Gear up for "Gears of War 3"!

Well, the craze of queuing is not just something uniquely Singaporeans. Also reported by The Guardian that hundreds queued outside Game's flagship store on Oxford Street in London on Monday night to secure a copy of the Xbox 360 title, with 400 other stores open throughout the UK.

And according to CBS, "Gears of War 3 delivers satisfying end to an epic franchise":
One of the largest divergences for the series is its narrative. Most fans don't play Gears for its story, but will be pleasantly surprised to see the attention it receives here. Gears of War 3 easily delves into more character depth and story development and exposition than the first two games combined. From its diverging narrative between the now numerous members of Delta squad to its surprising emotional turns and desperate undertone, things have gotten a lot more sophisticated. Don't worry though, amidst the bleak and hopeless backdrop, the series' classic humor is still intact.

Promising, huh? I wish to have this game, but sorry no queuing for 29 hours for me. Hur hur.

29 hours. That was how long Nanyang Polytechnic student William Ten queued at Funan DigitalLife Mall, to be the first gamer in Singapore to own the latest game release "Gears of War 3", on Monday night.

Despite the hours of queuing, the 22-year-old was none the worse for wear as he excitedly clutched his copy of Epic Games' latest release which drew more than 1000 fans to the launch event for the third-person shooting game.

"I feel great. I've been playing from 'Gears of War' till now. I am a huge fan of it.

"Previously 'Gears of War' and 'Gears of War 2' didn't have any official kind of launch. This one is the final episode and they have a big event so I definitely had to come," said Ten, who has even cleared his schedule to play the game.

"No more going out for the week, just 'Gears'!" said the student of the latest game which completes the "Gears of War" trilogy.

Receiving a slew of special "Gears of War 3" premiums for being the first fan in line, Ten revealed that he couldn't have pulled off his feat alone.

Apart from loyal friends, he said his mother and sister, who both play video games too, helped him make it through the 29-hour wait.

"My mother and sister play as well. My mother came to accompany me while I queued," said Ten.

Interestingly, Ten's mother is not the only one who went out of her way to help her son out.

65-year-old Florence Phua was spotted patiently waiting in line for hours in order to collect a pre-ordered copy of the game for her son.

"I'm collecting the game for my son. He is in his 30s.

"He is not free, he is working today," added Mdm Phua who waited some five hours before she received her copy of the game.

"Gears of War 3", the biggest release of the year for Microsoft's Xbox 360, revolves around a group of human soldiers lead by grizzled war hero Marcus Fenix.

They embark on a desperate attempt to find a path to salvation for humanity, through the onslaught of the Locust and the Lambent, two hostile races that seek its destruction.

The Xbox 360 exclusive M18-rated game features more multiplayer modes, a wider range of weapons for players to experiment with and boasts even better graphics than its predecessors, which together sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Fan queues 29 straight hours for latest video game "Gears of War 3"".

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