The third title in this franchise is stripped of all that made the original games great. With the foulmouthed witticisms of the lead characters gone, the cupboard of thrilling set pieces barren and the tension of a meaningful story lost in the Mexican desert, we're left with little to remark upon with fondness. Nothing illustrates this better than the laziness of naming your characters Alpha and Bravo. Foes occasionally show sprightly flanking moves, but mostly they fail to notice you sneaking around corners.


RATING M for Mature

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PLOT Another shootout in the desert

DETAILS Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $60

BOTTOM LINE A misfire