Gears 2 given violence filter

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Microsoft shoot 'em up Gears of War 2 will come with a parental control facility when it's released for Xbox 360 on November 7th.

The game, which was earlier given an 'M' rating by the ESRB, will attempt to placate concerned parents by giving them an option to substitute blood for sparks and remove all bad language.

Microsoft has also confirmed that a version of Gears of War 2 will be made available as a limited edition boxed product, offering a 48-page 'making of' hardback book.