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Enslaved sales break 700k barrier

Ninja Theory's excellent PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 adventure game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, which launched in October 2010, shifted 730,000 units worldwide by the end of March 2011. (Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, PS3, Xbox 360)

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TOO PAWNED  +   1362d ago
Karma is a bitch. HS sold 1.5 million after year and a half and that was not good enough for them. I am bashing them because they couldn't shut up about "low" sales HS had, and that being the main reason for them going multiplatform. Well 5 hour game on single platform sold more then longer multiplat game, ha!
units  +   1362d ago
heavenly sword was bundled
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TOO PAWNED  +   1362d ago
Yeah sure, every copy was given for free on the streets. Actually HS sold 5 million, and every single copy was free, you are correct.

EDIT: Of course it was bundled. But so was Enslaved with 360. I remember there was a bundle, at least here in Sweden. It's stupid to dismiss HS sales, as if 1 million copies were bundled or something like that.
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PirateThom  +   1362d ago
Officially, Sony did bundle it, so you're right, it was bundled... in France.
afterMoth  +   1362d ago
I can't vouch for the entire game but the demo is boring. The graphics are okay but the actual combat feels unresponsive and generic. The platform feels like a ultra dumbed down Uncharted and lets face it Uncharted is great but the platforming is simple but fun.
TheBlackSmoke  +   1362d ago
The sales of this game have a lot to do with the fact that it has been reduced to bargain bin price literally within a month or so of its release.

People dont usually give a shit about how worthwhile a game is when it only costs 10-20 bucks.

Even then, HS has doubled this game in sales. There's no point trying the "buh buh bundled" excuse when Enslaved is MULTIPLAT and supposedly EVERY game on 360 sells 10 million copies, lol.
RAmar101  +   1362d ago
heavenly sword didnt have any official bundle in the uk. it may have had as many games do unofficial bundles from stores, but overall heavenly sword did ok but was an expensive game to make back then, its got better grafix than enslaved.

still i wish enslaved success and so to to the devs, il be picking up enslaved soon i hope it breaks the million barrier
DelbertGrady  +   1362d ago
It's a silly comparison. Heavenly Sword launched when there weren't many games out for the PS3.

Anywho, I own Enslaved and it's a great game. You can pick it up for around $10-15 around the web.
NukaCola  +   1362d ago
Ninja Theory made a great game with Heavenly Sword. It sold about 1.6mil. Then they bashed Sony, it's audience, and then said Enslaved will be better than Uncharted. It's a decent game at best with mediocre combat and terribly repetitive and button mashind platforming. Story was good, but that's the only thing that stood out to me.
Knushwood Butt  +   1362d ago
About 400K of Enslaved's 700K sales were from the bargain bin..
Firstkn1ghT  +   1362d ago
HS came out when their were no games for the ps3 and still early in the whole next gen. Competition now is extremely tough with big quality games coming out more often.

I rented this game myself, and the story was great. A few gameplay issues made it somewhat annoying but the story made up for it.
Blaine  +   1362d ago
Any competent dev with a launch title under their belt should have been able to compete with these "big quality games coming out more often".

Speaking of no games for the PS3: another dev who made a launch title, Insomniac, has been doing very well on every game since. Remember a little game called Resistance? Yeah, I'd say it's doing pretty well as a franchise, and Insomniac are doing well for themselves.
Az1mov  +   1362d ago
Yeah indeed, Karma's bitch - Uncharted 2, One platform only = sold a total of 4.60m (4,606,250m). based on their statements, Ninja Theory just seem to be a bunch of lazy developers. Heavenly sword was crazy good though,enjoyed it very much as launch title for my PS3. But they lost inspiration since then.
Tyre  +   1362d ago
Lazy developers Ninja Theory? man Enslaved is 1 of the coolest and best looking game on Xbox360...Heavenly Sword still a PS3 exclusive game to get...Ninja Theory are anything but lazy, how could u say such a thing?
Tyre  +   1362d ago
The Developers of BRINK are lazy and cheapskates
ZombieAssassin  +   1362d ago
Funny you say that because I think some people left Ninja Theory to go join Splash Damage after HS released.

I don't think they're lazy but after losing a bunch of their staff after HS and going multiplatform along with having to use a licensed engine instead of making their own it kinda put a restraint on how much they could do. I do think they should of tried to stay on for HS2 though, I mean production cost would of been down because they had a pretty decent engine to use and I believe they already had the story planned out for 3 games.

As far as how good Enslaved is I've only played the demo and it didn't seem bad just clunky controls, I have faith in the story though as I really enjoyed Heavenly Sword.
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Kran  +   1362d ago
It's getting somewhere at least ;D
Tyre  +   1362d ago
This game is brilliant...definitely deserves more sales. Andy Serkis and Ninja Theory are a match made in heaven! Heavenly Sword is brillant too, the whole 5 hour gameplay argument is BS, stop playing it on easy then...u can finish Gears of War 1 in 5 hours on easy...but it's still one hell of a cool game! HS still is a VERY good exclusive on PS3 an amazing game and i loved it!
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RememberThe357  +   1362d ago
Brilliant is a little strong. Heavenly Sword was a great game, but Enslaved had combat that was way too watered down. The characters were great but there were only 3. The story was great but it got slow at times.

They still have a lot to learn before we can call them brilliant.
mastiffchild  +   1362d ago
HS had some great mo-cap, great ideas and great gameplay. Where it lacked was in the character development and story department. Enslaved sorts that our by having some great writing and character progression but, guess what, NT forgot any effin gameplay!

NT have some great ideas but were sinking fast under the pressure of managing HS as an Xbox(IIRC) game before Sony basically saved the IP and, possibly, studio by stepping in and getting Sony Cambridge to hold their hands. I'm sure NT have learned a lot since then but they still haven't made what I'd call a complete game and HS was nearer the mark as a game than Enslaved can hope to be, which is sad because there's a lot to like about it.

Maybe Capcom can push them with DmC but we know what the burning issue is there already, now don't we? It's time for NT to finally make that killer, no arguments , story AND gameplay product and stop moaning. They've done the whole thing just not in the same bloody game-time to put it right, hopefully.
Quagmire  +   1362d ago
I play games, not sales. Heavenly Sword was epic, so was Enslaved. Cant wait for DmC
Tyre  +   1362d ago
But sales are necessary to keep Ninja Theory afloat, it is so unacceptable that this game didn't get more attention from gamers...lot of people on Xbox360 do not realize who Ninja Theory is and why Enslaved is one of highest quality games on Xbox360. They just skipped it or didn't know because the release came in a bad time...
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Aussiegamer  +   1362d ago
Awesome so its sold 500,000 copies at $15. lol
clintos59  +   1362d ago

Not to mention HS also came at a time where the ps3 was selling very slow because of its high price & was considered doomed by the media. I bet if HS came out now it would have sold alot better.
Corrwin  +   1362d ago

But you can't help if the vast majority of gamers have no taste. I don't even think this comes as backlash against Ninja Theory - Tecmo Bandai just did not market this game at all.

Tecmo Bandai don't exactly excel at 3rd person adventures either - the last one published by them was Afro Samurai, which did about as well as you expect.

Personally I really loved parts of Enslaved, especially running around the ruins of New York. After than it kind of dragged out, but it's well worth a play. Though it isn't exactly a long game.
Mr-Dude  +   1362d ago
People don't appreciate games like this, but like braindead games like Call Of Duty more... And then they bitch about the fact that there arent developers what making 'new' games....

FPS games thats a bunch of trash what we all seen and played before
Theyellowflash30  +   1362d ago
Timing is key. If enslaved came out in 2007 it would have sold more. COD has taken millions of potential sales away from mid to upper tier games like enslaved.
BushLitter  +   1362d ago
Enslaved was awesome, I felt sorry for Ninja Theory when hearing about poor sales. Defintely a game that deserved a whole lot more attention

I think the article is right where it says that it struggled for sales because of its release period

I think if a sequel were to come out they should consider carefully the release window.

I think Sucker Punch said that if 1 million people buy your game, then 2 million have played it

A sequel would probably do a whole lot better, with better marketing and a planned release
shades72  +   1362d ago
not good enough with such high dev costs these days. Another million then we can talk.
TheEatingChampagne  +   1362d ago
Come on people buy it.. It is an amazing game
jimmins  +   1362d ago
IM good with the Nlavd and totally when it is.
Frak  +   1362d ago
Enslaved is a great game and deserves more sales
Wolfie  +   1362d ago
well deserved, i love Enslaved, story, characters, great game
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fredrikpedersen  +   1362d ago
It's not 'excellent,' but it's an enjoyable experience. Surely over the average COD Clone.
green  +   1362d ago
Just bought the game today on amazon so should be playing it by the weekend. Heard a lot of good things about the game.
Theyellowflash30  +   1362d ago
I played Enslaved its a good game, but the gameplay is a bit lacking. If there ever is a sequel I hope they will make the combat faster, smoother, and more varied. Other than that the story, setting, and atmosphere are amazing.
ipe  +   1362d ago
any1 who calls this sh1t a great game or hidden gem has serious mental problems. Or havent played much of games.

Auto plattforming??? give me a freakin break

and dont let me started on screen tearing, simple,stupid and shallow combat.....
Theyellowflash30  +   1362d ago
Mind you Uncharted has a Auto Platforming, and simple shallow combat. And its peoples opinion just because they don't share the same view as you doesnt mean they have mental problems. How juvenile of you to say something like that.
InLaLaLand  +   1362d ago
I agree about Uncharted. The only problem with Enslaved is the controller response in some areas.
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ExitToExisT  +   1362d ago
It was a good game , deserved a lot more sales and as stated above , more than half of those sales were not sold for $60.
danielle007  +   1362d ago
Well, the game went down to $20ish dollars most places. I guess it was a good way to boost sales.
TheMutator  +   1362d ago
at $15 everything break that barrier lol
NYC_Gamer  +   1362d ago
played the demo and thought it was very average
saimcheeda  +   1362d ago
Didnt HS sell 1.5 million?
And before enslaved came out NT kept on and on about low sales for that game and the low performance of the PS3, lets see what they for this!
CanadianTurtle  +   1362d ago
I think that they were too full of themselves. They thought that they were such great developers and that their game would sell millions, but it didn't. Why? Because Enslaved wasn't really that interesting compared to the other games that came out in the recent years.

HS sold many because everyone was gazing at it's graphics, and it was one of the only few exclusives for the PS3 at the time. But when you look at Enslaved, a game where it was sold in a time frame where FPS games are extremely popular and there are so many games to choose from.... obviously it wouldn't sell as much.

I'm not saying its a bad game, because its not. Its a good game actually. What I'm trying to say is that single player games don't sell as much these days.

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