By Ben Fractenberg
TIMES SQUARE — Friends Delio Gautreaux and his Leomar Cespedes have been since sitting outside the Best Buy in Times Square since 5 p.m. Saturday awaiting the release the hotly-anticipated video game, "Halo: Reach."
Cespedes, who lives in the Bronx, said the two 19-year-olds have slept only a combined three hours since they arrived at West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue to be the first Manhattan gamers to get the latest Microsoft Xbox 360 release.
"I wanted to be the first in line," said Gautreaux, who lives in Harlem. "I was determined."
"Halo: Reach" — the fourth chapter of the game — is the final installment in the series by developer company Bungie, making the anticipation even greater.
"They [Bungie] tried really hard," said Gabriel Hernandez, 18, who has been waiting in line since 11 a.m. Sunday. "It will be the best in the series."
Workers were setting up flat screen TV’s that will preview the game outside the Best Buy Theater on West 44th Street Monday afternoon. Ticket agents at the theater said Microsoft employees were busy hooking up gaming consoles in the theater.
The Halo release party is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. and fans were told there will be a "special musical guest."
"Halo: Reach" goes on sale at midnight Monday.