The Phoenix News has published the first of what are likely to be numerous mainstream media stories on violent new features in the upcoming Gears of War 2.
GamePolitics readers may recall that the original GoW, released in 2006, was banned in Germany over government concerns about the game's level of violence.
Citing a Yahoo! Games report which detailed a press event held last week by Microsoft in San Francisco, the newspaper frets over a pair of new moves:
A popular video game for the Xbox 360 is getting a sequel this year - and it seems to be raising eyebrows with its level of gore and detail... The game... features a chainsaw for melee attacks.
In the demo, the player can use the chainsaw to cut a person in half, starting at the groin and moving upwards. Also, players can pick up the corpses of fallen enemies and use them as a "meat shield" to protect themself from enemy fire as they engage in battle from behind the corpse.