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#271 jedimario

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:03 PM

why? is the classic controller necessary?


As I recall, it is not. It just offers a different alternative for playing.

#272 themidnighter23

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

got my art book. the store was giving them based on how early the pre-orders were made
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#273 gla55jAw

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:27 PM

The GameStop I went to, the guy knows who I am since I went in 2 times in the past 2 weeks and he's been there. He said only 8 people pre-ordered and said his manager probably won't get the art book because they only sent 8 of them.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:34 PM

I'm actually surprised to see some people say it's a cheap/crappy artbook. It's short yeah, but the quality is amazing. I have the official artbook and even the print quality on that isn't as nice as it is here... nice stock paper and the colors are incredibly vibrant. For such a limited release, I'm glad to get something for it.

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#275 ZeroFlame15

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:46 PM

I'm actually surprised to see some people say it's a cheap/crappy artbook. It's short yeah, but the quality is amazing. I have the official artbook and even the print quality on that isn't as nice as it is here... nice stock paper and the colors are incredibly vibrant. For such a limited release, I'm glad to get something for it.


That is why i want it. Stupid Gamestop! For not giving me the artbook.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:48 PM

Went to my GameStop three days ago to ask about the artbook and the employee said sorry, your order does not come with an artbook. I was like whatever and cancelled the preorder. Went in today only to see the same employee tell me that they had enough artbook for all preorders and that someone got the one I cancelled...

#277 sadikyo

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

That's because when they gut a copy of game (for display purposes), the employees are allowed to check out the gutted games. I know because I worked there. It's not really great for customers, but the employees sure do like checking out games for free.

As for me, I made a no cash down pre-order online at GS on Feb 26th, paid off my pre-order earlier this week on Tuesday, then found out about the art book online the next day. I called the GS, and asked them to check if I would get the artbook, they said I did pre-order during the proper range, and I would get it. Came to the store, and I got it. They had about 10 of them in the drawer.

Unrelatedly, awesome game. The art book is nice for something free, but not worth cancelling a pre-order. Hope you guys are loving the game like me. Eager to get back home to play it.


I still don't understand how they are allowed to get away with this, from a legal standpoint. It would seem like you can't sell something as "New" when it is used. It is like selling a brand new phone that has made phone calls, or a new camera that has pictures on it - it is false advertising. I'm sure corporate would just say that their policy is not to use the games, but whatever...any way you cut it, that's just a downright shady practice if you ask me.

#278 PaleGreen

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:47 PM

Went to my GameStop three days ago to ask about the artbook and the employee said sorry, your order does not come with an artbook. I was like whatever and cancelled the preorder. Went in today only to see the same employee tell me that they had enough artbook for all preorders and that someone got the one I cancelled...


In a civilized society, that's grounds for a swift kick to the throat. What a douche.

I'm heading out to pick up my preorder. This should be interesting. :-|

#279 yantelope

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:57 PM

So I hear you guys on the inconsistency thing. At least where I live there are about 15 gamestops within a few miles. Maybe we should just be avoiding the bad ones and heading to the good ones? In more than one place in Dallas there are two gamestops within 1/2 a mile of each other.

#280 argyle

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

I'm actually surprised to see some people say it's a cheap/crappy artbook. It's short yeah, but the quality is amazing. I have the official artbook and even the print quality on that isn't as nice as it is here... nice stock paper and the colors are incredibly vibrant. For such a limited release, I'm glad to get something for it.


I agree, I was actually surprised the quality is as good as it is. Nice thick, glossy paper - feels very well made. I've had some cheap crappy artbook freebies before, and this isn't one.
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#281 keine

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

Just got me art book in, and I agree with what some others have previously said. The art book is not as cheap as it might look in pictures. Very impressive for a bonus.

#282 BigBizzee

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:35 PM

I can't believe I forgot to preorder this... I just ordered two copies online (used code DRONGO for $10 off $79.99 though, so I made out a little).

Is there any chance in hell of getting that artbook in store without the preorder?

#283 Friend of Sonic

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:36 PM

For the "quite a bit" of preorders my store made, they only got three artbooks in. Still, secured mine.

I echo the art book sentiments- short, but very sweet.

#284 blindinglights

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:08 PM

Online pre-order showed up today, pretty good time for value shipping. Art book was inside, corner has a little wear probably from packaging but nothing serious.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

well if that's an issue i can try to purchase the game and artbook together if my store has any extras, no point in keeping ur preorder if they screwed you over on it


I really appreciate the offer, but I'll probably just stick to what i have now. I did ask the employee for a discount on the game since they didn't fulfill the bonus ($5 off). I should have said $10 off and would have been happy but whatever. If anyone who has one doesn't want theirs and has an extra one, please let me know!

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

picked mine up today. No artbook though, but the GS employee went out of his way to try to help me. So in the end i was still pretty happy.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

What do you people do with artbooks after you looked at them?

#288 EdgeCrusher36

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:31 PM

What do you people do with artbooks after you looked at them?


I put everything artbook wise on one shelf, near my shelves of games. Got my shipment in today, everything in great shape, and artbook is very well done.

#289 keine

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:31 PM

What do you people do with artbooks after you looked at them?



Sell them on eBay for profit?

#290 deadkode

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:51 PM

they were out of artbooks by the time i got there after work. oh well. i'm just happy i have the game. it's been a long journey. lol

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:25 PM

The only thing I see when I look at this art book is the crease running down the last page because it folded over in the packaging. The paper stock is so thick that the page pretty much "snapped" along the fold.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:29 PM

I emailed gamestop.com about my situation where I preordered from the site for pickup in store and how the copies of the book where only available to the people who preorder instore and they said they would send me a copy of the artbook. Now I am not as mad anymore.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:48 PM

I emailed gamestop.com about my situation where I preordered from the site for pickup in store and how the copies of the book where only available to the people who preorder instore and they said they would send me a copy of the artbook. Now I am not as mad anymore.


doesnt make sense, no where on the page did it ever say "only for in-store preorders"
what a bunch of horse hockey!

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:51 PM

The only thing I see when I look at this art book is the crease running down the last page because it folded over in the packaging. The paper stock is so thick that the page pretty much "snapped" along the fold.


OUCH! Sorry man that's rough. Mine came with a few creases on the edges but nothing that major. They really didn't package these very well at all.

#295 DQT

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:55 PM

I had a pretty good experience at my store. When I missed the preorder deadline the guy who took it told they'd get 1-2 extra books and that chances would be decent that I'd get one. When I came in yesterday, the cashier got the book for me without asking me and even showed me her favorite page in the artbook. I can always sympathize with all my fellow CAGs for all their terrible experiences at Gamestop but I haven't had one yet.

With regards to the artbook, I can agree that it is essentially a really nice pamphlet. The paper quality is very nice (easy to get fingerprints on though) and has the outlines of the characters pressed out. It's nice but hardly essential.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:58 PM

I got this when GameStop opened yesterday, the guy who was working there at launch said they didn't get any art books in, and there was another customer in the store who was also there for the game, who was also saying there should be books :P. Later on in the day I called GameStop when somebody else was working and he said I could just come and pick one up -.- So I went and got my art book finally, then when I eventually tried the game out my Wii wouldn't read the disc, so I had to do that make your own lens cleaner thing a few pages back and I finally got to play for like an hour.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:14 PM

doesnt make sense, no where on the page did it ever say "only for in-store preorders"
what a bunch of horse hockey!


Thats what they told me yesterday at the store. They could not give me a copy of the artbook because they only had enough to supply the people who preordered instore. I'm thinking I preordered using PickUp@Store and I am like WTF?

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:44 PM

I emailed gamestop.com about my situation where I preordered from the site for pickup in store and how the copies of the book where only available to the people who preorder instore and they said they would send me a copy of the artbook. Now I am not as mad anymore.


I recommended doing that a few days ago. Glad to see it worked for you. Most places treat you well when you send emails to customer service from my experience. Maybe because emails are documented? I don't know. In-store it's he said/she said.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:25 AM

I can't believe everything came packaged so well...and so fast! Got mine this morning, and it shipping Thursday evening/Friday morning. I picked Value shipping too...

#300 Trojann

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:31 AM

I Pre Ordered 2 at GameStop picked up both on Friday, I love the art book. I have one for playing and the other to keep sealed. Looks like there already going for $80 with the art book on ebay.