Love it or hate it, the Call of Duty name is still going to be the King of the Mountain when it comes to gaming sales in 2012. And no matter how good EA’s upcoming Battlefield 3 is, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will still outsell it in droves.
You may ask yourself: Who cares about sales. It’s really about how good the game is. I could care less about game sales!
Why are sales important? Because at the end of the day the videogame business is just that… A BUSINESS.
And sales mean a lot to game companies. It makes them thrive and it makes them able to make more games. It basically makes them or breaks them. Ask a game company like Acclaim about game sales? You know that company right? They made Turok and the All-Star Baseball series. They are no longer in business because of lack of sales. Trust me, sales mean a lot in this industry.
So who will sell more games this year? My bet is firmly on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. I am going to give you the three main reasons why this will happen.
The Call of Duty name is iconic around the world. I don’t care if you love it or hate it, Call of Duty is known. It’s been talked about in movies (The Wrestler), Hollywood actors and sports icons talk about it (Kobe Bryant and Robin Williams to name a few), and the name’s been around for quite some time.
The Call of Duty name is up there with names like Mario, Halo and Grand Theft Auto. And with every year a Call of Duty game is released, the game sells like hotcakes. Many thought that Black Ops would flop, yet it is the best-selling Call of Duty game to date. The Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops is close to 9 million sales in the United States alone. Those kind of sales numbers are insane!
The Gameplay and Controls are easier for anybody to pick up on
One of the things that most gamers overlook is the controls and the gameplay of a Call of Duty game. Many say “The game has auto aim, the game is an old engine, the game is just Modern Warfare with updated skins etc”. The bottom line is the game plays extremely well for a first-person shooter, and if you think otherwise you are in denial. Hell, even ElPresador seems to think that the controls are the best in FPS history. Many tend to agree while others oppose its gameplay style and engine. It’s clear that there are two camps when it comes to Call of Duty and Battlefield. And it seems at times that these two camps can never agree on anything when it comes to the two games.
Ever since Infinity Ward introduced the engine for Modern Warfare, the series has adapted it with open arms. Every year Infinity Ward and Treyarch tweaks and updated the engine to meet new standards. But the bottom line is that the engine just works. The controls are fluid and easy for core and casual gamers to pick up and play. Many hardcore gamers seem to have a lot of hate towards the engine, yet the common gamer loves the feel of it. If you disagree with me, just log onto Black Ops any ordinary evening and look at the 500,000 players playing MP.
Now lets face it, Call of Duty NEEDS dedicated servers. One of its largest downfalls is the peer 2 peer multiplayer. This always results in garbage matches and horrible hit detection. It also results in hacks. All you have to do is load up MP on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: World at War to see these issues. Those two games are basically worthless online now. They both suffer from invincible hackers and youtube spammers.
Will gamers ever see a Call of Duty game with dedicated servers? Only time will tell.
The series gives most gamers what they want
Much like what EA and DICE do with its Battlefield series, the Call of Duty franchise always adds something new that gamers want.
With Modern Warfare gamers were finally introduced to modern combat and the latest weapons and gadgets. With World at War gamers were introduced to Zombies. With Modern Warfare 2 we were introduced to a choice of kill streaks, and with Black Ops gamers were introduced to a variety of new things with Theater Mode, Call of Duty currency, Gun Game and other modes. Sure most of these were already in past videogames. Theater Mode was in the Halo series, but Call of Duty introduced it to modern combat-style games.
And while many bitch and complain about DLC cost, Activision always seems to support each game with 2-3 Map Packs per year. And people still fork out the $15 for these map packs.
Now you can sit here and say that Activision keeps rehashing things over and over again, but I really can’t see how that is valid. If anything that is more of a cop-out. The bottom line is that the gaming masses eats this stuff up. And it sells like hotcakes.
Don’t get me wrong now, I love both Call of Duty and Battlefield. But in my eyes they are two different games. I actually think that Medal of Honor is a much more comparable game to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Black Ops. EA and DICE implemented kill steaks in Medal of Honor, and that game has a closer feel in terms of an online experience.
I’ve seen the various videos for Battlefield 3. I think the game looks amazing and it will kick some serious ass. But only a realist knows that Call of Duty will still be the king of sales after both games release this year. Last year Black Ops sold a crazy amount of games for just the Xbox 360 on its first week alone (somewhere around 4 million sold in one week for the Xbox 360). Do you honestly think that Battlefield 3 will beat those numbers?
One more thing to factor in on this sales debate
While some of of know about the whole Activision/Infinity Ward debacle, the average gamer does not know anything about it, nor do they care. Over the last year of so I hear so much about how Infinity Ward has died and the company is not what it used to be, yet they showed off a full working game at E3 2011 that looks to outdo Modern Warfare 2 in every way possible.
They may have Sledgehammer Games working on the MP, but the bottom line is the average gamer could care less about what happened with the original developers from Infinity Ward (Vince Zampella and Jason West) and Activision. That is also old news, and I think that the 2011 E3 showing finally put to bed the rumors that Infinity Ward is DOA.
My own two cents
In my own personal opinion I think Battlefield 3 looks amazing. The PC version looks amazing and the console versions will still look and play amazing. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on it and have a go at multiplayer. DICE looks to have really set the bar on this one.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 also looks awesome. I love the whole concept of being able to have multiple scopes. I will miss Zombie mode though since its Treyarch’s baby. I will have to wait until 2012 to get my Treyarch Zombie fix.
I know there are a lot of haters out there, but I enjoy FPS games, especially games with modern combat and modern weaponry. So I already have both games preordered.
It really is hard to tell which game is going to be “better”. I actually like go with purchasing both games and enjoying them both. Why alienate myself from having a choice and owning both games? To this very day I really never understood the who concept of fanboyism. Both games look like they will kick ass
What do you think?
Do you think Battlefield will finally outsell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? Tell me why you think Battlefield 3 sales will finally eclipse Call of Duty sales. Give me your most valid reasons. Sure Battlefield 3 might be a better game overall, but if you think it will finally overtake Call of Duty, give reasons.