"When it comes down to it, Gears of War 2 is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The visuals only slightly outshine those of the gorgeous original, and, aside from a few tweaks and new weapons, the game design is nearly identical.
But that's no reason not to play.
Like its predecessor, Gears of War 2 brings home an almost unmatchable visceral satisfaction. The bloody action sequences draw you in, and the sci-fi soap opera story is filled with enough twists and turns (as well as answers to questions left hanging in the first game – expect significant discussion of the origin of the Locust) to keep you hankering to learn what happens next.
And that's enough to make it one of the most enjoyable adult entertainments available for the Xbox 360 this fall."