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DC Universe Online An Apparent Hit

It has often been a subject of conversation: will the MMORPG genre fare well on consoles?

Well, thus far, it seems massively multiplayer entertainment will work out just fine on the PlayStation 3. The recently released DC Universe Online, despite boasting the standard pay-to-play formula found with most MMOs, appears to be in high demand. In fact, Sony Online Entertainment has apologized for the lack of supply. SOE President John Smedley made two encouraging Tweets:

"More units of DCUO are otw [on the way] to retail. The game is sold out in a lot of stores. Sorry. More coming asap"

"We are hitting very high usage on our servers and are working on adding capacity. Sorry for any short downtime while we are doing that."

So yeah, it's selling and people are playing; enough people to force SOE to start enhancing the server capacity. Remember, they were hoping for a big response to the game because apparently, the budget was very, very large...as in, $50 million large. Therefore, if they say the title is performing above expectations, it must be doing quite well in the market.

So, are you planning to be part of the MMO crowd on the PS3? Do you have an interest in being a superhero amidst other superheroes?

Related Game(s): DC Universe Online

Tags: dc universe online, dcuo, soe, dcuo sales

1/16/2011 9:06:20 PM John Shepard

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Comments (55 posts)

Dridion
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 10:21:03 PM
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I'm must say, with the exception of the UI, I'm really happy with the way the game turned out...IMO it's just non-stop fun.

Also they're not kidding when they say that they're hitting high capacities within their servers.... every time I log in most of the servers are always full. You often get bumped into the login queue lol. Aside from that there has been a lot of down time lately due to high population. I think they need to add two more servers...it's that serious. In fact within like three days or so they added 4 more (two for each platform).

When I went to buy this game I had to check like 5 different stores LITERALLY. All the GS' where sold out and Walmart's customer service was ass so I walked out. I also checked the mall and they too had nothing. It took me going to BB to actually find one. They had only three left.

Just glad I did make the purchase. Can't wait to see how this game evolves within 6 months.

Also if there isn't one already, for those of you on DCUO, we should make a psxe league, that'd be pretty cool. My toon is the same name as my SN here. Happy gaming!

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Dridion
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 10:52:57 PM

Correction:

They actually opened two new servers, Cry for Blood and Blood Will Run, on PC and PS3 respectively.

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Zemus101
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:59:51 PM

Those are pretty much my thoughts exactly. Game seems to be doing great, I'm having fun. Even more new servers would be nice, although I'm perfectly happy sticking with Crisis for now.

Even though today the servers have been on and off all day with all the server enhancements, the game is so good I'm happy to wait patiently.

I'm with you, I'd love to see where the game is at in 6 months, let alone a couple years. Color me extremely excited.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 10:30:42 PM
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should i get this game?

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Dridion
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 10:37:12 PM

Depends on how committed you'd be. Right now there are some kinks that need to be ironed out and they should be within the first few months (hopefully). If you're on the fence I'd say wait a little and see how it turns out...after all, even though monthlies are normal for MMO's, the concept is still very much foreign to the PS community.

However if the baby MMO syndrome doesn't bother you, than by all means get it. Some of the most fun I've had in a while.

Also if you've play previous MMO's before you might not like this as it is somewhat different. But to me it's that difference that makes DCUO all the better.



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Beamboom
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 12:17:32 PM

... But *how* is it different? Is it different in being "simpler"?

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Kr3sn1k
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 8:26:55 PM

@Beamboom its different because most mmos are really grindfests where as in dcuo you can get to the max level in about three to five days but even after maxing ou ttheres still tones to do another thing is the gameplay its alot more actiony in dcuo than lets say WoW

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Kr3sn1k
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 8:27:07 PM

@Beamboom its different because most mmos are really grindfests where as in dcuo you can get to the max level in about three to five days but even after maxing ou ttheres still tones to do another thing is the gameplay its alot more actiony in dcuo than lets s\ay WoW

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 10:31:52 PM
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I'm glad its doing well, Sony deserves some cashola for this rather bold piece of software. I see folks on my buddy list playing all the time. I'd love to make my own superhero and whatnot, but I can't spend the time or the money. Too many SP games I love first.

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Fane1024
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 1:59:39 AM

The singer? Or the character in The Aeneid?



World,

Judging from the beta, you could easily reach level max (and presumably finish the main story missions for one character) in the free month, so you could play it like a single-player game. Oh, and we're talking at least 30 hours of play and you can finish most missions without other players.


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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 11:20:38 AM

I suppose one could do that, but I have an addictive personality.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:11:57 PM
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Oh yeah, is this even considered an MMORPG or just an MMO?

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Saffleur
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:40:31 PM

MMO and MMORPG are sorta the same thing. MMO would be the category. RPG is the subcategory.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:45:28 PM

That's what I mean, if it belongs in the sub genre. MAG could be called an MMO too, but it would be MMOFPS.

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kraygen
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:51:17 PM

Yeah there are a lot of mmo's that are not rpgs. I was curious how that aspect of dc universe worked too. Also what's the combat like? The game video's make it look exactly like city of heroes/villains and I hated that game.

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Zemus101
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 12:00:47 AM

It's a complete Action/RPG. Stats, equipment, loot drops, dungeons, quests, bosses, etc.

The battles. Once you start using up your skill points to unlock new attacks, depending on what weapon you go with, the combat is basically: Tap square, hold square, hold a few more times, then press triangle for a finisher. Just made that move up but you do a lot of that. Plus a lot of super powers and iconic powers you get to use by holding L2 or R2 to activate a quick-book of abilities, then you press a face button to use one.

Not sure if I can advertise this here, but I'm gonna go for it just in case anyone at all is interested in more info about this game. On my site www.robertchapman.ca I've wrote a bunch of posts on the game if you're interested in reading about the details.

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kraygen
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 7:30:11 AM

sounds like the combat from marvel ultimate alliance. well that is interesting, but I'm still left very unsure.

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Beamboom
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 11:06:49 AM

Nice blog you got there, Zemus!

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DazeOfWar
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:36:20 PM
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I would love to join in on the fun but I just can't see myself paying $15 a month to play just one game. I enjoyed the demo but just not sold on a monthly fee.

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Saffleur
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:43:25 PM

You do get a free month. You have to enter your CC info still but it's included. A month should be long enough to nail down whether you're sold or not.

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DazeOfWar
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 12:32:51 AM

I played the beta, not demo (my bad), but like I said I won't pay a monthly fee to play one game. There is to many great games to focus on just this one and also pay monthly for it.

I was sold on the game concept but I will never pay a $15 monthly fee to play something. I can spend that money on better things.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, January 16, 2011 @ 11:38:32 PM
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I'm actuuuually contemplating on getting this :O

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___________
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 12:08:18 AM
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this is what i cant understand about sony, they are so god dam unorganized!
this is one of the biggest games to hit the ps3, i mean its been in freaking development since they announced the system!
o, and not to mention ITS FREAKING DC!!!!!!!!!!!
so you would think they would of been prepared for this?
oh sony, cant you have one smooth launch?
come on, we dont need another GT5 fiasco!!!!!
whoevers running sony at the moment seriously needs to get kicked out, and replaced with someone a little more responsible!
security issues, leaks of almost everything they release, unorganized releases, insufficient resources.
cant get any worse for them!
eh, i said it once, twice, and ill say it again.
they have no one but themselves too blame!
they love shooting themselves in the foot!

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Looking Glass
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 7:47:45 AM

Whoa there. Settle down comrade.

They are hardly shooting themselves in the foot, at least not this particular time (referring to the problematic launch of the PS3).

This is just a minor speed bump. They were just erring on the side of caution. And why shouldn't they? Yes it's true that it's DC. But it's also true that the announcement of the monthly fee disappointed a lot of people. There was really no way of knowing for sure how things would go for this game.

Having said that I am very glad that things seem to be going quite well.

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Beamboom
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 10:42:58 AM

These startup quirks are totally normal. As a matter of fact I've not yet witnessed a single launch of a mmorpg without minor quirks.

Especially how many server cluster instances they should make available at launch is extremely difficult to predict. Cause you definately do *not* want empty clusters at launch, that's a kiss of death.


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maxpontiac
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 11:40:37 AM

I was wondering what negative comments would be posted by you.

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___________
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 6:33:53 AM

if this was the only game than ok i would not be saying this, but thats the point THEY DO THIS WITH EVERY SINGLE GOD DAM GAME!!!!!!!!!!!
KZ2,R2,MGS, socom, every single exclusive i have played has been completley f*cked online!
KZ2 had the 5021 errors, kicking me out of every single game i joined for a good 8 months after release!
R2 had so many glitches, it made it seem like a beta!
MGS online lagged like i was still on freaking dial up!
the less said about confrontation the better.

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 11:40:17 PM

MGS and Confrontation are third party games. Sony can hardly be blamed for any issues. With regard to the other games, funny as how no one seems to be backing up your claims.

That's enough out of you. Piss off troll.

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___________
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 6:25:59 AM

your a absolute freaking moron!
go to the killzone forums and look up 5021 errors!
hell just google it, i remember seeing countless posts on gamespot about it.
im really starting to get sick of this you cant criticize sony.
there not jesus christ for f*cks sake!


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Looking Glass
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 7:40:17 AM

Settle down comrade.

I meant no one around here on this website. And I am well aware that Sony isn't perfect. I have openly acknowledged the mistakes they made with regard to the launch of the PS3 for example.

And I would much rather be consistently positive as opposed to being what amounts to little more than a pathologically rude troll like some people I'm aware of.

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Looking Glass
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 10:08:55 AM

Oh. And I almost forgot. Resistance 2 wasn't actually made by Sony either. So they can hardly be blamed for any issues with that game too.

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dillonthebunny
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 12:22:11 AM
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im really enjoying it, and for anyone who cares.. its a hell of a lot more stable then the Beta!!

but that said, after the first month, thats when it will be come interesting. we are all playing for free right now, so what will happen when we have to pay?!

im still on the fence, but im starting to REALLY like my main character. if they can bring us more goodies, stable servers (more servers for the EU would be nice)..even join us all up across regions and formats, then that's worth my money.

but im glad i am impatient and that I couldnt sit around waiting for ME2 to drop and picked this up, because it is an improvement over the Beta, and if they continue to make this grow then as I said before.. its probably worth anyone's time if they're in to this sort of thing.

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Geobaldi
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 12:28:12 AM
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It's actually a pretty well done game for the most part. There's quite a bit of end game content compared to other MMOs at launch so it's nice to know that the developers put more emphasis on keeping players interested when they max out.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 1:08:50 AM
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Wow... I'd like to know what sort of sales they initially projected for DCUO if it's smashing through their expectations. Based on everything that I've read about the title it is actually rather fantastic, and I really do like to see Sony being aptly rewarded. And the $50 million dev cost... Even if they only make up half of that through initial sales, the tail of people continuing to buy it should be enough to more than make it up.

I'd like to see how the other PS3 MMOs fare when they release. The Agency, Free Realms, FFXIV and Everquest 3. This could simply be experimentation by gamers that are typically based on consoles. Or uninformed people could be buying into it thinking that it is single player (I know it has MULTIPLAYER ONLY on the box, but... well, this is people that I'm talking about.).
Peace.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 2:17:56 AM

I meant to say the continuing subscription fees, not the sales tail.

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Looking Glass
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 9:27:51 AM

I don't think it would be all that hard for them to make up the difference with just the unit sales alone. It cost 50 million dollars to make. So with each unit costing at least 50 dollars apiece, they would only have to sell one million copies. And considering this is DC we're talking about that may not be all that hard for them.

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Temjin001
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 1:38:07 AM
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I'm sort of glad this is doing well. Jim Lee has been a favorite comic artist of mine, so I'd like to see his efforts going rewarded.
I'll probably never play this game. An MMORPG is cyber-crack as far as I'm concerned.

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MadPowerBomber
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 3:52:18 AM

Ha, same here. I might be inclined to play it if only to hunt Jim Lee himself down in the game. He has one public character and another private one... how the guy finds time to play MMOs is beyond me.

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big6
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 11:21:03 AM

Hold up! Jim Lee is the artist behind the DCUO game?
He is/was my favourite comic book artist, back when he drew for Marvel (X-Men, Wildcats, etc). But after he left Marvel, I lost track of what he did.

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Beamboom
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 12:10:26 PM

Aha, Jim Lee used to work for Marvel? I thought there was something very familiar with that name...!

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frylock25
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 1:22:43 PM

jim lee started wildstorm publications after xmen

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Geobaldi
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 7:52:35 PM

"He is/was my favorite comic book artist, back when he drew for Marvel (X-Men, Wildcats, etc)."

WildC.A.T.S. was an Image title, not Marvel ;)

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SirLoin of Beef
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 1:54:40 AM
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I had fun with the beta and all but with my current warcrack addiction in full swing as well as The Old Republic release sometime in the near future, I just can't justify paying a monthly fee for another game.

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th3_bLy
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 3:09:21 AM
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Does anyone know if they were doing server repairs these past few hours? I was playing for about an hour and it started lagging really badly for me. I also experienced some minor freezing and loss of all sound minus bgm. Kept telling me I needed to log in to my ps3 account to play the game as well, so I would restart my ps3 and then try again but there were only two servers up. Wondering if this was just me.

But on topic, I'm strangely addicted to this game. I was never into MMO's prior to this, but DCUO just sucked me in.

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th3_bLy
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 3:16:18 AM

Ah crap, I reread what Smedley said. Just skimmed over it initially.

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frylock25
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 3:59:27 AM
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Make Mine Marvel

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tridon
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 9:28:38 AM

I'd also prefer a Marvel game. There was one point where I was actually considering buying a 360 just to play Marvel Universe Online. Then that was canceled and I no longer had to waste my money on a 360. :)

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New School
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 4:59:37 AM
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I really like this game, i love the action aspect and the fact that the game always has something new for you to do; however the the downside is that I have to play on my brothers account. We always buy games 50/50 and he was the first person to play so he entered the activation code. When i tried to play the game it prompted me for the activation code. I was fine with paying $15 a month for a game that always has something new, but paying a full $60 for each person that wants to play on their own psn is too much. I really do like the game though, and i guess ill keep playing on my brother's account seeing as he doesn't mind, since i unlocked a few trophies for him.

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tridon
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 9:27:29 AM
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I'm really happy to see this doing well on the PS3. The more help the PS3 can get to appeal to a new crowd, the better. Maybe now EverQuest III will even appear on the PS3.

I really enjoyed the beta for this. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I had the time to stay commited to it. Unfortunately, I do not. Still, though, it's a lot of fun and if people out there can afford the monthly fees and put in enough time to make it worthy, I highly recommend it.

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Palmetto
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 9:46:34 AM
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Any chance yall will be posting a review here?

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Beamboom
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 10:53:31 AM
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Seems several of you guys have played the beta or bought the game so I'm throwing out some questions that I'm dying to get the answer to:

How "deep" is this game in regards of typical, traditional RPG content? I see there is a skill point system, but does it offer a wide variety of options, or is it pretty much "cookie cutter"? And are there any "trade skills" (abilities to alter/create items)?

My impression from just watching the videos is that this is a rather lightweight, "action only" mmo? Is this wrong, and if so, how?



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Kr3sn1k
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 8:34:49 PM

First of no trade skills because they wanted to keep it as true to DC as possible anther thing that is that You have multiple powers each power has 2 branchs not to mention the iconic powers those are labled under power under skills you have youre weapon combos and movement abbilites which will differ depending on youre choice of movement in charecter create(Flight,Super-Speed,Acrobatics) and then theres also loot which as in most mmos effect your stats which makes it much like an rpg in my opinion but not completely one (as a side note you dont need to wear the item you have equiped you can choose from a list of styles youve collected)

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Beamboom
Monday, January 17, 2011 @ 9:20:32 PM

Thanks alot, Kr3sn1k!

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Kr3sn1k
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 1:44:49 AM

No problem =)

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AnonWTF
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 4:58:13 PM
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The trailer for this game was badass!

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