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Extras and unlockables: The limited edition includes a steel bookcase, bonus DVD filled with audio slide shows and a documentary on the game, and a 48-page hardcover art book offering biographies and plot points.

Read all about it: Wildstorm, a DC Comics imprint, offers a monthly sequential-art series aptly tilted Gears of War ($3.99 each), chronicled by Gears of War 2 writer Joshua Ortega and drawn by Liam Sharp.

What’s it worth: Gears of War 2 is one of the best games ever made for a high-definition entertainment console. I wish a larger segment of the population could enjoy it, but that “mature” rating is in place for a very good reason.

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