By Nathan Meunier
February 29, 2008 - It's now official: Gears of War 2 is on its way to the Xbox 360. After chain-sawing his way through the screen with a Lancer prop following the teaser trailer debut for Gears of War 2 at Microsoft's recent keynote at GDC 2008, Epic's lead designer Cliff Bleszinski confirmed a planned November 2008 release for the sequel and promised it will be, "…bigger, better, and far more badass than the first game in every way." The follow-up to Epic's critically acclaimed tactical third-person shooter will no doubt be a grand affair, but actual details on the game are nil at the moment. While the waiting game for hot info on the upcoming sequel begins, fans are already forming their wish lists. Here's our top-five list of things we like to see happen with Gears of War 2.
5. Gears of War 2 Port-to-PC:
As it now stands, Xbox 360 owners will have much to gloat over come November when they alone will possess the ability to fire up Gears of War 2 and dive headlong into new depths of Locust obliterating bliss. It was not a complete surprise at GDC 2008 when Epic announced the title will be an Xbox 360 exclusive. What a serious shame it would be for PC gamers to be cut out of the equation completely, especially after having the opportunity to whet their palate with the enhanced Gears of War port-to-PC.
The additional multiplayer features, extra campaign content woven into the main campaign, and a massive showdown with our good buddy Brumak is a great bonus for owners of the PC version of the game. Gears of War also lends itself well to mouse and keyboard controls, and the option to re-map the buttons is a handy feature. The initial trade-off of a few frame-rate inconsistencies and miscellaneous performance issues that have since been patched is a small price to pay for greatness.
If the decision is eventually made to move ahead with another PC port, it's not an announcement that will likely come anytime soon. Only time will tell whether Microsoft will stand firm on this point or eventually break under the weight of frothing masses of PC owners clamoring to get their hands on the sequel. One can only hope such a move is on the distant horizon, and that it will indeed include a bevy of extra features to spice up the deal. Keep your fingers crossed.
4. The Return of Brumak and Friends:
Let's face it: when it comes to Brumak, Xbox 360 owners got shafted. The massive hulking beast, strapped with rocket launchers and other devastating armaments, makes a mere cameo in the Xbox 360 version of Gears of War. Much of the extra campaign mode content for the PC version revolves around a series of ongoing encounters with the creepy brute as it stalks them throughout a lengthy stretch of the game. Of course, this culminates into an unforgettable boss battle with the beast. Talk about pouring salt in a wound. Epic would be remiss not to include Brumak (or multiple Brumaks) in Gears of War 2 to appease cranky Xbox 360 owners who missed out the first time around.