Bloodborne fails to be the top selling game for March, this is not a failure of the game but of the gaming community. The gaming community has proved via sales figures that it appreciates rehashed games rather than well crafted new IP's
Two games for very diferent crowds. There many gamers that are like sheeps, they buy games because of the label and not what the game brings. Thats why games that come out year after year, after year keep selling high even if they are broken, need gigas of patches, dont bring nothing new, have copy/paste graphics, dlc day one and so on.
Buy games for only the label? People buy yearly games like BF, FIFA, AC, and CoD because they're fun. While I agree with you that the way sequels are done nowadays is a total money grab, they keep selling because people want to play them. I don't play CoD anymore but I can tell you that it is one of the easiest games to just sit down, join up with your friends, and play; whether you have 30 minutes or 3 hours. I may be one of the "sheep" you're referencing, but it doesn't mean I enjoy my games any less than you do.
People don't buy AC, FIFA and BF more than other games because they're more fun. Brand awareness is obviously in play. That being said, if people enjoy them that's the most important thing.
The only thing that stopped me from purchasing this game is the difficulty. I love games and have been gaming since the 90s but I just don't see any satisfaction from a game that prides itself on its frustrating difficulty. Just not my type of game. Had there been optional difficulty levels I'd have a copy of the game sat next to me. From Software knew who their game was going to be catered for...I don't think they ever planned to design it in a way so that it would attract larger audience. They wanted to get it right for the 'core' group, which they did and which is understandable.
@prax but the game isn't really difficult. So far every boss I've beaten in 1 or 2 tries and when I do die I think it is fair and me being stupid instead of the game. Example one of the last bosses in the first city zone you face a giant were wolf type boss. At first I got stomped. But second try I paid more attention that one of its hands it was holding something and no matter what that hand wouldn't perform the fierce attacks as the other. So what did I do? I attacked the side that was holding something after dodging his other hands sweep. That alone owned him and the boss loss all challenge.
@Praxxtor I'd still pick it up if you get the chance, or at least wait until you can get it on sale. I never played Dark Souls or Dark Souls 2 and I still took to this pretty quick. The hardest part of the game is up until the first boss and after that you get things figured out fairly well. Hell, even rent it to see if you'd like it. This is just one of those games you don't want to miss out on, on the chance you could love it as much as everyone else.
Kinda flawed logic at work here. First of all you can't compare multiplatform numbers with PS4-only numbers. Then it's not so easy to compare sales in general as you'll never know how many digital copies were sold. For example take a look at the Playstation Store, Bloodborne has 7500 ratings there while Battlefield only has 2800... And last but not least Battlefield is a huge multi-billion dollar franchise while Bloodborne is a completely new IP from a japanese developer, how could you even think that the sales potential might come close to that? I can tell you that in Japan, Bloodborne will outsell Battlefield by a lot... but in the west? Nahh, too many filthy casuls 'round here.
I personally never expected a spiritual successor of Dark Souls to be a huge system seller or anything like that. Dark Souls has never really been for the mainstream. That being said, I still expect it to be very succesful and # 2 in the charts for a game on just one console is not bad at all.
Hardline is part of well established franchise and is also available on 5 platforms. While Bloodborne is a new IP, available on a single platform. I'd say Bloodborne sales are more impressive than Hardlines'.
Your in for it now. You mentioned something good about CoD, incoming a lot of hate. Funny that there are posters out there that hate CoD yet its one of the PS4s top selling titles... interesting. Doesn't help Sony for keeping it only exclusive to PS4, this is why MS are smart, they share with the PC community which doesn't effect Console sales. All this does is hurt the developer especially a niche market like the Souls games. Just look at the Sales figures of Halo 1 and Halo 2 on Xbox and compare them to the PC versions, also compare the sales of Titanfall on X1 to the PC version. The consoles sell tons more, the PC is a good added bonus for the company. I will get disagrees with this, I have stated facts not theories so if you care to disagree at least put in a valid point.
And people who buy games like bloodborne because of the label that is From Software attached to it. Whats your point? I would rather have copy and past graphics then severe graphics downgrades like Dark Souls 2 recieved.
You know what the funny thing is? If Bloodborne was a multiplatform game created by a studio OTHER than From Software, it would be bashed on N4G for being a ripoff lol. The fact that the "From Software" label is on the box led to more pre-orders of Bloodborne than if it was made from an unknown studio. Guess that means everyone who pre-ordered Bloodborne given From Software's track record are "sheeps" according to corroios.
So, it fell behind on PS4 or total? And the thing is that Battlefield is a well know IP. I was talking to ppl at work that play alot of video games but don't read n4g. They all have PS4's. Two played the Order, ones playing Destiny. All 3 of them are getting or got Battlefield, and 1 thinks he heard of Bloodborne before. I told him how great it is and he said he'd check it out if he can, maybe rent it. I said, it's a game that you buy. I just found that funny.
I believe bloodborne will have a slow burn effect in terms of sales. Yes, it is not as mainstream a genre, but word of mouth, great reviews, and the summer game drought that typically occurs, I think this will sell consistently well through its life (month to month)
Not only that but, It's a hardline commercial on every other commercial break. Hardline ads on every website. It's just better advertising and BB is a new IP.
Or maybe people like what they like, and maybe you should simply accept that.
"There many gamers that are like sheeps, they buy games because of the label and not what the game brings." Can't you say the same thing about people who claim any game that comes out of Guerilla Games/Naughty Dog will be a masterpiece even though they haven't played it yet? Killzone: Shadowfall arguably had the worst campaign in the main series history, despite KZ2 being the best FPS of last gen IMO. Btw, go check the PS Store and see how much DLC Uncharted 3 has. Is everyone who bought that game a sheep for not getting a "complete" product?
People like those games... Why can't you people just deal with that? they are the most played/brought games for a reason... People know exactly what they are getting. Yes they may not be the best games ever but they have replay value which a lot of the big rated games don't have. Bloodborne however is amazing.
Lol. Bloodborne is released on a single platform and only had 8/9 days of sales depending on where it launch in the world. BF:Hardline is a game in a popular brand in an over saturated genre dominated by its name and COD. It launched on 5 platforms and had almost half a month worth of sales... Different market different games multiplatform - single platform game. Apple's or oranges. Next
Bloodborne is part of a niche genre that will never have mainstream success because of its difficulty and no amount of positive press will ever change that in fact the constant barrage of "its so hard and I love it" are exactly why they don't sell huge numbers. It was an odd choice for Sony to lock down, definitely not worth the money. That said I bought my copy day 1.
My friend bouggt hardline over bloodborn. He said he would only want bloodborn free but paid $60 for hardline. That was the dumbest thing I have heard . Or seen all last month. Didn't say anything about it though. Turds at #1 sales as usual.
I'm curious to know what list is this? Is it an accumulated one from all platforms or is it broken down?
Bingo, 80 mill+ XB360, 81 mill+ PS3, 10 mill+ Xone 20 mill+ PS4 Vs 20 mill+ PS4 But like you said, did they compare sales (lol) from just the PS4 version's?
Who ever expected Bloodborne to outsell Hardline? "...this is not a failure of the game but of the gaming community." No it isn't. The more accessible game in a more popular genre outsold the less accessible game from a series that intimidates a lot of people.
Exactly. The market sets itself. It isn't a failure of a community. The author might want Bloodborne to be more popular, but that doesn't mean there's a failure if it isn't.
When BloodBourne gets you. Your hooked, very addictive. You go from mere mortal to a rap god. Love it.
not even talking about the fact it's 5 platforms against one and more than an additional week on the market. ridiculous comparison
Battlefield is a very popular, well known IP, it has a broader mainstream appeal and its multiplatform.
Once you played 500hrs of BB then you can say what is what. If not, then shut the f up. Hey, that rhymes! *looking in the crystal ball while being drunk* It shows that BB sold over 2m copies in the first three months! Nice!
Bloodborne has been out for three months?
one word, casuals.
Battlefield is better then Bloodborne
Whatever you say, bro.
It's certainly not worse.
It's April Fool's Day… plus it's the internet.
That article fails to illustrate whether Battlefield outsold Bloodborne on the Ps4 ONLY. Without those numbers this article is meaningless and insulting to anyone who reads it.
Or they limited the customer base by being exclusive to PS4. Don't blame the gaming community when you cut 60% of them from ever playing it on their preferred platform of choice. You reap what you sow.
I'm curious...you speak as though it's From Software wrote this article complaining about low sales lol It's an opinion piece, since there's no factual numbers to show. I don't know how you came to your conclusion that From isn't happy about their sales numbers. Far as I can see, they're reaping a nice bit of what they sew. It's a great exclusive, and anyone saying otherwise should change their diet to one with less sodium...too much salt isn't good for you ;)
Well, that's kind of how exclusives work, and this guys opinion is his own. People that play Bloodborne enjoy it, and it looks like it's doing well. Nothing has been reaped or sown here.
where did you get 60% from anyways? That # makes no sense.
Makes me kind of regret not getting the physical copy, that and it took forever to download (maybe cause of my connection).
"...the performance of Bloodborne when it comes to numbers will continue to portray a sad reality over how gamers prefer rehashed stuff over new and strong ideas." maybe i'm missing something, but Bloodborne didn't do anything new. While it's efforts have been noted with high review marks, it's still essentially a Souls game. Should gamers buy games simply because it scores high? I fear that's what gaming is trending towards. Gone are the days where people just enjoyed the games and genres they like, now it's all about scores. If a game is a 6 or 7 people are afraid to touch it, if it's a 9 or 10 it gets heavy marketing and public praise as a must-have. Here's a novel idea, play the games and genres you like.
"Should gamers buy games simply because it scores high? I fear that's what gaming is trending towards. Gone are the days where people just enjoyed the games and genres they like, now it's all about scores." You realize the vast majority of people are not interested in scores right? Only people that are active on gaming forums and sites do that. The normal consumer, the "casual" if I may, buys games based on hype, and if it's a popular IP that he / she likes, or if it looks like something they'd like to try based on trailers they see on TV.
What's much more important is the profit on either side of Bloodborne's creation. They didn't have to pay nearly as much for things like voice acting, marketing, cross-platform production, etc. They did go big on artwork and assets, though, that's for sure. It's one of the first games where I said "I bet the concept art for this game looks just like what I'm seeing right now while playing it." Did their expenditures outweigh their revenue? I'm guessing no, especially over the long-term, because a game like this has staying power, while Battlefield Hardline will be replaced by the next Battlefield, if not the next Call of Duty. Bloodborne's biggest genre "rival" is Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. From isn't in any danger either way. Comparing the sales of a game like Bloodborne to a game like Battlefield is like judging the box office revenue of It Follows to The Avengers. While you might be able to do it, the business models are completely different, their target markets are different, and any implications of whether or not one game will survive or disappear are pretty much moot.
lol u know hardline is on 5 platforms vs 1 for bloodborne,right>? though I wouldn't be surprised if Bloodborne outsold hardline by a wide margin on ps4.U can easily tell Bloodborne outsold it by the ratings on the psn store alone
This article is a bunch of fail and overanalysis. 1) It doesn't even clarify if it is talking about only PS4 Hardline sales (which I don't think anyway knows. 2) Bloodborne was available for 8 days in March and Hardline for 15 days. 3) Established IPs generally always sell more than a new IP.
I know right
Well it boils down to a dumbed down generation of mindless sheep. I'm not saying all gamers, but they are the majority it seems. You're not gonna find the average 10 to 16 yr old playing BB, they don't have the attention span or the patience for a game like that, and if they do my hat is off to them! Games like Hardline don't require you to do any thinking. It's the same mindless repeat and rinse over and over again. You feel like a zombie playing a game like that! Personally, I can't stand all these military based shooters that are constantly coming out year after year. The people I know that buy them all the time aren't very smart people to begin with. BB is my first souls style game and I've gotta admit, it's sucked me in. I mostly like third person style adventure games with little rpg element to it and was put off by the difficulty curve of this at first. Now, im frikin hooked! People need to put down these shooters for a change and try something that will really test their skill and have a good time in the process. Its what gaming is about. BB is miles ahead of Hardline or any COD game! That's just a fact! Inaccurate article. BB is the better game, period!!!
Why cant people enjoy what they want without being categorized as sheep? You know there are more niche games out there than Bloodborne... are you a sheep for playing Bloodborne and not those more niche games? Just asking.
No, because i am not tied into just one genre like you and Two-Face. Military based fps is all you kids seem to know nowadays. Thats not where gaming is at. Its what makes you a clueless sheep and me not. Theres no skill involved running frantically around the same map, popping a headshot, talk your shit and then back to square one again, rinse and repeat! Thats not gaming! Seriously, you kids all have ADHD now. I feel sorry for you. You missed my whole point here.
The way you are trashing games like CoD and Battlefield makes you come across as a sheep. I really don't understand why people think that competitive multiplayer games take no skill or strategy.
I think that was expected.
Multiplatfrom Vs Exclusive Well-known IP Vs New IP Shooter Vs RPG BFH always had the advantage due to this. But if you look closely at the UK chart you will see that Blooborne(PS4) outsold BFH(PS4). So yeah, I would call that a victory for Sony/From Software. We will likely get a sequel.
Shouldn't we compare PS4 sales only regardless if it's multiplat? That would be great to see. I personally think it would nice too see what gamers like to play. I honestly don't think its a bad thing that players are split. In the end everyone is gaming on Playstation 4 with the game that is made for PS4. (Not saying Battlefield is only tied to PS4) In the end it helps promote our system.
I think BloodBourne is a 3d version of the old megaman and castlevania series and just as hard. If your into those awesome games if not you always have candy crush. :)
didn't we kind of expect this, though? i mean its no secret that bloodborne was to be a very niche game. this kinda goes back to what i've said before - selling more doesn't mean better. hardline is a more accessible, mainstream game, therefore more people will probably buy it, but its clear that bloodborne is a far superior game critically on multiple levels - even if less people play it.
Hardline was available for twice the amount of time in March! (and on a crapload more platforms) SMH
1. Battlefield came out a week earlier than Bloodbourne. 2. If Amazon USA can be considered to be a good indicator of sales, Bloodbourne is selling extremely well and it is shifting a decent amount of PS4's: http://www.amazon.com/best-... (The standard console is currently at #6; the Bloodbourne bundle is currently at #15; and the game itself hasn't been out of the top 5 for many days now. 3. Bloodbourne, according to Famitsu and Media Create topped 150k in sales in Japan in its first week of release and appears to be helping the PS4 maintain decent sales there. That said, it appears that the author of this opinion piece failed to do much research.
What is this BloodboUrne game you speak of?
@averagejoe26 Lol - thanks for pointing the spelling mistake out:)
I'm Loving this game!!!
"Bloodborne was the first PS4 exclusive game to earn praise from critics". Come on now. I know it's definitely the most acclaimed, but the exclusives haven't been THAT bad. Hell, even Infamous is sitting at 80 on Metacritic, despite it's lackluster side missions.
Yeah that quote shows either some very clear biased or some very poor journalism, either way its completely wrong.
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