Saling The World: Gears of War 3 Tops Charts in U.S. and UK

Gamasutra's weekly column, "Saling The World", covers the top five sellers for every available platform in the United States, Japan, and Europe, providing an important update of sales patterns worldwide.

This week's charts, with data taken from September 22nd, 2011, find Gears of War 3 and Zumba Fitness heading domestic multiplatform sales, while Dark Souls and ICO/Shadow of the Colossus top the charts in Japan.

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Hands Up For Games2525d ago


Now that is a shock /s

Completed it last night and its easily my GOTY so far and one of my fave this gen, I havent even really got into the multiplayer, co op, or beast modes either.

Campaign and Horde are frigging awesome!

JellyJelly2525d ago

I got it yesterday and only played halfway through act 1 of the campaign before I dove straight into multiplayer.

Horde 2.0 and Beast mode are some of the most fun I've had with multiplayer this gen.

I'm demanding you to check it out right now, mister!

crematory2524d ago

this the only game interest me to buy xbox 360

Boody-Bandit2524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

Then buy one ASAP because this game should be played by all even remotely interested in shooters. It's a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I was disappointed with Gears 2, especially the online, but this one is the best in the series on all fronts.

I beat it yesterday on hardcore and if not for time constraints would already be halfway through it on insanity. I only dabbled online but Epic really did a great job on this title and they made an over cynical guy like me a believer once again.

Tainted Gene2524d ago

Seriously, the online aspect ALONE is what sold me on gears 3. Completely seamless and easily the best online shooter I have played (with no lag *knock on wood*) in a LONG time. Thank jelly for dedicated servers.

Anon19742524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

I just had this conversation with my brother-in-law recently and Gears was also the only game on the 360 that he's interested in, but that's not enough to make him buy a 360 at this point. Personally, I think the Gears games are the only games I would have really regretted not having a chance to play. Looking forward to spending some time with Gears 3. Gears and Halo 3.

I've never liked the multiplayer though. First off, I suck. I can hold my own in every manner of FPS style game, but Gears just wasn't accessible to me as a new player, and the tolerance for newbies among those playing just make me never want to play an online game again. Gears fans weren't exactly the most welcoming bunch. Secondly, every single match I ever played consisted of everyone rushing the center of the map and blasting each other with shotguns. For me, online matches need to last longer than 60 seconds to hold my interest. It was like multiplayer for people with ADD. I hung in there for a week or so, playing online and trying to improve my skills, but ultimately I had to admit I just wasn't having any fun.

By Gears 2 I had no desire to even attempt the title online after the horrible experiences I had playing Gears so I enjoyed the story and split screen co-op, which was always the series main draw for me. Gears does split screen co-op right. Horde mode sound like it would be entertaining, but without any friends with 360's, really I've got no desire to go online and play a co-operative mode with strangers 20-25 years younger than me with mouths that make me want to find out where each and every one of them live so I could personally visit them and slap them open handed across the ear. Seriously, as a community, how on earth can you justify the hostility displayed towards new players? It's just petty. And why the hell doesn't the matchmaking work? Same with some of the COD games. I don't know how many times I was starting out at level 5 and getting tossed in with an entire teams made up of 60-70's. How the hell is anyone supposed to stick with a game long enough to learn it and improve with broken matchmaking? If it's not fun, why would we play it?

I love the Gears of War series, but for me, multiplayer was never the draw. Anyone else have a similar experience that just turned them off of a game? I can't be the only one who's had other players ruin the experience because we've committed the sin of having a life, work and family outside of playing a particular title and dare to show our faces in online matches without 50+ hours of experience under our belts.

WANNAGETHIGH2524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

Is any one suprised :/

ATi_Elite2524d ago

Dam you already beat the game? How many hours was the campaign?

JellyJelly2524d ago

I've heard it's around 10-12 hours.

Sony3602524d ago

I've finished it with some buddies (we couldn't stop playing it) and it took us at least 12 hours.

It's not a short game put it that way.

ARTISAN2524d ago

i finished it last night took about 14 - 16 on hardcore

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Baka-akaB2524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

Not at all a fan of Gears of War , but good for epic and it . Blockbusters that actually push realisation through along with gameplay should be immensively successful , instead of just same old yearly average rehashes .

Even the most die hard ps3 fanboys should admit that Gears 3 not selling would be a very bad news and signal for the industry , switching then from costly development to low risks returns .

Anyway hurray also for dark souls and sotc/ico

Number_132524d ago

Black Ops beating Resistance in 3 short weeks on the ps3 only chart in the US and Dead island also being more popular than Resistance 3 in the UK ps3 charts.
This is why the theory that ps3 exclusives sell less because there are more of them to choose from doesn't hold water, ps3 owners just seem to prefer CoD and other multiplat games

Baka-akaB2524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

the theory can't really be disproved anyway . It is a simple fact that with so many title at key points of the year , the sales could be spread and very dilluted across the board .

Even moreso when regular folks dont make some distinction between multi and exclus , making the list even bigger .

Of course nothing proves it either , and itprobably isnt the only factor but a sum of those .

Like Sony not knowing yet how to aggressively market a game in the us when clearly some publishers knows how , like ea , activision or MS .

Anyway , and either way , it's only relevant and important for the concerned studio . Having a few millions spread over a few titles is hardly worse than it being concentrated around one or two . Except again for the concerned studios

TyrionL2524d ago

@ Baka-akaB
"Like Sony not knowing yet how to aggressively market a game in the us when clearly some publishers knows how , like ea , activision or MS."

I think that is the biggest reason for it. It's too bad really, these games really are top quality, more people should know about them. I know I try to spread the word as much as one person can.

maniacmayhem2524d ago

That is a silly reason. Sony exclusives do not release at the same time so saying that they have too many to choose from is beyond ridiculous.

There was plenty of time between K3 and R3.

The truth is exclusives will never sell as much as multi with the exception of a few key flag titles for each console.

And i think sony does just fine marketing their products. They had billboards, commercials, magazine ads and promotions for both K3 and R3.

pixelsword2524d ago

@ maniacmayhem:

That's not really true; it's the commitment time in taking and enjoying the game in between other games that makes the difference. I don't buy a game until I'm "finished" with another game, and if another game catches my eye, I play the other one I wanted later.

SoapShoes2524d ago

So? It's still on the chart so it's still selling... -_-

pixelsword2524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

You facts have not place here!

*throws computer out of the window on a pile of jellyfish*


Hicken2524d ago

It's really not as difficult to understand as you all make it seem. Everybody can't buy everything.

alb18992524d ago

The ones that buy a 360 are playing it but some people buys ps3 just for blueray. So thats why exclusive in 360 sell more.
También the online game and the marketing make some noise.

SheenuTheLegend2524d ago

lolz u r type of funny
but sony needs to learn marketing
because i want uncharted 3 to become the worlds highest selling game

_Aarix_2524d ago

i know..your avatar says so

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