Gameplayer has played through the entire first Act of Gears of War 2 and reviewed the experience in this article. It offers a detailed explanation of how it plays and what gamers can expect as well as critiquing Unreal Engine 2.0. It also features a link through to an exclusive interview with Cliffy B.
"Despite the promise of bigger and better things in the opening cut-scene, when the gameplay starts proper you may get a sudden sting of despair. Gears of War 2's opening gameplay moment finds you in a small little room like many you visited in the original. The same characters, the same grey walls, the same weapons… you would be forgiven for thinking that there has been no evolution at all. That it is merely an expansion pack to the original. But your thoughts will soon change."