Believe the hype about Gears of War.
The Gameplay, Graphics and story are uterly compelling.
The longevity of this game is astounding, and it really is a genre defining new bench mark in gaming.
So, the campaign mode. Excellent. Enemies are tough intellegent, dive for cover, try to flank you. Pin you down. Incredible.
After playing it alone on campaign you'll want to beat it on its hardest difficulty setting 'Insane' so team up with a friend and play it over Xbox live.
This makes the camapign mode even more compelling. Helping your downed team mate get up after he's taken to much fire. Getting tactical and moving to flank and destroy the enemy. Absoloutly excellent.
The games visuals and in game surround sound are incredible. Graphically, it is the best game I have ever seen. Each moment of the game oozes detail. The fallen beauty of mans empire is amazingly recreated.
Explosions, enemy voices come from all over the room.
Weapons are balanced and you can only carry 1 handgun, 2 large rifles and 1 type of grenade. This is more realistic than being able to carry an arsenal of 20 or more guns.
The 3rd Person cover system works seemlesly. Running for cover, aiming and taking out enemies. Excellent.
The gore is unbelievable, so if like me you have young children you'll never be able to have a quick go when there around as if someone gets to close, you'll want to stick them with a grenade and watch them disintergrate. Or cut them in two, 3 or 4 pieces with your Chainsaw Rifle.
Online multiplayer is challenging - two teams of 4 taking each other out over a variety of great looking and balanced maps.
Other players are very passionate about winning and each time you play online you get more out of it. I'm not bored after 6 months of play.
So the special edition tin? Well you get a pretty book explaining the back story which is worth a read, a shiny metal tin and A DVD with the making of etc... Which edition you get doesn't really matter as it is the game where you'll spend your time.
In a word, fantastic Buy it now