Editor’s note: Ryan Smith is a longtime gamer and freelance writer who lives in Raleigh, NC. A graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in business and marketing, he has written in the past for WRAL Tech Wire and GameArgus.com. He currently plays Xbox 360 and PC as well as Nintendo DS. He can be reached via e-mail (ryannicksmith@gmail.com)

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – A new trailer is out for Gears of War 3, featuring Horde mode 2.0, as well as the song “Gears of War” from Ice-T’s band Bodycount.

And it’s a thriller.

This trailer shows off some fantastic Horde mode additions: Berserkers, turret upgrades, automated sentries, lambent locust and even a brumak – yikes.

Also it shows some of the new characters such as Anya and Griffin – voiced by Ice-T.

Not enough?

We see more of the new weapon selection in Gears 3, such as the oneshot – a one shot one kill heavy weapon, although I’m not so sure it retains its effectiveness against berserkers – the sawed off shotgun, retro lancer and more.

This comes along with news that Gears of War 3 developed by Cary-based Epic Games has become the fourth highest selling item at BestBuy.com, on preorders alone!

If you still can’t get enough Gears of War 3 before Sept. 20’s release date, Karen Traviss – the writer of Gears of War 3 – has a new novel out in her Gears of War series: Coalition’s End. Coalitions End is out in hard back, retailing at $26.99. The first three in the series, Aspho Fields, Jacinto’s Remnant and Anvil Gate are out in paperback.

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