MVCUK: "Though Blur may well have gone on to sell plenty more in June, it’s highly unlikely that 31k unit sales will bring it anywhere near the levels Activision would have expected."
Bad games = poor sales... To be fair racing genre is dying. Very few racing games hit the 1 million mark these days people are looking for something better than arcade style racing.
GT: 5 is going to fly off the shelves!
I somehow agree with you, I have a feeling that such long development time killed the momentum a little.
Maybe us in the UK thought it was a game about the music group blur after all they nicked the logo http://www.vblurpage.com/di...
I don't agree that GT5 has lost any momentum honestly. Many expressed their frustration by threatening to move on. However they never did because lets be honest, move on to what? What's out there that could really be considered a replacement for the GT5 jones?.... Exactly. Many of us where just upset at the lack of release date but now that we got one. All is right with the world again.
@krisq lol What? You're underestimating the GT Franchise dude, this is not just a racing game, this is one is The Real Driving Simulator...
I have no doubt it will sell very well. I'm just talking about the momentum, it's seems to be slowing down. I'm not so pumped anymore. Are you? Another thing that also worries me, is the amount of hype GT5 will have to face. It may tear it apart. Alan Wake is a great example.
Im sorry, but GT as a franchise has such a deep history, thats what adds to the hype and expectation. To be fair Alan Wake isnt in the same situattion as GT is. In this case i think GT will surpass expectations of racing fans, and go beyond the hype.
but this is exactly why I'm afraid it won't deliver on all fronts. People are simply expecting too much. And Alan Wake was one of the few examples. I think the latest is Crackdown 2.
But you should also look at the games you are comparing Crackdown 2 and Alan Wake. If polyphony digital makes good on everything that was said to be in the game i think it will be fine, people are going to nitpick because thats what people do, also Remedy & Ruffian arent the perfectionists that the guys over at PD are. I honestly believe that they couldve released GT5 already but it seems like they are trying to craft the racing game of a generation not a flash in the pan game like BLUR. 1000+ cars, a viable online and realistic racing wouldve had me by itself. Let alone the laundry list of improvements over any of the previous versions. If they accomplish everything that they set out to do, what other racing game will be able to compete? Forza is a good game, but its a David and Goliath battle and more times than not Goliath wins......but only time will tell.
Gran Turismo's sales have always been inflated. GT3 only "sold" as many copies as it did because for a long time it was bundled with the PS2.
even modnation sold better
Thats because Modnation raver was innovate and reminds people of the old style racing games like Crash Team Racing and Mario Kart + Customization.
nothing to do with sony pushing mod nation hard for months and months.
The only reason this sold badly was because it was a week behind Split Second and up against Red Dead and Mod Nation Racers on its release day. Had they waited another month for some clear air it would have faired much better. Timing is key and they loused it up badly with their scheduling.
or because a racing game should be about racing. not shooting.
The cost of the poor sales is that developers will be less inclined to delve into new IPs and we will start floundering in the bullshit Sequel4, Sequel 5 games that are the same ol, same ol. I can't wait to buy this game which is a masterpiece both gameplay wise and technically. How many people do you know CANNOT wait to buy the next COD game even though there is practically nothing known about it yet? Exactly.
Can't race like a big boy, when you don't have the gas money.
Split/Second was way better anyways
I'm bored Quamire, please excuse my poor humor right now.
Bizarre Creations had the chance to showcase something quite special under Activision, but they produce a basic power-up/weapon based racing game which lacks any originality. Split Second showed what could be achieved with a bit of creative thinking. I love Bizarre, but they can do a lot better than Blur.
I bought Blur, but I haven't played it yet!
What? I did buy it! I will take a pic later and post. I've been playing Lego Potter and Singularity. Oh! And Alan Wake. I bought too many games at once.
A full and detailed opinion piece on Blur's failure bringing together some of what has already been said here: http://n4g.com/news/558701/...
“from a business perspective, we are targeting Blur to do for racing what Call of Duty did for shooters” - what's that, degenerate the genre?
or maybe its just activision
Who would buy a game called blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, Need For Speed sounds much much cooler.
this game would have been one of the biggest summer-sellers if they droped the sp and only released this game on psn/xbl like Blacklight: Tango Down. or make it a budget title. dont get me wrong, i think the sp is fun to play too but the mp makes this game really special. im a fan of this game and even i just rented it and played the beta a lot. 69 euro( at gamestop) was an CRAZY price for this game to come out with. now you can get it for around 40Euros at Amazon. releasing it next to the fresh and next gen looking split-second was a bad decision. split second is fun for a short rush but it is nowhere as deep as blur.
Exactly, if there had been a demo i may have bought it. Sorry but for a racing game, you have to know that it feels right before you buy it.
I thought it was a decent enough game
...pretty addictive at times, but it has such a lame presentation to it. The layout screen almost has put me to a bore. The racing is still rapid and fun, but customization could have made this game a whole lot better!
Releasing the game at the same time as RDR & SMG2, bad.....trying to take on Mario Kart, suicidal!
Wether the game had sold 25 milion (MW2) or the 31k that Blur did, we all know Acti wouldn't have forked out their bonus! Nothing new here...moving on...
I'm not suprised Blur didn't sell great. I wasn't going to get it but it was on offer for £25 so I thought why not. The same with Split Second, saw it at £25 and got that also. Wouldn't have got them at full price. They are both good games (not great, but good).
if this game was released on the wii and hit 31k, lots of haters will just jump in and say 'the wii is a kiddie console blah blah'
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