Gears of War 2 (4 of 5)This is more like it. There's spectacle in spades. The characterization and story are a huge leap forward from the first game. That doesn't make them good, but they're passable by action movie standards. And the feel of combat is slightly improved.
I'd say the game is pointlessly long, but you probably aren't supposed to play it in one sitting, so that's probably just me doing it wrong. It could also be me getting old and having played enough of these types of games that I get bored with them easily.