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Submitted by Dualshockers_Carlos 1215d ago | opinion piece

My 2 Cents: "The Last of Us Probably Won't Sell Very Well"

"I couldn’t tell you why Resistance or Infamous couldn’t break the 5 million mark, but it’s a telling stat that a large percentage of PS3 owners either aren’t interested in these titles or they’re completely unaware of their existence. This has to change." (PS3, The Last Of Us)

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Cupid_Viper_3  +   1216d ago | Well said
"I couldn’t tell you why Resistance or Infamous couldn’t break the 5 million mark"

But I can, It's quite simple you see, Very few games gets to sell 5 million units ever. You can't a system this Generation that has more than 10 games to break that mark, yet each system have hundreds of games that came out for them.
GribbleGrunger  +   1216d ago | Well said
Yes and the 'relative' nature of the internet can only deduce that 3 million is bad simply based on the fact that some games hit higher numbers. It's handy to exaggerate a point to prove one, so let's say a game comes out and sells 30 million in it's first week and then the following year the follow up sells 33 million. From that point on, 10 million would be seen as a 'relative' failure.

We've had this debate so many times on this and many other sites and the answer is very simple: Sony offer a very broad appeal for their PS3 so of course there's also going to be a very broad appeal for certain games. If you advertise your console as a FPS console, then of course you are going to attract people who like FPS and a FPS game will sell very well on your console... You'll end up with high sales of FPSs but a lack of interesting and imaginative content as a consequence.

It's not complex. It's not a mystery.

The Last Of Us will be a fantastic game, there is no doubt. Will it sell extraordinarily well to such a diverse userbase who are not sold on just one genre? Maybe not. Will it be successful? YEP!
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Game0N  +   1216d ago
How does 10 million sound?
Blankman85  +   1215d ago
How come the highest selling games on ps3 are FPS then? Sony didn't market it as such.
Awaits your explanation.
GribbleGrunger  +   1215d ago | Intelligent
Because once a whole generation of gamers have been exposed to FPS and deem it 'fashionable' to play certain well known franchises, they too get drawn into that narrow band of thinking. Most young men succumb eventually, partly because of peer pressure and partly because of a lack of imagination.

But it still doesn't change what I said overall about why Sony doesn't always sell a ton of one particular genre. What I said still applies. People buy the PS3 for many many reasons, whilst others buy another console for very few reasons. You may see this as a flimsy, cop out but when debating one particular issue, it's necessary to focus on the subject generally; otherwise I'd have sub-clauses every other word and the message would lose clarity.
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demonddel  +   1215d ago
GribbleGrunger man You one crazy dude
sikbeta  +   1215d ago
TLoU will not sell as well as it deserves because Sony doesn't know how to advertise and when, they'll probably put a 15 second ad 3 days before the game comes out and sure the game will compete a huge franchise, like U3 did last year, it's a shame, ND deserve more sales than what they actually get.
baodeus  +   1215d ago

As weird as it sounds I bought x360 because of RPGs and racing where they use to be a PS brand strong point. U seems to assume and generalized but doesn't look at what each console have as a whole. If u look at everything overall, u know PS and Xbox are pretty dead even in having variety of genra.

Why most if not all arguments always seem so one sided in every post?

But u r right in that FPS is currently the trend.
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maniacmayhem  +   1215d ago

I'm with Baodeus, I bought the 360 because they kept reporting they would have more RPGs and a lot of Japanese companies where backing them in support for RPGs. I don't remember 360 being advertised as THE FPS machine. I think that is completely false.

And the excuse of "PS3 games don't sell because there's too much variety" is pure BS. It's almost as bad as the tired saying of "sony doesn't advertise enough", it's like some people will come up with any other reason as to why a Sony game doesn't do well.

***Most young men succumb eventually, partly because of peer pressure and partly because of a lack of imagination.***

So the reason people buy the 360 is because MS marketed it as such but the reason FPS's are #1 on PS3 is because people were peer pressured or didn't have imagination? I guess it has nothing to do with actually LIKING a game and playing it more than another. And peer pressured? Seriously? This isn't some after school special.

As Baodeus stated your arguments hold no weight and are truly leaning on one side and lack proof to boot.
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Nimblest-Assassin  +   1215d ago
Essentially the article in one sentence


zeeshan  +   1215d ago
I could care less. As long as I can get my copy, I am good and I can't freakin' wait!

By the way, if Heavy Rain, a completely "different" game can sell in millions, I see no reason why LAST OF US won't. It seem to have everything! Action, horror, suspense, great story, great fight sequences, great AI, great environment, great music, great graphics. Need I say more?
gaffyh  +   1215d ago
Thing is though, it might not sell 5 million, but it will definitely sell 2 million and that is enough for Sony, because they keep 100% of the profits as the game is first party. However, if they market this game like they did with Uncharted 2, which was one of the best marketed games in recent Sony history, they will get a lot of interest in this game.

The best ad campaign I've ever seen for a game this generation was Halo 3, which was plastered everywhere in the UK. I saw it on the buses for about 2 weeks, as well as in print ads, online ads and TV ads.
Eyeco  +   1215d ago
I fully agree with you man but its also worth pointing out that Sony is pi$$ poor at marketing this is no secret, the reality is when a game like Killzone 2 or even Uncharted 2 came out those games sales could be attributed to word of mouth and Internet hype. I remember the marketing for those games being almost none existent.

And its really sad, I've said this before, but a game that should have flown out the door was LBP when you look at the universal appeal of that game, anyone could get into it, it should have been the best selling game on the PS3, if Microsoft or Nintendo had a game like that, LBP would have sold at least 10 million, seriously look at their marketing power , if Nintendo can make piece of cr@p like Wii Play sell almost 30 million worldwide, think of what they could have done with a game like LBP, its all down to marketing people, something that Sony has never really been good with.
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Peppino7  +   1215d ago
Sony relies heavily on word of mouth for advertisements. Although that works, maximizing the exposure of this game will need more. You're going to need commercials, magazine ads, etc.
There are times I've walked into game stores and seen games I've never heard of. I wouldn't be surprised if companies didn't make any money off those games. How does a regular family get to know about certain games if its not for ads or their kid asking for it. They don't.

Sales don't equal success, but the argument here according to the title is about SALES. Especially a NEW IP, needs MAXIMUM exposure, otherwise don't expect tremendous sales. Can't wait to play this.

I'll have 1 copy of its millions sold.
Ezz2013  +   1215d ago
maniacmayhem & baodeus

plz point me to ps3 exclusives that don't sell well
(with a prove please)

uncharted games
killzone games
god of war games
GT games
etc of the long list of ps3 exclusives
all of them are over the 3+ million mark

i never knew that 3m sales mean the games are failure
only on N4g i guess
and i thought this site is pro sony
but after a quick look
it only all about anti sony articles (based on opinions)
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pixelsword  +   1215d ago
"The Last of Us Probably Won't Sell Very Well"

I'm starting to reject game sites which have an "x" as the first letter for PS3 news...
morganfell  +   1215d ago
Let me see if I understand this. First Dualshockers publishes an article with this title:

"Why Sony Should Exit The Console Hardware Business"

Now some person called Dualshockers Carlos submits this article also dooming Sony. Pattern of hate? Agenda? One is owned by Dan Curtis and the other by Joel Taveras but the evidence is pretty clear.
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BattleAxe  +   1214d ago
My Opinion is Only Worth 2 Cents: "The Last of Us Probably Won't Sell Very Well"

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Beastforlifenoob  +   1214d ago
Sony's Advertising is improving so i'm suspecting decent sales, I watched Taken 2 in the cinemas in Australia last night, my popcorn box had a ps-vita ad and my coca cola had a Littlebigplanet vita ad, so let's hope this golden baby the last of us sells. I would like more slow paced games like these in the market
Sarcasm  +   1214d ago
I think its telling that consumers and the rest of the industry agree that Sony's advertising campaign's suck. They might have one or two hits like the Kevin Butler thing, but then they lose it with the rest of their games.

That's why I don't give a damn about Will Wright being fired. He was probably just as useless as the rest of the Sony PR and deserved to be fired.

Microsoft on the other hand knows how to market the 360 and its games. I mean heck, look as the millions of Kinect's sold despite the lackluster peripheral.
DarkHeroZX  +   1214d ago
I can give you 3 reasons why this game will be successful and possibly sell 5 million +

Uncharted 1
Uncharted 2
Uncharted 3 all say hi!!!

And the fact that this game was made buy the naughty gods means that alone will push sales.
Muffins1223  +   1215d ago
I would say the last of us wont sell allot,but i think it will sell decently and sell more than killzone and resistance...
dboyc310  +   1215d ago
It will do over 2 million which is by no mean a Fail in the sales department. Yea it won't reach gear of wars or halo numbers but how many games do? Quality over quantity and that's what this game is all about. I'm positive it will do great in the market.
KwietStorm  +   1215d ago
I would give you a plus for common sense, but I had to settle for intelligent. You see people all throughout this generation talking about how PS3 games should sell more. Well, maybe some of them should, but I see completely new IPs like inFamous, Heavy Rain, and LittleBigPlanet doing 2 million+ each, and people act like that's nothing. Its hard or rare enough for a multiplatform game to "guarantee" 5 million sold, so naturally, an exclusive has its work cut out for itself. All one has to do is look at the numbers to see that 5 mil doesn't happen a lot or overnight.
shenpo_shin  +   1215d ago
LBP sold more than 4 mil
same for LBP 2

learn some facts before throwin numbers
joab777  +   1215d ago
I think it has to do with a few things. Firsr, sony doesnt advertise well for these games, especially killzone. And while infamous was really good, R3 & K3 , while being really good, had no adverstising while streamling and taking out many thinhs people loved.

The one exception for sony studios has been naughty dog, the mother studio. They get more support than the others combined. The last of us will sell very well. I think it could break records. But, this does depend on many things. Time will tell.
uncharted56  +   1215d ago
Halo sells more then that every year. Im not a fanboy in fact Im a proud owner of a PS3 but Im sorry SONY has been the dumbest console company this generation. They just dont fucking understand the power of advertising. I really hope they advertise the shit out of Last Of Us like Halo 3 was. I want to see this gem sell millions.
Cupid_Viper_3  +   1215d ago | Well said
So A company who sells you a system at $200.00 dollars below the manufacturing cost, and doesn't sacrifice a game's budget for the sake of advertisement is dumb?

I don't mean to be disrespectful and I apologize in advance if I am, but you guys have to be some of the dumbest gamers ever, of any generation.

You're praising Halo, a franchise that has more money going to marketing than the actual games themselves....smh
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1215d ago
Amen, sir.

+Bubble for "Well Said" on you. ;)
zeeshan  +   1215d ago
@Cupid: Well said! Bubbles for you my friend!
MYSTERIO360  +   1215d ago
@Cupid_Viper_3 i complete understand where your coming from but i would have to agree with uncharted56.

I for one would totally not want a games budget to be sacrificed for the sake of advertising. But the sad fact is regardless of the games overall quality advertising sells it.

Don't take my work for it look at CODS recent success,they advertised the shit out of MW2 and now it sells millions. I personally know people who dislike the game but will still buy it because their friends have it. All this is a result of great advertising of a game which was overvalued. If not COD look at halo 3.

I know the uncharted series has gotten some advertising but i wish games like Killzone and Resistance were advertised more. I think with good advertising the last of us could sell well over 3million.
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MariaHelFutura  +   1215d ago
Ill be buying it.
DigitalAnalog  +   1215d ago
"Now, I’m not saying this is going to happen to The Last of us but in this climate, it seems like most people would rather go for the flashing lights than go for a static dose of realism. It’s no rocket science, mass appeal is real and it does affect games like The Last of us, time and time again."

This is probably the only part of the article that justifies the title. HOWEVER, in light of the events of DayZ and the like, you cannot make a consensus based on "casual" purchases alone. Contrary to what you may believe there are MILLIONS of "core" gamers out there who spends most of their time contemplating what game to buy and when they do, it's usually in the masses. Whether it's niche titles like Heavy Rain, Journey or Demon Souls or mass appeal games like Gears or Halo. "Core" gamers do make a difference in gaming and I'm glad there a few studios let alone a non-dependent one to take risks like this.

Going back to ND, they have a track record for selling multi-milllion IP's per generation. So the benefit of the doubt goes to their history. The studio is probably one of the few where the name alone has more marketing power than the IP it produces itself.
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ElitaStorm  +   1215d ago
why would i care about sell nr when i know that iam going to buy it?
BluEx610  +   1214d ago
I care about sales because I want good producers like Naughty to get what they deserve and also to show that hard work pays off. The more sales = the more chance it has for a sequel. So this is one of those games that I want it to sell well, just so I can see a trilogy just like the Uncharted series.
SilentNegotiator  +   1215d ago
Under FIVE million is this guy's "not selling well" mark?
Jaces  +   1215d ago
Sony only has to advertise who's heading up TLoU and it'll sell millions in no time. ND has that kind of track record, lol.

In truth though, I don't mind if it sells under 5 million. I think any number over 1 million would be a victory for that developer..I mean when you think about it that's a lot of people, and if it's sold that much it'll only grow over time.

I know one thing is fact, I'm buying it day one.
MostJadedGamer  +   1215d ago
Of the 11 PS3 that have sold 5 million or more only 3 of them are exclusive. While of the 18 360 games that have sold 5 million or more 8 of them have been exclusive.

8 of 18 is a lot better then 3 of 11. PS3 exclusives have just not done well.
Jaces  +   1214d ago
5 of those are from the same franchise and the other 3 are from another.

Both are shooters...well one is 3rd but it's practically the same thing. What about MS's other exclusives? lol, nice spin. I'd rather be given a choice for exclusives than force fed the same thing over and over.
-Superman-  +   1215d ago
Company name alone sells this game alot
aquamala  +   1215d ago
It's a shame infamous 2 only sold 1.2 million, great game

The truth is that these are the type of games people buy used and trade them in, people keep cod's for a long time to play with their friends
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paddystan  +   1214d ago
Sony jsut need to have written in the back of the cover "From the makers of the critically acclaimed Uncharted series". And BAM, it will sell.
showtimefolks  +   1214d ago
I believe it will because by the time it comes out ps3 install base will be over 70 million. And if Sony spends a little like they did with uncharted 3 than this game can do 5-8 million

Also btw like many ave said before me in comments that not every game is gonna do 5 million not every game is even gonna do 3 million. LOOK AY BIOSHOCK IT DIDN'T SET THE RECORD FOR SALES. Sales are just for fanboys so they can feel good about the product they are supporting.

Infamous 2 came out in worst time it didn't make sense with release date and with e3 over shadowing it people forgot about it and there was ZERO advertisement yet with infamous collection now out and selling well I believe Infamus IP overall has done well and will be one Sony will work with in future

Beyond 2 souls I have more doubts about in sales but i a getting it day one but many sites are reporting problems with controls that control the ghost. Hopefully QD will use some basic game controls too instead of all QTE.

LOU will be a strong GOTY contender but 2013 is gonna be so big that which ever games win2013 GOTY has to do something really special

Beyond 2 souls
Last of us
Tomb raider

From top of my head those game will be strong GOTY contenders
miyamoto  +   1206d ago
"Sales are just for fanboys so they can feel good about the product they are supporting."

+1 Bubble for you

I know who you are talking about there - "the kids".

If gamers will only mature up like many in the movie industry during the times of the The Matrix & TLOTR we might see a brighter future for the gaming industry.

I will support TLOU for one of many reasons: it won't likely to be pirated in the millions mark like on the 360 & Wii or PC.

That means value for me.

It means money for those who deserve it.

Money for Sony's outstanding victory over piracy.

And its a must have for my Naughty Dog collection.
-Mezzo-  +   1216d ago
This Article In A Few Words: "Some PS3 Exclusives Didn't Sell, So I Don't Thing Last of Us Will Sell Well".

This is barely a Forum Post let alone an Opinion Piece.
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smashman98  +   1216d ago
I can see where you're coming from but I'm sure last of us will
sell, people love the post apocalypse I'd be more worried about Playstation all stars or beyond 2 souls but thanks to people loving the end of the world, I know for a fact Last of us will break 5 million easy
Y_5150  +   1216d ago
A checklist for it to be successful:
1.Naughty Dog making it. CHECK
2.Has zombie-like creatures. CHECK
3.Naughty Dog. CHECK
#3 implies the credibility of the developer.
Dualshockers_Carlos  +   1216d ago
That number 3 is very important. Had it been by another developer, would the interest level be the same?
smashman98  +   1215d ago
sure it could depends on which devs
HammadTheBeast  +   1215d ago
If it was Nihilistic I would've cried.
srcBFMVBMTH  +   1215d ago

Agreed, couldn't have said it better myself. lol

"I couldn’t tell you why Resistance or Infamous couldn’t break the 5 million mark, but it’s a telling stat that a large percentage of PS3 owners either aren’t interested in these titles or they’re completely unaware of their existence."

LMAO, same thing can be said about 360 exclusives.

"I couldn’t tell you why Crackdown or Fable couldn’t break the 5 million mark, but it’s a telling stat that a large percentage of 360 owners either aren’t interested in these titles or they’re completely unaware of their existence."

Anyways, these games don't NEED to break 5 million to justify being made. Just enough to make profit and warrant the developer to make a sequel, or a new IP.
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Ezz2013  +   1215d ago
and the fact that they use sales only when they favor them
when any ps3 fan show reviews or awards as of why ps3 exclusives are some of the best this gen and top all of xbox exclusives
they use the sales of halo and gears the only two exclusives games that sell over 4+m on xbox

but when ps3 use sales of games like GT5 over Forza games
they use reviews

this only show how much hypocrite both sides
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Silly gameAr  +   1215d ago
Oh oh. It's the season of the sales articles again.
chukamachine  +   1215d ago
4million or more i think.

Most people will know that naughty dog are behind it. It will have a big advertising campaign and it's bound to win awards.
Dualshockers_Carlos  +   1215d ago
Do you think awards sell games?
Bathyj  +   1215d ago
No, but awards (and sales) are mealy by-products of being awesome, and I think Last of Us will be awesome.

A better question would be do you think sales make a game good?
Ultraplayerxp  +   1215d ago
Do you think winning a few won't?
shenpo_shin  +   1215d ago
uncharted 2
MGS4 say hi
SilentNegotiator  +   1215d ago
Future games? Yes.

And since they'll surely advertise it as being from the creators from the award winning Uncharted series.....yes.
zeddy  +   1215d ago
probably wont sell like cod but i expect 3+ million atleast lifetime.
49erguy  +   1215d ago
It's getting my $$$, and this is coming from a PC gamer.
MightyPatapon  +   1215d ago
Whoops, meant to hit agree
MightyPatapon  +   1215d ago
"From the makers UNCHARTED."

5 million easy.
bubblebeam  +   1215d ago
I'm hoping 5 million as well (about the same as the Uncharted series). It is nearing the end of the generation, and this looks to be a sawn song.

It got the Graphics, Atmosphere, story, characters, voice acting, AI (looks to be VERY impressive), and it is made by Naughty Dog. I'm expecting big advertising on this.

Unless people read; "From the makers of UNEARTHED"
lol looks like prince of persia on PS2.
CGI-Quality  +   1215d ago
Always love these pointless doom articles. Seems the authors never learn. :D
ElitaStorm  +   1215d ago
they are in a loop hole, dont know how to get out

and 90% that comes from N4G is garbage since 2010
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ChunkyLover53  +   1215d ago
I think a lot of its sales depend on when its released in relation to the PS4's announcement and release.

Some very brilliant games throughout gaming's history have been ignored because the newest console was released at the same time. I'm sure it'll be a good game, not sure what the sales expectations will be, but it probably wouldn't be too bold to predict 3 million units or so, which is great for a new IP this generation.

I think the reason that we are getting an influx of AAA titles so early in 2013 is because those developers don't want to compete with new hardware and software that comes out with said hardware.
InTheLab  +   1215d ago
God of War 2 released in 2007...months after the PS3 dropped. Not only that, most developers tend to shy away from low install bases ie: new consoles.
ChunkyLover53  +   1215d ago
You gave one good example and it was at a time when the PS3 was backwards compatible and didn't have a very strong lineup.

Look back in history and you will find a lot of games that released late in a console generation that didn't catch on.
Conker's Bad Fur Day-The official Wiki says the following "The game sold poorly due to limited advertising and a release towards the end of the Nintendo 64's life-cycle, but earned a cult following due to its unique styling."

Conker Live And Reloaded suffered the same fate, released in 2005 after the Xbox 360 was already announced.

There are a ton of similar situations, I guess only time will tell, but speaking for myself, once the next Xbox and PlayStation are announced, I wont be spending any more money on current consoles. Its how I've always done things, I never bought a single PS2/Xbox/Gamecube game after their successors were announced.
CGI-Quality  +   1215d ago
God of War 1 was a hit, allowing God of War II to be successful. Not sure you really understood what he was saying. Nothing suggests that The Last Of Us won't sell plenty, and with the type of buzz it has, it's a given that it will be a success.

Seems you're running out of bubbles though. :O
majiebeast  +   1215d ago
Remember when people thought Heavy rain wouldnt sell Sony proved those people wrong. The name Naughty dog stands for amazing games and alot of playstation fans know this.
Ares84HU  +   1215d ago
In my opinion, they should have made Uncharted 4.
Blastoise  +   1215d ago
Why? We've had three Uncharted's this GEN, 4 if you count the handheld spin-off. I'd rather Uncharted 4 was a PS4 release, and I think its good Naughty dog are working on something really different.
Ares84HU  +   1215d ago
Because if you haven't noticed there aren't too many adventure games and Uncharted was always amazing. I want to play more of that. I'm kind of tired of games that are trying to be this survival/horror thing.

My favorite games of all time are the Tomb Raider series and when Uncharted came around it also became my other favorites. I guess I like exploring old ruins and beautiful locations.
jc48573  +   1215d ago
really depends. I definitely know why Resistance and Infamous would sell less.
Heisenburger  +   1215d ago
I won't argue as I cannot predict the future.

But I can guarantee at least one sale.

*points to myself*
Dualshockers_Carlos  +   1214d ago
Nice. Dig the Breaking Bad teddy too!
jjb1981  +   1215d ago
Another sale here, that's for dang sure... Naughty dog are on top of their game!
r21  +   1215d ago
It might sell a million or more IF sony advertises the game WITHOUT spoiling anything! The uncharted 3 trailers and ads ruined any sorts of surprises for me :L
MoreRPG  +   1215d ago
Naughty Dog has a big fan base and are known for making AAA games of the highest quality(Uncharted series).
When it comes to sales numbers Naughty Dog has been consistent so we should expect The Last of Us to sell at least 4.5 million copies in the first year.
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Tontus  +   1215d ago
Are you serious? A new IP selling 4.5 million in its fist year?! LOL, the delusion is killing me!

Not a single Uncharted game has accomplished that or even come close to that, what makes you think an unproven new IP can? It's not like it's going to have Sony's full dedication when it comes to marketing since a much bigger exclusive for Sony is releasing next year, God of War: Ascension.

I don't think you hardcore internet-dwelling gamers understand that in the real-world Naughty Dog aren't popular at all, they may be amongst gamers who spend most of their time on internet forums etc, but most gamers in the real world don't even know the developers of their favorite games.

The Uncharted series doesn't even have a huge fan base at all. The biggest Uncharted fan group on Facebook only has 512,000 fans compared with God of War for e.g. which has 3,280,000 fans, that's 6.4 times more. And don't give me bullshit that God of War is older and therefor would have more fans, it's only 2 years older and it's still MUCH more beloved which is why the games all sell 4-5.5 million without mass bundling and with very little marketing. Many people outside of the internet dwelling hardcore gaming folk don't care about Uncharted and therefore Uncharted's 'popularity' won't help The Last of Us.
Ezz2013  +   1215d ago
i signed up to this site after i see how much wrong your comment

every uncharted game on ps3 have sold over 4 Million
both uncharted 2 and 3 sold 5.5Million
which both have sold more then or about the same as god of war 3

god of war games psp/ps2/ps3 have sold total 21 Million
coming from SM them self

uncharted games has sold ps3/psv over 17 Million
coming from ND them self

so there goes your hot air comment

BTW i'm huge fan for both games
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MoreRPG  +   1215d ago
For a game thats not popular at all 17million copies sold is pretty damn good
@Tontus I know I may have gone a little bit overboard saying The Last of Us will sell at least 4.5 million copies on it first year (Uncharted 3 did it) but to say a game is not popular just because it only has 512,000 followers on Facebook is stupid
Dlacy13g  +   1215d ago
My 2 cents.... This article is just for hits.
SAE  +   1215d ago
Who cares since we are gonna play it , people need to get over the sale thing , sometimes i feel like the people get the money not the companies...
BlaqMagiq24  +   1215d ago
Maybe it will sell maybe it won't but sales don't determine success or failure. Ultimately ratings do. Okami is a perfect example.
ShaunCameron  +   1215d ago
Okami's low sales resulted in Capcom shutting down Clover Studios. All the rave reviews and awards in the world couldn't get people to buy it. Ultimately sales do matter. To the developer and the publisher, that is.
BitbyDeath  +   1215d ago
Still make more money than most people here will ever see.

Honestly who cares about sales you get none of it.
BigStef71  +   1215d ago
It will sell well just on the fact that NAUGHTY DOG is making it. Anyways so is gonna market this game like crazy cuz its gonna be its big exclusive of next year. Just like thy did for uncharted 3 which has sold close to 5 million copies. Just look at Sonys E3 best conference they showed this game to close the show and everyone in the crowd went nuts!!! So I am not worried at all that it might not sell well because it definitely will
Tontus  +   1215d ago
Not true at all. The Jak and Daxter games didn't sell so well and the first Uncharted didn't sell so well either, it's only when Uncharted 2 & 3 came out and Sony started mass bundling and greatly advertised the games did the games appear to be popular. Without Sony's help UC games would sell no more than a 3-4 million each, still good numbers though.

And no The Last of Us isn't going to be Sony's big exclusive next year, God of War: Ascension is going to much bigger and so Sony will market that game like crazy whilst TLoU will have a small marketing campaign which makes sense for an unproven new IP, for all we know TLoU could suck? Who's played it through to know already?

The Last of Us wont sell more that 4 million units, especially with next-gen on the horizon, I'd bet between 3-3.5 million myself, but honestly who the hell cares? Gamers are meant to play games, not analyse their sales.
CGI-Quality  +   1215d ago
Hmmm, seems you make far too many assumptions. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was also quite popular before Among Thieves came along. But then, I doubt feeding you the truth would matter.
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BigStef71  +   1215d ago
Here's a list of how well each of their games have sold:
Crash Bandicoot: 6.82 million
Crash Bandicoot 2 Cortex strike back: 7.58 million
Crash Bandicoot 3 warped: 7.13 million
Crash Team Racing: 4.79 million
Jak and Daxter: 3.64 million
Jak 2: 2.78 million
Jak 3: 1.85 million
You can add an extra 250k to these because of the jak and daxter collection
Jak X: Combat Racing: 550k
Uncharted Drakes fortune:4.27 million
Uncharted 2 Among Thieves: 5.74 million
Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception: 4.66 million
So it looks to me all of Naughty Dogs game have sold very well. So name recognition of them making TLOU will make the game sell well. And you honestly think Ascension is their big exclusive? I'll give you its Sonys second big exclusive but there is no way that game is their biggest. If it was it would have closed out the show at E3 and the release date for that game is in March which shows you already it isn't the biggest because they would have saved it for the Holiday season. We don't know when the release date for TLOU is but if i had to make a guess it would be October or November because thats when UC 2 and 3 released respectively. Trust me this game will sell very well. It's a new IP that gamers are getting hyped about and a game that has a chance to define this gen like UC2 did
srcBFMVBMTH  +   1215d ago

"the release date for that game (God Of War Ascension) is in March which shows you already it isn't the biggest because they would have saved it for the Holiday season."

Pretty much every if not all God of War's have always released in March though.

But I agree on the TLOU ending E3. TLOU seems to be their biggest exclusive coming out considering how many trailers they've been releasing and how many hits they've been getting on Youtube (Almost as much as Halo 4 actually). The internet is already ALL OVER TLOU. Sony just needs to play their cards right with the whole (T.V., billboard, buses, magazine etc.) type of ADS.) like they did with Uncharted 3.

Naughty Dog? CHECK
Post Apocalyptic setting? CHECK
Zombies? CHECK

It's guaranteed to sell.

I'd say that God Of War: Ascension would be their close second behind TLOU and followed by Beyond: Two Souls (If marketed with Ellen Page right).

But if this was God Of War IV and not just Ascension (a prequel). It would be a whole different story. lol.
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BigStef71  +   1215d ago
Well said my man. I know GOW always releases in march but like you said if it was 4 maybe it would have been bigger but since its a prequel it is second biggest and it will definitely be a success. Think about it GOW3 sold close to 5 million without any sort of multiplayer. So since they added it in Ascension I think it could be pretty huge if implemented well because there aren't many hack n slash games with online multiplayer. I feel more people will experience it now.
For TLOU you stated the three main things to make it sell well lol. Plus its going to have some sort of multiplayer component as well. Hopefully they do some unique modes. But what said about the views on youtube I was gonna mention that as well. This game has the ability to be ps3s Halo 4 if they market it right which I know Sony will because this game is too big not to
GraveLord  +   1215d ago
Why so fixated on the 5 million mark? A game that sells 5 million is a mega-franchise. Obviously, not all PS3 exclusives can sell SO MUCH.

1 Million is considered a success.(although for a game like The Last Of Us, it would probably need 2 million+ to make a profit).

The great thing about the PS3 is that we have SO MANY exclusive games to choose from. Yes, I said CHOOSE. We either don't have the money or time to buy them all.

Anyway, The Last Of Us WILL SELL. Pre-orders are already very strong for a new IP. According to VgChartz, The Last of Us pre-orders are actually AHEAD of Playstation All-Stars. Keep in mind that The Last Of US isn't coming out for at least another year.(September '13 at the earliest)
thawind  +   1215d ago
N4G=Anti Sony Articles
XB1_PS4  +   1215d ago
That's only because this site has a bunch of sony fans that will come to this article to defend them. :) They wouldn't make the top bar if no one gave a shit about sony. Anything that's along the lines of I hate sony will get their share of bashing from this site.

I agree there are waay too many though.
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WeskerChildReborned  +   1215d ago
How can you not think it will sell well when it's basically the most hyped game for the PS3 at this moment.
gamernova  +   1215d ago
Truth. Ps3 gamers are on the cheap side. I noticed 360 players spend more. I'm an unbiased pc gamer.
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deletingthis34675334  +   1214d ago
I own over 60 games for my PS3, 40 for PC and about 10 for the 360. I have no idea where you get these statistics from.
gamernova  +   1214d ago
Most. Sorry about that. There are some that aren't. I forgot exactly where I got the numbers from but you can tell by how much Xbox smokes them in sales in multi plats. I know that 360 has more consoles sold but it is staggering to see the difference is even greater than it should be when it comes down to games sold.
sdplisken  +   1215d ago
i personally think it will do better than uncharted in sales
people like mature rated games and shooting zombies

its my 2nd most wanted game right behind mgs ground zeroes
cant wait!
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Inception  +   1215d ago
I will buy it day 1 and i don't care if it's not sell 5 million copies in one minute -_-
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