Gears of War 2 debuts to 2,100,000 Units Day 1

According to early retailer reports, and user polls, Gears of War 2 is shaping up to be one of the biggest Xbox 360 titles to date, putting it in very similar territory to blockbusters 'Halo 3' and 'Grand Theft Auto IV'

Using the aforementioned data, Gears of War 2 looks to have debuted to midnight and Friday sales of 1,400,000 units in North America, and 700,000 units in 'Others' territories. This would be roughly 20% lower, by comparison, to Halo 3's massive debut, which wound up with 3.8 million units sold it's first week on the market.

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tatotiburon4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

omg hahah, is this for real? jesus EPIC and Microsoft, way to go!, you outsold every holiday tittle around in just one day, can't belive it

sephy 9 2 54096d ago

the comparison with Halo 3?

Cyrus3654096d ago

it sold less than Halo 3, or GTA IV (However that was multi-plat). And likely (I'm not 100%) sold less than Fallout 3 (multi-plat).

La Chance4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

than thats just HUUUUGGGGEEE.

Is that some kind of record or something ?

Biggest game this Xmas no doubt! Gears wins by K.O

Thumbs up to Epic and MSFT.

Fox014096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

Lol. I thought Piracy was going to kill the X360.

AuToFiRE4096d ago

have you noticed its vgchartz?

ape0074096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

as I said this game is drop dead gorgeous

it's one of the most well crafted and enjoyable games ever

horde mode is absolutely fantastic

the game is miles better than gears 1

looks like the gears series will mark its name as one of the best franchises ever,epic is on the right direction,admit it guys,please sony fans,it's fcn amazing and 360 fans,you got to play the massive R2
R2 will compeletely blow your mind by its scope,depth,amazing weapons and its awesome online multiplayer

if you become a fanboy,you'll lose a lot of gaming heaven

for me,360 and ps3 are friends,cause both sony and ms worked hard only for us,the gamers,we should unite and give a stronger name to the thing called videogames

all fanboys from both sides,shake hands and be happy,you got two unbelievable games

epic and insomniac ftw

edit:omg,a disagree,he must be out of his mind

ape0074096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

epic nailed it indeed

ms knows how to take care of their exclusives

blopop..."achievement unlocked"

Megatron084096d ago

if you notice it had halo 3 sells for the 1st week not the 1st day so its possible GoW2 might still break Halos record

BattleAxe4096d ago

Wow, thats incredible. Especially when you consider that MGS4 has sold 4.33 million to date. I guess a holiday release makes a huge difference.

The one thing that I can say about this is at least Gears deserves the honor of having these kinds of sales whereas Halo 3 was a joke with a capitol "J".

Jinxstar4096d ago

I'm not a big gears fan in general but this game deserves to beat halo3.

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Bnet3434096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

Gears 2 is amazing. I love Horde mode. It very challenging but I only got to Wave 16 ...

Saigon4096d ago

this is not shipped...we know how ms like to spin the number is too even to represent the amount sold...

uie4rhig4096d ago

believe it or not, but they wouldn't give a sh*t if you like their games or not lol.. as long as you buy them... and they don't work hard for you, they work hard for them selves lol

RememberThe3574096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

MS is setting a good example for Sony on how you need to spend money(advertising) to make money. Capitalism at it's best.

xhi44096d ago

Okay, not many people are gonna like it but.......

How big an install base has the 360 got? 20 million, give or take?

So these 20 million people, what games are they going to buy, they have an xbox 360 THEY HAVE TO buy games right?

So which game, Fable 2, not everyone likes RPGS, Banjo? Lol.

Well all they're left with is Gears of War 2........the only exclusive titles that is actually any good on the 360.

In comparison, sales will be more spread out with the PS3 with AAA shooter, Motorstorm, Socom, Wipeout, White Knight in Japan, Little Big Planet.

Space_cancer4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

Japan, +2 mil PS3.

LBP debut 40k.

Party up with that.

Play the games, not teh eh sales.

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LoydX-mas4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

I know you tried your hardest not to be fanboyish....but you failed.

If you don't like the gameplay, then leave it at that. Making the comments about the "power" of each system is fanboyism. Period.

Each system has its own strengths and weaknesses. All of which have been discussed at length on this site. One game does not prove the superiority of a system.

Plus, whether you like it or not, an overwhelming majority of reviews and, I am willing to bet consumers, will like it.

dragunrising4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

I suppose your the vocal minority that doesn't like the game eh? Also, good to see that you tried out horde mode and have a gamertag for all to see. I am not dissing Resistance 2, however it is faulty thinking to compare a first person shooter to a third and play both back to back and intermittently. You make it a priority to point out GeOW2's faults yet are extremely quiet about what faults R2 possesses. I would like to ask you about the frustrating Leviathon boss and the invisible enemies...oh, and all the enemies that have their gun sights only on you (the "truth" I might add). I am not ripping on R2 but every game has its quirks. Talk about both if you do a comparison. You talk about frame rate drops but you are very vague about when they occur and lie about their persistance throughout the game. There is only one part in the whole game that has a consistent loss in frames. You could probably tell me what part that was right? On rails boss fights...hmmm, considering that most of the fights on hard core and insane are boss fights in and of themselves you are wrong. The "on rails" boss fights you speak of are epic. If you don't like them, you probably died 2 dozen times before you were able to clear them. They add to the experience and are difficult; obviously frustrating to the "casual" FPS fan. You don't even have to say anymore about the graphics and level of detail. Your wrong again. If you claim there is no detail in GeOW2 you haven't played the game (which I already concluded you haven't). I forgot hospitals have a lot going on in bad. My sarcasm couldn't be more evident; also, its the first combat experience you have in the game. Try playing through the game after the first hour and find your "lack of detail." You argue that Gears isn't epic? I didn't feel that way. Perhaps because my actions as the player have such significance. I would rather have 10 enemies at once whom are intelligent than 20 who are not. Enemies don't magically appear btw, they come in waves. Your opinion is your own, however I had to call out someone dissing on Gears 2 that: played a friends copy for an hour, on casual difficulty and on a 13" TV at that. I wasted enough time already. Don't think little Jake's got it right for a minute.

Edit: In case anyone wasn't aware. The individual I called out triple posted the same comment in 3 different news stories. Reported as SPAM.

Saigon4096d ago

does anyone else see that this was just a marketing ploy by ms...those numbers above are shipped to retailors not sold inventory...also...i still beleive ms sent a gift to each of the money reviwers...such IGN...1up...etc...they did this with halo careful of the spin...

IdleLeeSiuLung4096d ago

People can spin the numbers any way they see, but Gears will be the biggest game this Christmas, just like Halo 3 was last year.

I have not in recent time seen a game sell out, but I went to Best Buy and they SOLD OUT!!! WTF! Big games like this never sell out, and they did just that.

Emmo4096d ago

@ Xhi4
"In comparison, sales will be more spread out with the PS3 with AAA shooter, Motorstorm, Socom, Wipeout, White Knight in Japan, Little Big Planet. "

Thanks for making me smile.

Obviously WKS is not out yet but Gears 2 just beat the rest of the games you mentioned 2-1 in 2 days sales. Fable 2 sold the same as the rest of those games, not to mention that 360 out sells PS3 on almost every 3rd party game by a large number.

You spin me right round baby, right round like a record.

OmegaKulu4096d ago

That's a good number, even tho I kinda expected a bit higher than halo due to the increase user base since only if they share some of that money they're printing....

Noctis Lucis Caelum4096d ago

The sales are incredible good, but it's vgcharts, remember!


Don't know if real already (vgchartz, you know), but it's impressive, regardless of comparison. Not my cup of tea but congrats on Epic for the game and MS for the ads.

TheDude2dot04095d ago

Quick Q:

Why does everyone care about sales of a game?

rareairtone4095d ago

Does this mean that halo sold more on the first day? I think it has a chance to catch up to Halo by the end of the week or surpass it. It is only one million, 700,000 units lower than halo 3's first week sales on the first day. now it has 5 more days to get to 3.8. I think it has a good chance.

You may have not read it right, it didn't say Halo 3 debuted at 3.8 on the first day.

TheForgotten0ne4095d ago

You really don't think that WoW:WotLK will sell WAY more?

Bodhi4095d ago

I went to Best Buy to pick up a copy of Gears of War 2 and this is what I saw:

No copies of Gears of War 2 left.
All 60GB Xbox 360 consoles were gone.
Most of the Elite Xbox 360 consoles were gone.
Some of the Arcade Xbox 360 were gone.
Most of Fable II was gone.

One of the clerks told me that their getting a shipment of 360s and Gears of War 2 ASAP, he said that he didn't expect it to destroy Best Buy's inventory. This was so shocking for me.

I still need a copy of Gears 2... :(

Fallen_Angel4095d ago

great game pretty impressive numbers too

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Omega44096d ago


Looks like MS have indeed made a rival to the colossus Halo, i can only imagine the sales of Gears 3

Halo better hope Halo 3:Recon can beat its current record or Gears 3 will be the new fastest selling game ever created

BaSeBaLlKiD7214096d ago

yeahhh cant imagine the sales for gears 3 being on 360 and PS3


ape0074096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )


gears of war screams xbox 360

when I just look at 360's pad and the LIVE logo,I automatically remembers marcus's chainsaw

I want it to continue on xbox forever

I want each system to have its own definitive games and memorable times

DiabloRising4096d ago

Really Ape? I have to disagree. I think the first party studios are the developers that should define a system. I think third party teams like Epic, Capcom, Namco, etc should put all of their titles on all systems. I mean, the two systems are on par, and since the industry insists on keeping the same development schedules from last gen, coupled with higher costs... well, they need to branch out to survive. HD games just cost a ton of money.

I'd rather have Midway and Capcom still around and have RE5 or MGS5 or Okami 2 on all systems, as opposed to having them gone just because they stuck with one system. Let Sony, MS, and Nitnendo's internal studios define their system. Let the other companies do what they need to do to be successful.

Just my two cents.

Megatron084096d ago

GoW 3 is not possible on the ps3. Epic has a deal with MS that will keep the 1st 3 games exclusive to the 360. Anything after that is up in the air still. However I sure MS will pay out the @ss to keep gears exclusive to the xbox. They might even buy epic if they think they will lose gears.

ape0074096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

no man,don't get me wrong,please

I know ps3 will have more potential than 360 with time,that's the truth


sonic is sonic and it must be done on sega(all other multiplat sonic games were souless)

mario is on nintendo

R on ps3

uncharted on ps3

mgs ps brand

gears on 360

halo xbox

I love each console to have its special games and gears is just the name of the 360

DiabloRising4096d ago

Well Ape, can you imagine the fanboy outcry and disagrees (watch) if I suggested the franchises that really started to grow on the PS and PS2 stayed exclusive to the PS3?


If all those, which are equated with the PS brand, stayed there? A lot of gamers would miss out I feel. I don't think we should have to pick and choose our system based on the third party personally, since they aren't the console maker.

Again, just my two cents.

Megatron084096d ago

FF,metal gear and gta didnt start on the ps and were never exclusive to the ps. Well I dont think tekken ever been on another console it didnt start on the ps either it started as an arcade game. So the only game that really fits is DMC. The only reason it stayed on the ps is cause they had take over the market basically. capcom has never like sony all that much cause sony only wanted to push 3d games back in the ps1 days and capcom still made a lot of 2d games at the time.

Kratos2154096d ago

God Of War 3 will only be on the PS3

DiabloRising4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

I didn't say started. I said really started to grow. GTA and FF is debatable, but lets all be honest that FF7 was probably the true start of the JRPG rise in the USA, and GTAIII was one of the first "sandbox" console games. Metal Gear SOLID started on the PS, and even Kojima has said, is synonymous with the PS brand. Tekken is the same.

Again, these are franchises that you think "Sony" when they are mentioned I feel. Just like you think Xbox when you hear Dead or Alive or Ninja Gaiden, or Gears. We associate certain games with certain consoles in this day and age. If we didn't well... we would not have MS touting the "stealing of PS exclusives" so much, would they?

RememberThe3574096d ago

That whole Tekken thing pissed me off. I don't even know why...

Megatron084096d ago

Kratos215 are you just plan f'ing retarded or what this is a GoW topic not a god of war topic.

OnslaughtX only people that think those games started on and are exclusive to the ps are the stupid fanboys that think the ps1 was 1st video game system ever made. Oh and DoA started as an arcade and was 1st ported to the ps1 and NG started out on the nes

Fallen_Angel4095d ago

megatron is right the water balloon boobs one the ps1's DoA ever funny as hell too

SketchCA4093d ago

Halo needs to make a game that is better than its predecessor. Halo, IMO, needs a shot in the arm. The series seems to be stagnant against the face of these newer IPs. GeOW2 is shaping up to be the new game to beat for the X360. Whether or not it deserves the praise it gets, GeOW2 has the freshness that Halo once had. I dunno. Halo just seems so tame compared to newer IPs, not just GeOW2. Argue if you want, but thats just my opinion.

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360fanboysaregay4096d ago

wow imagine gears 3 if it becomes multyplat that will be nasty will sell more on 360 but it will be crazy..But the diference with gears 2 and halo and gta4...Gears is better then the over hyped Halo 3 literally halo 3 was over hyped by allot but gears is better then Halo 3,and being better then MGS4 impossible mgs4 is the best game ever made a masterpiece....

sonarus4096d ago

lol what a flop...despite the attach rate thats the best they could do...wasn't it supposed to surpass Halo 3 when halo had a lower attach rate...360 once again shows its true flop nature

BanjoKazooieFTW4096d ago

Are you actually going to honestly say that Gears of War 2 is a flop?!

This is getting really sad now. Just sad. This game isnt a flop on TWO CATEGORIES.

SALES (Read the article)


SCORE (93-94 on Metacritic)

Resistance 2 got lower on both categories.
Just shut up. You lost. Get over it.

ThatCanadianGuy4096d ago

Lol Sonarus

You're getting quite good at trolling! Taking lessons from Nasim?

aaron234096d ago

why are u forgetting that

0verdrive4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

these numbers are incredible. i mean, literally not credible. 2.1m the first day? please. i honestly doubt that. im not trying to be a fanboy, and im sure gears had a spectacular open, but 2.1m guys? lets not be so gullible.

Dannagar4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )


N4G can be pretty extreme sometimes. It's always been obvious that you're a Playstation extremist. However, you've usually had something intelligent to say. So I respected you to a degree. This is the first time I've read you say something retarded. I don't think Microsoft shipped enough units of Gears of War 2. After I got out of school, I failed to find a single copy in town. I haven't gotten a copy of GOW2 because it's sold out.

Do you seriously think Gears of War 2 is a flop because it sold 2 million units in day? Do you feel little Big Planet is a flob? It sold less than 400k in 2 weeks (World Wide).

Snukadaman_4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

its only obvious he is being sarcastic....whats with the 700k in others..I mean..they can pull off 1.3 sales in gta4 on xbox...I think those numbers are wrong imho....but time will tell.

"these numbers are incredible. i mean, literally not credible"
and halo 3 sold 3.8 million in its first week and there was a story just like this and was confirmed a few weeks later...dont belive it but it will be shown to be true.

bigshynepo4096d ago

I mean, c'mon, did Gears 2 sell out anywhere?

I work for a major "BuyMore" and my store got 2000 copies. How many did we sell on day one? 147. Yes, we had a midnight launch.

I have to call shenanigans on this until I see NDP figures.

tatotiburon4096d ago

the launch of the game was huge, people were cracy, look a picture of the event


Snukadaman_4096d ago

That has to be the nerdiest person I have ever seen buying a xbox elite...but the sackboy crying please buy me has to be the funniest thing I have seen in awhile....funny.

blackbeld4096d ago

2milion and that's all over a year from now thel will sold 2,5million cause all gears fans already bought it on day one... hahahaha

chasuk084096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

I love how fanboys like you can hide behind metacritic scores to try and prove a point. And instantly determine whats the better game, due to sales.

I dont care what you fanboys say there are hundreds of games better than Gears 2 and halo 3 that didnt sale a fraction of what they did. Eg, All Zelda games, all MGS games, God of War, Final fantasy etc etc

And lets not forget LBP. It probably wont sell half as much as Halo or Gears, but its an overall better game. Even the critics say so.

But at the end of the day, its all about what games you prefer and theres obviously a huge market for FPS at the moment, and everyone knows they are gunna sell millions, but there are hidden gems in todays gaming world such as LBP, Zelda, Okami, Braid, PixelJunk etc etc that dont sale anywhere near the numbers halo and gears do.

theKiller4096d ago

until EPIC or MS confirms it them selfs!!

who is the source?? VGchartz??? hahaha!

any way if i consider it as a true data then its great for MS but not too great, because halo and GTA4 sold more when the 360 install base was almost half of what it is now, i expected something like 4 millions in the first week! but judging for this data i say it wont pass 3 million in its first week.

ow to those that clams gears 2 won in the sales and scores, i say to them scores only reflects some fanboy sites or payed people by MS, not all but many. and about sale we all know that xbots have nothing this holiday season except gears 2, all year they didnt have a decent game and this is their first after GTA4!

tatotiburon4095d ago

so chasuk08 are you saying that Ocarina of time is better than LBP, MGS4, GOW2?

Hentai4095d ago

2,100,000 people needs to go get laid.

earwax4095d ago (Edited 4095d ago )

Sonarus IS Nasim.......What a Fvcking douche bag. It takes PS3 games MONTHS to reach 1 million in sales(if ever) and you have the balls to knock 2million in ONE DAY. What a waste of sperm

chasuk084095d ago (Edited 4095d ago )

Yes... With out a doubt..In my opinion Ocarina of time is the best game ever made

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DarthTigra 4096d ago (Edited 4096d ago )

Wow this is amazing. One thing we have to remember though.....vgchartz

shovelbum4096d ago

Meh, I expected it to be bigger. :) They got my money and it was well worth the wait and the price.