When it was released in 2006, Epic Studios' Gears of War immediately leapt to the top of the Xbox Live charts, becoming the first game to finally knock Halo 2 off of its throne. While it had an intense and impressive single-player campaign, it was the multiplayer (both competitive and cooperative) that kept people coming back for more. Although Gears of War was eventually ousted from the top spot by newfangled games like Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4, it's still one of the most popular online 360 games. With the upcoming release of Gears of War 2, fans wondered if the game's online multiplayer options would simply improve on the original's or if it would be a bigger and better experience in every way. After spending over a dozen hours with Gears of War 2's multiplayer offerings at a recent event, GameSpy is happy to say that the latter seems to be the case.