Split-Screen writes: "The hype has died down. The critics have answered. Copies sold have numbered in the millions. Has Gears of War 2 lived up to the expectations of its fans? Not an easy question to answer. After all, for every moment of the original Gears faithfully carried over, the needling feeling of some thing more creeps in. For every successful Horde match completed, there are Matchmaking sessions so painful they could give reality TV producers new ideas.
"Yes, we liked it. However, if Epic wants Gears of War 3 to be remembered for the blockbuster finale of finales, which justifies its publicity as well; it would do well to heed the following."