Gears of War 2’s biggest surprises

Earning Achievements is addictive

The best Achievements make you replay and experiment with a game, even after the final cutscene has ended. The first Gears, for example, guaranteed that everyone would try playing Dom in co-op at least once. The second Gears of War runs with that idea, using Achievements to create a constant minigame within the bigger game.

Roast a baddie with the flamethrower and you won’t earn a reward, but a popup will inform you that you’re a step closer to “Smells Like Victory” (kill 30 enemies with the flamethrower) and “Variety is the Spice of Life” (kill using all 15 weapons). The “Seriously 2.0” Achievement, meanwhile tracks your slow but steady progress towards 100,000 total kills in single player, co-op and multiplayer combined. Will we ever reach that magical number? Probably not, but knowing we annihilated almost 2,000 Locust in a single day is still a neat bit of trivia.

Oh, and the points are better distributed this time around, too. Beating the original on Insane, in co-op, with every tag collected, would only net you about 600. We earned over 300 playing alone, on Normal, with tons of collectibles left behind. An encouraging sign for Achievement whores.


Collecting “tags” is addictive

Why? Because the hidden items scattered across Gears of War 2 are no longer tags. They’re “war journals,” and they’re crucial to filling in the corners of the game’s universe.

You’ll find faded newspapers, with articles about Emergence Day and the soaring price of imulsion. You’ll find ambulance logs, detailing the symptoms of a gruesome new disease, and doctor’s notes, pinpointing the previous game’s lightmass explosion as a probable cause. You’ll find cryptic Locust artifacts and calendars, sarcastically translated by Baird.

Although a few of the 41 war journals are still COG tags from fallen soldiers, they now come with letters and notes from the battlefield, written to worried family back home. You learn their names and read their thoughts. Each collectible now has a story.


Remember the “Mad World” trailer?

You know, the original Gears tease set to that song from Donnie Darko? Where Marcus is hiding in the dark and, suddenly, a glowing constellation of lights emerge at him out of the pitch blackness? And, right before the trailer ends, we realize that the lights are eyes? Big, scary, about-to-kill-Marcus monster eyes?

That actually happens in Gears of War 2, only multiplied by three.

Cole Train is given a microphone... again

Yes, after the awesomely horrible (or is that horribly awesome?) rap debut from the first game, someone decided that giving Augustus Cole another spotlight would be a good idea. If you want to know exactly what he does with that microphone, however, you’ll just have to wait until Friday.


Dizzy’s really not that annoying

No, really. He’s okay.


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  • 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-
  • 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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