Analyst: New Gears and God of War titles underperforming

First month sales of Gears of War: Judgment and God of War: Ascension are lower than expected, according to Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz.

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ZainabSaccal2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

The game lacks originality!! It is becoming redundant...

zeee2011d ago

I know people love these games but really, they need to give these franchises a break and work on something else. And I am not talking about just GOW and GeOW, I am talking about a number of other games that we see almost every year or two. Call of Duty, Assassins Creed springs to mind as well.

pierce2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

Yep, Assassin's Creed is another one that could do with a rest. With the new Gears and God of War games it just seems like the developers wanted to push out one last title in the franchise before the next-generation gets here.

Edit: I still thought Judgment was pretty damn fun, though.

silenius2011d ago

They need a break indeed.
I wouldn't say the god of war ascension as much as the gears franchise.
Love both very much but... I would like to miss them a bit.

I think the reason why we got GOW Judgement was because Epic cancelled the kinekt title GOW Exile.

SkidMudFlap2011d ago

Well i know God of war have diffrent game directors on every game, i can't say the same about gears of war though.

nukeitall2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

I for one enjoy Gears of War: Judgment and play it every chance I get. However, this is the tail end of the generation so people are saturated with cheap games. Not to mention two other great games just released, Tomb Raider and Bioshock: Infinite.

Maybe have these big titles release so close to each other was a bad idea.

Good_Guy_Jamal2011d ago

So an analyst points it out and we are ready to discuss but Jamal says it a bunch of times and he's attacked with a barrage of disagrees and insults!
I said both games were doing less than great and I even lost a bubble for it. I won't mention where (platform) the most (almost all) the insults came from.

refocusedman2011d ago

Uhhhhhh.......... why is Jamal talking about Jamal in third person Is the real question.

HarryMasonHerpderp2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

I doubt you lost a bubble for saying the games are under performing or the franchises need a break. You must of worded it a bit different to that to lose a bubble.

Anyway the franchises do need a rest in my opinion, Assassins Creed also but they won't be going anywhere anytime soon

ChronoJoe2011d ago

I think people are ready for next gen too, and spin-off (weaker) offerings are certainly not what these publishers should be offering if they want to keep people interested in the series.

If God of War Ascension was God of War IV, I would have bought it. But as it's prequel and spin-off from the main story arc (which albeit may have ended considering the events of GoWIII) I don't feel I need to follow through and buy it.

They do need a break though, but what I'm saying is I don't think these titles being inferior spinoffs of the main series, really helped matters either.

Blaze9292011d ago

Gears of War Judgement was a joke. I feel sorry for all those who thought it was like, the next real big game in the series. The fact no one was talking about it shows no one cared, even Microsoft.

God of War though is finished. I don't really think they should be making anymore nor should they have made a game after God of War 3. Was the perfect outro.

God of War Ascension felt so, pointless to me at the end. Sure it was a prequel but I felt I could've been a-ok, had I totally skipped this game.

Why o why2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )




Full marks

Perfect comment describing franchise burnout or fatigue (cheers jamal).. luckily games, like uncharteds 3rd game, didn't suffer the same fate although it wasn't as good as the 2nd in many peoples eyes, it was still well received a didn't feel forced.

Best to leave both until the next gen sometimes. Give people a break, new lick of paint. I'm hoping both will return and despite what I said ill still be grabbing both of the titles mentioned for differing reasons.

nukeitall2011d ago

I don't play God of War, but for fans of Gears of War like me, the changes was welcome and I now play it exclusively instead of Gears of War 3.

There were major changes, and I for the most part love it.

WildArmed2011d ago

Yeah agreed.

I felt like after Gears 3 and God of War 3, both of the franchises had a perfect time to lay low for awhile.
Let the gamers recover from the fatigue and finishing the trilogy.

Ascension and judgement came too soon. Ending of the trilogy hasn't even sunk in yet, I already know how the war ends. I need some time.

Prequels after the conclusion should be faar apart (FF7:CC). Because at this point, it feels like too much of the same and not enough incentive to see what happens.

EditorAtGNG2011d ago

Yep. It's not called a "cash in" otherwise.

All jokes aside though, I do think they need to go back on the drawing board with both games. God of War needs new setting, new storyline and maybe (just maybe) a new main protagonist (Kratos's story has been milked dry). The addition of mutlyplayer was the nail on the coffin for me, since, well, it shows just how the series stares at a dead end.

Gears of War needs to mix things up with something other than the cover system and chainsaw machine guns. Expand the universe, bring a new conflict or expand on the existing one.

So many roads to take and I bet they can really reinvent the franchises next gen.

FunAndGun2011d ago

What about the whole other half of GoW:A....the MP?

I really don't understand why it is so overlooked. It is original, fresh, and fun. There has not been one single MP game like Ascension released this whole generation.

How is it milked when the MP has never been done before and it is something completely new to the GoW universe? It is also far from being tacked on.

Ascension has been in my PS3 since launch and I still haven't even come close to finishing the SP. I have been having too much fun leveling up my Gods, weapons, and armors.

Oh well, this has been my favorite Gow game because the inclusion of MP. With all the other GoW games I would have completed the game twice by now and put it on my shelf next to the others and most likely not touch it again.

g2gshow2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

true indeed but they already knew that last quick buck out the door what do you expect really the game ended with 3 supply an demand originality is still needed

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sway_z2011d ago

Both Gears and GOW need a new lease of life if they're to succeed next gen...or put them both to sleep for a few years until something refreshing can be formulated.

axerated2011d ago

To be fair it's not like god of wars been overdone this gen. Ps3's been around since 06, it's now 13 and we've had two ps3 titles in this franchise, not counting the hd remakes of course. And Personally I thought ascension was awesome

Good_Guy_Jamal2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

You say this gen and then fail to mention PSP which IS a 7th generation console and games released on that system do add fatigue to the franchise. This is further exacerbated by the fact that those games found their way on to the ps3.

Besides, a franchise's fatigue isn't measured or determined by the number of releases on a single platform, the frequency of game releases is a bigger contributor here.

Now I know it causes people great anger when the HD remakes are counted in as GoW PS3 games, but the bottomline is that they are PS3 games, they especially add to franchise fatigue because they are recycled games.
There has been a God of War game or remake released or re-released in one form or another EVERY year since 2007:

God of War 2 in 2007
God of War Chains of Olympus in 2008
God of War Collection in 2009
God of War III in 2010
God of War Ghost of Sparta in 2010 as well
God of War Origins Collection in 2011
God of War Saga Collection in 2012
God of War Ascension in 2013

They may be on different platforms, but SONY has released and or rereleased a Kratos game every single year for 6 years in a row.
8 games in 6 years, that my friend is definitely a contributing factor to the under-performance of Ascension. That plus the fact that the main trilogy had already been wrapped up and a prequel already existed, made Ascension largely unwarranted.

Gears of War Judgement fails because they waited until they wrapped the main story up before releasing this prequel. That plus the fact that the last game came just a year and a half ago made it seem like a quick cash grab.
I'm glad neither game is a runaway success, publishers need to know that gamers don't want more of the same. Unless of course its Mario, hehehe.

imsocool12342011d ago

Jamal: Let's have some common sense here. There have only be 6 God of War games in total. The others are bundles or HD remakes which don't count

God of War 1 - 2005
God of War 2 - 2007

Chains of Olympus - 2008
Ghost of Sparta - 2010

God of War 3 - 2010
God of War: Ascension - 2013

NYC_Gamer2011d ago

It's because both franchises need a break

Condemnedman2011d ago

God of war has not been overdone gears tho should have waited till next gen .

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