Played this for the 1st time yesterday. Was only on it for 3 hrs, but so far so good! There are some new additions to the game as some of you will already know, & my favorite is the new ways you can take the locust out. Once your enemy is downed you can either punch them to death (which I personally enjoy the most) use them as a shield while going crazy with your pistol or just do the usual curb stomp. Also when you're downed you can crawl to a team mate so you can be revived or just button bash the A button (& I mean button bash!)
There's also some new enemies added to this game, some of which I find extremely annoying (Try playing on Insane & see what damage the Tickers cause)
The graphics, in my opinion, are better than the 1st Gears but I wouldn't say "by far" & I've got a Samsung plasma HD TV (by the way if you don't have a HD TV you're missing out) with HDMI cable etc set up.
I loved the 1st Gears of War & this one, so far, is a lot better.
Graphics - 8.5/10,
Game play - 10/10,
Sound - 9/10,
A definite, & 1st, 5 stars from me!