May 20

Gears of War 2: The Most Violent Game Ever

With the success of Microsoft’s Gears of War in 2006, the sequel to the smash hit game was introduced during the company’s press conference held on May 13, 2008. Gears 2 takes over the story six months after the end of the original Gears. This time, humanity faces a new threat from Locust enemies. The first game had been known for its bloody action sequences. This time, those who were allowed to view a preview of the upcoming sequel felt that Microsoft may have gone too far in terms of explicit violence.

Gears of War was banned from Germany when it was launched in 2006 after the country’s rating agency refused to issue an age certificate for the game. Gears 2 is features the same orientation but visuals are more realistic with a deeper plot. Battles focus more on mobility and dynamic combat. However, what raised eyebrows during the press event was the game’s melee kill moves. Gears 1 shows a close-up attack with a chainsaw blade to dismember a foe. In Gears 2, a reverse attack was added which slices the enemy in half from the groin upwards. Another scene showed the lead character using a corpse of an enemy as a “meat shield” that soaked bullets while he returned fire around its head.

Regardless of the controversy, Xbox 360 owners are looking forward to the sequel of their favorite game and expect that it will still hold a “Mature” ESRB age category which prevents sale of the game to kids below 16. Gears of War 2 is expected for release in November to coincide with the gift-giving season.

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