There's no denying that Gears of War 2 will be the standout Xbox 360 exclusive this Fall when it releases on November 7, but is it just a game? Or is it more?
Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski believes that Gears of War 2 is "no longer a game: it’s a platform."
What does he mean by this?
Simply put, Cliff feels that the game is so huge and offers so much gameplay that it'll be something that gamers will "play for months, if not years, to come.” In addition to the 2-player co-op campaign, Gears 2 will feature a co-op "Horde" mode as well as several new adversarial modes.
Check out our hands-on impressions from PAX here as well as some fan impressions in the following video:
Gears of War 2 Gamer Impressions
This isn't really any different from the way we look at Halo 3 or something like LittleBigPlanet, but the key difference here seems to be user-generated content. Halo 3 and LittleBigPlanet allow users to build upon the original gameplay and levels with their own creations.
Unless Epic is holding something back about Gears of War 2, we're pretty sure the game won't have any content creation tools. It's a great game that we'll be playing for a very long time, but we aren't ready to call it a platform.