I am the thing that goes "win" in the night. 26 years old, married to a hot Hawaiian lady, and I sell stuff. I own my own business, but at night and on the weekends it's game time. My wife and I play Gears,Rock Band, and Guitar Hero together. Seperately we play Mass Effect, Condemned, EDF,Orange Box, Bioshock,etc. Systems I own include: 2 360s, Wii,PS2, Xbox, 2 DS's, and 2 PSP's. Not big on sharing my equipment, which is why have double everything...also, cocks.
After spending some time on Dante's Inferno in hellish mode (hard as hell for me), these words came to me. Hope you enjoy!
Got the golden gift but everything I touch turns from a stone setting into facial reconstruction
That can only be molded by the emulsion of blistered sleep walking
No souls just incandecent light bulbs who would like you to believe there is no higher order no higher
But I've seen through the puppets followed the strings
All the way up to the Gepetto who lost all faith and wants others to drown in his misery
Can't believe how many are still listening to these false prophets
Guard your heart or you will lose it
Don't speak from the seat of a saint far from it
I'll be welcomed at hell's gates but they won't realize I'm here to burn this motherfucker down
Will not go quitely into the darkness I'll hold my lantern high to light the way for other travelers on the path
Set myself on fire to become the beacon if needed
Be the last one leaving hell still breathing
Maybe when I finally unpack all of my music stuff, I'll put some sounds to it and share.
Let me preface this by saying that Gears of War 2 is an awesome game. Epic did many, many things right this time around. I love the new weapons, Horde, campaign, new characters, etc. But Jim, I think you took people bitching about the shotgun as the only complaint against the game, but that is not the case. I personally couldn't care less about the shotgun, as I rarely used it in my 2 years of faithful Gears 1 playtime. I was a lancer/pistol guy myself.
Anyway, my point is that there are some very valid complaints that seemed to go ignored in you article. The main complaint(for myself anyway) is matchmaking. Now, I fully agree with matchmaking for ranked games, as it helps even out team-stacking and supposedly host advantage. My complaint is the lack of options. I, and many others, would like a server list a la Gears 1 for non-ranked/public matches. Yes, I know Gears 2 has private matches, but there is no way to search for them and only your friends can join. I love playing with a team of friends against random people, not just people on my friends list. I also like to play mainly execution, as I do not care for warzone. But, with the current system, it is all a vote, and only for 2 options that the server chooses. Now, I know some people love the matchmaking, and that's awesome. But Epic should give those of us who do not require as much "hand-holding" a server list. Let us pick our options and search to see if anyone is hosting with those options. A forum poster over at the official Gears forums said it best:
"1. Cant decide game type.
2. Cant decide map.
3. Cant decide what side I want to be.
4. Cant decide the number of rounds.
5. Cant decide if I want to host or not.
6. Cant decide between ranked or unranked.
7. Cant decide what server I play on.
8. Cant decide server based on ping.
9. Cant decide bleed out time.
10. Cant even quit if I need to.
11. FFS I cant even stay and the end of a match if I want to."
Also, the chainsaw is a huge problem. And the only reason is because it does not lower when the person is hit. I have watched numerous times where a person will run across the map with his chainsaw revved and not miss a beat while walking through lancer fire, shotgun fire, pistol fire, and hell, even a whole clip of flamethrower fire. It really does need to have a damage stop for the thing.
I will agree again about the shotgun. But, only to an extent. Yes, it was severely overpowered/inconsistent in Gears 1. But, that's no reason to make it damn near useless. "Useless" may sound extreme, but I've seen numerous youtube videos of offline play where point-blank aimed shotgun shots do nothing. Much less what I've seen with my own eyes. And, as a personal opinon, but definitely not a request, I feel the active-down sniper should have remained the same. Only because of the ability to crawl away would now cancel out any active-whore sniping techniques from the first Gears. I personally felt that making the sniper down someone was what made it a power weapon. But, again, that's just a personal pet-peeve, not really anything that needs to be addressed like what was mentioned above. I only ask that you don't lump the legitimate complaints in with the "OMG I can't HOST shotgun no morez" complaints. Thanks for your time.