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As the gaming press gathers on the West Coast for a week of preview events, the sequel to 2006 smash hit Gears of War was by far the biggest news to come out of Microsoft's Tuesday press conference. Gears 2 takes over the story six months after the close of the original Gears, as humanity faces a new and more deadly threat from its Locust enemies -- and features even more explicit violence than its notoriously bloody predecessor. Could Microsoft's newest action game have gone too far?
Gears of War was famously banned in Germany, after the country's ratings organization declined to issue the game an age certificate. Gears 2 covers much of the same ground, but adds in more realistic visuals, a deeper plot, and battles that concentrate more on mobility and dynamic combat than the original, which some decried as a prettier version of the old "whack-a-mole" parlor game.
Graphics and plot aren't just what raised eyebrows at the press event, though: instead, attendees caught a glimpse of one of the game's many melee kill moves. Whereas Gears 1 included an up-close attack that used a chainsaw blade on the lead character's main weapon to dismember a foe, Gears 2 adds a reverse attack that actually slices an enemy in half -- from the groin upwards. Elsewhere in the demo, presenter Cliff Bleszinski, the celebrated lead designer behind the Gears and Unreal series, showed off a new ability that let him use the corpse of a fallen enemy as a "meat shield", soaking up bullets while he returned fire around its head.
One thing's for sure, though: the Gears of War gameplay Xbox 360 owners know and love is alive and well, and although it's definitely kicked the violence up a notch, like its predecessor it's going to be a good fit for the "Mature" ESRB age category, which will bar its sale to youths under 16. Whether or not the German censors will take a different view on its violence this time round remains to be seen -- but we're not going to be betting on it.
Gears of War 2 is expected in November, just in time for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but we're expecting to see more of the game at this year's E3 trade festival in July.
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Eagerly awaiting this game!! I can't wait to use a corpse as a "meat shield". Although, i have a sinking feeling that there's going to be things cut from the game to make sure it gets at most a rating of M.

Hope that doesn't happen, would love to see/play the game in all it's glory!!
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showed off a new ability that let him use the corpse of a fallen enemy as a "meat shield", soaking up bullets while he returned fire around its head.
Real life soldiers do this when they have no better cover. Reality too much for some?
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I am going to say this, it is M for Mature. It is for mature audiences, if a 12 year old gets their hands on it the parents are at blame for not checking what the kid plays.
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Real life soldiers do this when they have no better cover. Reality too much for some?
Yeah it is like in GTA when people complain about being able to run over pedestrians.
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the more violence the better, keep it coming. Gears o' War rocks
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It's nice to live in an age and a place where we can make movies like Hostel and Saw which premiere right alongside the latest Pixar movie but can't get a game to the shelves without everyone and their mom's German Shepard lining up to raise issue with it.

It's called a ratings system. The game has been given a rating which pertains to the content found inside. If every retailer was as adament about carding people as Best Buy is around here (corporate HQ plus a bajillion stores), then the responsibility would lie on parents themselves; where it more or less lies anyway. It's called accountability here. When accountability works and we can make a game like GTA and Gears, that's called freedom of expression.
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So what? You can slice people in half in HL2 and people get obliterated in FEAR if you hit them with a shotgun or grenade in close proximity. If it's too violent then don't buy the game and quit yer whinin'.
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So what? You can slice people in half in HL2 and people get obliterated in FEAR if you hit them with a shotgun or grenade in close proximity. If it's too violent then don't buy the game and quit yer whinin'.
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M is theoretically equivalent to an R rating, so I don't think the game will have any problems getting an M in the USA. It's just Australia it's going to have problems in.
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