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Submitted by Breadcrab 1205d ago | news

Halo 4 reaches 1 million USA pre-orders

The two biggest games of the year have just surpassed one million pre-orders each on Xbox 360; Barbie Horse Adventures 2, and Superman 64: Reloaded. Not really, more like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Although Halo 4 is losing ever so slightly, these are still incredible numbers that show the Halo franchise is still very popular and relevant. (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Xbox 360)

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LX-General-Kaos  +   1205d ago | Well said
Fantastic numbers for the gaming industries number 1 platform exclusive shooter.

I can see this easily becoming the highest sold console exclusive of 2012, and possibly 2013.

A notable sales achievement unlocked.
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newn4gguy  +   1205d ago
I agree. This is good for the industry.

People down-vote you constantly though. Are you boosting your bubbles with multiple accounts?
bubblebeam  +   1205d ago
At last a shooter that actually deserves sales is getting them. The Spartan Ops looks to be a real industry innovation and I think we will see more developers go this fantastic route, just as Gears 2 made Horde a standard.

Halo and Resistance are my 2 favourite shooter series of all time, yet they don't get as many sales as they deserve compared to other rush jobs appealing to everyone and their grandma.
greenpowerz  +   1205d ago
Return of chief by new devs with a technical push/effort not seen in this franchise at the end of this generation is bound to sale some copies.

General Kaos is a NINTENDO fan first so that is why he has those bubbles nintendo fans don't get attacked and Sony fans don't really troll nintendo articles. The general saying good things about 360 would be confusing to the status quo.

MSFT strategically plans every step that they do and announces games only when ready. The competition has nothing but casual games this year due to premature saber rattling. MSFT makes the competition look the way obama made MITT Romney look tonight in the debates.
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EVILDEAD360  +   1205d ago
Well said General

This is what I've been saying all along. After E3 when people claimed MS had this horrible show because they led the show with Halo 4 and ended with Black Ops 2. That when all the smoke cleared these were the biggest titles of the year.

Name another hardcore exclusive this gen that's pulled a million preorders. The midnight release is going to be insane for Halo 4, and even crazier for Black Ops 2 because now you add on the ridiculous COD fan base from each console.

What's even better is that both 343 and Treyarch went all in for this go round. You have two franchises the have defined this gen and brought millions of gamers together going out on what may be the last of each before moving into next gen.

Exciting times for gamers..especially considering Ubisoff finally smartened up and is releasing Assassins creed ahead of the monster shooters.

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LX-General-Kaos  +   1205d ago
Thank you and agreed.

I will be out and about for the midnight release waiting for my copy as well.
LOGICWINS  +   1205d ago
"This is what I've been saying all along. After E3 when people claimed MS had this horrible show because they led th show with Halo 4 and ended with Black Ops 2. That when all the smoke cleared these were the biggest titles of the year."

Totally agree. I said the same thing before the MS Conference

No matter how loud the Internet gaming minority screams about Microsoft's lack of exclusive titles, they KNOW what their doing and they KNOW who they're marketing to.
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zebramocha  +   1205d ago
@logic that doesn't make sense because blop 2 & halo 4 are shooter wouldn't one over shadow the other,it's not like they in different genres so why have those games released moths apart?
RockmanII7  +   1205d ago
"Name another hardcore exclusive this gen that's pulled a million preorders. "

Halo Reach: 1.63 million
Gears of War 3: 1.54 million
Pokemon B/W: 1.29 million

Going back to August 2009, only other exclusives to hit over 1 million preorders (Though Battlefield 3 and all CoD's have passed 1 million on Xbox alone [Black Ops and MW3 passed 1 million on PS3 alone], Skyrim and Mass Effect 3 both passing 900k on Xbox alone).
otherZinc  +   1204d ago

Agreed! I said the same as well with some additions...

I said M$ was the clear winner at E3. Not only that, M$ was going to be the clear winner at retail during the all important holiday season.

With Halo 4, Smart Glass, Windows on 360, XBOX Live Updates, M$ is going to "Hulk Smash" the competition.

M$ had something for everyone using their console.
Blasphemy  +   1205d ago
Star Wars the Old Republic had 1 million preorders.
konnerbllb  +   1205d ago
So did Gears 3
Blasphemy  +   1202d ago
How do people disagree with a fact?
moparful99  +   1205d ago
I'm soo tired of shooters :-/
CalvinKlein  +   1205d ago
well dont worry this one is not on ps3 so you probably wont be able to play it anyways considering your gamertag has a whooping 145 gamerscore indicating you dont have a 360.
moparful99  +   1205d ago | Well said
You're right I don't have a 360 because of Microsoft and their overwhelming desire to sell people incomplete products and services instead of a reliable, all inclusive console with a constant supply of high quality exclusives.. Doesn't mean I dont play one.. I've played and beaten Gears 2 and 3 with my buddy on his xbox but don't have achievments to show for it because I won't pay for live.. The day that microsoft stops charging for online play is the day I buy an xbox...

EDIT: For the record I have played every single Halo since the original. I dont pass judgement on something I haven't played..
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Neko_Mega  +   1205d ago
An people wonder why Xbox Live is filled with people that can only talk trash.

-_- If I have a low gamerscore yet I can whoop you in COD and Halo, that just shows I got more skill then someone that spends their life playing the game.
xPhearR3dx  +   1205d ago | Helpful

You don't need to pay for live to earn achievements....... you could easily sign into your account on his Xbox and still earn them.
ALLWRONG  +   1205d ago
moparful99 you are proof that the bubble system doesn't work.
moparful99  +   1204d ago
So let me get this straight I say that I'm tired of shooters and CalvinKlein decides to turn this into a console war by bringing up the ps3 and I'm the "Proof that the bubble system doesn't work? Or how about this entire site is full of opinionated arm chair critics that feel insulted if someone doesn't agree with them or share their opinion? @PhearRed In order to sign into my profile on someone elses xbox requires that I sign into LIVE and recover my gamertag.. If I don't Pay for LIVE I can't sign in..
CerebralAssassin  +   1205d ago
Are you hinting that PS3 is a complete package? I sure hope not...
AlucardFury  +   1205d ago
My thoughts exactly!
Imalwaysright  +   1205d ago
I too am tired of every franchise being turned into a mindless generic shooter (RE6, Splinter Cell...) but from what Ive seen Halo 4 is far from being a generic shooter and more than worthy that € 60 price tag, It looks incredible and unlike other studios 343 made Halo 4 for Halo fans (looking at you Insomniac) so dont be surprised that even if there is a saturation of shooters in the industry, Halo fans are excited for Halo 4.
DivineAssault  +   1205d ago
Dont bother with em.. These articles are like going into an angry "bee" hive.. If u dont say anything thats positive about xbox, theres no debate.. Just bubble loss lmao!! **grumble gumble**
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bubblebeam  +   1205d ago

You must be one of the new generation of gamers with an IQ less than 60. Seriously, what would you expect? It's an article about a 360 exclusive.

The fact that you are in here says more about you than that of any Halo/Xbox fans. Grow up, I really hope you do. I pity people who are so blinded and seemingly unintelligent like yourself.

Trust me, this is coming from someone who used to be just like you last gen.
CommonSense  +   1205d ago
There's the hypocritical statement of the night.
XabiDaChosenOne  +   1204d ago
@Divine Assault And you know what's ironic? When these xbox guys come into a ps3 article and try to give their "opinion" they will get bubbled down and scream "PS3 fanboyzz Rulzz N4g"! I'm glad articles like this continue to prove the contrary.

PS. Halo sucks.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1205d ago
But what it have been different if it was Killzone? That's an honest question.
Muffins1223  +   1205d ago
Wouldn't of sold near as much on would sell more than the ps3 version but wouldn't even come close to this,killzone 3 still has not even reached a million sales to this day...horrible game
kratos17  +   1204d ago
incredible numbers for halo but killzone 3 has sold over 2mill
crzyjackbauer  +   1205d ago
Seriously? "i'm soo tired of shooters"???
where the hell have you been the last six years?
do you play God of war and sports games all day long?
90% of games are all shooters now
just like sidescrollers in the snes/genesis era.
last i check Uncharted, Rachet, Killzone, Resistance are all shooters so YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID
BTW Xbox Live is just $60 bucks a year.
thats $5 a month
even a clerk working at mcdonals can pay that
hell i pay more than $5 a day just for lunch
moparful99  +   1204d ago
First and foremost Ratchet and clank is a platformer. Uncharted is a platformer as well with a bigger emphasis on shooting.. But yes I'm a huge god of war fan as evidenced by my avatar.. You forgot games like little big planet, assasins creed, dishonored, joe danger, mod nation racers, gran turismo 5, unfinshed swan, papo and yo, everyday shooter, flow, flower, the pixel junk series, etc it keeps going.. I have way more then shooters to play so don't sit here with your righteous condemnation because I'm sick of the overcrowded shooter market.. Also my refusal to pay live doesn't stem from the cost.. ITs about the principal.. They charge for something that should be free. If anyone can afford free online its Microsoft... Period.
AlphaJunk  +   1204d ago
why would you even comment??? lame. you don't have to buy a shooter - you can buy something like pokemon or little big planet or forza - yes I'm being sarcastic.
cl1983  +   1205d ago
at 60.00 minimal per sale then 120 million in sales for Microsoft would help this quarters profits,
bubblebeam  +   1205d ago
Out of that 120 million they have to pay wages for the 3 year dev cycle, plus shipping, the retailers get a big slice and so on.

I don't really care for profits, just as long as they are rewarded (343 employees) for making one hell of a game.
talisker  +   1205d ago
I don't care about MS profits as they don't benefit me in any way.
MadMen  +   1205d ago
BeAGamer  +   1205d ago
4 sho dawg
X_GAMER_X  +   1205d ago
bubblebeam  +   1205d ago
Were it so easy........ (it was)
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Blankman85  +   1205d ago
Bubs for Halo 3 ending reference.
DiRtY  +   1205d ago
This is according to VGC.

If you follow VGC closely you know some users there. there is a gamestop employee (not a cashier, more in the management) who has a really good track record of his predictions, confirmed that Halo 4 crossed that mark a couple of weeks ago... and that was gamestop only.

So overall preorders in the US are probably higher than that.
black911  +   1205d ago
Now imagine if PS3 only exclusives were just God of War or Uncharted or Granturusmo or Heavy Rain or Killzone or Motorstorm or Infamous or Twisted Metal or little Big Planet or Ratchet and Clank or resistance or MGS etc.... You get the point not to mention all the upcoming exclusives

What's sad is the few exclusives the 360 do have dont sell very well
Metro 2033
alan wake
Splinter conviction
and a few more..…
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LX-General-Kaos  +   1205d ago
Will you be attending the Halo 4 midnight release?
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cl1983  +   1205d ago
I wish I could be there, but I have to be at work before 5 am, stupid election.

I'm one of the election officials.
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AusRogo  +   1205d ago
But they were still great games though, just like some exclusives on ps3 that don't sell well. Still great games.
Eldyraen  +   1205d ago
Really, you're going to mention all those and then just leave out all of the 360 exclusives that do sell well? And most of them better than PS3 games? I'm not meaning to knock the PS3, but if you're going to troll might as well try to do it well. I play on both and pc to boot so I don't care what console it is and all the console/pc fanboys can just live with their narrow vision instead of accepting that its all part of the same thing.

PS3 admittedly has more top notch games, but sales wise its pretty close once you stack it all against each other. Gears, Halo, and Forza alone stack up against most of those you mentioned on a pure sales front. Gears+Uncharted, Forza+GT (admittedly 3 Forzas and one unaccounted for atm for Prologue/5), Halo (a bunch of them, almost 25m between them, starting with 3 to Reach and 4 is about to come out to crush anything PS has this year... Halo Wars for crying out loud sold almost as much as Heavy Rain)+GoW/HR/Killzone/Resistan ce/. Fable2/3+MGS4/Infamous.

What PS3 does best is make good games... not actually sell them. Its the whole point of why you buy a PS3 in the first place--its exclusives are the best for consoles (for hardcore gamers that like variety). 360 simply sells better--it has good games as well but most of them are shooters, but not all (Forza of cource and Fable is still around and a strong seller... if you ignore Journey, but its sort of hiding its head in the sand at what either MS or Lionhead is doing to it going for casual crowd too much).

3 of the 'flops' you mentioned still sold between 1-2m btw and Metro was a good idea but technically flawed (combat sucked... controls were so bad for a shooter) which is thankfully getting a much needed sequel that looks like it got the support it needed as the core mechanics and story was pretty sweet and hope it fixes all the issues from the first.
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MrAnderson  +   1205d ago
How are metro 2033 and alan wake exclusives? they're both out on PC.
Eldyraen  +   1205d ago
Technically so is Conviction ;) But 'exclusives' in terms of console wars go one of 2 ways:

1) PC is ignored as sales are dismal and graphics usually tear the console's apart.

2) Someone pushes their nerdware glasses up their nose and says 'technically its not an exclusive as its on pc' in a high nasal voice (not saying you are... but its way it seems to be portrayed half the time--at least the way I image it being done).
andibandit  +   1205d ago

Im playing Uncharted 3 with a PS3 emulator on my PC, so Sony has no exclusives, sorry but it's true.

im being sarcastic, but this illustrates how relevant your comment was.
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aquamala  +   1205d ago
so what are you playing this holiday season lol
Animal Mutha 76  +   1205d ago
This holiday season I shall mostly be playing.......


As if you needed any more. But maybe also....

Blops 2 mp, Forza 4, BF3 with a liberal sprinkling of Trials Evolution and Gears hoard on lads night.

Might have to check out AC3, Halo 4 and Forza horizon if I put them on my Xmas list:))))
Eldyraen  +   1205d ago
Nothing on PS front for me unfortunately, but at least next year should be good. Sony though is releasing Planetside 2 for the PC so I'll be playing that hopefully ;)

Farcry 3 is the 'big' holiday game for me as it looks nice and sounds great (but I'm on the fence so hopefully reviews are decent). Other than Planetside 2 and FC3 I'll probably end up playing more XCOM than anything else other than a bit of Halo 4 for its campaign (gameplay is usually good and I enjoy sci fi setting) or CoD, which I'm undecided on (Campaign/Zombie mode looks interesting--haven't bought a cod game in a few years so about time I get suckered into it again).

That is until Steam comes out with its inevitable Holiday Sale for PC titles and I go broke buying games I: 1) just didn't buy yet, 2) Actually rented on consoles, 3) Forgot about for some reason, or 4) Impulse buy with plans to enjoy it and never finding the time and/or desire to do so--ever. Whatever I buy then should hold me over till Spring when they come out with another big sale and the cycle begins again until Summer's.
CommonSense  +   1205d ago
many exclusives =/= good exclusives.

now imagine if they skipped a few of those and focused on the ones with potential...might have a halo 4 in there somewhere.

you get the point. ;)
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Darth Stewie  +   1205d ago
Metro2033,Alan Wake, Splinter Cell Conviction are not exclusives and they did not sell bad because Metro is getting a sequel, Alan Wake sold enough that they released the American Nightmare, and Splinter Cell is getting another game next year.
Crackdown is the only exclusive you listed which sold well but thats because it came with the Halo 3 Beta which was one of the biggest games of this gen.
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Knight_Crawler  +   1205d ago
Black911 - I agree with you that Halo is beast...what your gamer tag on Live? will hit you up so we can play some Halo4!!!!!
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1204d ago

All those games did hit over a million sales.

Check out the VG charts

Alan Wake sold 1.18M

CrackDown hit 1.03M

Metro2033 1.05M (That Video game Blog)

Slinter Cell 1.99M

Those are all from Excluding Metro Source.
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hudsoniscool  +   1205d ago
this is acording to vgc who i follow but there pre order chartz are the least acurate. they have a user who works for gamestop corporate who confirmed that halo4 passed 1 million pre orders at gamestop alone weeks ago.
I bet seeing as this is halo 4 and looks to take the series up a notch or 2 that this game will sell 5 million world wide first week, halo 3 did 4 and reach did 3.8 i think.
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TotalSynthesisX  +   1205d ago
Two people have said it and I'll say it again.

stage88  +   1204d ago
I understand you like halo but saying "Halo4life" just makes me cringe.
tigertron  +   1205d ago
Halo 4 I'm sure will deserve the success. I wonder what the WW number is.
StreetsofRage  +   1205d ago

Often imitated, never duplicated!!!!

Best exclusive fps franchise ever!!!!!!!

Septic  +   1205d ago
Indeed :)
josephayal  +   1205d ago
Halo 4 Welcome to Guiness Record
nchizimbi  +   1205d ago
The pre-order numbers are based on Xbox 360 versus Xbox 360... that is Halo 4 XBOX 360 and Black Ops II XBOX 360. The 1,101,749 for Black Ops II excludes the counts for PS3 and PC versions; therefore, in the pre-order arena on the Xbox 360 platform, Halo is losing by 100,592 units.

But as the author says, "this is subject to change in the coming weeks." Again, the pe-order numbers are not indicative of the overall sales in units. Overall, Black Ops II will sale more units being multiplatform, though it will be interesting to see the overall sales of Halo 4 against its competition with ONLY Xbox 360's Black Ops II.
Reza1986  +   1205d ago
I think people don't get the term "exclusive". When they say a game is exclusive, that doesn't mean only on the said system, it sometimes means company also. For example Left 4 Dead is on Xbox and PC so therefore it's a Microsoft exclusive same goes for Alan Wake.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1204d ago
1 million US ONLY pre-orders is HUGE.

However I am very confused. I tried to pre-order this game the other day at Gamestop/EB Games and was told that they have stopped taking pre-orders.

I don't really know why other then maybe they ran out of pre-order bonus codes.

Anyways, I am buying the $99 Limited Edition version.

Most anticipated game this year. I lost track of how many times I have logged into Halo Waypoint and watched all the trailers, dev diaries and Forward unto dawn episodes. Can't wait for episode 4.
mt  +   1204d ago
to be honest I thought studio switching thing will hinder pre-order, and sales but it looks like halo doesn't mind that.
Trekster_Gamer  +   1204d ago
I could care less who sells more, I will most certainly own both. I will most certainly play Halo 4 first.
mochachino  +   1202d ago
Mine is preordered.

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