When Epic Games' Xbox 360 exclusive Gears of War was unveiled for Xbox it blew us away. This was the next-gen game that we'd been waiting for and the first to really show off how powerful the Xbox 360 was.

Approaching two years on from the game's winter 2006 release, Gears is still able to hold its own with the best graphical showcases on either the Xbox 360 or PS3, but we're now preparing for the next leap is visual fidelity with the impending release of Gears of War 2.

We've all seen the early look at a stage from the campaign, but now MS has released a bunch of screen shots which directly compare Gears with Gears 2 using the popular multiplayer map, Gridlock

Sure the lighting is hugely different, but look harder and you'll see heaps more detail and effects that make Gears 2 look almost a generation better than its predecessor. We don't need to tell you that though; decide for yourselves by pouring your eyes over the five comparison shots we've presented for you over the next few pages.


Head to page 2 for more comparison images.


For even more comparison shots head on to page 3.