WOW!!! I mean it. WOW!!! This game is so freaking beautiful, and I was blown away back when I played the first Gears of War on the Xbox 360. I thought, "this game is gorgeous. Look at these graphics. This is sex in a box." And now,,,well, it gets even better. This game is even prettier than the 360 by a long shot. And not just some simple up-res either. There are SO many added animations in the cutscenes, it is crazy. Every cutscene so far has added in animations and scenes, and they are noticeable if you are a fan of the series. It's a great homage to this game.
They did it right this time. As Magma and I are playing through the campaign together, he is Dom. Because the achievement has been "play as Dom through the entire co-op campaign". Well now you just need to have someone play as Dom and you BOTH get the achievements. That's a pretty sweet deal.
They updated more than just the graphics. While we have only done co-op campaign together, I have noticed that there are 10 slots to invite your friends into the game. That means the multiplayer here is 5v5 like Gears 2 & 3, not just 4v4 like the original Gears. That's awesome that we can get more dads in to play together. I also don't know if they have bots that you can sub in, but I'm thinking they probably do since the mp seems to be like Gears 2 & 3.
COG tags are more than just a collectible. The COG tags actually unlock the Gears of War comic books for you to read. This is awesome. Especially since Magma and I have no problem remembering where all the old COG tags are. Like I told Magma though, Gears was my first love fest. I played Gears before I was connected to LIVE and I must have beat the campaign 10 times or more. I just played it over and over because I loved the game so much, and I couldn't really do anything else. So I have the COG tags down. You can get up to 5 comic books unlocked. You have to find all the COG tags in an act to get a comic book unlocked, and Gears of War has 5 acts.
So that is my first impressions. Like I said, we just played the first act and took down the Beserker ('My Love for you is like a Truck' achievement unlocked and singing the Beserker song commenced). We had a blast. This game holds up very well. I haven't been around the internet to see what others are saying, but as a Gears fanboy, I am loving every minute of this. I can not wait to play again tonight. I can't wait to take down General Raam. And I can't wait to play some mp with my fellow dads.