Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Pre-Order Bonuses Confirmed
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Microsoft and 343 Industries have today confirmed the pre-order bonuses for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, paying tribute to both Master Chief and the ever-lovable Grunt with its squeaky voice and suicidal tendencies. There's two special pre-order incentives available offering Avatar items and an in-game extra in the form of a special Grunt skull. Take a look:

  • Master Chief Avatar Armour – Heroes never die, and to honour the 10th Anniversary of John 117, you will finally be able to transform your Xbox LIVE Avatar into the iconic hero by outfitting it with Master Chief’s signature MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armour.
  • “Grunt Funeral” Skull – An exclusive, game-modifying skull that changes the rules of the game for an explosively humorous experience, “Grunt Funeral” sends “Halo’s” most lowly and lovable enemy out in a blaze of glory. And plasma. And then more glory. Once the skull has been activated, every grunt’s methane tank will explode like a plasma grenade when killed. Watch out for the grunt chain reaction!

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will also be coming to Comic-Con this Friday, with key developers from 343 Industries on hand to answer all of your burning Halo questions. Halo: CE Anniversary is out on November 15th, 2011. Check out the Master Chief Avatar armour in the image below.


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Comment #1 by master_shake_350
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:18:08 AM
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AWESOME! WHY DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WITH NO PRE-ORDER BOUNSE'S. Sorry for the caps, but this is to awesome.

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Comment #2 by G0LDEN AVENGER
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:18:15 AM
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I want that “Grunt Funeral” Skull

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Comment #3 by ChosenOne
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:18:16 AM
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Here is the video showing off the "Grunt Funeral" Skull:

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Comment #4 by RubberSoul1990
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:18:57 AM
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Where can this be pre-ordered in the UK?

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Comment #5 by Erunion
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:19:53 AM
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Oh hell yes pre-ordering ASAP.

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Comment #6 by SkilledJR
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:20:57 AM
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it better not be $60

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Comment #7 by G0LDEN AVENGER
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:22:24 AM
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@6 Its going to be $40

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Comment #8 by left4dead23
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:24:48 AM
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what store is this for gamestop, walmart, best buy?

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Comment #9 by Countrymaniac
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:32:54 AM
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Have mine pre-ordered at gamestop. Costs only $40. They don't know anything yet about this bonus.

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Comment #10 by Sh4d0w5h1ft3r
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:33:19 AM
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I wonder if they are going to have a "Legendary Edition" too. I've gotten all of the legendary versions since Halo 2, and it would be great to have this one as well. I'm a sucker for collector's edition stuff.
Anyway, the Avatar outfit is alright, but the Grunt funeral skull sounds like a blast!

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Comment #11 by secretkaos187
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:33:51 AM
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Awesome,Halo has been my nerd addiction for YEARS! will get this...Im still confused as to the multiplayer maps,is it all the reach maps plus combat evolved or just the CE maps? Will i be able to play them through REACH? Regardless this is gonna be HALO AWESOME!!!

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Comment #12 by tosh0
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:35:47 AM
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Thanks for the vid ChosenOne!!! Just seeing that level being played in HD metls my heart... i can't wait!!

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Comment #13 by irJessica
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:36:00 AM
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That skull was also in Halo Wars. It kept destroying my units but I had it on anyway cause it was so much fun!

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Comment #14 by chuckls33
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:37:02 AM
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Comment #15 by Masterfuljk23
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:37:53 AM
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This is to cool back to where it all began

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Comment #16 by Jawsant
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:41:02 AM
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This is what pre-order bonuses should be! Something that does not effect the game and is simple! As for the game, its going to kick ass :)

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Comment #17 by BADFELLA
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:45:07 AM
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WICKED should give us halo 1 original game2

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Comment #18 by PrinceOfThralls
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:45:56 AM
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Need to preorder now, just for the skull.

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Comment #19 by GILLHUHN
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:53:54 AM
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Sounds like a crappy pre order bonus alas i will most likely pre order anyway since its a budget game and only costs $40

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Comment #20 by lordL0ki
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:57:48 AM
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I don´t like Avatar Clothes, but the grunt skull sounds funny.

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Comment #21 by Dragonmarked
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:58:47 AM
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@ #11:
When playing from the CE disk, all you get are the 7 maps, but if you use the code they are including, you can play those plus the Reach maps from the Reach disk. It's similar to the ODST deal, just no disk for the maps.

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Comment #22 by Lothra
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:02:50 AM
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@17 why would they offer the original halo game as a bonus? lol the original game is what you are paying for, the game will be running the original engine and the new graphics engine side by side so you can switch to the old game and the press of the Back button.

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Comment #23 by SuperWoody64
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:05:44 AM
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@16, how is this skull not going to affect the game?

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Comment #24 by Lord Montymort
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:08:12 AM
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Pretty poor pre-order incentives if you ask me. A funny but pointless skull that should be in the game and a Master Chief avatar outfit. I was already put off the game with it been linked to Kinect and these bonuses aren't changing my mind.

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Comment #25 by Flibbity Floid
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:09:18 AM
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@ 23 - It's not going to change the gameplay up advantage wise. All it's doing is causing Grunts to explode higher than usual. It might make some parts easy to dispose of lots of grunts but it might also be big enough of an explosion to hurt the player. I'm sure it's mainly aestetic.

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Comment #26 by Twerps
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:09:25 AM
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Awsome. :)

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Comment #27 by KanibalKittN
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:09:57 AM
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I still can't believe they aren't using Halo CE physics engine for online play. It just won't be the same. They don't understand how much of a difference it makes from the first 2 halos compared to 3 and Reach. For me, this is a downgrade, as i loved to play Halo CE and especially Halo 2 multiplayer, whereas i get bored of the later ones.

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Comment #28 by H0p3sfalL
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:10:29 AM
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Not really on the top of my list...... Can wait till Christmas.

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Comment #29 by HokeyCokey2303
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:19:09 AM
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@25 I think you'll be eating those words once it releases.

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Comment #30 by Yo menus1
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:19:59 AM
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Im gonna by this but im not sure if im pre-ordering it... Theres sooooo many awsome games coming out and i need to prioritize the games : Its all about should i get the collectors edtion. do i need to pre-order this and that... In the end my wallet is going to scream sooo loud of emptiness :(

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Comment #31 by CNTomer
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:21:25 AM
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cant wait, gonna hopefully get it for christmas...10 year tradition :)

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Comment #32 by secretkaos187
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:23:02 AM
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@21 thanks...imagine grunts funeral plus cowbell,Holy Crap!!!!

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Comment #33 by Coruba
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:24:27 AM
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i hope they remake halo 2 as well, the first two were the best!

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Comment #34 by EliteLeafHater
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:25:57 AM
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I wonder if this means they are adding skulls and scoring to the game like halo 3 and reach. I like the mini scoring competition when playing with friends. You can play without them if you wanted the classic experience

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Comment #35 by Flibbity Floid
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:30:55 AM
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@ 29 - I don't think so. And if I'm wrong? Whoop-dee-doo. I care about playing. Not some bonus.

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Comment #36 by secretkaos187
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:35:41 AM
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@10 I would hope and don't see why they wouldnt, after all it is the 10yr Anniversary

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Comment #37 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:43:03 AM
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Not bad, was going to pre-order anyways though. The Grunt skull sounds like a blessing and a curse. It would be good for the chain reaction (weakening Elites or killing them), but also sounds like a good way to accidently blow yourself up.

@ 25

On Reach if you're beside/near a methane tank that blows you'll lose health/shields. I'm sure its more than just for looks/humor.

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Comment #38 by ash356
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:58:34 AM
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It's nice this is a 'budget' title in America, but it's treated as a full price game here -.-
Won't be picking this up release date anywho, probably pick it up at Christmas. Did that with Reach, and got the Collectors edition for £25 2 weeks before Christmas... hellzyeah! ;D

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Comment #39 by 123abc
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 12:14:01 PM
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might get this

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Comment #40 by LethalEdge
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 12:15:37 PM
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Awesome, this reminded me to pre-order Halo: CE Anniversary. Both bonuses have just sweetened the deal. :D

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Comment #41 by Hawkeye31337
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 12:35:20 PM
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I wasn't gonna pre-order this, cause let's face it, they're going to have mountains of them available. But I love good bonuses. Avatar items are usually enough to bump me over the edge if I'm trying to decide. Toss in a premium theme or, in this case, a skull, and I'm happy.

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Comment #42 by Flibbity Floid
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 01:18:13 PM
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@ 37 - I'm well aware of the methan tank explosions. I'm just saying that the description sounds like Birthday Party except the Methane Tanks blow up looking like Plasma. It's not going to directly affect the game in terms of difficutly and if it does...then it's getting turned off is all. Which is why I assumed both ways that it may just be a visual explosion or if it will actually be hurtful. It's not that big a deal though.

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Comment #43 by a fat turkey
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 01:19:30 PM
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Im pretty sure that the skull will be very similar to the Grunt Birthday Party skull from Halo 2, in which headshotting grunts was not very safe.

@32 Imagine grunt funeral skull with Sputnik skull. That would be even more ridiculous.

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Comment #44 by Kyanite
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 01:34:37 PM
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While I want this game, these bonuses aren't doing it for me. I spend a total of about five seconds per week with my avatar on the screen. As for the skull, it sounds amusing until that first cheap death due to the "chain reaction" they're talking about. That happens once for me, and the skull is turned off and will never be turned on again.

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Comment #45 by halorvb13
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 01:57:38 PM
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Hope this doesn't cost too much extra, also I already preordered at gamestop, think I can upgrade?

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Comment #46 by GaryYEAH
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 02:11:59 PM
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Do the pre-order bonuses to apply to or is it exclusive?

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Comment #47 by Kibbler
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 02:17:16 PM
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I was going to preorder anyway but these extras look awesome!

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Comment #48 by Thicketford
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 02:23:46 PM
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$40 (£24) in the US
£37 in the UK

UK gets shafted again.

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Comment #49 by LoKuS773
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 02:48:59 PM
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Yeah, I was wondering if this is exclusive to gamestop or can i get the bonuses through amazon too?

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Comment #50 by Emfulz
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 03:16:16 PM
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I was going to pre order this anyway so it's a plus to see it comes with a bonus. The avatar armor is sweet and the skull sounds weird but I'll appreciate them. Now how about adding a pre order bonus of lets say an armor piece in Halo Reach? :o that'd be awesome! lol

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Comment #51 by AGow95
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 03:28:51 PM
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Comment #52 by kingofthstrays
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 04:07:54 PM
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Okay preoders

But you know that somebody going to hocking them on ebay.......

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Comment #53 by SumHydroponic
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 04:19:27 PM
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Payed for and waiting to pick this up. Love me some Halo C.E.

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Comment #54 by ViNyLek
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 04:49:06 PM
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Yeah, like I'm going to pay $40 for a remastered version of a game. They should learn from Sony about pricing, but this will sell regardless. Will get it when it's down to $15:-)

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Comment #55 by ThoracicKez
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 05:19:39 PM
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i want the avatar suit thing but don't want to pre order combat evolved anni because last week i was really bored so i dug out the original and it still works fine, so i don't want to pay £40 for a updated version of of what i've already got

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Comment #56 by Itsbrown4606
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 05:19:55 PM
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Hold on, let me check...

...nope, I don't care.

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Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 05:23:42 PM
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I could probably sell that avatar for like $30.00 bucks

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Comment #58 by KrisXX
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 05:48:50 PM
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@57 I was thinking that too. As cool as it is, selling it first day on eBay will pay for a nice chunk of the game!

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Comment #59 by wolfzero01
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 06:43:54 PM
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the grunt funeral skull could make Legendary a little easier if you can get most of them bunched together, I don't really care about the avatar stuff.

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Comment #60 by Lothra
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 08:44:08 PM
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To all those complaining about the £40 price tag here in the UK, please take the time to do a 15 sec google search before posting, £29.86 at There, i just saved you £10.

Your welcome.......

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Comment #61 by Ultra Pogey712
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 09:38:38 PM
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Still better than Reach. I'll buy.

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Comment #62 by Itsbrown4606
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:04:52 PM
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Heh, -3 votes.

Wait, let me check again...

...nope, still don't care.

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Comment #63 by Sean1234
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:17:35 PM
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Where are these bonuses at?

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Comment #64 by Aquatus
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:13:50 PM
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Well, 343 is going to get my money.

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Comment #65 by RickySlaughter
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 02:14:46 AM
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Can we preorder it now? And the bonuses are at gamestop correct?

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Comment #66 by adderrson
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 11:45:16 AM
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Don't fret UK buyers is selling anniversary on pre-order for £29.86 this of course includes this day one dlc.

you're welcome :P

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Comment #67 by adderrson
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 11:51:21 AM
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@60 Sorry bud, didn't read your comment before posting, what he said lol (also soz for the double post just wanted to clear that up) =3

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Comment #68 by JDMBO1
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 12:25:45 PM
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you know I kinda don't like pre-order bonuses that come in the form of avatar items. I think most games should give you special in game content rather then that. The reason why I say don't know avatar items as a pre-order bonus is because it's matter of exclusivity, and when you look at your friends list everyone seems to have it.

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Comment #69 by roza
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 05:14:50 PM
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well for £35 at GameStation and the trade in 2 games for an extra £5 off deal, go to CeX and but 2 50p Fifa games on 360 or PS3. Boom! £31 guaranteed day 1.

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Comment #70 by TantalizedMind
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 09:26:16 PM
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I though HCE:AE was going to be 1500 MS points and be available on the XBLA. Guess I was way wrong!!

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Comment #71 by Glaedir
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 07:28:21 AM
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by the way you can get it at for £28.99 although I've never ordered off of them myself so i dunno whether they'll deliver on time.

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Comment #72 by oX InsidePro Xo
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 04:48:17 PM
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Love the classics

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Comment #73 by Purified666
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 08:34:39 PM
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Grunt party *throws confetti* peeeut Boom! sounds awesome, i like the halo avatar outfit :) been wearing the odst one for ages! time for a new one, so SUIT UP!

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