CONSOLE fans turned out in big numbers for the highly-anticipated release of the latest Call of Duty computer game.
More than 150 diehard players piled into Ross Records, in Kingston Road, Buckland, for the midnight launch of first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
The queues stretched back to the doors as gamers young and old waited eagerly for their chance to snap up their copy of the international hit game, the sixth in the series.
Close friends Aaron Dent, 22, from Mill Road, Waterlooville, and Rob Salmon, from Cressy Road, Buckland, were the first to land their hands on the latest edition, which costs £44.99.
Rob, 23, said he was going straight home to play the new release.
‘I’ve got all the previous games and they’re fantastic,’ he said. ‘I love them because of the multi-player feature. It’s great fun playing along with your mates.
Aaron, 22, said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve ever queued up for a game. I’ve been a keen gamer for the last three years and I love the Call of Duty games.’
Store owner Ben Ross, 64, said: ‘It’s definitely a male-orientated game. The amount of people turning out has been great.
‘Games like these are so relaxing, they’re like a holiday for your brain. It’s an escape from everyday life.’
The game, which allows players to take part in military campaigns around the world, has been released on the Xbox, PlayStation3, Nintendo DS and PC.
HMV, in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, last night welcomed more than 100 gamers who had pre-ordered the latest edition.
A spokesman for Game, in Commercial Road, said he was expecting bumper sales of the action game this Christmas.
‘We’ve got nearly 700 deposits,’ he said. ‘I’m a big fan myself and year after year it keeps getting better.
‘It’s one of the best games in recent years in terms of the hype and the number of people wanting to buy it.’