When people think of the Xbox 360 they think of one of two franchises: Gears of War or Halo. For each respective series it gets no better than Halo 3 and Gears of War 2. The two franchises, while different in their finer points, are the best possible representatives for what the action genre can produce on Xbox 360.
They both present strong, though admittedly cheesy, main characters with grandiose storylines wrapped around an even larger central conflict. In addition to main campaigns that each present varied gameplay with stylish cooperative components, both Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 contain some of the most forward-thinking feature sets you'll find in the gaming industry. Each also has its own legion of diehard fans and strong developer support to keep them all happy with constant content updates and specialized website integration.
With so many parallels between the two titans of the Xbox 360, it seems only fitting that IGN pits what are arguably two of the best videogame series of this generation against one another. Our six categories for consideration are: Graphics, Sound, Story, Gameplay, Feature Set, and Multiplayer. From that either Halo 3 or Gears of War 2 will emerge as the king of the shooter genre.