Now, Shadows of the Damned is a weird game, but I mean that in the best way possible. It’s unpredictable, fun, and consistently hilarious. But because its an action/horror game with a decidedly Japanese flavor that limits its appeal to many gamers. Sadly, this means many of you didn’t go out and buy it, even after I told you how amazing it is in my review. Seriously people, this game is really good. It’s like Resident Evil 4 with more gore, a raunchy sense of humor, and a kickass soundtrack. If that doesn’t make you want to go into your local GameStop so you can rub the game all over your nether regions I don’t know what will.
I wasn’t expecting Shadows to sell well, but it actually managed to surprise me with its low, low sales. According to the NPD who tracks the gaming industry’s sales, Shadows of the Damned sold 24,000 copies total across both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Now that’s more than a little depressing but it doesn’t end there, head past the break for equally as disheartening news. If you’re still not on the verge of sobbing, another fantastic game, the Kinect exclusive Child of Eden, only managed 34,000 sales. Of course, that was on a single platform and limited to those who owned both an Xbox 360 and a Kinect, and it still managed to outshine Shadows.
This is bad news for those of us who enjoy innovative games, because with titles like these performing so poorly we’re only going to see less like this in the future. Instead, they’ll be replaced by Call of Duty and the myriad of shooters that are trying to emulate its success.
I could use a hug right about now.