The original Gears of War was absolutely great in my book. Sure the story wasn't very classy, but the gritty graphics and addictive gameplay really made that game in my opinion. And good news for Gears fans: Gears of War 2 keeps the great things about the original Gears.
Unfortunately, the sequel also keeps the crude story of the original, at least from what I've played. At the beginning of the game, you find out that the lightmass bomb didn't work. That's right, that damn thing you spent hours laboring to send into the heart of the locusts didn't do anything to them. In fact, they are stronger than ever and are pressing on humanities doorstep. The whole premise of humanity uniting to make a last stand is interesting, but the individual characters, particularly Marcus Fenix, are too crude for the game to send a message. Dom's love interest, Maria, could be interesting later in the game, but right now, it's uninteresting.