CoD: Black Ops Sales Fall 85% in UK, Still Overwhelming

CoD: Black Ops Sales Fall 85% in UK, Still Overwhelming

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You know your game is ridiculously popular when you can sell 85% fewer copies than you did a week ago and still be the biggest game in town.

By now, we all know that Call of Duty: Black Ops had a big launch. In fact, it had a very big launch. It's hard to put the overwhelming dominance of Black Ops in perspective, though - with such a huge launch, what can you really compare it to except other blockbuster releases?

So, here's some perspective: According to the UK All Formats chart, Black Ops suffered a staggering 85% week-on-week drop-off in sales from its week on launch to its second week on sales. For every ten copies it sold launch week in the UK, it sold a measly one-and-a-half copies last week.

It was still the top-selling game on the market, beating #2 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood by an estimated 63,000 units. This was, by the way, reportedly the strongest launch ever for a title in the reasonably popular Assassin's Creed series. To paraphrase Ms. Gwen Stefani, this crap is bananas. Absolutely bananas.

The Xbox 360 version accounted for 54% of all copies of Black Ops sold, with 40% of copies shipping on the PS3. Either that means that PC versions only made up a meager 6% of retail copies sold, or someone at the All Formats chart needs to read up on their mathematics.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, FIFA 11 and Just Dance 2 rounded out the top five.

(via CVG)

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The double rainbow... it's... beautiful...

What? Blacks Ops made money? Well I'm not really surprised.

That seems logical. A heavily pre ordered game is bound to drop sales pretty quickly. The sales will stay steady for a while yet.

85% drop in sales?

That's because everyone bought it in the first week and everyone owns it now!
Like me!

I was diappointed by the lack of the S.A.S in Black Ops. Nothing beats hearing "Tango down!" in an English accent.

Daystar Clarion:
I was diappointed by the lack of the S.A.S in Black Ops. Nothing beats hearing "Tango down!" in a English accent.

I concur, the SAS were easily the coolest thing about CoD4 and one of the best bits about MW2 (even though they technically they were transferred from the SAS at that point.)

Sales are down 85% and theres already near a full row of pre-owned copies in my local Game and Gamestation. Not sure what to think of this, but it seems to point to the game is either being bad or just very short.

I'm seriously asking here, was it just the first week hype hype hype or did it just not meet expectations?

The Hive Mind:

Daystar Clarion:
I was diappointed by the lack of the S.A.S in Black Ops. Nothing beats hearing "Tango down!" in a English accent.

I concur, the SAS were easily the coolest thing about CoD4 and one of the best bits about MW2 (even though they technically they were transferred from the SAS at that point.)

I thought it was refreshing to be playing a military shooter as someone from my country and not be the guys that die at the end, with the Americans being ultimately triumphant.

Daystar Clarion:
I was diappointed by the lack of the S.A.S in Black Ops. Nothing beats hearing "Tango down!" in an English accent.

Hearing "Tango Down!" in Reznovs voice far surpasses it.
but i do like the mix of nationalities MW2 had with the task force.

Blops and Ass Creed are the only games worth buying in the UK at this time (in my opinion)

Daystar Clarion:

The Hive Mind:

Daystar Clarion:
I was diappointed by the lack of the S.A.S in Black Ops. Nothing beats hearing "Tango down!" in a English accent.

I concur, the SAS were easily the coolest thing about CoD4 and one of the best bits about MW2 (even though they technically they were transferred from the SAS at that point.)

I thought it was refreshing to be playing a military shooter as someone from my country and not be the guys that die at the end, with the Americans being ultimately triumphant.

In what games does that happen, exactly?

AssCreed is on it's way to being the next really massive thing, me thinks.

Brotherhood is brilliant.

Mcface:

Daystar Clarion:

The Hive Mind:

I concur, the SAS were easily the coolest thing about CoD4 and one of the best bits about MW2 (even though they technically they were transferred from the SAS at that point.)

I thought it was refreshing to be playing a military shooter as someone from my country and not be the guys that die at the end, with the Americans being ultimately triumphant.

In what games does that happen, exactly?

CoD 4. The American character was killed off halfway through the game with the SAS being left to save the day.

does those charts include online sales, if not then i can easily believe that only 6% of the pc gamers where stooped enough to buy it in stores.

Daystar Clarion:
I was diappointed by the lack of the S.A.S in Black Ops. Nothing beats hearing "Tango down!" in an English accent.

well, you get the Cee. Eye. Aye. and the NVA yelling "yada abi ha" when they kill people.

wooty:
Sales are down 85% and theres already near a full row of pre-owned copies in my local Game and Gamestation. Not sure what to think of this, but it seems to point to the game is either being bad or just very short.

I'm seriously asking here, was it just the first week hype hype hype or did it just not meet expectations?

generally estimating anyone who wanted it, got it right away, there were some meager maybe's inbetween, and thats what you see on your wall.

i plan to get the game for christmas most likely so im sure game sales will pick up again for black friday and around christmas for it.

Awesome! Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is at #3! [/CriterionFanboy]

...That's what this article is about, right?

wooty:
Sales are down 85% and theres already near a full row of pre-owned copies in my local Game and Gamestation. Not sure what to think of this, but it seems to point to the game is either being bad or just very short.

I'm seriously asking here, was it just the first week hype hype hype or did it just not meet expectations?

which recent COD is not short...

I guess that the Alliance for Global Justice will be happy to hear that.
only if they knew it is actually a fake happiness...

Daystar Clarion:

The Hive Mind:

Daystar Clarion:
I was diappointed by the lack of the S.A.S in Black Ops. Nothing beats hearing "Tango down!" in a English accent.

I concur, the SAS were easily the coolest thing about CoD4 and one of the best bits about MW2 (even though they technically they were transferred from the SAS at that point.)

I thought it was refreshing to be playing a military shooter as someone from my country and not be the guys that die at the end, with the Americans being ultimately triumphant.

You know what I liked about black ops? You got to actually kill SAS guys for the first time in CoD history.

freakonaleash:

Daystar Clarion:

The Hive Mind:

I concur, the SAS were easily the coolest thing about CoD4 and one of the best bits about MW2 (even though they technically they were transferred from the SAS at that point.)

I thought it was refreshing to be playing a military shooter as someone from my country and not be the guys that die at the end, with the Americans being ultimately triumphant.

You know what I liked about black ops? You got to actually kill SAS guys for the first time in CoD history.

The British commandoes in Reznov's flashback? Yeah, it felt really weird for me shooting British guys, but in a good way, like the story added an extra layer of depth because of it.

wooty:
Sales are down 85% and theres already near a full row of pre-owned copies in my local Game and Gamestation. Not sure what to think of this, but it seems to point to the game is either being bad or just very short.

I'm seriously asking here, was it just the first week hype hype hype or did it just not meet expectations?

Hype and let down. I know enough people who instantly returned to MW2 after playing BO.

i bought assassins creed BH instead... and i won't buy black ops because i need NBA JAM, and F1 2010.. I'll get it after those two, unless MK or Crysis comes out... Hmm..

Daystar Clarion:

freakonaleash:

Daystar Clarion:

I thought it was refreshing to be playing a military shooter as someone from my country and not be the guys that die at the end, with the Americans being ultimately triumphant.

You know what I liked about black ops? You got to actually kill SAS guys for the first time in CoD history.

The British commadoes in Reznov's flashback? Yeah, it felt really weird for me shooting British guys, but in a good way, like the story added an extra layer of depth because of it.

I imagine it was for as it was for me when I killed those shadow company guys at the end of MW2.

John Funk:

The Xbox 360 version accounted for 54% of all copies of Black Ops sold, with 40% of copies shipping on the PS3. Either that means that PC versions only made up a meager 6% of retail copies sold, or someone at the All Formats chart needs to read up on their mathematics.

Remember the game is on the Wii as well.

wooty:
Sales are down 85% and theres already near a full row of pre-owned copies in my local Game and Gamestation. Not sure what to think of this, but it seems to point to the game is either being bad or just very short.

I'm seriously asking here, was it just the first week hype hype hype or did it just not meet expectations?

I'm not sure, but people don't buy CoD games for their length, although the campaign was a decent 9-10 hours. I can tell you now, the game isn't bad (its great in my opinion)

Exort:

wooty:
Sales are down 85% and theres already near a full row of pre-owned copies in my local Game and Gamestation. Not sure what to think of this, but it seems to point to the game is either being bad or just very short.

I'm seriously asking here, was it just the first week hype hype hype or did it just not meet expectations?

which recent COD is not short...

Aw man your totally missing the point, by giving you the multiplayer aspect of the game and making it as good as possible, the development team have allowed you to continue on the story of CoD Black Ops with your friends online an... im sorry I couldn't keep the marketing scam going.

I agree with you, the CoD games have been getting shorter and shorter in storylines (and worse) since CoD:MW1. Its getting too the point where I don't know if I'll even bother with BlOps because they have apparently just not tried from what I'm hearing...

Canid117:
The double rainbow... it's... beautiful...

What? Blacks Ops made money? Well I'm not really surprised.

I understand that Nuketown is a cliche(you know, nuketown, trinity avenue, 6066) but I don't get the double rainbow(or the jokes) could you explain.

BTW most Uk retailers are mainstream thickheads, and as such, do not see the pc as a proper gaming platform.

Daystar Clarion:
I was diappointed by the lack of the S.A.S in Black Ops. Nothing beats hearing "Tango down!" in an English accent.

Yeah, Same!
"Tango spotted in section 1 Alpha!"
And if Price doesn't come back in Modern Warfare 3, Treyarch are patriots through and through.
But there was a WAW mission in Black ops where SAS invade.

BJ777:

Canid117:
The double rainbow... it's... beautiful...

What? Blacks Ops made money? Well I'm not really surprised.

I understand that Nuketown is a cliche(you know, nuketown, trinity avenue, 6066) but I don't get the double rainbow(or the jokes) could you explain.

BTW most Uk retailers are mainstream thickheads, and as such, do not see the pc as a proper gaming platform.

I dunno I'm just rolling with it.

 

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