Why? I would never wish failure on a developer, and Survival Instinct isn’t a without its merits — even if they’re few and far between — but seeing that abysmal game among the ten best-selling titles in March does make me a little sad. It’s only impressive accomplishment was how close it came to stealing The War Z’s title of worst zombie game in recent memory.
On the bright side, BioShock Infinite kicked a floating city’s worth of ass, shifting just shy of 900,000 units, giving it the top spot. I’d like to remind you that it released at the tail end of the month, so that makes that little feat all the more impressive. Check out the top ten after the jump!
It seems as if Crystal Dynamics’ fantastic reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise has been more than critically successful. At GDC last week, studio head Darrell Gallagher revealed the game has sold an impressive 3.4 million units, a new sales record for the franchise. With this success, the planning of a film adaptation has (unsurprisingly) begun.
Crystal Dynamics will be working with Graham King’s GK Films on a reboot of the film franchise after MGM purchased the rights. “The enthusiasm over the recent game release is very encouraging and we can’t wait to bring it to the big screen.” King said. Like the video game, the film will follow a younger Lara in her formative years.
Despite a cooler than expected reception from fans and critics, Dead Space 3 still looks to be selling well. In February, the game topped the NPD charts, selling 605k units and beating Black Ops II for the top spot. Its inclusion of optional drop-in/drop-out co-op undoubtedly helped the game sell better, and while not everyone is a fan, we sure enjoyed it. Head past the jump for a list of the best-selling games of February.
So far, five million copies of Resident Evil 6 have sold worldwide, and for most games such an impressive number would be a huge success. The high development costs and even higher hopes Capcom had for the title, that isn’t the case, as it comes about two million short of their expectations. So what went wrong? Why, poor marketing, of course.
That’s right, you read that headline correctly. Techland and Deep Silver’s post-apocalyptic zombie butt-whooping game Dead Island has sold over five million units at retail and through digital distribution. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the combined sales of both games in the similarly themed Dead Rising franchise. That’s very impressive, especially for a new IP. Dead Island was flawed, especially when it came to making good on the promise to bring us an emotional, story-driven experience, but it was also damn fun. It’s pseudo-sequel, Dead Island: Riptide, releases on April 23.
Telltale’s version of The Walking Dead is just as brutal and emotional as what we’ve come to expect from the franchise. It was my pick for Game of the Year, though we won’t know if it was yours until our FEAR Awards conclude later this month. In a recent interview, Telltale Games CEO Dan Connors told the Wall Street Journal the series has sold over 8.5 million individual episodes. Surprisingly, a quarter of those sales were on Apple’s iOS platform (the game is available on PC, 360, PS3, and iOS). If you missed our reviews of the first season, you should definitely check them out!
Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5
I feel bad dropping so much bad news today. Between The War Z, THQ’s filing for bankruptcy, the apocalypse, and this — today just isn’t a great day for gamers. It should come as no surprise that Resident Evil 6 didn’t sell as well as Capcom wanted it to, and this underperformance could spur the publisher to give the franchise another much-needed reboot. Overall, Capcom is bracing for a whopping $1.8 billion loss in their net sales for the year, which they’re attributing to Resident Evil 6 sales and the delay of Monster Hunter 4.
In related news, those multiplayer modes promised us released on the Xbox 360 today. You can buy them individually for 320 MSP, or get them all for 720 MSP.
It looks like player reception of the recently released Dishonored has matched its critical reception. In my review I likened it to BioShock for its atmosphere, dystopian Steampunk setting, and even the combat, which feels similar to the uniquely satisfying plasmid/weapon combination. It looks like the two games could soon share something else in common — Dishonored could soon get a sequel that I’m not entirely sure it needs. Bethesda hasn’t disclosed exactly how many copies have sold so far, but it’s performed well enough to warrant the consideration of a sequel. Of course, BioShock 2 was a solid enough game, even if it didn’t quite have that feeling of newness its predecessor did. Either way, I’m sure a Dishonored 2 would be a great game. What do you think?
Well that was quick (and unsurprising). Just a week after Halo broke records and Call of Duty: Black Ops II has already gone and curb-stomped Halo 4′s impressive $220 million day one haul right in the face. In its first 24 hours, Black Ops II took all the monies, raking in half a billion in sales. It’s a multi-platform game, whereas Halo 4 is an Xbox exclusive, so really, both games have proven insanely successful. “With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. Which of these games, if either, are you more interested in? Let us know which side you’re on after the break.
In a recent interview, Valve’s Chet Faliszek threw out a rather impressive bit of info, saying the Left 4 Dead series has sold an incredible 12 million copies to date. It’s no surprise the franchise has been immensely successful, but 12 million is a lot, especially for a zombie game. “Telling people a game is great will sell one extra copy. Letting people play the game – Left 4 Dead is a good example – is much better,” Faliszek told VG247.
Valve recently confirmed that Left 4 Dead 2 will be getting Steam Workshop support later this month, so players can create, discuss, and find mods for the game more easily. In a separate interview, Chet had something to say about the inevitable Left 4 Dead 3 — more after the jump.
Good news out of Cannes for fans of Johannes Roberts horror film, Storage 24, because it’s been sold in a number of territories.
Per Variety, “London-based international sales agent Independent has closed multiple deals on helmer Johannes Roberts’ ‘Storage 24.’ It sold to Klockworx in Japan, Focus & Co. in South Korea, IPA in Thailand and Vietnam, Lark Films in Hong Kong, Bier Film in Turkey and WEG in India… The film pre-sold before Cannes to Universal for the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia and Benelux.”
Storage 24 stars Noel Clarke (“Doctor Who”) and Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners) and is written by by Clarke, Davie Fairbanks and Marc Small. The film “is set in London after a military cargo plane has crashed, leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city.”
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It looks like even a lukewarm reception hasn’t stopped Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City’s hordes of undead from infecting the Japanese audience, as the game has managed to sell 252,525 copies on the PS3 and 16,285 on the Xbox 360, which translates to over 80% of its shipment. It even managed to outsell the far superior Resident Evil: Revelations, that managed to shift 158,012 copies–an impressive number itself–during its first week on sale. Operation Raccoon City also managed to claim the number two spot on the UK charts after its first week, beating out Mass Effect 3 and Modern Warfare 3. That’s good news for fans, assuming it’s able to keep the momentum going for awhile. It’s not a great game, but it’s not terrible either. I know that’s really not a glowing recommendation, the best thing I can say about it is it’s good fun when you play it with a few friends. Just don’t play it alone. You deserve better than that.
Not including American Nightmare, which released last month for XBLA (look for our review shortly), the original game has officially reached the 2 million sold milestone. In an interview with CVG, Remedy’s head of franchise development Oskari Häkkinen said “After a slow start it’s turning into something really positive. It’s definitely had legs. I think narrative experiences just have a tendency for that.”
Alan Wake came to the PC just last month and managed to recoup its development costs in the first 48 hours. Match this with the series’ overall success and this is fantastic news for any fans looking for more Alan Wake in the near future. I think it’s obvious that Mr. Wake has a very bright future… Sorry. READ MORE
*Updated with first official images out of the AMF!
Fact: Evil kids are scary, which is why I love films like The Bad Seed, The Exorcist, The Omen and more recently The Children.
Filmax, the company behind the [REC] franchise, is giving birth to a demonic kid of their own.
Starring Starring Juan Diego Botto, Barbara Lennie and Marcia Perez is Childish Games, which is now in post-production under the direction of Antonio Chavarrías from his own screenplay.
“Daniel receives an unexpected, and unwanted, visit from a friend who he hasn’t seen since his childhood. His friend is obsessed with his daughter and insists that Daniel has to meet her. Daniel does his best to get rid of him and tries to forget the incident. That same night his friend commits suicide.
Laura, Daniel’s wife, suggests they go to his friend’s funeral. There they meet his daughter, a little girl, barely seven years old, who since the death of her father has been taken into foster care. Laura convinces all parties that the best thing is for the little girl to go and stay with them.
But the little girl’s presence in the house starts to have an adverse effect on the couple when fears and memories which Daniel thought he had long since buried start to come creeping back inside his head. The same obsessions and fears that took the life of his friend start to take control of Daniel. A growing sense of isolation engulfs Daniel in the house, which until the arrival of the little girl, he had thought belonged to him.” READ MORE
If you haven’t played Mortal Kombat yet then you should. I’ve heard it’s pretty good, in fact, I’ve heard it’s a bloodbath to remember. Most people seem to agree that the series has finally returned to what made the series great in the first place, and that’s buckets of gore, sick fatalities, and excessive violence (and not to mention a ton of content). While speaking to MCVUK, president of WB Interactive Martin Tremblay gave out some pretty impressive news.
Bringing the series back to its roots turned out to be a pretty fantastic idea since Mortal Kombat is on the verge of passing the 3 million sold mark. Tremblay continued by saying “With the launch of Mortal Kombat, we have already paid for the acquisition of the Midway assets, and we are just beginning to leverage this acquisition with much more to come.” That’s good news for fans because now that the series has proven itself to be a bloody cash cow that means the inevitable sequel will get more resources so it’ll be even better. READ MORE
Runic Games, the minds behind the dungeon crawler RPG Torchlight have just announced that their game has officially passed the coveted million sold mark, across all three platforms (PC, Mac, XBLA). This game certainly deserves the success, I praised its gorgeous hand drawn visuals and tight dungeon crawling gameplayin my review, and since then it’s sucked about 30 hours of my life from me. That’s a long time to be playing an arcade game.
A boost in sales was undoubtedly caused by Torchlight’s Deal of the Week promotion on Xbox Live as well as its 4th of July sale on Steam. Really people, if you haven’t taken the time to play this game you owe it to yourself to do so, if only to get warmed up for its upcoming sequel. READ MORE
Dead Space 2 looks to have one-upped its predecessor it every way. It was scarier, had more action, looked amazing, was received better critically and now it’s officially outsold the original by a very wide margin. One could even go so far as to say it strategically dismembered all expectations! HA! Thank you, thank you, I’m here all night – try the shrimp puffs, they’re delicious. While revealing the sales for their newest releases, EA let the world know that Dragon Age 2, Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2 have all passed the highly sought after 2 million sales mark. Well, I suppose any number above a million is highly sought after, but that’s beside the point.
EA continued their shameless number dropping by saying sales for Dead Space 2 are 40% higher than sales of the original over a similar time span. This means a third game is all but certain since great critical reception and big sales almost always equals another game. But before we dig in to a potential third game, how about giving us Dead Space 2 fans some more DLC? Because one just isn’t enough. READ MORE
The first game wasn’t much of a commercial success, despite near unanimous critical acclaim. It broke the million sales mark by the end of 2008 but that was far below EA’s expectations for the game. Dead Space 2 however, looks to be selling quite well (and it’s well deserved.), as the game has sold sold twice as many copies as its predecessor did in roughly the same time frame. That’s good news for horror fans since a game that manages to retain much of its roots in survival horror and be successful critically and commercially is a very good sign for the genre. Plus, it means a sequel (which was teased at the end of Dead Space 2) is almost guaranteed.
Who here is already on their second playthrough? I’m on my third, working toward getting the achievement for completing Zealot difficulty before I take a stab at Hard Core. So if you hear a loud sobbing you’ll know it’s just Dead Space taking away my will to live, but I want that foamy finger. Dead Space 2 will give me the finger. READ MORE
We all know those people who seem to have seen every movie and T.V. show, played every video game, and read every book and comic out there (where do they find the time?), and trying to shop for them can make for a frustrating experience. That being said, there are always those off-the-wall items that even the most well-versed horror fanatics haven’t yet gotten their hands on, and that’s where the “Toys & Merchandise” section of B-D’s Black Friday Chopping List comes in. Along with the latest in toys and decorative figurines, you’ll also find such oddities as specialized license plates, zombie-themed Zippo lighters, and even real embalmed mice made into Christmas tree ornaments. Seriously.
From kick-ass boxed sets to classics put out for the first time on DVD or Blu-ray, 2010 has been a pretty damn good year for horror releases on home video, and in the following “Film & TV” section of B-D’s Black Friday Chopping List we’ve selected a few of the best ones to come out in time for the holiday season. The wide variety of titles included here – from hit T.V. shows about hunky vampires, to a bizarre Japanese film about…well, what exactly?, to the Blu-ray boxed set to top all Blu-ray boxed sets – should cover practically any horror-loving fiend on your list. As for your grandmother, it might be best just to buy her a sensible blouse at JC Penney and call it a day.
There’s nothing that says “the holidays” quite like remaining sedentary for hours on end, and in that spirit Bloody-Disgusting has put together a list of the best, recent horror-themed video games to satisfy every hardcore gamer on your holiday shopping list. On the console front we have a slew of sequels and reboots to whet the appetite (sounds kinda like the movie industry, no?), while for mobile devices we’ve cherry-picked the best-reviewed titles to give you a better idea of how to spend that hard-earned…um, dollar ninety-nine on the people you love. Better yet, just by `em for yourself.
There’s something for every horror fan on your gift list in the “books & comics” section of B-D’s 2010 Black Friday Chopping list – from lovers of great poster art to rabid aficionados of indie comic books; from those who tend to engage in thought-provoking academic-minded discussions on the nature of the genre to those who just enjoy taking in as much grotesque, depraved imagery as they can get their hands on, this should prove a great guide for anyone scratching their heads over what to buy for one of those odd people who enjoy, um…whatchamacalit? Oh, yeah. Reading.