"The big game that Microsoft was showing off at Penny Arcade Expo this year was Gears of War 2. There is a lot of hype that the game deserves building up to the release on November 7.
They showed a level that one of the lead animator from Epic Games presented on the big screen and they had a multiplayer level up and running on some networked Xboxen 350+10s. The one and only Cliff Bleszinski esquire was busy at the office cracking the whip on the programmers and testers trying to finish the game.
The overall the intensity and volume level of Gears of War was cranked up even more. Gears of War was already a big budget game but this one feels even bigger and more polished. You can easily tell that they did some major work on the heavily upgraded version of the Unreal Engine 3. Despite being an Unreal Engine game it did not look like a typical FPS made with the stock Unreal engine. They really have made an incredible investment in the technology that they used to make this game and it is really showing off."