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# 180495 11-Sep-2015 09:27
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Received this from Microsoft:

Halo 5: Guardians Coming to New Zealand

The countdown to the midnight launch of Halo 5: Guardians will begin at 8pm on Labour Day, Monday 26 October, at the Logan Campbell Centre, ASB Showgrounds with an exclusive event in conjunction with EB Games and hosted by The Rock FM’s Mike Garvey. New Zealanders will be first in the world to get their hands on Halo 5: Guardians, ushering in the next generation of Halo.

The hours leading up to the biggest game launch of the year will be packed with giveaways, movies, replica Halo weapons, armour and vehicles, as well as hands-on sessions with Halo 5: Guardians and prizes for the best Halo cosplayers.

“We are going to be teasing people with Halo 5: Guardians previews all throughout Armageddon that weekend, but dedicated fans who come to the celebration on Monday night will be the first in world to get the full game,” says Steven Blackburn Xbox New Zealand Lead.

“It’s going to be a long Labour Weekend waiting for Halo 5: Guardians to drop. We expect many fans will extend their long weekends to be first in the world to find out what happens in the next chapter of the Halo saga.”

Here’s how to secure your place:


  • Pre-order Halo 5: Guardians from EB Games in the Auckland region and collect your game at midnight on 27 October
  • Listen to The Rock between 12 – 23 October for your chance to win tickets
  • Or check out the Xbox stand at Armageddon Expo Auckland during Labour Weekend
Halo 5: Guardians is available on 27 October. Pre-order and additional information is available at

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  # 1385483 11-Sep-2015 10:22
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but I don't own an Xbox One so not gonna be able to play it for a while, still very happy with my Xbox 360 and don't play it enough to justify an upgrade. But having played all the games I won't be missing this one just not yet!

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  # 1385632 11-Sep-2015 13:04
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Pre ordered mine from the Singapore Xbox One digital store for NZ$78. To everyone's surprise 343 is providing all 20 maps that come on disc and 16 future ones for free regardless of which version you purchase. I bought the standard. REQ equipment can be earned manually anyway so didn't see the need to have weekly handouts of REQ by buying the more expensive version.

1080P @ 60fps hosted out of Australian Azure DC should be good.

Do whatever you want to do man.



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  # 1385662 11-Sep-2015 13:46
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Don't. Preorder. Games.

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  # 1385684 11-Sep-2015 13:52
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Why? I know I am going to buy it and play it. I played the BETA. I liked it. I have played past Halo. I like Halo.

Pre-ordering also means pre-loading the entire game auto magically on my Xbox One so it's get set go at 12AM launch day. Besides you can get your $$ back if the game has many bugs or technical issues connecting to servers that is at the hands of developers. I have had Xbox support refund my full amount for Battlefield 4 and Halo MCC which both had major server issues for good couple of months.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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  # 1385689 11-Sep-2015 14:01
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billgates: Pre ordered mine from the Singapore Xbox One digital store for NZ$78. To everyone's surprise 343 is providing all 20 maps that come on disc and 16 future ones for free regardless of which version you purchase. I bought the standard. REQ equipment can be earned manually anyway so didn't see the need to have weekly handouts of REQ by buying the more expensive version.

1080P @ 60fps hosted out of Australian Azure DC should be good.

does the singapore digital store activate on a nz xbox account?  I thought the xbox gold membership were global but everything else was country specific...

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  # 1385703 11-Sep-2015 14:32
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Only the Xbox gift cards are region locked/specific. If I buy a NZ$50 gift card from Microsoft Store in NZ, it will only ever let me redeem it in the NZ Xbox One/360 store. I can still use any country's Microsoft account (I have a US account that I converted to from NZ couple of years ago) to sign into NZ Xbox One website and redeem the game of my liking using the NZ gift card value that is sitting in my NZ Microsoft wallet. Once the game is purchased online, then it can be played on any Xbox One which could be set to any region (except for China due to political rules) and the game will play fine. Even the DLC too. Games and DLC on Xbox One are region free (except for China!)

You have 2 methods of purchasing games on Xbox One. By far the easiest is through a web browser. Second way is directly through your console. Though if your console is set to NZ then you will only see the NZ Xbox One store on screen. If you switch it to USA on console and restart it then you will see the USA store. Your NZ Microsoft account will sign in fine though and let you pay any games that you have purchased.

1. I go to this website. It auto magically picks up that my IP is from NZ and thus shows me the pricing in NZ$. This website lets you compare pricing for upcoming or past Xbox One game via various countries Xbox One digital stores. I buy it from the cheapest and most conveniencest (if this is a word). Always type the name or some keyword of the game in the search box and ALWAYS click the '+' button next to the game listing. This always shows you the cheapest region starting from top to the bottom. When you click on the coutries flag that you see after clicking the '+' button, it will always take you to the game link's for that countries Xbox One digital store straight away (Some browsers you have to press 'Ctrl + F5' to refresh the latest's countries page you want to display on the screen if you just switched from another country in the web browser when doing price checks. The default table that gets displayed does not do this and only shows game pricing from region that it has selected by default for you. Sometimes the cheaper region is South Korea but I don't bother here due to language that is displayed on screen. Usually for a couple of $$ more there is always an English language on website supported region that I purchase games from. Buying a game for e.g from South Korea does not mean that it will be in South Korean language. The language of the game is determined by the region your console is set to. If it's US English then you will see English menu's etc.

2. I simply visit the Microsoft Store ( from that region where I am going to buy the game from and buy the Xbox gift card of the value I need. When you purchase anything from a Microsoft store website of another country, you always have to set a new payment method. I use my NZ credit card with Hilton hotel's phone number and postal code. My NZ Street address and state fields work fine. Once I get the gift card codes emaled (usually straight away or after 5 minutes), I sign into the Xbox One store's website of the country which has the cheapest game via the link on the price comparison website I linked above and redeem my gift card code and then purchase the game. That's it. The game auto downloads and I can start playing. You can even purchase DLC from another country if it's cheaper there.

I have so far purchased games from India, Hong Kong, USA and Singapore using my same USA Microsoft account. My main Microsoft wallet which you can find at shows that I have 7 different countries wallets (Australia, UK, NZ too from where I have purchased Skype credit for cheap). It shows my entire purchase history etc. You can also use PayPal but little more complex.

Up until few months ago, your NZ credit card would just work fine directly in the Xbox One digital store but they added extra checks after everyone started doing it. They can't obviously block the Xbox gift cards from that country that you are using to redeem the game. NZ credit card still works fine with these countries Microsoft store.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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