GameOver: "When the Locust emerged from the ground on November 12th, 2006 to ravage the surface of the planet Sera, so too did Gears of War emerge as a mega franchise for the Xbox 360. Less than two years later, we're already being treated to a sequel. When Gears of War 2 was announced, Epic Games lead designer Cliff Bleszinski proclaimed it would be 'bigger, better, more badass.' Now that the wait is over, does Gears of War 2 live up to that billing or does it sink under the weight of hefty expectations?
Gears of War 2 picks up six months after Gears of War, opening with a cinematic that doubles as a 'previously on Gears of War' segment and a rally cry for the Locust. Voiced over by the Locust Queen, she proclaims that not only have the Locust endured the detonation of the Lightmass Bomb, but they've prospered and are renewed in their efforts to eradicate the human race. The Locust is in possession of a super weapon capable of sinking whole cities, and mankind is down to its last refuges."