Phantasy Star Universe
Phantasy Star Universe's Full 1250 Now Attainable; MAG+ Event Begins Today
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Calling all completionists and achievement whores, this news is for you!

A good more than two years ago now, Ambition of the Illuminus, an 800MSP expansion to the MMO game mode of Sega's Phantasy Star Universe, was released and brought with it an extra 250 gamerscore to the title. However, it was only back on January 8th (yep, just three weeks ago) that the final achievement was actually achievable; an update brought about the "S2" difficulty of a mission boss that would unlock the final achievement, "Dark Falz 2 Slayer."

So why am I only posting about this now? Well, two reasons. One, I forgot since I started working dilligently on the achievements myself. Two, now would be a great time for people who would like to work on the extra achievements to start. Beginning today and running until March 11th, an event called Maximum Attack G+ will be running and is estimated to have somewhere around a 300% increase in  base experience that you might earn in other missions. Considering you need to be level 90 just to enter the final mission at S2 difficulty (which takes 6.7 million experience), you'll be spending quite a bit of time working on this. My playtime as of last night was 62 hours and I am level 87, though with the event going on it will drastically reduce that time for new starts.

To earn the extra achievements, you'll need the game (duh), the expansion (linked above) and a "Guardians License" which is bought through the dashboard as a recurring renewal and costs $10 (in the US, prices may vary by country) per month. Even without the event, I would have managed to finish it without using a second month's subscription (though you will need to spend a few hours at it every day), but the event will definitely help. I should also have a guide of sorts up on the forums in the next few days to help any newcomers. Good luck, everyone!


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Comment #1 by nukefarmer
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 12:58:36 PM
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Just wondering can u get a membership for this game via a card ? (Like the ms point cards)

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Comment #2 by The Pants Party [STAFF]
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 12:59:37 PM
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No, they unfortunately do not sell those. You can use a pre-paid credit card from a bank if you don't want to use a normal credit/debit card.

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Comment #3 by l.maciver
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:06:37 PM
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why does this game need a Subscribtions anyway, though thats why we pay for xbox live...

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Comment #4 by Infomouse
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:13:16 PM
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Because i guess it costs them more to run it?

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Comment #5 by VisionsOfDemise
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:16:19 PM
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If it's anything like FFXI it probably doesn't require a gold account to actually play it, just their subscription to the game...

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Comment #6 by xxEquilibriumxx
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:18:30 PM
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It's a giant mmo that has employees working on the clock almost all the time to help out players while they are gaming. It is not like a regular game where you get stuck you have to reset ur xbox or email and employee. You go and pm a gm and kind of like getting put on hold the next available worker will be with you shortly. Thanks for the info pants I'll be putting in phantasy star universe once i complete the new mass effect.

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Comment #7 by Nubz McPwnzr
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:25:47 PM
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The game itself is terrible, I used to play it with my gf years ago and then quit, its just boring and a bad mmo imo.

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Comment #8 by Frank_The_Bison
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:30:46 PM
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Lol @ the license.

I hated PSO for that after they never update anything.

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Comment #9 by Don Manolo
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:39:55 PM
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Thanks for the heads up! Might get that dlc now!

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Comment #10 by H0p3sfalL
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:44:18 PM
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Pass !!!!!

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Comment #11 by NeoGeo18
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:50:24 PM
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Its good to know about this event but Im surprised that the news that this achievement had become obtainable wasn't circulated more widely earlier. Oh well, at least it has now.

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Comment #12 by II M1CK3H II
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:54:58 PM
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People complain about WoW'd subscription costs, but this game subscription + XBL subs is just lol.

As well as the fact that mmo's dont work on consoles.

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Comment #13 by dementedlullaby
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 01:59:48 PM
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Too bad I'm not ever going to pay to play this monthly again. Didn't enjoy the game enough. Oh well got one of the online only achievements.

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Comment #14 by Californigus
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 02:09:01 PM
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LOL at this

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Comment #15 by JC Elite
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 02:21:55 PM
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Why in the world would you re-sign up for this game just to finish up a couple achievements? Lol. Take the $10 and go get a Xbox Live Arcade game you don't have yet.

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Comment #16 by Zorlance
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 02:29:03 PM
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@15 - If you're a completionist.

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Comment #17 by The Pants Party [STAFF]
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 02:32:27 PM
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#15: Because I can do what I want with the money I worked for, and this is what I chose? I'd rather have full completion on a retail title than an arcade, plus having the 1000/1250 annoyed me.

Oh, and it's an RPG. I'm shooting for #1 on the MGC leaderboard, so every extra point helps.

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Comment #18 by KingSigy
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 02:33:59 PM
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This is cool for people who enjoyed the game, but I always found Phantasy Star awkward. After PSO, the games just repeated.

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Comment #19 by Will Daniels
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 02:40:27 PM
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Wow. I had to re-read this. I thought you posted something about a "MAG" event, as in the PS3 game. I just got that along with ME2, so I was excited. Untill I realized that it was supposed to be Max+.

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Comment #20 by Juzt Skillz
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 03:19:46 PM
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I am kind of interested in this game. Hopefully I can pick it up for cheap at the bargain bin.

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Comment #21 by TheCrackaSmacka
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 03:20:57 PM
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its supposed to be mag+

Max Attack G+

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Comment #22 by The Betrayer142
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 03:40:06 PM
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Sorry, too limited, difficult, and long of an RPG for my liking, let alone that they charge fees to play their game. However, for hardcore RPGers, this is probably amazing stuff :)

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Comment #23 by Gravehammer
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 03:43:46 PM
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MGC's has little to no meaning. It's a pretty lame site :P. if anything pay us for playing this PoS game.

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Comment #24 by yamayamayaamaa
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 03:51:09 PM
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he said mmo, lol

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Comment #25 by mosin360
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 04:08:05 PM
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I rather buy Star Trek Online.

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Comment #26 by Saracin
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 04:24:23 PM
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I played this game when it first came out, but I suck at making friends in online games. Maybe I should go back at least for this event and see what happens lol

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Comment #27 by ViolentStCannon
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 04:33:30 PM
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The PC/PS2 version's server are free to play until March 31st. I logged in there earlier today since I had a account with PSU a year ago. It's was literally dead. Kinda sad through because all the hardcore PC/PS2 fans are cursing Sega for still supporting 360. But I can't blame them for being mad though. It was a bitch move on Sega's end when they could've brought it to everyone's attention at the beginning of the month instead of announcing the sever close a week ago.

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Comment #28 by VladimirK
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 05:28:38 PM
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I'm happy with the original 1000 in this.
Took me quite a while to get it if I remember right, and I don't want to pay the £7, (I think it was that), per month on top of the price of the DLC.

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Comment #29 by TheFalcon
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 06:15:04 PM
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i'm in the same boat as vlad. i just can't justify spending $10 for the add on and then another $10 for a "license" when i already par for XBL gold.

pass on this....just like when it came out many moons ago.

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Comment #30 by lXl Will lXl
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 06:33:18 PM
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This has been out since Jan 8th but I think Pant's is posting about it now because a 1 MONTH long event has started. With this event you will be able to obtain this achievement in 2 weeks or less. There is a subscription because it is updated with new content, and you don't need a gold sub. I have written a lot of info for getting started if your totally new to PSU so with that you should have no problem if you want to complete PSU 1250. Its all in the forums so check it out if your serious about getting this achievement.

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Comment #31 by lXl Will lXl
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 06:37:10 PM
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I'd like to add that people will pay $9 dollars for a weeks long rental for achievment's from blockbuster, but won't pay a subscription of $10 to gain some achievements online, and have 1 month to play it. last I checked your getting more time for your money to play a game for 1 month for $10 than 1 week for $9. And to those that say this game sucks online, its not the same as it was even 6 months ago. The game changes, and the demo is not the same, that does this game now no justice. Also just because you don't like something, doesn't mean that no one else will.

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Comment #32 by Accel Dance
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 07:52:39 PM
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This game is absolutely terrible anyway, kinda pointless. Although this does remind me of the 4 Naruto Rise of a Ninja achievements which were never possible to get...

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Comment #33 by D4RKXPOW3R
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 08:24:07 PM
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I had a really high level guy online like 2 years ago, and I had 1000/1000 back then...If I buy the game now, I have to start over at Level 1 don't I?

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Comment #34 by BimmyandJimmy
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 08:28:37 PM
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You'll never beat sajaa pants party HAHAHAHA and btw this is old news about 2 weeks ago.

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Comment #35 by Park Diesel
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 08:39:44 PM
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Just so everyone understands:
It costs $10 a month max. If you are just going for the achievements and can finish it quickly, it will cost less. Microsoft actually refunds the unused portion when you cancel your Guardians License (M$ refunding money has to make you smile). I did this rather quickly, without an event. I paid $3.82 on top of the DLC price. Yes it sucks, but you can ease the cost by finishing quickly.

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Comment #36 by DarthRandalNC
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 09:24:18 PM
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Goddam it! I just traded this in two months ago because there was no news if the final achievement would ever become available.

Guess I'll be picking this one up again...thankfully it's pretty cheap at GameStop what last I remember.

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Comment #37 by drake4k
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 11:28:53 PM
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same here i came very close to trading this in just last week. i played when it first came out but not since then. im downloading the dlc now.. and ill need friends so if you play late night between 11pm and 6 am eastern time look me up!

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Comment #38 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 11:40:43 PM
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What? You have to buy the game then pay to play it?

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Comment #39 by ShadowMonkey987
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 12:35:28 AM
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like most game's nowadays they have a single player and a multiplayer sections (i own this game havent got into it much though)


the original 1000 on this game is dedicated to the single player

the extra 250 gamerscore is dedicated to the multiplayer portion of the game (MMO part)

yes you do have to pay to play this online (mainly because it's like WoW)

but if you only want to play this game and FF11 then you do not need to buy a gold membership (in other word's if your a mmo nerd then you don't need gold)

these 2 games run on silver membership's (because their pay for online games)

now if mw2 (or the next Cod) had a pay for online multiplayer (it was rumoured) then most people would cancel their gold subscription seeing as all they would play would be the nex

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Comment #40 by dementedlullaby
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 01:03:30 AM
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why is it so hard to understand you have to pay for a mmo? Even free mmo's have a cash shop that basically screw you over into buying items if you want to play at least a little competitively.

I would pay to play this if it was at least a good game as opposed to a mediocre one. Hell I play WoW and Aion currently.

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Comment #41 by ShadowMonkey987
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 01:32:25 AM
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Continuation of #39

would be the next call of duty game XD

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Comment #42 by samjustsam
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 01:45:46 AM
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i loved the last one on the DC. i dont know about this one though. would be hard to find a new copy of it at a store. also, i am not very cool with paying to play online when i am paying for xbox live. might get it if i can find it cheap and the single player is ok like the last one was.

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Comment #43 by Epic Henchman
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 04:30:15 AM
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tbh i never got round to getting this game, i was a avid fan of pso when it first came out on dreamcast but since all the business about adding a subscription fee, making various spin offs including the card game, ep3: card revolution and the closing of the official pso ep1&2 and blue burst servers. ive had given up on the ps franchise completely but i think i might have to try to get a cheep copy from amazon just for the achievements.

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Comment #44 by Gottle
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 04:44:50 AM
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So, if i start a brand new game i can get 1250/1250 right now, with a game, a guild pass and a dlc?

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Comment #45 by Apple
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 05:44:20 AM
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Appreciate the heads up about the bonus XP. Was gonna start this in the summer, but it looks like I'll be starting a lot sooner, thanks!

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Comment #46 by cloud7str1fe
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 06:43:32 AM
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Awsome, was waiting for the final achieve, before going online with the game, shame about the level 90 requirement :L. Just hope i get on and leveled before the servers shut down :O :'(

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Comment #48 by lXl Will lXl
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:26:04 AM
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@#46 This game is not shutting down any time soon. They are shutting down the PC/PS2 servers of this game because people have dwindled. They said they had a 5 YEAR plan for online content and we are in our 3rd year of that plan. They also stated that closing the PC version is going to bring more content to the 360 faster. For the achievement it will take a minimum of lvl90 to get in the mission. YOU WILL NOT BEAT IT IF YOUR 90 ALONE. Ask anyone in the forums that has run through this. Besides, its a great achievement to go for this month with the exp. event and all.

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Comment #49 by onestarv2
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 03:41:52 PM
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The game is completely different offline than it is online. Offline does not hold a candle to online. Sega makes great online RPGS, they just suck at supporting them in the states, especially since we are like 18 months behind Japan in content.

And to all of those bitching that you have to play online, IT'S AN MMO! What did you expect? You don't have to pay for xbox live, so you can have a silver account and still play this game online. You people will willingly shell out $10 bucks for 3 maps on Halo 3 and shitty COD games that come out yearly, but god forbid pay a monthly fee for a montly updated game.

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Comment #50 by TheRoadHead
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 07:23:01 PM
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I just got done grinding on Chromehounds....Why SEGA why do this to me so soon after that borefest on another one of your games. I sure hope that PSU is better online than it was offline because i could wait for the single player game to be done.

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Comment #51 by TomoyoN
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 09:03:27 PM
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So what is the estimate in hours to get to L90? And if I do choose to do this any high lvls out there nice enough to run me through those achievement missions :P

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Comment #52 by lXl Will lXl
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @ 11:33:23 PM
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@ #51 If you were really interested in this you would be reading the forums rather than asking in the news messages. I have been running people for this achievement since its been out. Also with the event it will take you less than 2 weeks to get to 90 if you play everyday.

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Comment #53 by Nathan0418
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 01:01:13 PM
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I wish this achievement was available a half year ago when I was still on there.

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Comment #54 by spunyun
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 10:06:19 PM
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I don't know if I will pay $10 for the download and $10 for a month to get the 250 points, but I'm sort of excited I finally got unstuck on the campaign so now I can hopefully get back towards trying to finish it soon. All I had to do was talk to the stupid robot in my room >_

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Comment #55 by Yachi
Sunday, July 04, 2010 @ 10:36:37 AM
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US October 24, 2006
Europe November 24, 2006
Japan October 01, 2006

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