Anyone who's played to the end of Gears 2 knows damn well that they have another one planned already. The "story" doesn't resolve anything at all and ends with what I suppose would be a cliffhanger if the game was written by someone capable.THIS.
It's a fun game, it has some really shitty spots, but the writing and dialog is almost physically painful to sit through.
I can't believe what a let-down the campaign was. All that hype about the more character-oriented plot and nothing of the sort happens. Maybe the usual XBox demographic was shocked and awed at Dom shooting his wife (and believe me, this doesn't even deserve spoiler tags, it's done so badly,) but I've seen better character development written in fanfiction.
In point of fact, Gears 2 feels a lot like
fanfiction. The plot isn't even on the Road to Nowhere, it's just broken down on the shoulder of it. The entire game spends its time setting up interesting things and making you go "ooo, this looks like it's leading up to a huge twist!" or at the very least "Hmmm, this seems like it's foreshadowing something later," and then summarily drops everything long before the next chapter even starts, never to mention it again before a new, even more outrageous tease is proposed and then again dropped.
The supposed character focus is a joke and consists mostly of a few offhand scenes and lines of dialog, none of which is executed believably or even directed well from a cinematic standpoint. It's like it was all shoehorned in after the fact. Story progression is an absolute mess, and you don't even have to think very hard to start feeling like the things people are doing make no sense at all. The stupidity of where the plot goes from one point to the next is, in itself, enough to kill suspension of disbelief. It hurts to think someone got paid to write this.
Sorry, CliffyB, I gave Gears 2 a shot, and my conclusion is, quite simply, "You ruined it." The plot is silly, the character derailment is massive, and for all your epic burns against the competition, you really just pulled a Halo 3.
NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES THEY'RE IN MY EYES