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AU Release

GTAGaming.com - General News | @ 11:49 PM MDT | By Shawn
We've received some feedback about the AU Release date being "wrong" (despite it's source) and as an Australian myself I'm also having trouble believing it has any chance of arriving here then. Those of you who waited for Vice City to arrive here will know what I mean. That date just kept getting pushed back further and further...

However I'm making this post to introduce something to the Australians out there who didn't know about it. In 2002, Vice City arrived significantly earlier in New Zealand than it did in Australia, it also remained 'Uncut' unlike the AU version. More importantly, the NZ copy of the game is playable on AU consoles without a modchip.
Naturally that was the version I bought instead of waiting another entire month for the AU version. With all this said, I've assumed the same will happen with San Andreas and have preordered my copy from GPStore.co.nz. Maybe things will be a little more organized this time, but even then I can bet the AU version will have something removed - which I believe to be the reason Vice City's release was delayed here.

* Update: xeroer has written up a forum thread going into great detail about GTA & Australia, it's ratings and release dates. Check it out.
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zombienm
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first comment, cool, anyway, hopefully for all of you austrailian people, you won't have to wait long because that is like...um, whats the word.......uh.....oh, fair, it's not fair. Hopefully you don't have to wait long
09-19-2004 12:23 AM
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GPStore.co.nz are getting their copies shipped in from the UK which means that if you order from there (as I have) you'll probably get it in NZ a couple of days after the UK does even though they claim the 29th Oct.

The reason they are getting UK copies is incase the NZ version also becomes cut like the Australian version is rumoured to be (since GTA3 and Vice both were, yet for NZ they weren't)

Australias rating system is what causes all these games to be banned/cut, it needs updating, (it doesn't have R18 as an option!) although Manhunt slippped through that net somehow...
09-19-2004 12:32 AM
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I dont think GTA3 was patched, but Vice was for some reason. There's been a push recently for an R18 rating here in Aus, but im not sure it'll be enforced in time for SA. I hope it is, so we can get the full package everyone else does.
09-19-2004 12:37 AM
Guest
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I bought mine from gpstore last time too mate. Already paid for SA from them too. However, I seem to remember GPSTORE hanging on to it until the Aussie release date before they despatched it to me.
09-19-2004 12:51 AM
Guest
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I think they will be ready for it as it has happened in the last 2 and gta 3 was cut for australia

Im pretty sure they have almost finished the game and they will no wot the australian censorship board doesnt want and testing should start soon mayb even its goin on now
09-19-2004 01:44 AM
Shawn
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I hope they don't, last time I actually bought it from Gamesman.co.nz.. for some reason I went to GPStore this time :p
09-19-2004 01:44 AM
Shawn
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If you're right and they do hold onto it until AU date.. I may just have to cancel that order and go back to Gamesman, they shipped it straight away.
09-19-2004 01:46 AM
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I did it with Vice City, from GPStore.. Got mine in the first shipment, I recieved it on Monday the 25th November, 2002. I can remember the day clearly.. I played the game nonstop in the summer heat.

I ordered SA from a shop advertising through eBay, based in the UK -- 19.95 GBP.. Which works out about $50AUS.. You do the math.
09-19-2004 02:05 AM
Xeroer
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[quote]If you're right and they do hold onto it until AU date.. I may just have to cancel that order and go back to Gamesman, they shipped it straight away.[/quote]

They didn't hold mine that long.. They sent it ASAP, I spoke to them via ICQ.
Also, VC was released in like December, wasn't it?
09-19-2004 02:14 AM
Xeroer
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http://www.edgeforums.net/gta/showthread.php?s=&threadid=18106
09-19-2004 03:16 AM
Shawn
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Oh good then :) I'll stick with GPStore.
09-19-2004 03:31 AM
Neil
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European copies of the game will play on Australian machines. I personally use http://www.gameplay.co.uk, so if the NZ release is delayed, you could always try there.
09-19-2004 06:54 AM
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Sorry mate
09-19-2004 08:24 AM
Guest
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wat kind of accent does aussies have?
09-19-2004 09:21 AM
Guest
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http://www.m80teams.com/?Qzo4MjI6Mzc1NDMx
09-19-2004 10:39 AM
Shawn
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I virtually have none :p Hell, ask anyone who knows me here at GTAGaming and they'll forget at first I'm even Australian for a few seconds :p
09-19-2004 10:49 AM
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bliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimy!

kind of a similar problem in canada. its gonna cost 65$ probably (!!!!!!) games are such a rip off here even if theyer made here. But if I wanted to buy a movie that was 20$ in the states it would be 20$ here to so wtf is goin on with games.
09-19-2004 12:02 PM
Sleepernaut
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Shawn, why did you take my last post down?
09-19-2004 12:46 PM
Guest
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rock*/gamespot/ign are being ho's with not letting out previews these last couple of weeks.
09-19-2004 01:34 PM
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i got SA in NSW coz im an aussie at a local shop and it has SA and i got it and it is so GOOOOOOD!!!!
09-20-2004 01:18 AM
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life is looking good for us kiwis!
09-20-2004 03:22 AM
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cause you smell
09-20-2004 05:03 PM
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I live in Australia, and this game classification bullshit is a fucking joke, why the fuck have they not given a R18+ rating to games? Movies here have it, why not games? This is ridiculous. Also prostituion isnt even illegal here, so why they keep removing that feature is stupid as well, I mean prostitutes still walk around in the 'cut' version, you can still bash them and take their money, I never used the feature on the uncut GTA3 anyway so its not a major bother to me, but why they remove it is pathetic. The Govenor General is a prick, all he has to do is say "Ok we're going to introduce a R18+ ratings to games" and thats it, it doesnt take a few years to decide it. And if they cut out the ability to smoke in GTA:SA, im gonna be mega pissed, just last night they played Half Baked on TV here which had a MA15+ rating, so hopefully they will keep it in the game.
09-20-2004 07:40 PM
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hey wats up
will gp run outa copies within the next few weeks????
09-21-2004 01:11 AM
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poor aussies... thats sux you get a cut version...
09-21-2004 05:41 PM
 

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