gears of war is the best 3rd person shooter next generation game that has breath taking grafics. not to mention it has a great story, but a little short. for a while there i was playing it for 1 years straight. i didnt take it out of my xbox for 1 year. i do not reccomend puying gears of war 2 without the first one. because of the story and because of everything new in it, like the characters and weapons and emenys and stuff....buy the first one first. for the love of god!