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Gears of War 3 skeptics now have a way to try out the third-person shooter without spending a dime. A demo from the game's single-player campaign is now available through Xbox Live.

The demo features the mission "Shipwreck." It's the first chapter of the second act of the game, so don't worry if the story's slightly confusing - you're being dropped right into the middle of things. The level culminates with a battle against a giant Brumak.

It's a bit weird to release a demo now. The game's been out since September and Christmas is over. However, demos do take time and Epic probably thought it was smarter to focus on releasing DLC for the game. The next batch of DLC, by the way, will be arriving in about two weeks.

The demo weighs in at 1.15GB. It's exclusive to Xbox Live Gold subscribers.