Posted on November 12, 2008,

Gears of War 2 Map Comparisons Video

Anyone who’s bought a new copy of Gears of War 2 was lucky enough to receive a code that unlocks five maps from the original Gears of War‘s multiplayer mode. Epic did more than simply copy and paste them into the game; they’ve redone any number of aspects of the levels including the color palette and various parts of the environment, like changing Canals’ water to ice.

As the video above demonstrates, the theme in Gears 2 — so far as multiplayer level design goes — seems to be clarity (and possibly better weather). The rain from several of the levels has cleared up and it’s now much easier to both navigate and find enemies in these redone levels.

Aside from that, don’t expect the levels to play much differently. The overall geometry is largely the same, so chances are that most viable strategies for these maps in the first Gears is still going to work here. It’s surprising how Epic managed to find a middle ground between completely remaking these levels and porting exact copies. Regardless, the lovers and haters will no doubt be swarming in flocks to tell us how awesome/broken/worse/better these versions are. There’s never any pleasing everyone, but do let us know what you think of the remakes and if Epic did too little or too much.

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5 Comments on Gears of War 2 Map Comparisons Video


On November 12, 2008 at 6:53 pm

is it just me or does the GOW maps look cleaner, clearer, and more visible then the GOW2 maps? the GOW 2 maps.. according to that video.. just look really bland and grainy to me.


On November 12, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Agreed. The GoW2 maps look bland and rather unimpressive compared to GoW… and getting rid of the rain and weather effects (and the water effects in the canal) are definite mood-killers.

This is a shame; I *LOVED* GoW and was really looking forward to playing GoW2 (which is sitting downstairs right now waiting for me to have time to play it).


On November 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm



On November 13, 2008 at 3:08 am

What gives? Gears 1 looks better.

plz die

On November 13, 2008 at 5:26 am

First everything was cold blue… Now everything is dirty green :)