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UK chart: God of War: Ascension launch sales half that of GOW 3

PlayStation 3-exclusive God of War: Ascension has entered the UK all-formats chart in second place. It sold less than half the launch week sales of predecessor God of War 3.
Square Enix's Tomb Raider reboot maintained its hold on the top spot for another week, meanwhile. They're probably having a Lara Lara laughs. (God of War: Ascension, PS3)

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Cocozero  +   1061d ago
As Crytek would say 'franchise fatigue' . But to be fair the PS3 have been on the decline in the UK in terms of sales and public perception

So the best your system has to offer are small indie games doesn't damage your image? Riiight, you keep believeing that.
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moegooner88  +   1061d ago
Decline in PS3 public perception, manifested by Journey and the Unfinished Swan dominating the BAFTA videogames awards, with 7 out of total 18 awards, try harder next time when you troll, be more sensible.

Edit: Ni No Kuni, a small indie game/s, debuted at number one on UK VG sales chart.
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andibandit  +   1061d ago
uhm yeah that BAFTA convention is like second knowledge to everyone.....

Awards from BAFTA means next to nothing in the context of public perception, if you're gonna be a DIE-hard defender, be more sensible.
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moegooner88  +   1061d ago
@andibandit, it was covered by many newspapers, including Metro, a free tabloid one, which is read by a large number of the public in the UK, I listed facts, all the guy above did was speculate without any references. If you have a link stating the decreased public perception for the console, feel free to post it.

This is the latest detailed survey of console choice by region, dating back to May last year, PS3 seems to be very well received by the UK public, if you or the guy above have any recent info, go ahead and share :
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Ezz2013  +   1061d ago
""""It does however become the second biggest Week 1 in the series surpassing the debut week of God of War II which took the No1 back in Week 17 2007.""""& quot;

So its the second biggest Week 1 in the series.which is very impressive for not a main title

try harder
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Snookies12  +   1061d ago
Of course it's going to sell less! The 3rd game marked the move from PS2 to PS3, it had a lot more to offer in terms of improvement than one on the same console...
Derekvinyard13  +   1061d ago
HOO-HAA  +   1061d ago
maybe in your head but out here in the real world they're doing well
RustedMan  +   1061d ago
@ Cocozero

x5exotic  +   1061d ago
The reason: God of War 2 had only like...the biggest cliffhanger of any game, and a prequel can't beat the final part of the story
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1061d ago
I don't understand? Not only we haven't seen a GoW since 2010 but there are allot more PS3's out now to maximize potential sales.

Are people not interested? Its far from being milked or shoved down peoples throats.

Maybe they don't like it because its a prequel? Late in the gen? Can't be because Halo Sold like crazy.

Skips  +   1061d ago
"Late in the gen? Can't be because Halo Sold like crazy."

You can't really compare a main installment (Which in Halo 4's case marks the 1st game to a SECOND TRILOGY) to a THIRD prequel. LMAO

Spinoff/Prequel =/= Main installment.

That's like comparing Forza Horizon's (Spinoff) sales to Gran Turismo 5's (Main installment) sales.
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kenshiro100  +   1061d ago
You never stop, do you?
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1061d ago
There hasn't been one advertisement for GOW here in the UK.
Just to add, this does not include digital sales and we all know you can't buy GOW3 on the store so that's always a factor.

edit: Why the disagrees? has GOWA been on the TV? I don't think it has, don't just hit the disagree button tell me why you disagree with me.
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green  +   1061d ago
I say TV ads for the game on SKY1 and others yesterday. Online portals like Youtube etc all have commercials. So just because you have not seen any, does not mean that the game is not being advertised.
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mcstorm  +   1061d ago
Ive Saw a few Adverts in-between the European football games last week for this game.

I really need to get number 3 and Im also going to look this game to but need to get through my backlog of games 1st.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1061d ago
Haha fair enough.
I put my hands up I was wrong!
I watch lot of TV and have not seen an advert for GOWA but I don't have Sky and I don't watch football lol so that's probably why.

Thanks for letting me know why I got the disagrees I don't mind being wrong I just wanted to know why.
HOO-HAA  +   1061d ago
Sony rarely do advertise their games, up until around 2 yrs ago they didn't advertise at all on uk television!! You could post evidence to prove something on here and you'd still get disagrees! *Go on disagree away* HaHa
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TotalHitman  +   1061d ago
I don't know why you're getting disagree's either, you're right. The first GOWA advert I've seen on TV was on release day.
IK IR Y IP T  +   1061d ago
I'll tell u why they disagree with you because they are so butthurt that a ps3 exclusive is not doing so well I love the ps3 and the xbox but the fact is os3 exclusives just dont sell well mediocre at best i love the gow franchise but this game was complete garbage as i stated before love it or hate gears of war 3 outsold all ps3 exclusives last year and judgement will outsell all ps3 exclusives this year just deal with it we are getting new systems this year
trouble_bubble  +   1061d ago
Why bring up Gears, and what are you talking about lol? Lifetime GOW sales one year ago

That and exclusive new IP jrpg NiNoKuni was just at #1 and has sold over 600,000 already.

Uncharted 3 came out same time as Gears3 BTW and both have passed 5 million. So has God of War 3. What's the problem? Gears damage control is my guess, as the new game is currently sitting at a franchise low 79% on metacritic. Make sure ya buy a few, as that's it for 2013 exclusives, and ya haven't even earned a trophy in 3 years .
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Myst-Vearn  +   1061d ago
main titles in a series always sell better
Fez  +   1061d ago
I'm interested to know why that is. Any thoughts?

I've noticed some people on here treat some numbered titles differently... like with MGS Ground Zeroes/MGS5. People act as if MGS5 is greater than Ground Zeroes regardless of developer, whether 5 exists or whether they are the same game. Numbered sequel > Subtitle for some reason.

Maybe people pre-judge a game to not be as progressive if it doesn't have a higher number. I think it's silly but I guess lots of people don't which is why we see ridiculous numbering on some franchises and why Xbox 2 was called 360 (since there seemingly would be an irrational tendency to think it's worse than the PS3 by name alone)

Edit: It's quite telling that you would equate the numbered GOW games as "main titles" where as this clearly stands alone as not a main title to you?
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KrisButtar  +   1061d ago
"I've noticed some people on here treat some numbered titles differently"

i do treat them different sometimes, like final fantasy 13-2 for example, as i see the spin offs as tying up loose ends before the next numbered. also same with assassin's creed 2 spin offs to finish ezios story before carrying on with the main story "desmond".

now with the MGS games, gound zeros would be a main to me cause it has snake, the MGR title in my eyes would be the spin off as its following raiden

with GOWA i have no clue as i havent played a single GOW before(i do have the saga, it just in my backlog) but from what i know i would say that it is a main title even if its not numbered as its a prequel which is important to the story
Dark11  +   1061d ago
Well that is just in the UK , and the game is selling well around the world especially in the USA.
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stubbed_out  +   1061d ago
Will buy it eventually anyway, just bought 4 games last week so I'll be busy for a while (Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, Ni No Kuni, and the new Starcraft).

Also the prices have jumped for new releases recently so wasn't up for paying £40 on an online order.
GribbleGrunger  +   1061d ago
Jesus, see you next year then ...
stubbed_out  +   1061d ago
Beat Tomb Raider this weekend, one down!
r21  +   1061d ago
Numbers, i dont see them. Btw, is it just me or has n4g been down these 2 days?
GribbleGrunger  +   1061d ago
GOWA released on the 15th in the UK. Those are THREE days worth of sales. Hardly a fair comparison with GOW3 is it now.
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Zefros  +   1061d ago
Playing the game now, and YUP this is GOW, great game, but the story is not so interesting this time around. why make a prequel, we need a GOW IV that shows us if Kratos died or managed to survive.
NBT91  +   1061d ago
From what I gather of the demo and reviews, the only "problem" is that it is not as OTT on "epicness" as 3 was. Would you say that is the case?

The reason I haven't got it yet is that I'm actually playing God of War HD from PS Plus right now and want to finish it before I get Ascension.

Not sure whether to pick up Tomb Raider or Ascension this week...
Heavenly King  +   1061d ago
Considering you are surfing the GOW wave right now, I recommend you getting Ascension. You wont be disappointed. Amazing game in every aspect.
Zefros  +   1061d ago
It's not OTT, it's like playing a more "human" version of kratos. But trust me, this game is worth it. not bad at all. 8/10, and i played the MP beta ( not tried the final version). great online too.
QuickdrawMcgraw  +   1061d ago
I love the GOW series,but this is the weakest one.In my opinion a great rental.It gets a 6.5/10.
ZILLA  +   1061d ago
I dont care how many ppl bought it,all i can say is the BRUTAL KILLs online alone were worth th 60 bones.10/10
HOO-HAA  +   1061d ago
If you wanted people to take this 'article' seriously you really should've left out the tabloid headline!!
Captain Qwark 9  +   1061d ago
could also be because this year has been flooded with games already. typ things are slow unitl like sept but jan-march has been like a second holiday so far
ame22  +   1061d ago
When you're entering prequel territory it's expected for any game to generate less buzz.
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ginsunuva  +   1061d ago
MGS3, cough cough
dorron  +   1061d ago
First of all, this one is a prequel whilst GOW III ended a trilogy and an epic storyline. Ascension, of course, is less appealing to most players.

Second, Ascension is gonna have DLCs, so no need to rush and buy a copy till a Complete Edition comes out at a cheaper price...
cervantes99  +   1061d ago
This is usually the case for spinoffs and prequels.

I hope Sony makes Heavenly Sword 2 for PS4 and gives God of War a break for a few years.
jakmckratos  +   1061d ago
Prequel. Nuff said.

Fatigue doesn't really apply here..we were waiting for the next GOWIV since the cliffhanger at the end of 3...waiting for a new start, to see Kratos in a new way..maybe a new mythology filled with Gods to kill. It was unfair of them to do a prequel when there's already 2 out there..especially when the story reall has to do nothing with wh Kratos is the way he's not like you see the life of young Kratos losing his brother then to his' training to his rise as a general to his oath to Ares to his murder of his family...that would have been awesome...this is just a bogus filler story meant to make money with bottom of the barrel mythological figures. Seeing as popular THor is right now they'd be SO stupid not to move on to the next closest mythology of the Norse. Everyone knows THor and the Ice giants and Loki but it'd be awesome to learn about Fenrir, the Valkyries, the world tree and Ragnarok(the great battle at the end of the world!! This is KRatos' JAM!)

Personally I want to see the Kratos made it off the cliffs at the end of 3, maybe went to the Underworld but seeing as Hades died Kratos' brother Deimos took over and is trying to make things better in the world..he sees the same stuff going on over in Asgard and sends his brother there to exact revenge to cleanse his name..i dunno exactly but this would be pretty bitchin
Tontus  +   1061d ago
That's because God of War: Ascension only had 3 full days of sales in the UK versus 7 full days for Tomb Raider.

If they waited for God of War: Ascension first full week it would be a lot higher than Tomb Raider, duh.

God of War: Ascension is going to be huge, first week sales will be close to 1 million and it will sell around 4.5 million lifetime.
Roukuko  +   1061d ago
I didn't buy it because its a prequel. I'll most likely get it when its like half price currently in no rush not a huge fan of prequels.
kenshiro100  +   1061d ago
Wow, compare a game that's been around for some time to one that just came out.

That's very fair./s

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