With little more than a dreary trailer and a handful of gameplay demonstrations, it seems like the anticipation for Gears of War 3 has been simmering with a gradual intensity that few franchises enjoy. Now,┬áthe Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta is in full swing for anyone who picked up a copy of Bulletstorm, and for all the other eager fans who just can’t wait to jam a chainsaw through the spine of their fellow gamer, your time has come as well. Such a tender thought brings a tear to my eye.

Obviously, long time fans of the series are already aware of all this and have been doing their best to make their lives a little more Gears-esque every day. You can do the same with just a few modifications to your usual habits that will significantly increase your testosterone-fueled bad-assery. For example, the next time you need to enter a room, don’t just politely open the door. Have you ever seen Marcus Fenix do that? Hell no! You kick that son of mother clean off its unworthy hinges.

This may be the end of the trilogy for Marcus and Delta Squad, but that doesn’t mean we all can’t do our part to keep their spirit alive until the next Gears of War game is released.

For now the multiplayer beta will have to do until Gears of War 3 is released on September 20th for the Xbox 360.

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