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More than just a standard 360 console, this Gears of War 2 specimen on eBay “can only be acquired by sweepstakes and prize winners at special Gears of War 2 events,” according to the seller. Unfortunately, you’ll have to shell out more than $860 for it. Auction page. Click here for first picture in gallery.

I will include the letter in the pictures as proof that this is a legitimate sweepstakes prize from Microsoft. This is one of 20 of these Unique 360’s in existence according to Cliff Blezinski – the lead designer for the game.

[via eBay]

In Gears of War 2, getting hit in combat is bad enough, but when the wall you hide behind doesn’t even protect your character from damage, that’s just downright glitchy. Video after the break.

Gears of War 2, for all its single-player improvements, has multiplayer problems. That patches don’t seem to fix. But those are the least of the game’s problems.

[via Kotaku]

That’s right, these leaked Gears of War 2 screenshots “appears to contain copious amounts of Imulsion and could be en route as DLC.” No word yet on availability. Click here for first picture in gallery.

Although we’d love to speculate on what the “environmental effect” (a la Avalanche or Hail) could be in this Imulsion level, we’d first like to make sure it’s real.

[via Joystiq]

Yes, there’s actually an in-game Gears of War 2 arcade, complete with “a lot of throwback games referencing 1980s – 1990s coin-op fare.” Click here for first picture in gallery.

Players who have wandered around spilling blood on the Day One mutliplayer map in Gears of War 2 might have noticed the retro “Playland” arcade in one of the corners, but have any of them checked out the amount of detail that’s in there?

[via Joystiq]

Held at the Universal Citywalk GameStop, the Gears of War 2 party was quite the success. It was hosted by Major Nelson and “throughout the night he pulled people out of the crowd and up onto the stage to play multiplayer Gears 2 with the kiosks set up inside the store.” Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.

The first round of players included all of the voice talent from the game, everyone from Anya to Baird was there, and of course Marcus Fenix and the Cole Train as well. John DiMaggio, who provides the voice of Marcus as well as Bender, was late to the party.

[via Joystiq]

For $549.99, you could purchase your very own Gears of War 2 Locust Drone head, which weighs in at 20-pounds. Unfortunately, it’s not wearable. Click here for first picture in gallery.

Whether you’re looking to get a little more pizazz out of your wig stands, we’re certain you can find a spot in your house for this charming and oversized Locust Drone bust.

[via JoystiqProjecttriforce]

At $279.99, Microsoft’s 120GB Gears of War 2 Zune features “the full Gears of War 1 soundtrack, nine Gears of War videos (trailers and such), and 244 images such as concept art and photos of people who worked on the game.” Product page. Video of Xbox 360 integration after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.

If you’re a Gears fan that’s on the fence about buying a Zune, this is a pretty viable option considering all the GoW extras you get. $279 gets you the 120GB version (which will be outdated in two years when Gears of War 3 debuts).

[via GizmodoAmazon]

Gears of War 2 Review

Early reviewers report that Gears of War 2 has “non-stop action, fresh gameplay, varied environments, an engrossing storyline, multiplayer that will have people busy for years to come.” Continue reading to watch the Gears of War 2 review. Click here for first picture in gallery.

It has its flaws when it comes to the technical side of multiplayer and the last act of the campaign and the voice acting might turn some off.

[via IGN]