I had pretty high hopes on this game since i owned the first gears of war (and still do) and i really enjoyed it. This takes that and makes it just... Better. I thought the storyline was really good, the gameplay is just the same but with a few touches that make it more fun like sticking locust with grenades and some of the executions are fun to use. All the characters are back.... Yes don't worry Cole is still with us and he's just as awesome as ever creating some of the funniest things i've seen in a game. I don't quite know where the beserkers got to but they irritated me anyway so that's not enough to ruin the game for me. Weapons are much the same, multiplayer i think is really good on this Game and i didn't really like it on the first so a good improvement. Although i have to admit this game is not for everyone since at times it can be quite tactical, especially on insane but i say give it a try and fans of the original GOW, just go and buy it now because this is the best game i own on the XBOX 360.