Parents' Guide to

Gears of War 2

By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gory yet well-done shooter meant for adults only.

Game Xbox 360 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 16+

A good game

it is a really good shooter game that add a lot to the series storyline, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a shooting game
age 4+

am pro

this game is not bad. i played it on my dads xbox 360 console. and i was such a pro in the game. i may be young but i can handle gore and stuff

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (91 ):

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: November 6, 2008
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
  • Last updated: February 4, 2020

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