Aliens: Colonial Marines Tops UK Sales Charts

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Tops UK Sales Charts

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At least for its first week, A:CM appears to be critic-proof.

Now that the entire internet has had a chance to give Aliens: Colonial Marines a well-deserved drubbing, it's time to take a look at the financial realities of the situation. While it's true that neither fans nor critics liked the game very much, people still bought it in droves - enough, in fact, to let it debut at the #1 spot in the UK videogame sales chart. I'm no analyst, but expect this number to go down pretty considerably next week.

The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) keeps track of software sales on a week-to-week basis, and reports that A:CM outsold its competitors across all platforms last week. The ill-fated xenomorph bughunt relegated Dead Space 3, whose sales dropped by 57%, to the second spot. The game's exact numbers and earnings haven't come in yet, but it has two target numbers to beat: 2010's Alien vs. Predator, which earned 14 million, and 1996's Alien Trilogy, which clocked in at 10 million. At present, these two games represent the highest-grossing Alien videogame installments in the UK.

Given the game's massive hype, fantastic demo, and recognizable brand name, the fact that A:CM reported such stellar numbers in its first week isn't terribly surprising. If the game's sales do dry up next week, the window of opportunity to make Aliens references in every post will evaporate, too. Get 'em in while you still can.

Source: UKIE

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Game over man, game over.

People really should have listened to the critics on this one, the game is super generic, its really only redeeming thing is the multiplayer, and even then.

Rainboq:
Game over man, game over.

People really should have listened to the critics on this one, the game is super generic, its really only redeeming thing is the multiplayer, and even then.

It mostly comes out of pre-orders.
Mostly.

Well, it's only natural that anything with the Alien name on it will sell well. Regardless of the amount of bashing from critics, it's an unfortunate reality that only a portion of the games community actually involves themselves with such things as online message boards and critics.

There's also the staggering number of people content with a bland, mediocre shooter as long as they get their fix of things to shoot at. I know several people that rave about how happy they are with this game because they thought it wouldn't be very CoD-like.

It's a sad thing to hear that people prefer an Alien game that feels more like a bad CoD game than a good Alien game. I'm glad that I waited to play this game at a friend's place because if I had spent my money on it, I'd have been pretty damn mad.

My countrymen don't pay attention to the news surrounding the game it seems...

Cry for me Escapist.

For I have no more tears to shed.

To be honest, what else is there to buy right now? Dead Space 3 came out a week and a half ago, so what else is there to take the charts that wasn't out for Christmas?

NOOOOOOO IT IS A TRAP!! Damn it there go the Brits people. Well with any luck the Aussies paid attention or we are just going to lose them too.......

*Sigh* my countrymen are very silly sometimes

Oh, UK - How do I get out of your chicken-shit outfit?

In all seriousness, given how far the actual game is from the various trailers in terms of quality, how long before Sega or Gearbox gets hit with a class action lawsuit? Moreover, how long before Sega comes after Gearbox for all it's money that Gearbox spent not developing a game?

That'll make the lawyers happy at least, I've always admired lawyers... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.

fix-the-spade:
In all seriousness, given how far the actual game is from the various trailers in terms of quality, how long before Sega or Gearbox gets hit with a class action lawsuit? Moreover, how long before Sega comes after Gearbox for all it's money that Gearbox spent not developing a game?

That'll make the lawyers happy at least, I've always admired lawyers... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.

It's already been suggested by so called Sega employees speaking on condition of annonymity on /r/video that Sega WILL be litigating

fix-the-spade:
In all seriousness, given how far the actual game is from the various trailers in terms of quality, how long before Sega or Gearbox gets hit with a class action lawsuit? Moreover, how long before Sega comes after Gearbox for all it's money that Gearbox spent not developing a game?

That'll make the lawyers happy at least, I've always admired lawyers... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.

That'd hit gearbox right in the wallet methinks. I know that Sega have put out some shit but from what Iv'e heard ACM is just unacceptable, not to mention I'm sure that demo has to constitute false advertising.

Honestly, I'm kinda glad. Hopefully this means a sequel. A sequel not worked on by several different companies for a mind bogglingly long time, all of which spent in the lowest circle of development hell.

Come on gearbox. We know you can make good games. If you get the chance, do it better next time, you had some good ideas, and now you have a cubic shit-ton of criticism to work with.

Doclector:
Honestly, I'm kinda glad. Hopefully this means a sequel.

Six years, over budget and unlikely to break even, there's not going to be a sequel

Captcha: Case Closed. How can it know what we're talking about man, it's just a computer!

fix-the-spade:

Doclector:
Honestly, I'm kinda glad. Hopefully this means a sequel.

Six years, over budget and unlikely to break even, there's not going to be a sequel

Captcha: Case Closed. How can it know what we're talking about man, it's just a computer!

Yeah, you're right. Honestly, I didn't hate the game but damn, it should have been so much better.

Oh well. I may just have to go back to my DS and play infestation like a sad, sad, Hudson.

Ok, how good were DNF's sales on release again? I have a theory going that people just jump on big names... Shocking I know.

Seriously though, Gearbox are looking like a worse version of Peter Molyneux with DNF and Aliens... Oh don't worry, we'll save these games from Development Hell and they'll be awesome! Seriously! No THIS time for sure!

Dammit pre-orders, you did this to us!

I would like to formally apologise for my people and like to remind you all that we made Banjo Kazooie and Little Big Planet.

God save the Queen!

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well, gotta go fast. sadly while drunk.

at least we have now comedy gold for the years to come

When I read the headline this is what i heard.

With every word I could feel nothing but sadness and despair. The videogame industry. Has won. They emerged victorious not only releasing a giant piece of crap they managed to promote it with doctored and falsified advertisement and get away with it.

A game that is canon and is not just a bad game but ruins the franchise. Tops the British charts. This is why consumer laws exist. Don't expect even 1/5th of those sales to still be around after a few months of badgering.

i hate my fucking country. Bunch of morons.

For better or worse, Aliens: CM might have killed any chance for a Dead Space 4.

Its currently sitting at the number 11 spot on Steam. Sad.

Ukomba:
For better or worse, Aliens: CM might have killed any chance for a Dead Space 4.

How does that make any sense?

And here's precisely the reason game publishers/developers pull the crap that they do. They know that people will buy it anyway, in mass quantities. Now, having said that, what would be most telling would be to find out what the return rate on the game is in about a week or so (remember the landfill of Atari 2600 E.T. game cartridges?). If people make a massive demand for refunds to return the game and advise their friends and others not to buy the game, then the message may get through that game publishers can't just mistreat their customers every time and expect to get away with it. However, if people keep the game and play it anyway, then, expect more of this kind of thing or worse in the future.

ADDENDUM: Companies hear and understand only two sounds, the creak of your wallet opening and the slap of your wallet closing. All other sounds are considered noise to be ignored.

I am one of those unfortunate people, fucking optimistic pre-orders, its like Too Human all over again. I believe President Dubya put it better than I ever could:

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Your Gaffer:

Ukomba:
For better or worse, Aliens: CM might have killed any chance for a Dead Space 4.

How does that make any sense?

It knocked down Dead Space 3. Dead Space 3's launch was already not as successful as Dead Space 2, down 26.6% compared to Dead Space 2. Aliens: CM is in direct competition with Dead Space, Dead Space drawing heavily on Aliens as it does. If Dead Space 3 doesn't earn enough, EA is unlikely to continue producing games.

Ukomba:

Your Gaffer:

Ukomba:
For better or worse, Aliens: CM might have killed any chance for a Dead Space 4.

How does that make any sense?

It knocked down Dead Space 3. Dead Space 3's launch was already not as successful as Dead Space 2, down 26.6% compared to Dead Space 2. Aliens: CM is in direct competition with Dead Space, Dead Space drawing heavily on Aliens as it does. If Dead Space 3 doesn't earn enough, EA is unlikely to continue producing games.

So let me explain why that does not ring true.

First of all, EA did not publish ACM, Sega did. So EA can't say "Aliens is doing so well, lets put all our resources into making our next game Aliens: Colonial Marines 2."

Second of all Dead Space is one of EA's biggest and best franchises. EA has put a lot of development and marketing dollars into it. They are not going to drop it because a game released a week later has displaced it from the top spot on the sales chart. Dead Space 3 now occupies the 2nd spot. That means it is the 2nd best selling game in the UK at the time the chart was published.

Most games have the majority of the sales they are ever going to generate happening in the first month they are out, front loaded around the time of actual release.

So you are trying to tell me that a game that was top of the charts and currently the 2nd best selling game in the whole UK is going be killed because it didn't sit at number one forever? Do you know how crazy that sounds?

I'm not trying to be mean here, but think about it like a business person. You've invested a lot of money into a franchise, it has had good reviews, and has been at the top of the sales charts. Why would you kill that franchise?

Rainboq:
Game over man, game over.

People really should have listened to the critics on this one, the game is super generic, its really only redeeming thing is the multiplayer, and even then.

Some people enjoy it, such as myself. Critics give CoD high marks, that's enough to show they've got a different interest to me. I'm sick of MMSs, ACM is a breath of fresh air.

Shalok:
*Sigh* my countrymen are very silly sometimes

Sometimes? Man, I wish we could say it was only sometimes.

Still yeh, this is no surprise really. Preorders not withstanding, it wouldn't be the first time I've been in a Game/HMV and heard the usual cry of "Oh look, there's Aliens: Colonial Marines" from some unfortunate before they swagger over to the counter, copy of A:CM in hand.

DVS BSTrD:
It mostly comes out of pre-orders.
Mostly.

I like what you did there :)

Also my fellow Brits are a bunch of walleys.

Daystar Clarion:
My countrymen don't pay attention to the news surrounding the game it seems...

Cry for me Escapist.

For I have no more tears to shed.

People bought a game that wasn't that good. Man, things could be a lot worse. So in other words...

Calm down

I blame all the vetinary grade horse tranquilizers they've been eating

Gabanuka:
Dammit pre-orders, you did this to us!

I would like to formally apologise for my people and like to remind you all that we made Banjo Kazooie and Little Big Planet.

God save the Queen!

Your country also made the new DMC.
And not even Banjo and Kazooie can make me forgive you for that.

Your Gaffer:

Ukomba:

Your Gaffer:

How does that make any sense?

It knocked down Dead Space 3. Dead Space 3's launch was already not as successful as Dead Space 2, down 26.6% compared to Dead Space 2. Aliens: CM is in direct competition with Dead Space, Dead Space drawing heavily on Aliens as it does. If Dead Space 3 doesn't earn enough, EA is unlikely to continue producing games.

So let me explain why that does not ring true.

First of all, EA did not publish ACM, Sega did. So EA can't say "Aliens is doing so well, lets put all our resources into making our next game Aliens: Colonial Marines 2."

Second of all Dead Space is one of EA's biggest and best franchises. EA has put a lot of development and marketing dollars into it. They are not going to drop it because a game released a week later has displaced it from the top spot on the sales chart. Dead Space 3 now occupies the 2nd spot. That means it is the 2nd best selling game in the UK at the time the chart was published.

Most games have the majority of the sales they are ever going to generate happening in the first month they are out, front loaded around the time of actual release.

So you are trying to tell me that a game that was top of the charts and currently the 2nd best selling game in the whole UK is going be killed because it didn't sit at number one forever? Do you know how crazy that sounds?

I'm not trying to be mean here, but think about it like a business person. You've invested a lot of money into a franchise, it has had good reviews, and has been at the top of the sales charts. Why would you kill that franchise?

He's probably referrin to this.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/117931-EA-Aims-to-Broaden-Dead-Space-Audience

Specifically the part about needin to sell 5 million units to remain viable.

If A:CM displaced it after it was already not doin nearly as well as its predecessors, the chances of it reachin that mark seem slim.

Rainboq:
Game over man, game over.

People really should have listened to the critics on this one, the game is super generic, its really only redeeming thing is the multiplayer, and even then.

To be fair, their was a review embargo, so people would have had to had inside sources or waited a few extra days to know what reviewers think.

RicoADF:

Rainboq:
Game over man, game over.

People really should have listened to the critics on this one, the game is super generic, its really only redeeming thing is the multiplayer, and even then.

Some people enjoy it, such as myself. Critics give CoD high marks, that's enough to show they've got a different interest to me. I'm sick of MMSs, ACM is a breath of fresh air.

Yeah, not to mention I'm finding the multiplayer to be well done. I know the game has issues, mostly with its campaign, but other shooters get away with having good multiplayer and a shit campaign and still get 9's and 10's. Not saying this game is worth of those scores, but it is something that bugs me.

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