ExtremeGamer: "The subterranean menace has crawled back to surface one more time as the Gears of War ads another cog to its war machine. Gears of War 2 is a darker and larger experience then the first game which will please all the gamers looking for a "bigger and better" version of the original. Gears of War 2 showcases what the shooter genre is all about and it seems when the Chief takes a year off, Marcus Fenix comes in to push the sales and keep the 360 on the top of the food chain. Microsoft has found a winner in exclusively signing Gears of War to their entourage. Gears of War 2 opens its own emergence hole that we are more than happy to jump down. If you are a fan of action games, or the original Gears of War, Gears of War 2 is a must have this holiday season."