What you will get when you buy this game (and this limited edition version) is a solid story driven and graphically eye watering experience. The case is cardboard that slips over a 'metal' case that contains the game disk and a dvd - this is the making of the game and contains spoilers and developer interviews. There is also a small book the same size as the game case - this is high quality and you'll be wanting to keep it finger print clear! (It's that nice!) There is also a code to download a gold plated lancer (it does nothing special - it's just a gold version of the normal gun) and multiplayer maps from Gears of War 1 - these have been polished up to match the quality of the new game. As with all Collector Editions this is only worth the extra money if you like these kinda things (and I do!)
To give this game any less than 5 stars is like slapping Epic's mum in the face. How do they get it to look so good on a 360?! The story is truly epic and there was so much to see and do I took ages to get through it as I kept wondering about and shooting up the pretty landscapes.
One reviewer here says that multi-player isn't as good as Gears of War 1 -- but I would have to disagree with him (although everyone is allowed an opinion) - Gears of War 2 multiplayer has new elements that stop some of the silly 'easy kills' that were present in the first game. For more info just check a review on any game site on the web.
Overall you couldn't ask much more from a game - it isn't as fast paced as Halo or Call of Duty, but it doesn't need to be- It's Gear of War and it has a weighty feel all of it's own with weapons and that really feel like they pack a punch. Right - when's Gears 3 then?!