Sarcasticgamer.com asks, "Are any of the complaints about Gears 2 valid?"
From the article: "The shotgun's damage dealing capacity has been noticeably reduced, but I don't think that it's necessarily a bad thing. The shotgun dominated Gears 1 and could easily win against any close range weapon, rendering a lot of the pickups useless. It also completely got rid of the game's tactical element, since there was no need to take cover, when a few blasts from your shotty could dispatch any foe. The new shotgun remedies this, and pretty much forces weapon pickups and tactical play. Well, at least it would if…"