MOOOOOOORTAL KOMBAT! 22 years of ass-kickers uniting and heads being ripped off with Highlander-like efficiency have all culminated in one new Mortal Kombat game. It’s a game which had plenty of appeal, fans and tickets for the hype train. So naturally, the game has sold gangbusters so far, and it may be on track to be the biggest hit in the franchise to date.
Last month, Sony asserted that it had “won” the February NPD hardware sales numbers – when in fact, that honour went to Nintendo’s shinier, newer, more three-dee-er New 3DS. For March though? They’re back on top.
It is far too complicated these days to measure games against each other. There are so many factors, platforms and systems. However, looking at just the PSN, we can get some perspective on what's happening in the PlayStation universe, and there, Bloodborne is king.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is, by all accounts, a pretty successful game. Many fans of the decades old franchise have revelled in the latest game from perpetual DBZ developer Bandai Namco. It’s not just becoming a firm fan favourite though – it’s also selling like proverbial hotcakes.
Excitement and expectations go hand in hand when it comes to new video games. On the one side of the fence, you just can’t wait for launch day to come so that you can finally play a game that you’ve been keeping an eye ever since it got a glitzy reveal at E3. On the other side of that fence however, so help me Zod that damn game better be worth my emotional and financial investment. Evolve is pretty much that kind of game. Expectations were at a fever-pitch, with plenty of risk attached to the new property. And it looks like that risk has paid off.
When it comes to games, it’s not reviews or YouTube videos that matter the most. It’s the numbers. After all, when you’re ploughing millions into a big budget release and its marketing, you sure as hell want to see a return on your investment. Some games sell dismally. Some games sell well. And other games such as Dying Light, kick ass in the sales department, giving its nearest competitors a run for their money.
It’s been a funny few months for Nvidia. They were so high on the launch of their 900-series, that the sudden discovery of the cost-cutting memory design on the GTX 970 seemingly came out of nowhere. They’ve escaped relatively unscathed for now, but a new lawsuit against them threatens to derail that in a big way. But why would Nvidia really care when they have this much dominance over the market?
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.