Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection

It may not be Gears of War 3, but Epic's Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection offers up more than enough bang for any Lancer-toting fan's buck.

Microsoft Game Studios Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection
  • Microsoft Game Studios Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection
  • Microsoft Game Studios Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection
  • Microsoft Game Studios Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Gorgeous new multiplayer maps, plenty of content for the price.

Cons

  • Deleted scene is too short and doesn't offer much new material.

Bottom Line

Overall, the All Fronts Collection is well researched and worth your time and money. The deleted scene isn't anything to write home about, but seeing Marcus creep around in Locust gear definitely brings the experience full circle. With 19 multiplayer maps, GoW2 just got that much better online. Beware: You'll be craving Gears of War 3 more than ever, but this should tide you over for a bit. Now if they could just fix the glitching and lag we've dealt with for so long...

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 99.95 (AUD)

Multiplayer Round-Up

The new multiplayer maps, part of the Dark Corners package, throw all different scenarios your way - making it beneficial to be versatile with every weapon on various terrain. Teamwork is more vital than ever, too.

Allfather's Garden sets you in a landmark filled with unique symbols, memorials and calm water fountains from the founders of the COG organization. Power weapons lace the maze of trails the locusts are desperately attempting to conquer.

Highway is filled with hand-crafted stone lit up by flicking torches. Locust skin blends right into the walls and the vibration of fast-moving vehicles from the highway makes every second more intimidating. Getting to higher ground and staying hidden could be your best bet.

Memorial introduces you to the Tomb of Unknowns, honoring the soldiers who fought the Locust horde for freedom. The map revolves around the Boomshot -- obtain it first and run amuck ... or else.

Nowhere, a former motel area in an unforgiving desert is based around the high-rise platform in the middle of the map and comes equipped with a deadly mulcher. Teams will strategise to take over this tower. Sniper rifles up your chances of picking off enemies' heads while approaching from their spawn points. It's a small map with blowing sand that makes visibility quite limited at times.

Sanctuary has been destroyed by the Locust wrath. Formerly a peaceful area for reflection, the map is filled with dead plants, shattered rock and mangled tombstones. Winding paths and towers for taking cover will help flanking opportunities.

War Machine is a Gears of War original map revolving around the turret that sits atop the action. The map is darker and much eerier now as the moon peers in from outside. It will forever be a classic.

Way Station looks like an expansion of the Ruins map with similar walls and lighting. Platforms. The map's leveling is unique and fun, providing coves to hide in as well. Keep your head on a swivel or the closest you'll get to the action is with your ghost cam.

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