(CP) - The Locust Horde has finally arrived.
"Gears of War," the long-awaited Xbox 360 title from Epic Games, ships Tuesday, meaning it will arrive in specialty video game shops either later Tuesday or Wednesday. The official kickoff, dubbed Emergence Day, is Sunday when all major retailers should have "Gears of War" in stock.
The game, rated M for Mature, is billed as a third-person tactical action-horror game. "Gears of War" covers 36 hours in the life of Marcus Fenix, a war hero with a past, as he and a few squadmates battle the alien Locust Horde that has burst through the surface of planet Sera.
The game is a sight to see, with Epic conjuring up dark images of a world ravaged by war. Fenix and the other soldiers are battle-scarred veterans with oversized armour and guns. The Locust come in all sizes and shapes, dealing in death in a variety of nasty ways.
Microsoft is releasing "Gears" just ahead of the debut of the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, hoping a hit title will help solidify its position in the next-generation console sweepstakes.
Jason Anderson, head of marketing for Xbox Canada, says "Gears" has already done wonders for the 360.