Gears of War 2 manages to be everything that the sequel to an intense, violent shooter should be. The single player might be short, but it offers such a great, huge experience from start to finish that a second playthrough upon completion is likely. Add on a great online multiplayer portion and one heck of a mode in Horde and you've got yourself a damn nice package. Rest assured this is not Gears of War 1.5; this is a game that gives even the top titles released this year a run for their money. Be ready for a second round of frantic bone crushing and blood inducement.