Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Halo 3 First Week Sales Are Greater Than Killzone 2 First Week Sales in Japan!

What has been interesting is the lack of comparison between Microsoft 360's stand alone shooter, Halo 3, and Sony's stand alone shooter, Killzone 2. what makes the Japanese market interesting is that the PS3 has, for the most part, been out selling the 360 continuously, however when i looked at the sales figures, it quickly became quite clear that despite the ps3 selling more consoles, Halo 3 actually performed better in it's first week.

first week sales figures for Halo 3 were around 60,000[1] ,at this time sales of the Xbox 360 had only hit around 1,008,683 [2] . day 1 sales for Halo 3 were around 45,000 [6]
first week sales figures for Killzone 2 were 42,660 [3] at this point, sales of the PS3 were around 3,161,440 [4] . day 1 sales for Killzone 2 were around 20,000 [5]

trying to think of an explanation for such disparity between them is not easy. one easy idea is that the Halo franchise is a tried and tested series, whereas Killzone on the PS2 was not released in Japan making Killzone 2, for many, the first game in the series that they have played.


New Zero Punctuation:The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Another week and another classic Zero Puncuation. this week he talks about The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.

Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • Red Orchestra 2 will allow the player to play the single player campaign as the Nazis, and the Russians.

  • It is rumored that Apple is Eying up EA for a takeover. all that is known so far is it's just "chatter"

  • 360: Screens of the new Warriors XBLA game are out. hit the link to see them. (the game is not made by Rockstar)

  • Final Fantasy XIII will be out in Europe within 12 Months of the Japanese release, Says XIII Producer Kitase.

  • PS3: it is rumored that Sony will use the Skype service to enable party chats, cross game chats and more.

  • Those who play Gran Tourismo and/or watch Top Gear are more likely to break the speed limit says UK CIS survey.

  • PC: Fallout 3 DLC Broken Steel appears to have PC issues. 360 version appears fine this time round.

  • Marvel Vs Capcom 2 could come out the week of 29th June, says Marvel Entertainment financial results.

  • 360: 1 Vs 100 Beta now live in Canada. it runs from May 8th to May 24th. beta specific prizes are on offer.

  • The Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet Guitars will be available for £89.99 when Beatles Rock band is released.

  • A UK retailer had listed a Ghostbusters Demo with a Ghostbusters Blu-ray. A US PR person dismissed this though.

  • Fallout 3 Dev's Bethesda say the Broken Steel DLC error is a Games For Windows Problem. Microsoft working on fix.

  • Ex Free Radical, Now Crytek UK Devs now working "...on things that they have always dreamed to do..."

  • Empire Interactive has gone into administration. it's intellectual rights have been sold to US based New World IP

  • Marvel Vs Capcom 2 does not mean Marvel Vs Capcom 3 will be made. licensing issues the main stumbling block.

  • The Complete Alternative Costume pack for Street Fighter IV is now on XBL for 1000MS Points, PSN up later today.

  • PS3: it is rumored that there will be Ton's of God Of War III footage at E3 and also Motion Controls coming soon.

  • RT @GarnettLee: "Headed to SFO for the hop to LA. Can't wait to see, wait, that's right. We have twitter embargoes now" lol

  • Sega has announced some of its E3 games. Alpha Protocol, Bayonetta, Planet 51, The Conduit, Vancouver 2010 + more

  • 360: Motion sensing add-on is thought to be a result of the purchase of 3DV, who worked on something similar.

  • Red Steel 2 trailer was pre-production and internal only. Ubisoft won't talk about Playstation at end of the vid.