Gears of War 2 facts lined up

30 May 2008
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Pre-order the Gears of War 2 Limited Edition for Xbox 360Are you curious which of the avalanche of this month’s new Gears of War 2 info is true or false? Below you’ll find a list of all the Gears of War 2 facts that have been confirmed by developer Epic themselves. This includes details on matchmaking, larger battlefields, better AI and more.

You can check out pictures of a new action, weapon, mode, stage and characters in these scans.
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  • The Gears of War 2 facts list:

    * Battlefields will be much larger than in the previous installment.

    * There will, in fact, be chainsaw dueling in single player as well as multiplayer.

    * There is a new poison grenade, which will kill anybody it hits and slowly drain the health of anybody around it.

    * The “meat shield” is usable in both single player as well as multiplayer.

    * The cover system is no longer as clunky, and has been edited to further prevent people “sticking” to walls and such.

    * The story begins six months after the original ends. Introduces two new characters:

    * A new pistol called the “Gorgon Pistol” is available, firing a six-round burst much like the hammerburst from the original.

    * The hammerburst is now a semi-automatic gun.

    * There is now a larger difference in active-reloading from gun to gun.

    * Drop-in/drop-out co-op.

    * Blood trails will allow you to track your prey much more effectively in case they decide it’s time to run away.

    * A new war journal to keep track of your endeavors.

    * A much more emotionally evocative story that will be much deeper and more interesting than in Gears of War 1.

    * Difficulty settings modified. Casual is now much easier, while Insane is harder.

    * Weapon-specific melees. New kinds of executions.

    * At least two new species of Locust. At least one more chainsaw method. 5 vs. 5 online battles.

    * New online mode called “Wingman,” where it’s essentially a 2v2v2v2v2 game.

    * Gridlock is a multiplayer map.

    * The ability to have each player use their own difficulty setting in co-op mode.

    * Completely destructible environments.

    * Enhanced physics.

    * You can be damaged and killed whilst chainsawing.

    * Longer campaign.

    * More usage of vehicles in campaign.

    * A new “dynamic-conversation camera” used during cutscenes to give them a cinematic feel.

    * The addition of a flamethrower, dubbed “Scorcher.”

    * Assassination game-type renamed to “Guardian.”

    * Unlimited respawns until each team’s respective leader dies, at which points player cease respawning.

    * Matchmaking! New game-type dubbed “Meat Flag.”
    — Sort of like Capture-the-flag but the flag is a human player who stays in the center of the map.
    — Each team must down this player to be able to drag him back to their base.

    * Getting damaged slows you down. You can now choose which weapon to spawn with in multiplayer:
    — Lancer or Hammerburst.
    — Portable cover. These are big metal things that you can carry around and shove into the ground to act as make-shift cover.

    * You can only use your pistol while carrying one, and they can be destroyed by enemies that get too close.

    * Grenades can be manually stuck to anything, meaning you have to “tag” the object like you would a person in the original Gears.

    * Smoke grenades now stun enemies as well.

    * While waiting to respawn, you may fly around the map and take screenshots of the action which you can then share with your friends.

    * One confirmed new map: River. A symetrical map, each team gets a sniping building and some flat land, which is divided by a river.

    * One confirmed new map: Security. A long narrow map.

    * Power weapons guarded by laser-turrets that cannot be destroyed and will kill you if you attempt to get to the weapons.

    * These turrets can be turned off. New controls for downed enemies: X Button [Curb stomp] B Button [Melee] Y Button [Punch in a downed opponent’s face] A Button [Use enemy as meat-shield].

    Thanks to the fans at GOW2forums.

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