5 games that sold less than Enslaved

80,000 units isn’t a lot – but these games bombed even harder…

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Quagmire2495d ago

What the hell? What kinda article is this? So what if Enslaved has only sold 80,000 copies, its a much better game thean 80% of the crap we see in stores nowadays.

Biglet2495d ago

Correct. You win at Internet.

Game-ur2495d ago

Castlevania Lords of Shadow sold 150k minus Japan, it was a mistake for Enslaved to go up against it in the same day, I think the 2 would have sold better if they were a month apart.

Army_of_Darkness2495d ago

Cause after I tried it out, I was definitely purchasing Lords of shadow over that crap....

Hmmm... I wonder what ninja theory's excuse will be this time since its not PS3 exclusive?! lol!

Tapey2495d ago

lol yeah that's really gotta sting. They whined and cried so much about Heavenly Sword even though it sold over a million copies and Sony did a lot to promote the game for them. Now they've gone multiplat and can't even sell 1/10th the amount of copies, well done dumbasses.

LoVeRSaMa2495d ago

When I saw the sales figures for Enslaved...


TVippy2495d ago

The last time Heavenly Sword sold at least over a million. 80K is not even funny. Namco is gonna sink with such sales.

jjank112495d ago

haha, I'm not buying that game (or at least at $60) because I'm still angered they did not continue the Heavenly Sword storyline and stick with PS3.

I guess the sales #'s show that Ninja Theory chose the wrong path, especially since Sony was giving them alot of support.

DarkTower8052495d ago

I'll pick this up at a bargain bin, which sounds like will be right around the corner.

Chubear2495d ago (Edited 2495d ago )

So Lair sold better uh? Wow. First week of Lair Sales was 140k (on one platform) and then the bad press hit hard and trickled it down but hey it still managed to sell over 750k though.

Ironically enough, Lair has about the same or more sales as Alan Wake (750k). If you haven't played Lair go out now and buy the thing. We've seen by now that reviews are full of crap this gen.

It's 10-15 bucks, the cost of a downloadable game and with everyone NOW comfortable with motion control gaming (you have the option of using regular DS3 though), you'll wonder what the hell the big deal was in the first place.

..oh yeah, b4 vgc vermin come in here talking about Lair's sales being only 400k, VGC is crap. They only have sales for a game for 4-5months & for Lair, in NA & JPN only. Unless you believe VGs completely stop selling after 4months :/ If you look at proper sales reports, Lair sold roughly 750k (EU has similar sales # to NA). Don't whine just be better educated :)

but the irony of "the crappiest PS3 exclusive" 1st gen game, out selling "block buster AAA 360 exclusive" and a multiplat game (5th gen games) by developers who cried that their PS3 exclusive only sold 1.5million is side splitting to me XD

gaffyh2495d ago

Enslaved is actually really good though, I just think they released it as a wrong time. They should have targeted like June/July because they would have had no competition. Enslaved is good (~8), but it isn't better than Castlevania (~9) and on top of that it is a new IP, so they should have gone for the game drought for release.

seann2495d ago

all i can say is that you get what you deserve.

CimmerianDrake2495d ago

Can we expect the same of DmC?

I predict that NT will come out of the woodworks soon, coming up with an excuse as to why Enslaved was outsold by, not only Heavenly Sword (which NT constantly puts down), but also Lords of Shadow.

When will they understand that it's no ones fault but their own? They can't blame the PS3's architecture or userbase, because A)The game is multiplatform, and B)Heavenly Sword outsold it, so that proves PS3 gamers do buy games they feel are worth their money. If anything, Enslaved has shown that both 360 users and PS3 users, largely, didn't want the game. Granted it's still early.

I really hope Capcom takes a look at the HUGE risk they've taken putting NT in charge of DmC with all of their whining, lack of a real portfolio in game production (they made like 2 games so far?), and lack of interest from gamers in a multiplatform game. That's 2 userbases saying "we think there are better games than Enslaved". Who's to say that they won't say "we know there are better games than DmC".

I don't want to play as Dante Antoniades, so I'm likely not going to buy DmC. I may only be one person, but I'm probably not the only one. I didn't buy Enslaved either.

jeseth2495d ago

I could go on a serious rant about Ninja Theory but all I can say is Kharma's a bitch!

Heavenly Sword deserved a sequel. The story is excellent and was left in a way where it could be continued.

Now comes Enslaved (which I bought during Toys 'R US's Buy 2 get 1 Free sale last week) which has gone multiplatform after Ninja Theory blamed Sony for whatever they were unhappy about. I mean seriously, Sony promoted HS pretty well, Nariko was easily recognizable and was getting a lot of attention, and the game sold over a million copies. What else do you want from a new IP?

Enslaved, even though it has definately borrowed elements from HS (is Trip Nariko's lost lost sister form the future?, is a really good game. It has a well laid out story, exciting sequences, well designed characters (with stupid names) and enemies, nice graphics, etc. It's all there.

The timing was all wroig for Enslaved and they should have shut their mouths and not whined about HS and PS3. As a new IP it should have been released in July or August, there is just too much competition coming to the market.

With a install base of over 60 million consoles (360/PS3) its incredible this game sold 80K. Hey, what goes around...really goes around. Shoulda kept your mouth shut Ninja Theory and just focused on another great game. Enslaved is great but the masses have spoken.

End rant. LOL.

Gago2495d ago

the game plays itself for you, everything is automatic

no wonder it sold like shit

I had rather get Castlevania and Vanquish (which i did)

Darrius Cole2495d ago (Edited 2495d ago )


80,000 copies. I don't know where that number comes from, but VG chartz counts 100,000 copies across all platforms. I know VG Chartz is not perfectly accurate but they are the most consistently available source for this type of info. But I digress....

80,000 copies????!!! IS THAT ALL!!

After all that smack-talking about how they couldn't make money from selling 1.5 million copies of Heavenly Sword, Ninja Theory go and make a game that sells less than 100K in its first 3 weeks. Heavenly Sword 2 would have sold 1 million copies in its first week, and probably would have sold around 2 million total. Instead they sell a tiny fraction of that.

I wonder if they made money from selling 100K copies of Enslaved? I wonder if they will tell the truth this time.

It is becoming more and more clear that Ninja Theory is incompetent. The sheer absurdity of the claiming to be unable to profit from selling 1.5 million copies is proof enough. Either they are so incompetent that they grossly overspent on the development, or they are too incompetent to tell a reasonable lie.

Then they (Ninja Theory) chose to ignore the fans who obviously wanted a Heavenly Sword sequel, ignore the better environment for Heavenly Sword's platform (the PS3), and ignore the fact that they already had done the hard part of the work by making a custom engine for the PS3 and NOT make Heavenly Sword 2.

Moreover, they kept talking smack about how bad their experience was with PS3, in spite of the fact that ALL of their current fans were PS3 fans, but not just ordinary PS3 fans. All of Ninja Theory fans were Heavenly Sword fans who bought their PS3's in year 1 and paid $500 or $600 for their PS3. So Ninja Theory fans were a solid vein of the biggest spending fans in console gaming.

Well, not to worry. For now, it is time for Ninja Theory gets to try Devil May Cry. Devil May Cry is such an old and established franchise that they couldn't possibly mess it up. Surely, they couldn't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again. They have to get this one right. Don't they? Don't they?

They changed his hair color? WHAT THE......

ReservoirDog3162494d ago

Well, +1 once I can afford it next month.

totallysane2494d ago

personally i loved the new castle...i can't wait for the sequel

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toaster2495d ago

Nice attempt at stealth trolling, x360magazine...

BillOreilly2494d ago (Edited 2494d ago )

Man this game was amazing! I cant believe all the hate just because NT went multiplat instead of heavenly sword 2. Get over it! New ip's are good and this one was the sh**. I cant wait for dmc reboot because i love nt and the series was stale as hell with dmc4 being boring as hell. I couldnt even beat it lol. This game has similar platforming to uncharted which everyone praises yet yall despise this games platfoming??? Scripted platforming lol ok guy

Rainstorm812494d ago

im sorry Enslaved is mediocre at best, the platforming is nothing like the Uncharted series. On enslaved every thing you can platform on is highlighted and glowing, then its only like 3 footholds til you get where you need to be.

The problem with enslaved is it trys to hard to be like uncharted, but with the limited combo system, the half ass upgrade system, and piss poor controls, it deserved its low sales.

Just because its a New IP doesnt make it a good game my friend.

fishd2495d ago

Enlsave sold only 80K copies? o.O
Are you sh1tting me?

Is that WW or NA only?

MorganX2495d ago

I'm waiting for that too. This appears to be a stealth troll. ENSLAVED is one of the best games to come around in a long time and PS3 fanboys appear to despise Ninja Theory for going multiplat and becuase the game, like most multiplats, looks and performs better on Xbox.

My God, I sound like a fanboy. I'm going to have to avoid N4G for at least a week before I become completely transformed into one of those creatures.

CandyCaptain2495d ago

If that were the only problem, wouldn't it have sold a ton on 360. Have you considered it's just a mediocre game that had a bad release window -_- I mean I think it would've done better for itself had it released b4 Halo Reach, like 2 weeks b4 it at least. As for why it sold bad on Ps3? Well lots of other stuff came out namely Castlevania and PS move along with a ton of move games @_@' Though I do enjoy the story, gameplay lacks in my opinion, that and it has a non-existent replay value atm <.<

*Off to go get candy for the kiddies* ^.^

sikbeta2495d ago (Edited 2495d ago )

Funny how this guy (morgan) turn this crap into a fanboy-war...

"nah, cuz da sony fanbayz... it's thier faultz...bla..bla"


spandexxking2495d ago

as a sony fanboy i didnt care that ninja theory went multiplat. just thought id let you know as you seem to be the michael pachter of sony fanboys.
you do know this info came from an xbox magazine right?

Redempteur2495d ago


Maybe just MAYBE enslaved isn't THAT good ?
Not a fanboy but people can dislike the game or scripted platforming ?
Or not be impressed by the demo.
Or dislike the same combat system over and over with no deep mecanics( no skills required ).

you know having their opinion about the game.

Baka-akaB2495d ago (Edited 2495d ago )

You are sounding a tad ridiculous with your claim morganX and indeed like a new breed of fanboy : NT theory fanboys , or apologists .

Most people dont give a crap about interview dramas , console wars etc ... They saw material about the game or tried the demo and werent impressed enough to care , especially with packed concurrence , even within the same genre .

And when it comes to people that give a crap , Heavenly was hardly a plebiscit , but a game most forgot and never actually loved that much , at least here . There were only a few posters proclaiming love for the game , before Ninja theory went multiplatform . Hardly a new stance and change as some kind of pseudo backlash for going multi .

Finally Heavenly sword sold (actually very well) as an not awesome but solid LAUNCH title .
What made anyone believe that close to the same experience , arguably better or inferior , would fare that much better , alongside an equally hyped (much better) castlevania , the previously released halo reach , pes/fifa games , and other big games ?

Hack and slash games dont even usually sell gow3 , dmc and as a distant third HS numbers

mrcash2495d ago

Enslaved looked so much better on the still shots, after playing the demo I lost interest. It seems like a very empty world.

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zeddy2495d ago

true i never know why they release games on the same day as others, why not just wait a couple of weeks or a month even when theres nothing coming out.

MorganX2495d ago

I haven't seen sales numbers. But I just bought it last week and I don't buy many disc based games. It's one of the best games I've played and one of the best looking games I've played.

Given the voluminous number of 8+ reviews, someone's buying it and playing it. Not a lot of marketing though. I didn't buy Uncharted 2 until it was out for almost a year so, sometimes it takes time for word to spread expecially with Castlevania and now Kinect coming up during the same time frame.

UltimateIdiot9112495d ago (Edited 2495d ago )

You like it, that's fine but don't expect everyone else to say it's great.

I've tried the demo, and I thought the control and gameplay was extremely weak. The jumps and reactions were lagging/slow. It did not have the smoothness I got from Uncharted 2 nor was it close to AC2. If we are talking about best looking/best game, that's subject. My personal favorite this generation is Valkyria Chronicles and best looking would be Uncharted 2 for now until GT5 is out.

I too normally don't buy disc based game, the last title I bought at launch date was Heavy Rain and recently the Move but 1 week after launch due to a deal. Now, I buy mostly bargain bin unless I feel like it's a worthy day 1 buy like GT5. So the fact you rarely buy disc games is irrelevant to your argument.

Anyway, Enslaved does not feel like a $60, but more of a $15-$20 title.

I stop caring about reviews since the beginning of this generation especially when GTA4 got 10s all over.

kneon2495d ago (Edited 2495d ago )

Not all the reviews are positive

And this was no throwaway half assed review, they may have been a little harsh but they have some valid points that others just glossed over.

avengers19782495d ago

Well I do want this game Im just gonna have to wait until the price goes down, and More into the summer time when less is coming out.
I think Enslaved is going to be good, but don't have the Time to really play it right now,