2014 was, for many, a disappointing year in games. Half of everything that was released was launched broken, while everything else was saddled with micro-transactions and in-app purchases. That sort of nonsense hasn’t stopped people from still buying games though. Here’s a look at which games were the best-selling ones last year.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a pretty great game. After Ghosts last year, I thought I was just about done with the franchise, but Sledgehammer’s pew pew debut has certainly raised the bar once again and evolved the tried and tested Call of Duty formula. It’s just a shame that far fewer people are actually giving it a chance.
Right now, Microsoft and Sony are swimming in a pool of money thanks to robust console sales. In the case of Sony however, that pool of ash is bigger, deeper and has gold-plated diving boards with platinum accents, as the PlayStation 4 has consistently beaten the Xbox One in sales for almost a solid year now. Well, Microsoft might just be ready to get a bigger pool, as the Xbox One has overtaken the PS4 for the first time.
The Winter Sale has started on GoG.com and they are kicking off with a nice present. Not only will you be able to get all kinds of awesome games at stupidly low prices, you can also get a timeless classic for nothing, if you're quick enough.
In the US, Black Friday is easily the most important single sales day for platform holders. With insane specials, consumers rush to stores (or shop online like smart people) and pick up games and consoles for cheap, ready to sit under Christmas trees for nearly a month. It’s usually a pretty good indicator of which platform holder “wins” the important holiday period in the US. According to analysts, it was very likely the Xbox One that was this year’s Black Friday champion.
This is the time of year that I miss my country. I know it's dumb, but there's something about eating far too much turkey (and mainly stuffing) with family, getting drunk, and then going out and spending a ridiculous amount of money on Black Friday sales. The food, the sales... it's a good time to be in 'merica. However, South Africa has finally gotten on the Black Friday bandwagon, and your wallet will beg for mercy.
October’s NPD figures, which track US sales of games and related hardware are out – and they show that Sony’s console has been the best selling gaming hardware in the US for ten consecutive months. both consoles though, are selling like hotcakes. It’s a pity people aren't buying games.
The Xbox One’s in a bit of sales upswing at the moment, mostly thanks to the Redmond company slashing $50 off of its North American retail price. It’s a tactic that certainly helped Nintendo ignite the 3DS’ momentum, and it looks like it’s helping Microsoft get more Xbox ones into people’s homes. the company’s announced that it’s just shipped 10 million consoles.
Depending on who you ask, Sony is either giving the Xbox One a mild sales beating, or wholly destroying it. Right now, it’s the indisputable champion in the realm of console sales. According to Sony’s latest financial reports, the company has sold 3.3 million PlayStation 4 units in the last quarter alone.
I rather enjoyed Ubisoft’s open world hackathon Watch Dogs, even though it completely failed to live up to the hype and expectation surrounding it. It also had one of the dullest protagonists; a boring white middle-aged male swimming in a sea of boring white, middle aged males. None of those complaints have stopped it from being a roaring success.
Say what you will about Call of Duty, but there is no denying that each game sells stupidly well without fail. The franchise has been on a gradual decline though, and that trend may be no different this year. Advanced Warfare is expected to sell less than previous title entries.
For the month of September, Microsoft was giving away a free, brand new game with every Xbox One sold. It’s a cool promotion, and it’s one that saw many Xbox One’s fly off the shelves. In fact, it’s one of the reasons Destiny – which was heavily advertised to the point of almost seeming like a PlayStation 4 exclusive – has moved so many copies on Xbox One. That promotion, however, was not enough to stop the PlayStation 4 from being the top selling console in the US for the 9th month running.
As far as sales and market penetration go , the Wii U was a bit of a joke, right? I mean, at our post-rAge get together, Geoff and I were saying how we are among the ten people who actually own Nintendo's latest console. Well, sales are picking up, and their marketing department is getting optimistic.
Steam often has glorious sales that lead to epic backlogs, but the console gamers also need the love. PS Plus generally ensures that I always have a huge backlog of awesome games to play, but just in case I missed some, the PlayStation store has launched a sale that will make my bank account bleed.