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GameStop Branding 'Assassin's Creed III' Boxes "An anonymous fan sent the image you see to the right to us earlier this afternoon. As you can see, GameStop has branded the top of the Assassin's Creed III box art with their logo." (Assassin's Creed III, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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NYC_Gamer  +   1204d ago
I think it's sad for us gamers that retail stores are all getting some special edition
Bluenuts9  +   1204d ago
It's been happening for years, and I agree that it sucks, but by now I'm used to it unfortunately.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1204d ago
Ever since the start of this gen, -.-
guitarded77  +   1204d ago | Well said
But we already know we got the game from GameStop because the cellophane was missing when we bought it new :D
ChronoJoe  +   1204d ago
Looks like Ubisoft printed it that way. That's the only way it'd be actually printed on the boxart. Blame the publisher for allowing it.
CraigandDayDay  +   1204d ago | Well said
It doesn't matter to me. I buy most of my games new from Wal Mart. I can have a midnight launch for any game I want. LoL
jeseth  +   1203d ago
Then don't buy it from Gamestop. Problem solved. No need to cry about it.
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1203d ago
Its not just gamestop

Wal Mart, Bestbuy and the other stores with their own pre orders are doing the same thing

They are calling it the wal mart/ best buy edition

Its even worse on PS3 because of the EXCLUSIVE MISSIONS label is printed on the box, and is not a sticker
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Shepherd 214  +   1203d ago
Farcry 2 had one too. On the cardboard sleeve boxart it says "exclusive Gamestop preorder edition" or something. That was all the way back in 2008. What's weird is I didn't preorder it and that what they gave me anyway.
crxss  +   1203d ago
i don't think retailers are to blame here, it's Ubisoft and other firms wanting the extra dough from retailers for giving them exclusive DLC.

also i'm surprised this is finally on N4G, this box art has been out for a quite awhile now. i personally hate when a box art is tarnished by some promo and will not be getting these "retailer editions"
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_LarZen_  +   1204d ago
I agree but then again the dedicated gaming shops need something to make you buy games at their store and not at the local super marked.

I would miss dedicated stores with just a big load of games...wouldnt you?
The Great Melon  +   1203d ago
Printing stuff on top of the the original cover is a reason why I wouldn't buy this edition. I want the original cover art and nothing else.

I remember when they released the updated Uncharted 2 with all the awards on the box. It was ridiculous! Things were stamped all over the place.
TekoIie  +   1203d ago
@The Great Melon

Reminds me of the video game "10 out of 10"....

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The Great Melon  +   1203d ago


At least they tailored the cover art for the awards, rather than painting over everything.
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nan0  +   1203d ago
GameStop needs to die. Assassins Creed has become the whore of gaming. It's like the bucket the neighborhood hobos jack off in. Assassin's Creed I's ending was beautiful, AC2 was amazing. Then they started doing brotherhood and revelations milking it. It was fun but they made Subject 16 a fruit cup and an idiot. Desmond is too wimpy now, and seeing a native american in European armor Free running in Skyrim's Nordic trees is lame. They should of did only a partial revolutionary Period. This way they wouldn't have to make it four times bigger than it really was in real life....
wastedcells  +   1203d ago
Looks like its on the plastic wrap but no big deal it's been going on for a while... The bonus item givin to each store is usually not a highly wanted item. Hope they change this model next gen though.
showtimefolks  +   1203d ago
Guys seriously? Do we need another thing to complain about visit and never shop at GameStop free shipping $-10-15 gift card with each pre order sometimes even 20
Bestbuy just as good deals with gamer unlocked

Than there is used games at gamefly or amazon deals

You actually never have to buy from GameStop because that's where they will rip you off.

If you are a gamer who buys games or regular bases please keep that site on your favorites and now they have a twitter account you will never pay more for games anymore

GameStop can go to hell
dumahim  +   1203d ago
Generally I'd agree with you, but I haven't seen confirmation that other retailers aren't also getting the same treatment. I won't be surprised at all to see "Amazon Edition" on my copy.
Syntax-Error  +   1203d ago
Who the f*ck cares?!
I play with the game, not with the box. Secondly, so what? If GameStop struck a deal with the publishers that allows them to offer you exclusive content for pre-orders.....SO THE F-CK WHAT? GAMESTOP IS A BUSINESS IN THE BUSINESS OF MAKING MONEY. What hoarder collects VG box art cases? The box is pointless once the game is removed and played. Ask someone how much money they got for Atari box art covers

@Sovereign59, so you think just because you pay $60 for a game you're obligated to say how the company brands it? You are a joke. Publishers don't owe any of you crap. How they plan on marketing it is up to them and only them. Who cares how they box it. The box isn't going to stop people from buying the game. Black Ops 2 could say Walmart Special Edition in purple and people are still going to buy it. If you dont, then who's the moron?
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ATi_Elite  +   1203d ago
This is Gamestops Last Hoo-rah before Next Console Gen and the Cloud kills them off!!!

if you own Game Stop stock I suggest you sell now cause Next Gen Game Stop will rapidly decline cause Microsoft/Sony DO NOT like seeing game Stop make money from used game sales and have plans to end that once and for all.

More Digital Downloads, More Cloud Games, More Games that activate only to ONE Console, Games that Only activate to ONE Live/PSN account!

So Game Stop beware cause it's coming.....I have seen it!
MoveTheGlow  +   1203d ago
It's all part of physical retailers' plans to drive themselves out of business:

1) Let digital distribution pass you by!
2) Make physical-copy box art uglier!
3) Do not profit!
jc48573  +   1204d ago
sigh....they did this for Assassin's Creed 2, which I later returned to get it exchanged. They can call it "Gamestop Edition" if they like, but the Gamestop logo on the left....I was never really a big fan of their logos.
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-Mika-  +   1204d ago
It just a logo... Even if you not a fan of it, it blends in well with the boxart. Stop being so picky. It not a good character trait.
MostJadedGamer  +   1204d ago
I am a Gamestop fan so I don't mind the branding at all.
jc48573  +   1204d ago
I guess you can say this is passable, but AC2 was just plain ridiculous; it's like the logo was just there. My other problem is that big red dot, whose bright mind was it? Not sure if Gamestop or Ubisoft did it.
Starbucks_Fan  +   1204d ago
Stop posting. Being an idiot is not a good character trait.
Sovereign59  +   1203d ago
We should be able to be slightly picky when it comes to something we are paying $60 for.
It isn't a real disaster, no, but I would prefer it if it were not on the cover.
The only reason I ever buy a game from Gamestop is so I can get it at midnight. I just can't stand to wait those extra 7-9 hours until the other stores open up to start playing my new games. If the local Wal Mart or any other store around here held a midnight release for half the games my local Gamestop does, I'd be ordering them there, but sadly this is not the case.
Quetzll  +   1203d ago

Walmart and other 24-hour stores have a legal obligation to sell you a game the midnight it is released. If you don't see the game on the shelves, ask a clerk. If they say they can't sell it to you yet or that they don't have it in stock yet, they're probably bullshitting and are just typical, lazy 3rd shift walmart employees.. ask the manager if you have to.
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Sovereign59  +   1203d ago
@ Quetzll
My local Wal Mart closes at 11PM and I only know of 2 occasions where it has held a midnight release.
azshorty2003  +   1204d ago
The giant red circle was bad enough, which i hope is only sticker. But that's just ugly and annoying.

Although the greater annoyance is each stores 'exclusive' content. I'd have yo buy the game about 6 times to have a 'Complete' game.
Knight_Crawler  +   1204d ago
I think the PS3 has 3 exclusive levels.
wastedcells  +   1203d ago
I think it's four.
Burning_Finger  +   1204d ago
Retail value automatically drops by 50%. Gamestop and their asinine branding.
MostJadedGamer  +   1204d ago
The Gamestop logo makes it more valuable not less
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KidCuDiWINS  +   1204d ago
I'm getting it with the 500gb ps3 bundle, I don't want to see a Sony edition if there is one.
ceballos77mx  +   1204d ago
Well I'm not using that box anyway, ill use the steelbook case I got.
_DragonSlayer_  +   1204d ago
so what
paybackprahl  +   1204d ago
Ugh, that GameStop branding is hideous. And here I was, thinking their stupid price stickers that leave residue on the game case plastic was bad enough.
stragomccloud  +   1203d ago
Hate that stuff! Without goo gone, it's nearly impossible to be rid of.
Snookies12  +   1203d ago
THANK YOU. People who understand... It's so dang annoying when it leaves stuff behind and it's just never the same afterward. :\
stage88  +   1204d ago
FarCryLover182  +   1204d ago
I thought publishers hated Gamestop and they complain about them selling used games, yet they allow them to sell an edition tailor made for the store that is "killing their profits."
gatormatt80  +   1204d ago
There's something strange about that picture. It looks...
King_Slayer  +   1204d ago
Yeah it looks like there's paper overlapping the original box art.
gobluesamg  +   1204d ago
Glad I don't shop at Gamestop. Just another deterrent for me.
GraveLord  +   1204d ago
Walmart is doing it to. It has its own "brand".
josephayal  +   1204d ago
That logo is gorgeous... Want
Crazay  +   1203d ago

Probably the trolliest of all troll comments I've read in a long time. Still funny though.
Cam977  +   1204d ago
Hilarious! It's as if they're trying to take credit for it!
PhoenixRising37  +   1204d ago
I can't believe that this game comes out in 2 days...damn time flies!
Crazay  +   1203d ago
It's one hell of a game too.
PhoenixRising37  +   1203d ago
I hope so! It truly does look ridiculously good.
Crazay  +   1203d ago
Some minor technical glitches but I found them easy to overlook for the most part. Naval missions are SWEET! and the story is awesome.
Arcanine  +   1204d ago
Glad i have my copy at home and no logo on it
jjb1981  +   1204d ago
martinezjesus1993  +   1204d ago
If you guys look closely it looks like a piece of paper over the box art, maybe its just under the rapping idk it might just be me
gatormatt80  +   1204d ago
I noticed it as well, so it isn't just you that saw it. The lines just don't add up in the photo. It makes me question the validity of the picture, but I don't know why someone would spoof it.
Qrphe  +   1204d ago
ELinktricTears  +   1204d ago
I'll be too busy playing to even notice.
WetN00dle69  +   1204d ago
Agreed. I guess most people will be playing with the box instead of the game itself.
blue_cheese  +   1204d ago
pre-ordering has become such an asinine thing. it went from "here's a poster or tee shirt" to "here's the rest of the game and weapons and characters that you wouldn't otherwise get unless you pre-order''.
Morgue  +   1203d ago
While I agree with you. It actually from being able to walk into a store and by a game to, well...... We're gonn take pre-orders and then we know we'll sell this amount of said game. I don't care about " branding " get over it people. I'm sure some of you drive a car? That's a brand. You wear sneakers, buy food, your phone.... Everything is " branded "
dumahim  +   1203d ago
I miss getting that extra stuff.
DarthJay  +   1204d ago
This is hardly the first time this has ever happened. I just traded NeverDead and Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City into Gamestop and both had "Best Buy Exclusive Edition" on the package. Pretty sure there was just a "Walmart Edition" of Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, too...
KwietStorm  +   1204d ago
Horrible that they allow these stores to do this. Never mind my disdain for Gamestop, this is no different than the discussion of ads in-game. Glad I don't buy from there.
ajax17  +   1204d ago
I really can't stand GameStop anymore.
SageHonor  +   1204d ago
Gamestop edition.. lolwat
SKUD  +   1204d ago
Its gamestop. No surprises there.
Orionsangel  +   1204d ago
It looks like it's on the plastic wrapping and not on the actual box?
aNDROiD17_  +   1204d ago
its just so unnecessary
Lockon  +   1204d ago
I'll print out my own box art and replace that crappy gamestop logo one :P
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