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HairyArse
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It's true, I just reserved my copy for collection tomorrow!

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#1 at 22:27:58 - 16/02/2007
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Let us know when the game is your xbox. Surely argos wont break the street date by a week?
#2 at 22:31:58 - 16/02/2007
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Well you would think so but their online resrvations system just let me reserve a copy for collection in the morning.

I think I'll give them a ring first.
#3 at 22:36:41 - 16/02/2007
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Nah. dont ring em, you'll let the cat out of the bag, stick to the auto pay machine, pay your money and demand your game or you'll stage a dirty protest right there in the shop.

Worked for me at Spec savers once.
#4 at 22:46:15 - 16/02/2007
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Halo 3 Betas ftw!
#5 at 00:31:23 - 17/02/2007
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Yep. Been able to reserve a copy online and it's "in stock". Might trot down there at nine am and see what's what.

Have a feeling it'll be a wasted journey though. When does anything get released a whole week early in the UK?
#6 at 00:52:10 - 17/02/2007
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Got it!!!

Although reports are coming in that most people are being turned away empty handed.

The automated tills wouldn't let me pay for it. The very nice lady on the cashier's desk couldn't let me pay for it. She called the supervisor over, who pressed buttons, made calls, disappeared out the back. Then let me buy a copy (includes H3 beta, folks).

Seems like I got lucky, as the system is rigged to prevent them selling it early.

Flirting with supervisors ftw!
#7 at 10:32:33 - 17/02/2007
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Hmm in that case I can't be arsed risking it, however the GF is going shopping and I'm gonna get her to try for me.

:D
#8 at 12:33:45 - 17/02/2007
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Bastard. Rejected.
#9 at 14:15:16 - 17/02/2007
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shopto.net are fulfilling orders today.
#10 at 15:40:19 - 17/02/2007
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Dear God, I've been having some fun with this. Everything feels so much tighter than the demo. I've looked around the whole city now, got a few stats up to level three, most on two - already found almost half of the agility orbs. Made my way to the top of the agency tower last night and base jumped off into the tiny pond in The Keep's grounds.

I will say, there's a couple of moments when the camera betrays you - particularly when climbing something like the ferris wheel. Another issue is how desolate parts of the city can become very quickly. I took out four of the named gang members in the first area - which pretty much causes all grunts to vanish. Aside from the climbing and messing around, there's very little to do in the first third of the city now. I've gone into the other parts with a view to just pissing about with the regular thugs for a while. Loving the rocket launcher, too. :)

Does a mod want to change the thread title to just "Crackdown" now? Other folk should be receiving this on monday from shopto - and Argos have already rectified their error.
#11 at 11:17:08 - 18/02/2007
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repairmanjack said:I took out four of the named gang members in the first area - which pretty much causes all grunts to vanish.

Ah, slightly disappointing.

I'm getting more excited about the game though, the more comments I read.
#12 at 11:40:18 - 18/02/2007
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ilmaestro said:
repairmanjack said:I took out four of the named gang members in the first area - which pretty much causes all grunts to vanish.

Ah, slightly disappointing.

I'm getting more excited about the game though, the more comments I read.


I've actually been pacing myself and just playing in the world - and having a great deal of fun with it. Some of the achievements are quite entertaining to try for. What's impressed me more than anything else is just how solid the world looks and feels. Not sure why I took a chance on it, given the fact the demo left me a bit cold. Had the same thing with Just Cause actually - and ended up really enjoying that. This is of a higher standard all around, though.

I've read on gamefaqs that when you complete the game (or kill the kingpins, at least) you open up an option to have random crimes occuring in the world. This brings the villains back and lets you sandbox indefinately. (Hopefully this is true).

One curious absence: stats. Much vaunted in the previews, the game was going to track how far you threw stuff, highest kill ratio, etc. If the game is doing it, it's keeping the results a secret.
#13 at 19:38:36 - 18/02/2007
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Looking forward to this now. Going to play it through with my mate and attempt to level up and get the achievements together. Will be interesting to see how far we get in doing this.
#14 at 20:19:37 - 18/02/2007
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Well, in three long evenings of play, I now have all my stats (bar driving) up to level four. I daren't guess what this amounts to in actual play hours, but I'm staggered at the EG review that suggests you'll "complete" the game in a day. I guess it's feasible if you just go after the bosses and their heirarchy - but doing so would largely miss the point of the game.

I've managed to grab 423 of the agility orbs, but only about 60 of the hidden ones. Given I haven't been taking down many of the bosses, I'm surprised that just messing around in the game world hasn't become a little repetitive. If anything it just keeps getting better (largely thanks to the cool leveling system).

Getting that Mercenaries vibe from it more and more - which to me is a high recommendation.

Anyone's shopto order arriving today?
#15 at 10:00:53 - 19/02/2007
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repairmanjack said:Anyone's shopto order arriving today?

its sitting on my desk, sadly im at work but im loving shopto's work, keep it up igor!
#16 at 10:38:23 - 19/02/2007
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So shopto.net will send this out today even though it says not due to be released for another 5 days?
#17 at 10:45:48 - 19/02/2007
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HairyArse said:So shopto.net will send this out today even though it says not due to be released for another 5 days?


They were sending orders out on saturday, by all accounts.
#18 at 10:46:41 - 19/02/2007
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Am I missing something? How do I actually add it to my shopping cart?
#19 at 10:59:06 - 19/02/2007
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HairyArse said:Am I missing something? How do I actually add it to my shopping cart?


You have to be logged in to add it to your cart.
#20 at 11:01:08 - 19/02/2007
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if that doesnt work, pre-order it, and see if it moves to the order section soon after, as it is clearly in stock
#21 at 11:05:25 - 19/02/2007
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Aaah - it's in my pre-order queue now. Should hopefully complete today.

Talk about the world's least intuitive website.
#22 at 11:22:40 - 19/02/2007
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If anyone gets this and doesn't get on with it, and wishes they'd swapped it for Midway, gimme a shout.

Peej
#23 at 11:29:22 - 19/02/2007
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You mean you're not ordering it Peej?
#24 at 11:30:30 - 19/02/2007
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HairyArse said:You mean you're not ordering it Peej?


No way. Not my cup of tea - I'm just offering up Midway as a swap as I've got about as far with it as I'm gonna, and no fucker plays it online so...

Peej
#25 at 11:31:20 - 19/02/2007
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I play it plenty online Peej, I'm just stuck on dialup this week as we've just moved.
#26 at 11:39:10 - 19/02/2007
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Once I'm properly back on Live, I really want to test out some Midway multiplayer...
#27 at 11:41:40 - 19/02/2007
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Review. Front page. By me. :)
#28 at 15:03:00 - 21/02/2007
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Dammit reading and proofreading your review almost had me convinced to get it.

Good job I'm reet and properly skint this week.

Peej
#29 at 15:04:14 - 21/02/2007
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I'm buying an Xbox360 for this game.
Yes, I enjoyed the demo *that* much - plus lots of the folk here at work have 360s so it'll be fun to play online with them :-)
Only worry is the perennial "Hmmm... should I wait for a price-drop/ Is there a price-cut imminent?" paranoia :-/
#30 at 15:05:45 - 21/02/2007

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