The original Gears of War was a blockbuster hit for Microsoft and Epic in more ways than one. It served as tech demo, showcasing some of the best graphics that the Xbox 360 and the Unreal Engine could muster. It was a fresh take on the first- and third-person shooter genres, with a heavy focus on a cover system and a stop-and-pop gameplay style. It also sold a shitload of copies and became just as synonymous with the Xbox as Halo. For the sequel, Epic returned to the well and delivered a game that is better than the first, but still a step away from flawlessness. It's an evolution in play, but not quite a re-volution.