Gears of War 2: Horde Mode
Gears of War 2's Horde Mode took most folks by surprise, and more or less, has lead the charge in the recent additions of cooperative modes in games.
How is it played? The five player co-op mode has players facing off against waves of enemies. Every 10 waves enemies get stronger and have more health for 50 total waves. While the kinds of enemies that appear in each of the waves are pretty much set, there's some randomness to the spawning and number of. Two players can play split screen with online teammates as well.
How many maps are there? The game ships with 10 maps. Three map packs are available to bring the total maps to 19.
Tips for Survival:
- Stick together! Helping each other up, and covering multiple entrances to a small area is very important.
When faced with the higher-level enemies, such as the Blood Mount, hold up in an area with some kind of choke-point that can be blocked off.
Communicate when looking for ammo for a particular weapon, or when covering different doors so your buddies don't get surprise visitors.
If you are unfortunate enough to die on a particular wave, scope out remaining enemies for your buddies.
Plant shields to block areas off; Blood Mounts can't cross shields easily. Remember to grab shields in between rounds or they will disappear!
Try to leave the last enemy alive as long as possible. This allows you and your teammates to run across the map safely to find ammo and weapons.