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Horde: Gears of War 2's most exciting multiplayer addition

We've detailed the new weapons and enemies in our campaign preview, but it was only in Horde that we really got a feel for just how fundamentally both sets of additions enrich Gears of War 2. For example, right in the middle of a sound beating during a heavy fire-fight, we suddenly spotted a free Mulcher in the middle of the flak. As one of our team made a desperate recovery mission to pick up the potential tide-turner, two others ran out of their cover at the back to provide suppressive fire, giving our plucky weapon-stealer a chance to make it back alive under the slowing weight of the new gun. Sheltering his return with a hail of bullets, the wing-men provided staunch back-up as our hero clumped his way up to a sheltered sniping ledge in order to start clearing up the clogged battlefield.

Or there was the time things suddenly became complicated by the appearance of a couple of those mace-swinging trolls we've mentioned, immediately putting us on the defensive as we all eschewed the infantry and fell back to the shelter of a barn, before opening up every long-range weapon we had in an attempt to take them down before they could get close. Despite our best efforts, one slipped through and started tearing us to pieces in our tightly-packed hidey-hole. Shotguns and flame-throwers came out, but to no avail. We were hammered to death in no time.

Or how about when a couple of Kantus Healers turned up to the party and started undoing all our hard work by reviving their fallen Locust brothers across the battlefield? Our ground troops rushed in to re-deaden our previously-killed quarry. Our two second-floor snipers got to work softening up the Kantus from their hiding spots at the back of the map, taking it in turns to run down and revive striken comrades between reloads while scouring the streets for a mortar with which to make the job easier.

Tasks and roles constantly shift during Horde as each new enemy combination changes the face of battle. Without playing it, it would be easy to write off as a simple team deathmatch with bots, but in reality, the feel is very different. The constant "one-more-go" factor brought about by the progressively difficult waves is infectious. You'll continue and continue as each seemingly unbeatable Locust squad becomes a bitter rival, the growing grudge making your team ever-more determined to beat it. And once you have, you won't be able to resist taking on the next, more difficult set of opposition, always needing just one more victory for the glory of your squad. Horde becomes a matter of collective pride as your team becomes ever-more strongly bonded as a fighting force.

And given how quickly the challenge builds, there look to be enough battles here to keep you going for a very long time. We managed to get to around wave twelve during our day playing the game. Cliff Bleszinski admitted that he's only made it to wave twenty-seven. The test-team have got to wave fifty. Given what we went up against, we can only imagine that that level of play must start with the whole team being spawned inside a Brumack's mouth. And after a day of the glorious, bloody cameraderie of Horde, to that we can only say "Bring it on". Because that is indeed, our kind of sh*t.

23 comments

  • Lavek26 - October 22, 2008 11:17 p.m.

    It stinks that its so close to endwars release and fallouts release
  • username80 - October 22, 2008 3:49 p.m.

    cant wait cant wait cant wait aaaauuuuuuuuggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh
  • oryandymackie - October 18, 2008 1:42 p.m.

    I'll be 'avin some of that! Looks well good!!! Come Novembertime
  • birdofprey - October 3, 2008 6:51 a.m.

    My friend hated Gears 1 (too hard for him) But he is willing to try Gears 2 just for horde I'm willing to try Gears 2 because it's freaking awesome on every level
  • skilz216 - October 1, 2008 11:58 p.m.

    this game is taking too long to come out
  • timp123 - September 30, 2008 9:38 a.m.

    I really hope that this has 4 player split screen, that would be fkn awesome
  • littlesatan - September 29, 2008 5:54 p.m.

    looks amazing, id pre-order it now, but im w8in for Microsoft to pick up my broken 360, which i ordered to be collected over 2 weeks ago, man, they are slow.
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - September 29, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    I'm so excited, I've already paid for the game. November is to far away.
  • victorg360 - November 3, 2008 3:09 p.m.

    in 6 days im going to be playing this game YES!!!!!!!!
  • xanderbetke - November 3, 2008 11:10 a.m.

    Gears of War 2 Soundtrack feat. Devotchka Hi All, Devotchka’s soundtrack for the Gears of War 2 trailer has sparked questions surrounding the indie rock band from Denver, Colorado. Having the same song on the soundtrack for the film “Everything Is Illuminated” etched their name into the entertainment industry. Their distinct sound adds the finishing touch to entertainment industry. To thoroughly check out their song on iTunes follow this link: www.itunes.com/devotchka/howitends Cheers
  • omegashot104 - October 23, 2008 2:03 a.m.

    This game is gonna be soooooooooo badd ass i cnt believe it comes out in 2 weeks omg i w8can hardly
  • Gotxxrock - October 6, 2008 10:43 p.m.

    I've always harbored some illogical resentment for Gears. They take SO much from the 40K universe; the Gothic atmosphere, the chainsaw bayonets, the ridiculously heavy power armor, and a long list of other things. This game might purge that little thought of contempt however. I would be lying if I didn't say I was excited =D
  • skyguy343 - October 4, 2008 11:51 p.m.

    ironically, no comment
  • chester_spartan - October 3, 2008 4:47 a.m.

    I would honestly take my ps3 and chuck it out of an air plane if I could have this game right now.
  • Eo1spy - September 30, 2008 10:46 p.m.

    This same Multiplayer mode was in UT2004. Just without Locusts.
  • Juriasu - September 30, 2008 10:21 a.m.

    SHIT YEAH!!!
  • crazyqazqaz - September 30, 2008 6:47 a.m.

    Awww man!! I can't get this because all I've got is a Wii, which I'm not complaining about, but I totally want this game. I completed Gears 1 at a friends house and that was amazing. Guess I'll just have to wait for him to get it, which he inevitably will once I tell him how good it's suposed to be.
  • gilligan2021 - September 30, 2008 6:37 a.m.

    i no. i saw the article and shot clue juice all over my laptop.
  • lewis42025 - September 30, 2008 3:21 a.m.

    i'd give all uv ur testicles....and sumones arm omg, im so freakin excited for this now
  • gilligan2021 - September 29, 2008 11:51 p.m.

    thats funny cuz I'd give your left testicle too.

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