To celebrate the announcement of the Gears of War 3 Beta, here at Esperino we decided to flashback and take a look at the Gears of War 2 Limited Edition.
Gear of War 2 was developed by Epic Games with Cliff Bleszinski (cliffyb) as the game’s Lead Designer. Marcus Fenix returns to lead Delta Squad as he battles against the Locust swarm once more.
Freshly injected gameplay elements and new multi-player modes gave Gears of War 2 solid improvements over its predecessor seeing it achieve sales of more than 4 million copies in the first 2 months.
The follow-up sequel to the highly successful Gears of War franchise deserves a Limited Edition that’ll rock your socks off. Catering to both gamers and collectors, the Gears of War 2 Limited Edition delivers something for everyone.
The whole package is housed in a gloss coated outer sleeve with embossed front cover art. Once you slide the sleeve off you’ll find a hard cardboard box with a Steelbook and Artbook tucked away inside.
Weapons from Gears of War 2 are featured on either side of the hard cardboard box and Steelbook. Inside the Steelbook is the Game Disc, Manual, Bonus Disc and Exclusive XBOX Live code to unlock the Gold-Plated Lancer Assault Rifle and the Flashback Map Pack for online play.
The Bonus Disc comes with an exclusive making-of-the-game video, commentary by Epic Games, Design Galleries with artwork as well as promotional videos including the E3 2008 trailer titled “Rendezvous“.
The Artbook titled “Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2” is a hardbound book with 48 pages of exclusive concept art, character profiles and foreword from Design Director Cliff Bleszinski (cliffyb).
Upon opening the Artbook you’ll find a collectible keepsake photo of Dominic and Maria. I found the group photo of the staff from Epic Games on the last page a nice touch.
Gears of War 2 Limited Edition is packed with loads of exclusive extras that make it well worth the money. I applaud Epic Games for keeping the Gold-Plated Lancer Assault Rifle exclusive to the Limited Edition for so many years making it one of the most highly sought after in-game items in Gears of War 2.
For fans of the series this Limited Edition is a must. Copies can still be found from time to time however finding a sealed copy is becoming increasingly harder nowadays. One drawback of the package is the outer paper sleeve is prone to wear if not taken care of properly.
No doubt Epic Games will top themselves with Gears of War 3 Epic Edition.
Contents: Game Disc, Bonus Disc, Steelbook DVD Case, Hard Cardboard Housing, Paper Outer Sleeve, “Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2” 48-Page Hardbound Artbook, Exclusive Download Code for Gold-Plated Lancer Assualt Rifle and Flashback Map Pack, Dominic and Maria Keepsake Photo.
- Developer: Epic Games
- Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
- Platform: Microsoft XBOX360
- Genre(s): Third-Person Shooter
- Release Date(s): (AUS) November 12 2008, (NA) November 12 2008, (UK) November 12 2008
- Release Price: $119.95 AUD