Dark Souls
Dark Souls Shifts Over 2.3 Million Units Since its 2011 Release
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Dark Souls has reached sales of over 2.3 million since launching back in October 2011. The figures come from a presentation held during a conference in Japan, headed up by From Software's Executive Director, Eiichi Nakajima.

In total, Dark Souls has sold 2,367,000 units since release, with 692,000 of those being the 'Prepare to Die Edition', which bundles the game with the 'Artorias of the Abyss' add-on.

The unit breakdown provided by Gpara and Livedoor who were in attendance at the event [via NeoGAF] can be found is as follows:

“Dark Souls (PS3) 375,000 units in Japan and overseas (PS3, Xbox 360) for a total of 1,300,000 and 1,675,000. Subsequently, 137,000 sold foreign (360, PC PS3, Xbox) to sell a total of 692,000 of the 555,000 units, including the additional content Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss edition (PS3, PC) 2,367,000 accumulated.”

Not a bad performance all in all. There'll be more death awaiting when Dark Souls II releases on Xbox 360 in late 2013/early 2014. You can check out the latest trailer below.

[Via VG247]


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Comment #1 by Josh Benton
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:35:45 AM
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So at least a 8 billion deaths altogether then

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Comment #2 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:36:48 AM
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one of the best/most creative games of this generation, a truly magnificant series

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Comment #3 by Blazman83
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:40:08 AM
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Never played it, just havent got round to it yet life keeps getting in the way of my precious gaming time. Is it like Skyrim? or more hack n slash like a Fableish game?

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Comment #4 by ponypo2001
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:42:30 AM
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@ #3 It's nothing like either of those games. For a start, it's actually good. It rewards player skill progression and skill. A very rewarding gaming experience that is sorely missing this generation.

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Comment #5 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:43:54 AM
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I love the way this is considered a major success, while tomb raider sold about 1mil more, and is considered a flop.

Looks like someone knows how to realistic goals.

Freaking amazing game, I really need to get in there and finish it, every-time I play it I get so far in then suddenly get distracted (usually by something shiny), then when I come back I'm confused as hell as to what i am doing and start again, it's a never ending cycle, and I've had it since day one, sold it and purchased the prepare to die version, but am still yet to finish it.

One day.

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Comment #6 by bLaKgRaVy
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:46:35 AM
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If this was Square Enix, that would be considered an utter failure...

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Comment #7 by davhuit
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:48:56 AM
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@6 : I was going to say the same thing xD

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Comment #8 by CornishMessiah
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:49:43 AM
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At it's release I chose Skyrim over it, limited budget and all. Picked it up only a few months back and honestly I think I was mistaken to chose skyrim over it. Not that skyrim is bad, fantastic in fact but Souls for me is a beautiful game!

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Comment #9 by Slayinfool
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:50:58 AM
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Cool, I bought it and still can't get past the second level......

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Comment #10 by 1morey
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:54:55 AM
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You are dead, dead, dead. You are dead, dead, dead. Thought you were hot...guess what....your not!

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Comment #11 by mikefizzled
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:57:32 AM
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Please release an infographic on deaths please :)

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Comment #12 by Cinderkin
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 12:01:55 PM
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I own both Demon Souls and Dark Souls. Really fun games and I will eventually get DS2.

Now OFF TOPIC here: X360A How do I update my gamercard on this site? I am sitting at over 320k and the site at the top right shows me at 215k while my comments show me at 269k. What gives?

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Comment #13 by SGT H0US3
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 12:17:12 PM
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i would also like to no as im finally over 100k and would like to show off :)

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Comment #14 by Dark Anaconda
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 12:18:27 PM
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Well deserved, nuff said.

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Comment #15 by SGT H0US3
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 12:18:47 PM
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my gamer card next to my comment actually shows my correct score but dosent at the top of the page but never mind this will do

sorry for the double post

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Comment #16 by BBowles
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 12:38:18 PM
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Dark Souls sells 2.3 millions units since 2011, and they're happy about it.

Tomb Raider sells 3.6 million in the FIRST MONTH it is out, and Square Enix declares it a failure.

Some companies need to readjust their expectations.

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Comment #17 by Apollo Lv2
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 12:40:45 PM
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About 10 billion deaths -_- The hardest I have probably ever played

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Comment #18 by Gizmo Monkey
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 12:53:30 PM
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Tomb Raider cost a lot more money to develop (time it took, production values with art assets, voice acting, cutscenes, focus testing, marketed the hell out of etc) hence why they needed to have it sell at least 5 million for it to be a success. To just pay for all the developers wages for 3-4 years must have been tens of millions.

Dark Souls on the other hand was made on a much lower budget with a much smaller development team and in a shorter time frame. Sure it might not be as flashy looking as Tomb Raider but it just goes to show you don't need a Hollywood type budget to make an amazing gameplay experience. Maybe Square Enix should take a page out of Namco Bandai's development processes instead of throwing around all the money on marketing, cutscenes, motion capture and graphics etc and then moaning afterwards it wasn't a success.

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Comment #19 by Peter File
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 01:14:51 PM
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Spot on mate, same with films, the big budget films maybe pretty to look at but otherwise theres fuck all else there usually! Lol
Really looking foward to darksouls 2! It will be day one for me!

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Comment #20 by Tubby 94
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 01:19:45 PM
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I wish it sold more, such an amazing game once you get a grip on the combat

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Comment #21 by a hippyslayer
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 01:25:52 PM
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Fave game of this Gen.

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Comment #22 by Opiate42
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 01:37:18 PM
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I've probably died 100 times in the first few hours alone.

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Comment #23 by gravelandx88
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 02:11:08 PM
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#12 I know exactly what you mean. The one on the top right page and the one left of my comment, #'s are both wrong. I'm currently at 49k. What I was told a few years ago. Your suppose to manually update all your games GS on here.

1. Search any game you played.
2. Under My360achievements, "click here to enable."
3. Select your achievements and press save.

After that, the system will update itself.

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Comment #24 by Cinderkin
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 03:01:17 PM
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I've played almost 1000 games on my gamercard. I'm not manually going to edit each games achievements. That sounds awful.

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Comment #25 by SweptbackFlame
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 03:15:24 PM
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Is this game really that Hard on it's hardest difficulty or any difficulty for that matter?

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Comment #26 by merc mcguirk
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 03:42:57 PM
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@25 There aren't any difficulty settings but the game does scale in NG+ up to 7 times I believe. As others have said, it's hard but once you understand how to play smart it gets quite a bit easier. Or so I thought until I reached the Four Kings on NG+++... Probably the most ridiculously unfair boss battle I have ever played.

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Comment #27 by Dawgmuffin
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 04:00:24 PM
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@25 There aren't any difficulty settings. You start on "New Game" (NG) which is actually decently hard. When you beat it, you start over with your levels and most of your items carrying over to "New Game +" (NG+), in which the enemies have more health and do more damage. Beat that and you go to NG+2 which is harder, etc, up to NG+7, after which point the difficulty stays the same.

Some people have beaten NG+7 without leveling up, but that doesn't mean the game is easy. It takes a LOT of planning and skill (and deaths), and just the first playthrough is hard enough for a lot of people (Maybe even most people?) to give up. A lot of that, though, is just people not understanding the intricacies of the combat system. Once you understand how it works, you shouldn't be stuck on any one boss for that long. I'd say it's just about perfectly difficult. Not really as hard as most people say, but I still can't just breeze through NG without trying. There will always be a lot of tense moments.

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Comment #28 by peace099
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 04:00:37 PM
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@26 I HATE the Four Kings. Personally I still like Demon's Souls more. But both are great.

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Comment #29 by Epsilon 616
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 04:26:13 PM
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Got bored with this game. Clunky combat coupled with repetitive gameplay.

Die, fight the same goons, Die, fight the same goons. Bosses are the only real change. Also, the game doesn't have a story. No one is giving you missions. You just plod through the thing without direction...

I love RPGs, but this game really turned me off.

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Comment #30 by Total Shinobi
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 04:33:43 PM
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@29 The story is present, it just isn't handed to you from the start on a plate. You need to go out and find the answers yourself which was one of the reasons I loved it so much.

I guess the combat varies from each person, I didn't find it clunky at all. The main thing I got from the game was that I'd die and eventually get the enemy patterns and timing in my head just as that enemy type is switched out for a new type, which was a lot.

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Comment #31 by Mikekips
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 04:36:27 PM
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Along with the great gameplay and combat this game has some of the best music I have heard in a long while as well. I love the soundtrack. I am excited for Dark Souls 2. Can't wait to die all over.

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Comment #32 by Mr Jinxed
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 05:15:32 PM
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Fuck 4 kings. Worst boss ever. That's even taking Bed of Chaos into account (let's be honest, it wasn't really a boss such much as a minor annoyance you had to go through to move on).

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Comment #33 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 05:58:31 PM
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@18 I agree with you only namco/bandai publish souls not develop. That honor goes to from software

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Comment #34 by E10phoenix
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:50:28 PM
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Square Enix would call this a failure

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Comment #35 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 07:20:42 PM
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Square enix have now made 2 sequels to final fantasy 13 , the worst final fantasy the have ever made (numbered anyway, 10-2 was also embarrassingly bad ), that pretty much speaks volumes about how retarded that company is

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Comment #36 by SG1 Stelson
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 09:55:45 PM
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@32 The Four Kings a weird because in new game and new game + you can just go Full Havel's run up to them and beat the shit out of them without really worrying or even blocking but after that they just become downright insane

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Comment #37 by XxMayhemxX
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 02:07:48 AM
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Ornstein and Smough are toughest imo... not 4 Kings...

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Comment #38 by Wing X Custom
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 03:32:59 AM
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@35 Your retarded. Once you got past the whole Charlies angels girl power theme, X-2 was a good game, with one of the most solid and enjoyable combat systems the franchise has ever seen. I'll agree XIII and its subsequent sequels are ass though.

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Comment #39 by VirusDave 138
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 05:40:57 AM
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Demon´s Souls and Dark Souls are one of my favorite games ever!
Can´t wait for Dark Souls II!
Awesome Combat System, challenging Bosses and great Setting!
And the best... no 200 side-quests and Dialogues... all straight to the point!

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Comment #40 by Avis Cyrus
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 12:56:41 PM
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I'm shocked this game sold well. It was absolutely terrible.

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Comment #41 by davhuit
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 01:53:43 PM
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@18 : Then, it cost too much. They could probably spare a few millions and did pretty much the same game. For example, spare some money without the multiplayer/lots of marketing.

A game like Tomb Raider don't need any marketing aside the web.

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Comment #42 by davhuit
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 01:58:05 PM
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I just searched and it said the costs was 100 millions, WTF?!

100 millions is the cost of GTA V, a game that took several years to be developped, which had to pay a lot of royalties because of the music, etc...

That's just crazy.

And by the way, let's say they sold 3.5 millions of copies like they said :

3.5 millions x 50 dollars : 175 millions of dollars :)

Even if you say they only get 30 dollars from each copy :

3.5 millions x 30 = 105 millions :)

So even if it cost 100 millions, which is crazy in my opinion for such a game, they should already got back their money.

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Comment #43 by Poppygalaxy
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 03:37:19 PM
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The best game i have played in a long time. A few game that still keeps my interest. even after 1000 hours.

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Comment #44 by Mr Jinxed
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 03:37:43 PM
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@36 I faced off against them a fair amount of times (got 1000 points in dark souls), so I know what you mean :)
Still, They were truly the worst boss of the lot imho. I really really hated them. And not in that special Dark Souls good way either :P

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Comment #45 by virgil must die
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 04:45:23 PM
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God this game was great. For me the worst boss was seath the scaleless, not a hard boss(well as hard as the four kings or smough and ornstein) but trying to get his tail for the tail weapon took ages and pre patch when being cursed was more of a bitch to get rid of he was a pain in the ass!

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Comment #46 by Ephidel
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 05:00:53 PM
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A truly boring game imo. Very little appeal whatsoever, and #30, that's BS. The "story" is shite, clichéd nonsense.

As for those people patting themselves on the back for getting 1000G and saying how "amazingly hard" DkS is, you guys are either young, dumb or bandwagoning.

The "good old days" had games which consisted of 1 hit deaths, 3 lives & NO continues. Die once and you go back to the start of the level. Die 3 times and you go back to the start of the game. DkS is piss easy in comparison to "the good old days" and the only 2 things that make it "difficult" are not knowing enemy/boss attacks patterns (and counters) and the arthritic combat system.

Easily one of the most overrated games this gen. Dragon's Dogma did so many things better than this and it was actually fun to play. Dark Souls suffers from a chronic lack of style, substance or even purpose. Laboured gameplay, paper-thin "story", almost no music, awkward character interactions/conversations, cheap "difficulty" design and it's all topped off with a butchered co-op mechanic and a random, unrewarding and unavoidable PvP aspect.

I'll be interested to see if they announce anything good with DkS2, other than another "fancy graphics, overly dramatic music" cutscene or trailer.

DkS is the epitome of an anticlimax. So much hype, and it delivers absolutely nothing of the sort.

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Comment #47 by BeheldBryan
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 05:01:31 PM
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I probably never will like this series as I really don't like trial and error gameplay all that much (I'm a very frequent quick saver). I like RPGs like Witcher 1/2, Baldur's Gate 1/2, Dragon Age 1, TES, Mass Effect 1, KOTOR 1/2, Fallout(all), etc. For the most part, having a great story and supporting cast of characters is key for me to enjoy an RPG as I look at the experience as me being a part of a book in which I'm the main character. Did I feel that way in the short times I played Demon/Dark Souls? No.

Having said that, I'm glad Dark Souls was successful. The RPG genre is a bit dead on the console side of things, so its nice to see a game come in and do shit a bit differently than what has become the norm (bare bones skill trees).

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Comment #48 by OBLIVORAT3RxUKx
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 05:59:26 PM
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@40 Then go and play some cod or halo you fucking noob!

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Comment #49 by Suplemental
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:32:42 AM
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"I don't think i can count that high"

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Comment #50 by Sanchezz4387
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 01:18:32 PM
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@46 you are a muppet

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Comment #51 by F Swan
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 05:49:36 PM
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Would be called a failure if Capcom or Square had made it ...

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