John DiMaggio is the voice of Bender. He's also the voice of Marcus Fenix, which is the more likely reason IGN were interviewing him, hoping no doubt that - as is becoming common these says - as a voice actor he'd spill the kind of games-related beans a developer wouldn't dare. DiMaggio didn't disappoint. He reveals that, like the PC version of the original, players will face off against a Brumak in Gears 2. He also says Franklin will be returning, then goes and loses himself with excitement:
Oh man, dude - there's new weapons, new beasts, there's a couple of new characters, and it's just badass.
Yes, that's wonderful, but is there story this time, John?
There just might be.
It looks cool as s—-. The storylines are really cool and the relationships of the guys in the game - the sequences that explain things that are going on - they're a lot deeper.
Marcus Fenix Talks Gears of War 2 [IGN]