If you’ve been following the recent plethora of games being released, you probably would have lost count along the way. I’ve been very busy of late trying to get through just a few of them and most recently Gears of War 2 (hence the picture). I still have Fable II to finish and Dead Space and Fallout 3 to start. Wrath of the Lich King and COD: World at War are up for release this week (I believe), so I’m definately going to be busy. But let’s talk about Gears of War 2 for the moment.
Gears of War 2 starts off alot faster than the original. Alot more story and overall plot is put forward very early on and it feels as if they shoved this in early as they knew that they should have really included this sort of back story in the original. Just playing the beginning of this one actually shows how shallow the first one; plot wise anyway, really was. The first level is sandwiched between two rather long cutscenes but works as a very nice way of setting the scene and getting you familiar with the controls again. If you choose to do the tutorial you will also see how powerful the frag nades are now.
The second level that has you ride into an old town on a massive vehicle is somewhat disapointing. However, the game picks up pace once it’s over and you’re back on foot. Alot of new weapons and enemies have been introduced in this game and it helps to keep things feeling different. Every fight could potentially be made up of different enemy combinations making most fights feel fresh. There’s also a constant but steady introduction of new enemies along the way and it’s not until towards the end of Chapter 4 that you really feel you’ve met them all. A very fun game indeed, and that’s just the single player. I have yet to fully play about with the Horde mode or even touch multiplayer.
In other gaming news, a re-release of Banjo Kazooie is scheduled for release on the Xbox Live Marketplace on the 27th of November! The graphics have been upgraded and a set of achievements have also been put in. It will cost 1200 points (about £10) or will be free with an earlier release if you buy Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. It’s also speculated that Banjo Tooie will be rereleased in 2009. From someone that absolutely loved Banjo Kazooie from 10 years ago (yes, it really was released in 1998, only seems like yesterday), this is going to be an awesome oppurtunity to replay it. I was tempted not too long ago to get my N64 down from the loft and get hold of a copy of BK, but rumours of a rerelease stopped me. If you didn’t play BK the first time round, I definately recommend getting it. The characters, overall story and humour are just charming.
So yes, I’m going to be very happy on the 27th :D.