Saturday, October 4, 2008

Gears of War 2: Horde Mode

I got the chance to experience Gears of War 2 at E for All 2008 on Friday.

The only thing that I was able to play was the new game type, Horde Mode. Basically in Horde Mode, there's waves of enemies that you must kill at all costs. Obviously wave 1 is the easiest(like 6 enemies), but it eventually gets tough(REALLY tough). What's cool though is the fact that the same enemies aren't always there. As you continue to complete each wave, different and much stronger enemies start appearing out of the wood works. You can play Horde Mode over Xbox Live with up to 8 players(I believe that's the number, but not positive).

Another cool thing about Horde Mode: When you die, it's not game over. You can watch your other team mates via the "Ghost Camera" take down each and every enemy in the current wave. If they're successful, you live to fight another day. But if they fail, then it IS game over. You can either start from that current wave(although everything remains the same, you'll have to find weapons and more ammo) or you can select to start over from the beginning.

Much like the singleplayer and multiplayer from Gears of War, you can revive your team mates as they fall, but make sure you're near by because there is a timer(I'd say you have about 20 seconds to revive them) or they die and have to wait until the wave is complete or fails.

I would have taken a screenshot or video of the game in action(or of the booth), but camera/video use is restricted. I'll try again today, just not positive I'll be able to.

Anyways.. Gears of War 2 is definitely shaping up to be one hell of a game(Game of the Year worthy for sure). The game is set to be released on Nov. 7, 2008. I pre-ordered my copy.. have you?

Update: Correction... asked yesterday about how many can play in Horde Mode over Xbox Live and the person who works at the booth said 5. Other modes will be up to 8 players.

Gears of War 2 - Horde Mode: Interview with Cliffy B

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