The story was very intense. I first played it with my brother on Co-op and it took us a couple of hours. I liked all the twist that the game presented throughout the whole game. The maps online were very good, but i think they could have been better. I didn't like the way it was symetrical with almost every map. Also, the learning curve of the game was within 5-10 mintues. This is very important to the game because you can pick it up and immediatley get hooked to it. I'm lookinf forward to the sequel to Gears of War in the future.