 8:18 a.m.

    im just gona spoil the fun for a lot of gamers, so atention, spoiler alert ********* marcus yells to the queen, ranting alot of BS to her, funny as hell as to a cliche of a tipical loud mouth football player, steroid pumped, bloodlust man, ive finished the game alrready and i agree in the all new options and locust's, weps, and my fav, the shield, with the 'magnun' wep, it sure packs a punch, without a doubt a great upgrade to the first game
  • chester_spartan - November 5, 2008 3:50 a.m.

    gears of war is being incredibly under reviewed and entirely deserves a 10, i mean is gta4 better than this? no so why dosnt this get a 10??? any ways CANT WAIT
  • Defguru7777 - November 5, 2008 1:46 a.m.

    Great article Gamesradar. Truly epic screen shots. The gold plated Lancer looks BA. Also, anybody ready for more of the Cole Train!?
  • infinite doo - November 5, 2008 12:24 a.m.

    CAN'T STOP THE TRAIN, BABY! I just preordered today! W00000000000000t!
  • Elbo444 - November 4, 2008 11:36 p.m.

    lol, yes FancyRat, i totally agree
  • CuddlyBomber - November 4, 2008 11:17 p.m.

    ^lol I can't wait to buy this!
  • FancyRat - November 4, 2008 8:30 p.m.

    All I can say is: Yeah! Woo! Bring it on, sucka! This my kinda shit!

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