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Gears of War 2

(Xbox 360)
2008 will see the return of Marcus Fenix and the Delta Squad - Microsoft have told us so. They've even released a single piece of artwork as a sign of good faith!

The sequel to one of the biggest Xbox 360 titles of all (4.5 million people can't be wrong... unless we're talking about HD-DVD customers), Gears of War 2 will no doubt add a massive amount of content to the compelling Gears story. Already we've heard that it will be set six months after the original Gears, in a world where the Locust Horde have managed to survive the Lightmass Bomb and dig deep sinkholes under human establishments.

Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago will lead a new Delta Squad to attempt to eradicate the Locust vermin once and for all, and you'll get to immerse yourself in their world through the slick Unreal Engine 3, which has also been called up from the original, and tweaked to within an inch of its life.

Lead designer Cliff Bleszinski unveiled Gears of War 2 at the Game Developer's Conference in February. A promotional video revealed that players will be able to duel AI and human opponents using the chainsaw attachment of the Lancer weapon. John DiMaggio, the voice actor who plays Marcus Fenix, has also confirmed that players will be able to fight against the Brumaks, huge monsters which were featured in promotional materials for the first game but never appeared as actual enemies.

A huge amount of technology will have been thrown at the sequel to provide an astonishing level of detail, which may well convince the four people with Xbox 360's who didn't buy the original to open their wallets.

Microsoft have been pretty coy with more details, but you can bet that anything Gears related will sell faster than concrete in Dubai.

What else?

We haven't even gone over Speed Racer, Age of Conan, Haze, Metal Gear Solid 4, Alone in the Dark or Saints Row 2. Not to mention S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky and LittleBigPlanet. But as you can see from the above article, we're not even halfway through the year and already there's six fantastic titles guaranteed to grab your attention.

Three things are certain; 2007 kicked the global video game industry into overdrive, 2008 will keep that momentum up, and Gameplanet will be here to let you know all about it.