Variety's Ben Fritz writes:
"It was right around the 10th time I screamed "I f*cking hate Franklin!" into my headset that I realized "Gears of War 2's" "submission" is my favorite online multi-player mode ever. It's capture-the-flag, except the flag is a guy, with a gun, powered by awesome artificial intelligence. Franklin was the name of our flag the first time I played "submission" and I got so goddamned mad every time I had an opening to grab him, but he shot me dead. But I kept coming back for more, and more. Franklin was my white wale."