When IGN first saw Gears of War 2 in motion they were skeptical. The gameplay didn't immediately grab hold as being a huge step forward from the first. It looked a bit better, there was more going on around the core action, but it just wasn't the earth-shattering moment IGN was hoping for after being such a fan of the first. Gears 2 seemed like it was trying desperately to live up to the now classic "bigger, better and more badass" marketing line that now gets thrown around as fodder in the IGN offices, but was having trouble doing so.
After witnessing a brief level IGN had their doubts about the abilities of Epic's latest to be the holiday gem that everyone wants it to be.
But having now played the second installment in the mega-hit (Gears of War 1 has sold over 4.7 million copies) series for a full day, IGN can say without hesitation that Gears 2 is on its way to living up to everyone's expectations.