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PS4’s The Last of Us: July’s best-seller, July’s biggest disappointment

The PlayStation 4’s biggest game of the summer missed sales expectations by 50,000 copies, according to an analyst.

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Axios21191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

Not really surprising, it was only released a year ago on PS3.

@ Lukas, I dare you to find the word "disappointing" in my comment. I'll dumb my response down for you so you can understand; I'm not surprised ANY game released for a 2nd time within a year has not met analysts expectations

@ Lukas, all is forgiven, cheers

GarrusVakarian1191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

Stop trolling, TLOU:R is anything but a disappointment. Top of the July NPD chart, despite only 4(?) days of it's sales being counted, and is currently sitting at 95 on metacritic (I know how much you love those metacritic numbers, Axios).

I've yet to come across a single person who owns the game who is disappointed by it. And why would they be? It's a better looking, and better running version of the most awarded game in history, with all the season pass DLC.

Some random analyst company says it's a disappointment....so it's a disappointment? Give me a break. Disappointments don't top charts after only 4 days of sales.

TheTowelBoy1191d ago Show
XBLSkull1191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

I'd call it a disappointment. Tons of perfect scores and GotY awards. It's good but not the most amazing game ever. I would give it 8/10 and I'm probably 2/3 through at this point. A solid game but my expectations were much to high.

of course its the top July seller, who releases games in July? No one, and this game is proof of why developers should spread games out and not pack them all into holiday season. We game year round and if you put out a good game we will buy it regardless of the time of year.

can anyone tell me how long the DLC content is? Not sure I wanna play more than an extra hour or two.

Sadie21001191d ago

Did you read the story? This is about sales expectations/predictions.

NewMonday1191d ago

so 50k is now a "big disappointment"? sigh!

it most likely sold many times that digitally and exceeded expectations.

HammadTheBeast1191d ago

Relax man, you took his comment completely out of context.

jebabcock1191d ago

I think there is some critical grammar here that is being ignored... "BY 50,000" implies it was 50k short of expectations. It says nothing of what total sales were...

Biggest1191d ago

"I dare you to find the word "disappointing" in my comment."

This is an easy game.

"PS4’s The Last of Us: July’s best-seller, July’s biggest disappointment"

Axios2 + 3h ago
Not really surprising, it was only released a year ago on PS3.

rainslacker1191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

Didn't TLOU:R sell 1.5 million on it's first day?

They were off by 50K units and they consider that a disappointment? 50K units of 1.5 million is a .03% discrepancy. Hardly a disappointment.

Maybe I'm reading this article wrong, but apparently Sony isn't disappointed in the sales, just some analyst group that got it wrong.

Overall game sales were down, but TLOU:R was most decidedly a successful launch of a game. Way to flame bait a title and article.

Rhythmattic1191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

XBLSkull

Then don't.

Two thirds the way through ay?
If you dont know what the games about by then, and haven't enjoyed it , why even bother finishing it?

I say 1/3 your trolling, the other 2/3's is BS.

Lightning Mr Bubbles1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

This article is full of crap. This dude should just stick to watching his gay ass college sport.

sonarus1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

@rythematic. Not everyone has to love a game. But I like how xbl skull calls it a disappointment with an 8/10 review scores. I wish more disappointing games managed an 8/10 from me lol.

Gaming1011190d ago

For those who didn't read the article, an NCAA football game has historically been released in July and was always the top seller every year, and it's no longer being made. Analysts took into account that this is a remake in their forecast, you must take all factors into account, however the only disappointment was that it didn't meet forecasts.

It is not saying that it is in any way a low selling game overall as it is the month's best seller, or has disappointing quality. Get it now? Good.

SnakePlissken1190d ago

I was disappointed the first time it came around. In fact, I couldn't bring myself to even finish it.

Pacing was slow, felt too generic to me. Like most new games these days. I know a few others that felt the same.

Very overrated game!

Rhythmattic1188d ago

Just popping back in.....

Sooooo agree with this review.

http://youtu.be/fCV1DN6eBkI

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GarrusVakarian1191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

I apologise for jumping to conclusions about your comment. In my defence, you didn't really make it clear what part you weren't surprised about.

Please accept my apology. I love you really, Axios.

Sevir1191d ago

lol @ "I love you" Lukas let that be a lesson that we can get overly serious about our hobby,

lets keep the pitch forks and torches away... we all know how amazing the last of us is!

sourav931191d ago

I see why you moved to GAF Lukas. Some people....

Conzul1191d ago

Oh.
I thought Lukas was being deeply sarcastic.

Whoopsie.

GarrusVakarian1191d ago

@Conzul

I wasn't being sarcastic. I was an ass, so I apologised for it.

Ezz20131191d ago

"I love you really,Axios"

is that a Bromance i see ?

morganfell1191d ago

^^^You are assuming they are both males.

CrashJones1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

Hey Lukas, share the love bud, and hook us up with a bubble will ya? :P

ps. I was on the shelf about picking up TLoU again, but I did, and was far from disappointed. Just an absolutely amazing gaming experience(again)... made better this time(so smooth), and with all the original DLC.

DragonKnight1190d ago

I'm not surprised you'd be confused since Axios2 is a known Xbox fanboy.

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princejb1341191d ago

i feel like the game didn't sell well because of the ip name
not many people know about the last of us
I'm sure if it was called something like call of duty : last of us it would have sold 5 million easily

ABeastNamedTariq1191d ago

It sold more than 5 million on PS3 though.. People know.

princejb1341191d ago

@abeastnamedtariq

I meant for ps4

rainslacker1191d ago

It sold 1.5 million on it's first day. That's a pretty good number for any game. Particularly for a game "not many people know about".

This game will have legs going into the holiday season, so given the install base, and the reputation this game has gotten since it's PS3 release, and the fact it's $10 cheaper than most games(probably more come November), I wouldn't doubt that this game easily hits 3+ million sold by the end of the year...if it hasn't already.

Corpser1190d ago

Only on n4g are there people that think it sold 1.5 million in 24 hours , the only source for that is insiderp, a site banned in neogaf

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medman1191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

I'm sorry...did I miss where sales figures were posted? An article calls a game a "disappointment in sales" without knowing just how many copies were sold? The game was available for all of a few hours in the month of July....geez. Dubious, at best.

Eddie201011191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

It sold 1.5 million in three days and it was a remaster. If it sold a little under in three days, that does not make it a failure at all.

The only failure is that publishers did not release any major games for the month.

This is some kind crazy spin to say The last of us was a failure by any means.

Eddie201011191d ago

let me correct something, TLOU sold 1.5 million in it's first 24 hours.

SnakePlissken1190d ago

Alot of people bought into the hype. You tell enough people that this is supposed to be the greatest game of all time! More than half of them will believe you.

I found it quite boring and too generic. I didn't even want to finish it. There are so many better games out there!

Eddie201011190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

I would have say that you have no idea what a great game is.

It is not hype, it is one of the best games ever made.

ramiuk11191d ago

i played it on ps4 and its best story game i ever played,characters,story the feel of the level design was amazing.

Ocsta1191d ago

@XBLSkull

Someone named XBLSkull thinks it was disappointing. Seems legit.

Syntax-Error1191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

What did it have to contend with? It's the only new game for PS4, so of course it would've done well. Waste of money considering the graphics upgrade wasn't that major. If you look at what GTA V did compared to TLOU then you would feel a little cheated. We have been dying for something new since Watch Dogs. Even our PS Store isn't as good as PS3's. They are really slacking on the PS4

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JeffGrubb1191d ago

July was pretty weak, but surprised Last of Us didn't do a little bit better.

randomass1711191d ago

For a remaster I thought it did pretty dang well.

Angels37851191d ago

It only had 4 days of sales recorded for npd

Cryptcuzz1191d ago

I wonder why the article or the analyst did not even mention the fact that it only had 4 days of sales for the month of July?

The analyst should be the one to blame. He should be complaining that his prediction for the whole month of July has been short by a measly 50K units, for a game that was recorded in sales for only 4 freaken days lol.

DigitalHope1191d ago

Do remember NDP doesnt count digital sales. Here in canada we have the remastered bundle that comes with a digital copy, but even non remastered ps4 editions are coming with digital copies of tlou:r

The sales are way higher then the ndp report.

JeffGrubb1191d ago

You're right, PassiveAttack, but this analyst is taking that all into account. The expectation was for it to sell 50,000 new physical copies in addition to what it was supposed to do digitally.

jebabcock1191d ago

@Jeff

go back and read the article. And compare it to your comment. The article merely says it was short 50k... Your comment makes the implication that it's total physical sales were less than 50k. Be a little more responsible than that if you are going to be so adamant in your position...

rainslacker1191d ago

According to Sony, it sold 1.5 million on it's first day. If after 4 days, the analyst was off by 50K units, then he was off by .03% compared to first day sales alone.

Now, calling that a disappointment is a big stretch. Any analyst that can come within a .03% margin of error on their predictions would be highly sought after for their accuracy. The typical analyst margin of error is in the 5-10% range.

Spotie1191d ago

I can't believe how hard you tried on this article. It would be impressive if it weren't so sad.

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ColManischewitz1191d ago

Were expectations out of whack here?

GribbleGrunger1191d ago

It failed because it didn't meet an analysts expectations? LOL

HeWhoWalks1191d ago (Edited 1191d ago )

Er, what would you call a "disappointment", a success? Not that it WAS a disappointment, but today's journalists are very much like many of today's gamers - entitled individuals who whine more than they cheer they very hobby wee all share.

JeffGrubb1191d ago

@HeWhoWalks I call a "disappointment" a disappointment. Things are not binary.

LeCreuset1191d ago

Exactly. Click-bait these days. Let's devote an entire article to undermining TLOU's status as the best selling game last month, based on projected sales figures from some game analyst not named Pachter (whom I also wouldn't take seriously).

What takes me out is that I often see statements about selling double last month's consoles and only being available in X number of countries repeated in the media with not even a tenth of the analysis of what exactly that means as is taking place in this article with TLOU.

ShowGun9011191d ago

I'd say the analyst failed at predicting the correct sales... but lets blame devs, producers, and consumers! thats easier than me being wrong /s

DanielGearSolid1191d ago

I would THINK Sony's expectations are the only ones that matter here.

But hey what do I know

JeffGrubb1191d ago

Sony is a public company, so that is incorrect.

DanielGearSolid1191d ago

What I mean is...

Sony's expectations account for dev costs and other expenditures. That the analyst doesn't have access to.

Also, one analyst doesn't = July's biggest disappointment.

iceman061191d ago

True...BUT, the public usually bases their expectations around the expectations of the company. Plus, we don't know the magic number of those expectations.