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Cliffy B: 'Masturbating' Gears 2 segments are a regret

Epic's design maestro responds to 'it plays itself' accusations

Epic Games lead designer Cliff 'Cliffy B' Bleszinski has admitted slight regret over some easier areas of Gears Of War 2, which allow the Xbox 360 to (metaphorically) "masturbate" as the title "plays itself".

Tackling the 'too easy' question head on, Bleszinski admitted that in some areas, Gears 2 feels like it "finishes the game for you".

Videos of Gears 2 "playing itself" have circulated online ever since its release - showing players progressing through the title while hardly touching the joypad.

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That doesn't make it a bad game, of course - as our deservedly praise-filled Gears Of War 2 review goes to show - but it's something Bleszinski isn't happy about.

"I'll always be a staunch and loyal supporter of everything we do, but at the same time, as a creative, I always know we can do better," Bleszinski told the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine. "That's actually one of my criticisms of Gears 2. I think we got a little too hung up on the scripted sequence, and that was always the joke: You don't want the game to be masturbating...

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"... There's a couple of instances where you're fighting a bunch of guys and suddenly the chopper comes along and finishes them off and you're like: 'Fuck! I wanted to finish them off. You just finished the game for me.' Or certain things with the truck where you can just hang out and let the game play itself without any fail conditions. There's definitely a note to be taken from that to keep in mind moving forward."

Sounds like Cliff's going to personally ensure such simplicity will be removed for the third game in the series - which is shaping up to be double-hard.

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Bleszinski told CVG this month that Gears Of War 3 definitely "won't be easier" than its predecessor.

You can read the full interview in issue 60 of OXM, which is on sale now. Buy your copy of OXM online and have it delivered to your door.

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