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God Of War III, Gran Turismo 5 Launch On Same Day In Japan?

It may only be a Japanese launch date (and hardly confirmed at that), but if it's true, we can guesstimate when we might see these titles in North America and Europe.

As noted by Siliconera, Japanese retailer Geostore may have provided everyone with the official release date for God of War III, the God of War Trilogy and Gran Turismo 5. They say all three will be on store shelves in the Land of the Rising Sun on March 25, which holds with everything we've heard thus far. Geostore no longer lists GT5 with this date but it seems very plausible that it's the real deal; series creator Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed late last year that his driving simulator would be in Japan in March 2010. As for GoWIII, it would be more than a little surprising to have it launch in Japan - where it's less popular - first, so we'd like to think March 25 could be a NA/EU release as well. It would make sense to strive for a worldwide simultaneous release, after all. GameStop says we might not get GT5 in the US until November 2, but we're all hoping that isn't accurate. However, can you imagine GoWIII and GT5 hitting on the same day? It's like an automatic requirement to lay out $125!  The wallet says, "ouch."

We'll have to see if that March 25 date is correct for Japan and if it is, we can start figuring on Western release dates for the two games in question.

Related Game(s): God of War III, Gran Turismo 5

1/5/2010 10:52:01 AM Ben Dutka

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jlch777
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:11:30 AM
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I would buy both games without thinking.

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to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:06:41 PM

Sounds like a good idea...why not release Heavy Rain, FFXIII, and God Of war III simultaneously in the US =P

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to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:07:29 PM

But, in all seriousness, if I were Sony, i wouldn't do this. I mean, don't you want to maximize the sales of each?

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WolfCrimson
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:12:21 AM
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Well I doubt translating and localizing GT5 would take that long, I mean it's a driving sim it doesn't contain that much text.

P.S. The forums don't work.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:34:01 AM

Exactly, this is why i think the US GT5 November date is pure BS. A game like FF13 has a massive script compared to a game like GT5 and FF13 took only ~3 months to translate to english. I expect to see GT5 in June or July, during the slow summer season.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 2:27:03 PM

Forums work just fine on my end.

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geovanwitdakick
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:13:36 AM
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omg, please don't do this Sony. Maximize sales.

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Naztycuts
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 2:46:09 PM

I wish we (USA) had that problem, I'd kill to be able to buy both at once here in March! Then commit suicide trying to decide which one to play first. haha

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 10:59:46 PM

My Great Grandmother commited suicide, you've offended me.

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Highlander
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:15:02 AM
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LOL, many wallets just felt a ripple in the force as if 120,000 yen suddenly cried out before being silenced.

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Sk8monkey
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:00:29 PM

Lol, that's no moon

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Highlander
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 5:20:00 PM

I have a bad feeling about this...

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Silent_J
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:15:10 AM
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alot of broke people on that day :)

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:15:28 AM
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I'd buy GT5 and a month later buy GOW3.

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telly
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:12:39 PM

I'd do the opposite. Would definitely purchase separately, though -- let each title breathe a little bit...

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IronFace2
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 4:11:53 PM

Same here... GT5 first and then maybe GOW3

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Dan
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:30:54 AM
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I really hope GoW won't be released in march, at least not worldwide.

I have FFXIII to buy that month :(

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Hezzron
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:31:15 AM
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It's not as if both have to be bought right away, due to a fear of them selling out and not being available anymore. These games will be on store selves for ages, with price drops along the way.

I can count on one hand how many games I've bought at "launch", and still have a few fingers left over.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:35:50 AM

I dont think i've ever bought a game on launch day. Perhaps later in the week, but only if i had time to run down to gamestop. I dont get to worried about picking a game up asap, especially if i'm playing something else at the time.

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Maggot666PL
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:43:12 AM

If I raise my fingers counting this way, with all the fingers raised for my PS3 launchday purchases I can flip someone. If I include my PC preorders/launch games, I can show someone a double bird!

But I'll be in queue waiting for the shiny launch day GT5...

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tridon
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:42:15 PM

The only time I ever buy a game on launch day is if it has a cool incentive for pre-ordering it. For example, I pre-ordered "God of War III" (Ultimate Edition) so I could have access to the E3 demo. I've pre-ordered "Heavy Rain" to receive the first Chronicles episode for free. I usually hate pre-ordering, though, because that means I have to support the crooks known as EB Games.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:13:50 PM

Do you get the extra content for Heavy Rain by preordering through Amazon? I forgot about the free stuff with HR, and i'd much rather support Amazon than Gamestop (even though my gamestop guy is pretty cool (thouhc he did tell me prototype was a great game (stupid waste of $60))).

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tridon
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:50:53 PM

I'm not actually sure, Bandit. I know I'd definitely support Amazon over EB/Gamestop as well, though. The only downfall with Amazon is that it's a pain in the arse if you need to return something.

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Oxvial
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:34:07 AM
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Yakuza 3 and God of War 3...GT5 can wait.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:52:17 AM
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Why doesn't Sony just come to my house and mug me? At least then I wouldn't have to have my girlfriend give me "the look" when she asks me to remind her how much each game costs again. I could never get into GT, but GoW and FF are getting my money. FF will be a day one purchase, I'm sure.

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sniperflash
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:01:18 PM
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iv been here a while now but i would like to know what can you do with the points you earn for chating is it just for show or what but i would like to know

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to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:25:50 PM

I honestly have no idea, I always wondered the same thing lol

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tridon
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:34:51 PM

Excellent question.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 2:08:22 PM

hmmm...?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:00:59 PM

When you get 1 million Ben comes to your door and gives you a kiss.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:29:36 PM
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@sniperflash,
If you're talking about getting 10 points for each comment, then no, I don't think they don't count for anything much(not to us anyway, maybe it's just something done for the siteholders).

At least, not for us at this time, but maybe in the future they could have some extra worth.

I'd like to see them put to good use towards something, maybe like a chance for a free raffle here & there, or at least something a bit useful to the community here.

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to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:33:53 PM

BikerSaint, how are you buddy?

I have some news for you regarding ICO. My friend just got in this morning and he gave me a call. He told me if he had it he would give it to me. I'll let you know if he does, I'll be glad to contribute to your collection lol

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tridon
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:43:00 PM
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Off topic here, but I'm looking forward to Ben or Arnold's review of "Darksiders". I'm on the fence with that game and I want to see some more opinions.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 12:04:33 AM

@to_far_apart,
OK, thanks for keeping me posted.
And I've got my finger's crossed that he's still got it, LOL

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JackC8
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:07:50 PM
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I don't see why Sony can't just give us a North American release date for GT5. I mean, it's Gran Turismo FIVE - plus a couple of Prologues and stuff. Surely they must have some clue - by now - how long it takes to translate some text into English, manufacture the disks and get them into stores?

And I really think that a gigantic multinational corp. like Sony can look up when other games - mostly their own - are launching and decide on a schedule.

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xnonsuchx
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:19:28 PM
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So if GameStop's computers showed GT5 as a 2015 release date, would such a seemingly ridiculous thing be considered news?

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Zorigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:28:22 PM
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japan is paying the price for geting everything early.
a bit unfair, but HAHA!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:59:36 PM
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Eh, I'm not a big racing fan but if it came to that, I'd be getting GOWIII instead.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:03:13 PM

puuuuuuussssssssaaaaaaaaaaay

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 2:05:40 PM
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I would do whatever i had to to scrounge up the money to get both. obviously i wouldn't starve just so i could get both, but if it came down to it GOW 3 would come first. Thats a day one no brainer for me, im still playing and enjoying the demo very much.

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geovanwitdakick
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 2:26:38 PM
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I would definetely get GT5 first, far more longetivity than GOW3. Also Action games are everywhere now-a-days, Ex: Darksiders, Bayonetta, Dante's Inferno. the racing genre isn't as crowded the action genre.

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tridon
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 3:09:44 PM

Agreed. I love all the sweet action games, but I could really use a new "Ridge Racer".

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 3:03:24 PM
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I don't know how well the GOW series sells in Japan.

I know the GT series does well.

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 3:27:39 PM

Yurrr.

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rell
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 4:20:28 PM
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damn that day for japan will be epic lol. Play3beyond.

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goodgamer
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 4:27:59 PM
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man why NA get everyting after japan,sony should give us at least 1 big game bfore them or at the same time,why is that so hard .

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:02:41 PM

Because we as gamers owe Japan EVERYTHING.

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___________
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 12:14:43 AM

what?
killzone 2
resistance 2
infamous
uncharted drakes fortune
uncharted 2
HAZE
ratchet and clank future tools of destruction
ratchet and clank future a crack in time
ninja gaiden sigma 2
god of war collection (Europe STILL WAITING!)
almost every single ps3 exclusive has released in the US before anywhere else.
you think you have it bad, come live in AU and enjoy the luxury of getting games months after the US, paying more for games and missing out on half the content.
kinda explainable because most games are developed in the US so thats why they release there first, but that does not excuse a freaking 3 week waiting period.
a week ok but no more than that!

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Superman915
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 4:37:44 PM
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ill be supporting GOW3. I dont have anything against GT but I prefer my racing games more like Motostorm. Still, Im happy its coming out. It'll definitely be good for the PS3's continuing dominance.

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furbiesmustdie
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 5:25:08 PM
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I am so moving to Japan.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 11:02:03 PM

5G networks, snakes blood, and cheap hookers; let me come with.

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Pacific
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 5:51:35 PM
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Releasing both games on the same day would be foolish to the extreme.

If they do go through with it, which I doubt, then it would seem the games industry still has things to learn from its counterpart in the movie world.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 7:23:15 PM
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Crazy

BUT don't think Sony doesn't calculate this*

COD: MW2 and Assasin's Creed II??? Anyone?

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Cholo Gamer
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 8:52:28 PM
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That is really dumb, why would they do that. Makes no sense at all. Oh well not my choice it's Sonys.

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___________
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 12:09:29 AM
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1 if GOW 3 comes out in Japan before it comes out here im going to nuke planet earth!

2 why would sony release 2 of there biggest most popular series on the same day?
we all have seen what these big hitters can do to hardware sales, just look at FF XIII or MGS4.
both increased the ps3s sales by 200%

i know heaps of people waiting off for a ps3 till either GOW 3 or GT5 comes out.
so instead of having the hardware sales increasing 200% for GOW 3s release than having another 200% increase for GT5s release there just sticking to the one hardware spike.
meh, i have never understood sonys logic, and never will!
thats because its NON EXISTENT!

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Robochic
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 1:29:03 AM
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No question about it I would get both on the same day, especially if I knew about it a few months inadvance lots of time to save up.

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ceedot
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 4:51:58 AM
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OK. Enough of this 'retailer says this, so we should be scared'. ben, you know Sony are a multimillion dollar company, and you should know they know how to market. stop scaring everyone like this because it's not going to happen. In my opinion, and what seems smarter and what is probobly the most obvious and profitable way is releasing god of war first, which is a single player game that shouldn't really take that long, in comparison to the other gow games. then they will release gt5 which is a game that takes a long time, and is multiplayer, and has been around since ps1.
so everyone stop being scared. I get dates at work as well, but they never tell the truth, unless they have already been announced.

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___________
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 6:38:42 AM
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funny how a week and some practice can change your mind of something so drastically.
when i downloaded the GT academy demo i absolutely HATED it, it was so twitchy and impossible to control.
for some reason if you hold square to break your car spins out, but if you use the right analouge stick to accelerate and break its much smoother and the car does not spin out.
because of that im actually really enjoying it now, and actually set some times.

i still suck at it though, my fastest now is 1.44 when the record is 1.35
give me some time and i should be able to get it to 1.4 LOL
god this is hard, i wish i had the cash to go buy a racing wheel.

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Pacific
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 7:52:06 AM
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I wonder what the deal is about an actual go in a racing car for those with the fastest times?

Do they not realise the winners will probably just be a giant mound of pale flesh with fingers and thumbs emerging from it?

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RadioHeader
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 8:28:50 AM

LOL Damn straight, Pacific. It would take one hell of a shoehorn to get your avatar into a Ferrari.

ps. If it's you then I take it back, you're beautiful.

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myu
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 @ 12:12:15 PM
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gow is best sony franchise
gow>ninja gaiden>devil may cry
and gran turismo 5 is going to release at any time that we want!!! it was a 2009 joke or will even 2010!ha ha!

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___________
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 12:34:36 AM
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just got my copy of PSM3 today and they have a massive 6 page preview of GOW3.
funny thing is this was not suppose to come out till january 18th because the stuff sony showed off is under embargo till then.
and here i am reading it.
hope PSM3 dont get into trouble because of this, there the only AU MAG that get access to such big titles.

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JROD0823
Friday, January 08, 2010 @ 7:14:45 PM
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I already have both games pre-ordered so my money is already spent. All I have to do is wait for them to finally show up.

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