Call of Duty: Black Ops has become the biggest selling game in UK history, and the biggest selling entertainment of any kind in the UK last year.
Black Ops actually went past the previous gaming record holder, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, in the week ending June 5th, which meant it achieved the record in just 30 weeks, compared to the 41 weeks it took Modern Warfare 2. And by June 25th, Black Ops has racked up an amazing 3,722,411 sales.
Add in the three map packs, which collectively cost almost as much as the game itself, and you can understand why Activision-Blizzard are so keen on the Call of Duty franchise. Not only is Modern Warefare 3 due to arrive in the next few months, but Black Ops developers Treyarch have hinted that there might even be some more downloadable content for the current game. Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar apparently hinted to Digital Spy when he said ‘I can’t talk to anything beyond Annihilation, but keep your eyes peeled…’
So could there be another map pack to wring the last possible value out of the Black Ops title before MW3 hits? Another map pack would be a record fourth for Black Ops, compared to two for Modern Warfare 2 and three for World at War. Then again, with Call of Duty Elite already well known, and seemingly every spare studio working in some capacity on the Call of Duty franchise already, could Treyarch already have some extra maps in the bag somewhere, or something equally interesting?
Crysis 2 continues to impress here in the UK. And I have yet to get my hands on a copy for both the 360 and PC. That will surely keep the title on the top spot for another week… Won’t it?!
Many PC gamers have voiced their concerns though, stating that the PC version is built better than the first, but ultimately the second instalment of this monstrous game seems too focused on the console variant.
Well, this shouldn’t have been the case. An earlier post regarding the build up to Crysis 2′s release, we mentioned that Crytek developers were given more cash to tweak the game up for both PC and console versions. They even reaffirmed PC gamers that they would be getting a PC game and not a console friendly port. It seems however, that the PC version hasn’t been given the love we were told it would… Or deserved.
Equally though, with the console variants doing as well as they are, I wouldn’t expect EA or Crytek to be too fussed about this. Why? Because a lot more gamers are turning to consoles than playing on PCs. Thanks to this, Crysis 2 remains top in the UK charts. Lets hope it remains there.
Mixed reviews or not, gamers have voiced their opinion via their wallets.
THQ must be happier now with this piece of news. Homefront hadn’t even been released when reviews started to appear online with less then expected average scores. This resulted in a 25 percent drop in share price which must have worried shareholders.
However, all should not feel too despondent at THQ. Their FPS has sold over a million copies and they are about to break even.
Last Monday, Homefront was enjoying life at the top spot in the UK charts, before being dislodged down to third by Crysis 2 and Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars.
Brian Farrell, President of THQ, was overly pleased with strong worldwide sales and that “Homefront is clearly resonating with gamers…
But as with many games, you can’t have it bug free. Currently, there are a few glitches with multiplayer modes, though a patch should be released this week some time.
With all the love Homefront seems to be receiving, it’s good to see THQ giving something back.
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