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Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3 See Low Sales Numbers

Post by Apoptosis » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:11 pm

This is shocking news if you ask me. Could the death of PC gaming be felt now? It's amazing to see Half Life still the most played online game still.
When November industry sales data was released this week by tracking firm NPD, the PC platform was notably absent from the list of top ten best-selling games despite the release of high-profile titles such as Epic Games' Unreal Tournament III and Crytek's Crysis. Now, according to NPD data released by market tracking site the simExchange, it seems both games kicked off with disappointing initial sales--neither approached 100,000 units.

The report shows Crysis as selling 86,633 units at retail since its November 13 release; the game's potential audience has no doubt been limited by the game's notoriously steep system requirements. Meanwhile, Unreal Tournament III saw considerably flatter sales, tallying 33,995 since its November 19 release. Prior to the release of this data, many gamers had predicted low sales based on the game's sparse player count; at the time of writing, its current online player count is actually below the single-player-oriented Crysis.

It should be noted that Unreal Tournament III in particular released about halfway into the month, with only two full business weeks of availability, though the numbers are undoubtedly lower than publisher Midway and developer Epic expected.
Top Console and PC Games of November:

1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (X360, Infinity Ward, Activision) 1.57 million
2. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, Nintendo) 1.12 million
3. Assassin's Creed (X360, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft) 980,000
4. Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock Bundle (PS2, Budcat, Activision) 967,000
5. Wii Play with remote (Wii, Nintendo) 564,000
6. Mass Effect (X360, BioWare, Microsoft) 473,000
7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, Infinity Ward, Activision) 444,000
8. Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock Bundle (Wii, Vicarious Visions, Activision) 426,000
9. Halo 3 (X360, Bungie, Microsoft) 387,000
10. Assassin's Creed (PS3, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft) 377,000

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Re: Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3 See Low Sales Numbers

Post by stopthekilling77 » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:18 pm

id guess that people dont want to spend $2000 on a pc to buy an expensive game on when they could just keep their system and play less expensive games
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Re: Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3 See Low Sales Numbers

Post by skier » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:38 pm

:shock: as if a PS2 game is #4, stupid guitar hero series :finga:
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Post by CMcguire » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:48 am

I'd say more then anything its down to the fact that the game just requires such a good computer to run.
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Re: Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3 See Low Sales Numbers

Post by DL126 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:09 am

I wonder if gaming has simply changed for the later generations.
I've gone through quite a bit of $$ getting Crysis capable machines together for myself and my son who is 17.
He still spends most of his time playing Halo 1.
And spent more time playing some kind of freebie knockoff of Guitar Hero on the PC than he has Crysis MP so far. (And says he loves the game??)
Now he's saying that if he gets enough cash for Christmas, he wants to get a PS3??? ](*,)

I also agree with CMcguire that probably a very large portion of the market simply doesn't have, and/or can't afford, a machine to run the latest titles.

I suppose there are many factors involved, I dunno.
But I can tell you that it appears as though the majority of people that ARE play Crysis MP online, are crackers & hackers.
In the global chat portion, the majority of the discussion involves people trying to find the cracked version of servers and the game itself.
Trying to find someone to play with in a punkbuster enabled server is like trying to find the proverbial "needle in a haystack".
At least this is the case in Instant Action servers.
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Post by smack323 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:59 am

i like Guitar Hero III - its a great party game! trying to get a room with half women to play COD:4 just doesnt work.. we usally have a group over for football on Sundays followed buy a jam session.
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Post by vicaphit » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:23 am

Another party game would be fusion frenzy... GREAT game (you can play with one hand, and :drinkers: with the other)
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Post by Dragon_Cooler » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:33 am

No matter what game i have or play, i always end up going back to Counter strike or a steam game..ALWAYS!! I dont know what it is, I bought crysis for the physics and graphics and can play it at a high setting, I am now doing COD4, but always itch for TF2 or CSS.

I dont think gaming is ending, i have never felt that it was and still dont. Its just us geeks like our older title games! I guess mainly cause they work, and work well.
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Post by Apoptosis » Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:49 pm

I really enjoyed Call of Duty 4.... For me it was the best game I've played since Far Cry.... To be honest I wasn't waiting for Far Cry or Call of Duty 4 when they came out, but they rank on my list of best FPS PC games this decade.

HL2 was boring to me.... Doom 3 was too dark and you knew what was going to happen next... Crysis... I just didn't get into it after the beta trials.

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Post by ibleet » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:32 pm

No matter what games I buy for my son (PC and Xbox360), he keeps going back to Diablo 2. :rolleyes:

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Post by dgood » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:58 pm

I did my part, Bought Cod4 for PC and Unreal Tournament 3 for PC. I'm saying we help boost pc sales and get some LR gaming back up and running again. Some COD4 server we take over and play on make it based out of the dead center of the US so we all ping equally bad. XFIRE:DGOOD.
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Post by kappage » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:12 am

i have been through so many game's stores here in Perth, i have been to 3 different EB's Jb Hi-Fi and a few others u prolly wouldnt know as well and its not on teh shelves, Is it even out here in AUstralia yet??? i dont know anyone who has it or who have seen it on the shelf.
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Post by Methious » Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:30 pm

I know it's gettin sad when your out 1500 denaro for a decent gaming rig, I set Crysis as my aiming point during the current upgrade, with monitor running right at 1.5k. Now I can stop spending on parts and start on games.

Far Cry and Call of Duty are my next, then Crysis.
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Post by bubba » Sun Dec 23, 2007 8:29 am

I want Crysis, COD4, and UT3. Currently running all spare cash to the piggy bank for a new car. I need one bad; Nate knows why, he gives me sh*t about it every time I stop by :lol:

But until I get me a new ride I'm stuck in time on the PC upgrades, I'll need to upgrade my personal system to play any of the new stuff. Well maybe not for COD4 or UT3 but defiantly for crysis
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Post by smack323 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:51 am

i really do like COD:4 - the only gripe i have is no buddy list to find friends on servers - trying to get 3 or four of us on the same server is tough. so we thought ok how bout Xfire then we can find each other - got that set up to find out Xfire does not support that for COD:4 - it will tell you your buddy is online playing but wont let you connect.
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Post by Methious » Tue Dec 25, 2007 12:47 am

I been stuck on Sat internet for a while, on sat you can get on, but soon after you'll be getting clubbed in the head by a scout (TF2). Sat uplink/downlink time makes online gaming stink. Good news though, they just ran fiber optics out front of the house, soon as they get it lined up for fiber internet I'm on it. Wonder how fiber will stack against DSL/Cable?
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Post by Apoptosis » Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:03 pm

I just got back from Wal-Mart and a few other local stores and I was shocked when I went to electronics... People were looking for Wii games in the glass case and knocked over a shelf full of games... Turned out to be a shelf of Crysis boxes... The entire display was packed full... Not a good sign the day after Christmas.

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Post by FZ1 » Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:12 pm

Ha. Crysis pwned by Wii vultures. :owned:
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Post by vicaphit » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:03 am

Poor, unappreciated, Crysis
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Re: Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3 See Low Sales Numbers

Post by Conky » Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:45 pm

I played in the Crysis beta and have played it in single player and it just didn't grab me for whatever reason. It urked me that it ran so poorly on my system too ([email protected], 3gigs RAM, 7900GS). It seems very generic as a shooter goes although I do like the weapons. The whole "nano suit" thing I could totally live without. :|

Unreal Tournament was also a disappointment and I wanted to love it because I've been playing it since it was a beta too and played literally hundreds and hundreds of hours online in Unreal, UT, UT2003, UT2004, and even Unreal 2! :lol: There doesn't seem to be anything really new about UT3. It also feels sluggish to me and the graphics just lack the old "Unreal" quality I am used to. Maybe it's that lame old 7900GS holding me down again? I'll replace it soon when I'm cashflowing again. :(

I think the reason the sales are so low is that these two games run so poorly on otherwise decent systems. I don't know why game makers expect people to go out and spend $2000 in upgrades for a $40 game... you would think they would try very hard to make it work on every possible computer out there. :dunno:

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