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HMV: Black Ops may be "biggest game release ever"

Retailers make bold predictions following huge pre-orders for new COD

UK retail chain HMV believes next month's Call of Duty: Black Ops may be the UK's best-selling game of all time.

"We're seeing some exceptional interest for this title across its different formats," HMV's senior buyer James Brooks revealed to Eurogamer.

"Based on all this initial demand and the huge excitement that's clearly being generated, I'd say this title has every chance of being the biggest game release ever, and it's certainly shaping up to become the largest pre-order that we've seen in-store and online on HMV.com."

However, ShopTo. Marketing manager Phil Driver claimed that, though Black Ops would be in its all-time top 10 best-sellers, it "won't be top." He reserved that accolade for the recently delayed (again) Gran Turismo 5.

The last Call of Duty title, Moden Warfare 2, currently claims the title of the UK's best-selling game.

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Latest comments (3)

James Ingrams Writer 9 years ago
Hyped titles like this do have big releases, and can easily sell 2-3 million in the first week - but sales drop of very quickly. Many hyped titles like Fallout 3, that sold 1.5 million of the PC version in it's first week, was on sale in my local retailer for 1/2 price just 3 weeks later. Other titles, like STALKER, shipped 150,000 in the first week, but then, through user reviews mostly in the 9.0's, and word of mouth, the game continued to sell and sole 1 million in the first year and another 500,000 in the second year. Here we are in 2010 and who would say STALKER was as big a PC hit as Fallout 3? Very few I would guess....!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by James Ingrams on 14th October 2010 6:03pm

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 9 years ago
^Agreed. This launch day box office madness is pure crap. A great game will have "legs" (beyond the usual multiplayer modes up the wazoo) and word of mouth is MORE important than a silly site that aggregates often badly written reviews (often by people that don't "get" certain games) into a lump total score that ends up changing how and what games are getting dumped into the bargain bin sooner than they need to.
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Stephen Woollard Online Infrastructure Specialist, Electronic Arts9 years ago
STALKER is full of win. Admittedly the quality of the first title was pretty dire at first but the last installment was very good. I bought Call of Pripyat three times - one Russian copy before it shipped in Europe, a special edition ordered from Germany and lastly a version from Steam so I could finally understand what the heck was going on. I also have three copies of Shadow of Chernobyl (retail disk, collector's disk and Steam) and two copies of Clear Sky (Steam and collector's disk). I'm quite happy to throw money at those guys :-)

On topic, I'd be surprised if this sold as many as MW2 simply because it's not Infinity Ward making it, but on the other hand it has dedicated servers which will help. The biggest complaint I heard about MW2 was matchmaking on all platforms, especially when trying to join in groups. Hopefully those issues will be ironed out in this one.
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