Gears of War 2 sports several improvements in visuals, sound, gameplay and even weaponry compared to the original. Don’t take my word for it, check out Gametrailers.com’s Gears of War 2 vs Gears of War Graphics Comparison (age verification required).
GOW2’s improvements heighten the game’s ambiance, the game’s “you are really there” feeling you get from being immersed in a video game (as much as you can anyway). The four burst shot Gorgon Pistol is an awesome pistol, almost as useful as the Lancer (automatic) Assault Rifle or the Locust’s Hammerburst Assault Rifle. Actually, the Gorgon Pistol is better than the assault rifles for some enemies, but I’ll let you figure that out.
The sound is better – whether it be the weapons or the environmental sounds. Falling rain and cracking thunder really come through very crisp and clean, powerful and “bassy”, and that’s with headsets!
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