Face Your Enemies in Gears of War 2
The Locust Horde never seems to give up. Just when you thought you’d beat them in the original Gears of War, they rise again, bringing with them new types of foes to fight along with all of the original foes which were found in Gears of War 2.
These basic opponents are the most common foe that you’ll find in Gears of War 2. They are (relatively) human-like. In most cases, Drones will follow a simple pop-shot-duck routine. In order to respond to this, you’ll need to become familiar with the most basic mechanic in Gears of War 2 – getting a bead on an enemy and killing it quickly so that you don’t take too much incoming fire.
The Ticker is an opponent which tries to explode in your face. They’re best dealt with at range using a fairly accurate weapon like the Lancer. If you can’t kill them at range, use a melee attack in order to knock them away. Do not chainsaw them or melee them while they are down, as they will explode and most likely kill you.
The Boomer is not a new enemy for Gears of War 2, but the Boomer does have some new variations. The normal Boomer still uses a Boomshot, still says Boom before attacking, and still will kill you with one shot on most difficulty levels, so take cover!
The Kantus is a lanky Locust opponent which acts as a sort of super-elite. He is very, very adapt at dodging your gunfire, moves quickly, and will generally just ruin your day. There isn’t really any trick to these guys. They are tough opponents, and you’ll need to focus your fire on them to take them down. If you have heavy weapons, now is a good time to use them.
The old elite opponents from the original Gears of War, the Theron Guards are tougher than normal Drones, although in terms of their AI they act very similar. They try and pop-shoot-duck and flank you whenever possible. What you need to watch for with these guys are Torque Bows, because those will kill you in one shot if they hit. Of course, you can see when a Torque Bow is charging by the bright glow of the weapon. When you see this, move behind cover and wait until the bolt is fired, then pop back up and kill the Theron while it is vulnerable. You’ll also encounter Palace Guards, which are like Theron Guards but a bit tougher and with a larger variety of weapons.
These flying Locust were found a few times in the original Gears of War and are more common in the sequel. They usually carry Boomers and can now land on the ground and attack you with melee. Generally you should defeat these by first killing the Boomer in order to reduce the Reaver’s firepower and then kill the Reaver from the distance by shooting it in the head (of course!)
These insect-like Locust creatures are used to create tunnels for the Locust. You encountered them in the first Gears of War as well. They use their legs as a shield for their torso, which is their weak spot. Attacking their legs will cause them to eventually un-shield their torso, at which point you will have a brief chance to pour fire into the torso. Repeat these a few times and the Corpser will be no more.