Gears of War 2

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Gory yet well-done shooter meant for adults only.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 90 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

You assume the role of a futuristic soldier who fights horrible alien creatures using all sorts of weapons.


The game is both brutal and gory. Players use assault rifles, flamethrowers, and other weapons to kill enemies. Often, opponents' heads and/or bodies are blown to bits, with chunks of flesh flying through the landscape. Blood will splatter onto walls as well as on the television screen. The more brutal attacks occur through melee strike. Players can use a chainsaw attached to one rifle to hack enemies apart. There is also an array of execution moves ranging from curb stomps to smashing heads with the butt of your gun.


The f-word and s--t are used regularly. You may also encounter additional cursing when playing the game online.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a bloody, violent shooter. Players use a standard array of weapons from assault rifles to shotguns and grenades. Bodies are blown to bits, with flesh flying across the screen. On head shots, you'll sometimes see heads blown apart. Melee kills are particularly brutal. One rifle includes a chainsaw bayonet players can use to rip bodies to shreds, while blood splatters on the screen. This is definitely a game meant for players 18 and older. The game is also playable online.

User Reviews

Parent Written byStomp a Waffle January 28, 2010

10+. Language and Gore can be turned off.

A very fun, but violent game. The Language and Gore can be turned off so that is a plus for concerned parents. In this game you are battling subhuman monsters,... Continue reading
Adult Written by#1 dad May 30, 2012

Not as bad as you think

I know in the discription of the game it say's it's very gory and lost of language BUT DON'T WORRY YOU CAN TURN IT OFF. And I have sat down with... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 8, 2011

The Filters

The game is super bloody and gory and the swear not as much as you might think.When you put the filter on for swearing you hear radio static.And when you filter... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byxboxteenwatcher July 16, 2012

gears and gears 2

I have the first game and it has brutal violence and language. F and d and others too. So the game is good so this one should be to. Enjoy!!

What's it about?

Space marine Marcus Fenix is back in the highly-anticipated sequel GEARS OF WAR 2, a gory yet gratifying action shooter. The Xbox 360's latest superstar picks up where the original Gears of War left off: with an explosion that seemingly eradicated the evil alien race known as the Locust. Instead, the Locust have gone underground, rebuilding their forces and growing stronger. Their latest scheme involves sinking cities in the land of Sera, and it's up to Fenix and his Delta Squad to thwart their efforts.

For those new to the franchise, this is an action shooter where cover plays a critical role. Players must strategically pop in and out of cover as they mow down enemy Locusts. Leaving yourself in the open often results in defeat, as enemies prove to be relentless. Players have a bevy of weapons to choose from, including an assault rifle with chainsaw attached, shotguns, sniper rifles and flamethrowers. The entrenched firefights are very bloody, and often result in bodies being blown to bits. Players can opt to move the action online by participating in the game's myriad of multiplayer modes.

Is it any good?

Instead of drastically altering the mechanics, developer use Gears of War 2 to make smart refinements. Players now use human shields, allowing them to move more freely while holding a wounded enemy in front of them as cover. Players can also carry out new execution moves near opponents. They vary from curb stomping an enemy to slamming an enemy's head with the butt of your gun. Overall, the game exhibits a high level of polish. Landscapes are vast, with intricate details along mountain facades and other objects.

The battles are as intense as ever. Locusts range in all sizes, from speedy Tickers to Brumaks the size of buildings. New weapons freshen up the combat and are satisfying to use, especially the flamethrower and Mulcher, a powerful machine gun. Multiplayer mode has been tweaked as well. Players can now be matched based on skill, and can group with friends. The online highlight, however, is Horde Mode. Players can join four others online to fight off endless waves of Locust. As you defeat one wave, another appears that's bigger and tougher. It serves as a fantastic extension of the game's co-operative component.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the intense, gory violence of the game. Do you think that it's necessary to make the game an enjoyable experience?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: November 6, 2008
  • Genre: Third-person shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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