Or at least the multiplayer isn't. Man, talk about completely ruining a fun experience. The only rebuttal for the changes are 'it was to make it more of a tactical-cover game'. Huh? Wait...Gears of War. Tactical? It IS a run/gun game, so why not have it play like one? What nerds are playing a game that you turn people to taco meat with a couple shots with high powered guns wanted more tactical gameplay? Seriously... If you want a tactical, boring, stay on one side of the map in a pack of 4 and shoot across while covered...Gears of War was never a game you should have purchased. The gameplay isn't the worst of it though. The matchmaking is the worst. It's like they made a gears of war skin for halo matchmaking. It searches for teams in dead silence, and only takes about 5 minutes before you get a room full of people to play. I used to rush to the kitchen and get a snack before the match would start. But now? Now I've got time to cook a freaking lasagna, bake a potato, or make thanksgiving dinner. But it gets worse. Once you finally get a group to play with...they then vote on the match type. I mean, why would you want to decide for yourself which game type you want to play? Instead, after waiting 2 months you now have to play some completely homosexual game like 'submission' (submission is never exciting. Not in fighting. Not in gaming. Not anywhere.) Because instead of just killing a team of 5...being the last man standing and winning it all for my team...I'd rather run around carrying some hostage to a designated area fending off the opposing team with a pistol. And if you don't get Submission, you'll get King of the Hill! Or Annex! Or Capture the Flag! What's the difference? Who knows! But at least you got a choice, right? Look- Halo 3 sucked. It felt extremely cheap. Bullets didn't feel like they did any damage, but you or the opposing player would eventually fall over like you fainted. Not fun. Well, gears apparently cared more about getting that lame crowd in to their game. Hooray. It's like the NFL changing their style to suit golf fans. Instead of all that hard hitting stuff- let's get the crowd quiet and see if Peyton Manning can complete this pass for par. I wondered why my friends list wasn't flooded with GOW2 players as it was with GOW1. I now know. So for anyone that really cared about the multiplayer, and was looking forward to this piece of crap- stick with Call of Duty or something. At least it doesn't lag, and you don't usually get knifed while unloading a clip in to someone's face. F. U. EPIC. p.s. - for what it's worth: The campaign mode is actually improved, and is great. Heaven forbid they improve both sides of the game. Had to mess it up somehow.