The latest game in Microsoft's Xbox 360 franchise for Gears of War went on sale last night at the stroke of midnight. Gears of War 3, made by Epic Games, is now available for the Xbox 360. It's expected to be one of the console's biggest sellers this year, and advance orders have been huge.
Many gaming stores opened their doors at 12:01 AM to let late night shoppers in and be the first to own a copy of GoW3. Early reviews have been favorable for the title, with CNN's reviewer stating the game ties a "brilliant and bloody bow" on the series.
Epic has said that Gears of War 3 ties up the dangling storylines from the previous two games, and that players will learn what's behind the drive of the evil Locust and Lambent alien races and why they want to destroy the human population on the planet Sera.
Gameplay footage from the first act of Gears of War 3:
Gears of War 3 is available in two different versions, the straight-up regular edition and a collectible case version that'll set you back another $20 bucks.