Cinematic Gears of War 3 teaser primes you for a ballet of sci-fi gore

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

To get you pumped for the third installment of Epic's gritty war against the Locust Horde, here's a lyrical new trailer, "Dust to Dust," with Marcus and Dom doing time on planet Sera to the sweet strains of another melancholy song.

When Epic Games' first Gears of War title was launched by Microsoft back in 2006, there was a gut feeling we weren't in Kansas anymore. Sure, its trigger-happy sci-fi combat was familiar to legions of Halo fans, but the stirring notes of Gary Jules singing "Mad World" (heard first in Donnie Darko), paired with the image of a colossal mutant arachnid, simply vaporized our adrenaline. Its 2008 sequel caused similar reactions and created a multitude of glassy-eyed minions.

With more than 10 million copies of the epic Xbox staple sold worldwide, the additional tie-in comics, toys, books and a potential Hollywood feature film in development, this franchise has some sturdy, blood-drenched legs.

The latest trailer, matched with Mazzy Star's moody "Into Dust," provides that same cathartic resonance and promises the savage conflict will rage on. So watch the clip, dab your eyes, then man up with your meatshield and prepare for battle. Are you game?