So, Microsoft's Halo 4 Has The Nuts To Take On Black Ops II
Sorry, PlayStation fans, I know this doesn't wholly concern you but I consider this an interesting topic for all gamers.
I was thinking about this the other day- Halo 4 is set to launch on November 6. Call of Duty: Black Ops II arrives exactly one week later on November 13. Hence, the two are bound to be battling for supremacy on the holiday sales charts; when you release that closely together, it's inevitable.
Now, these are undoubtedly the two biggest shooters of the season (unless you want to argue for Medal of Honor: Warfighter). And there are a few interesting facts to note in this analysis- 1. One has to wonder if Halo still has every ounce of its prodigious punching power...it seems logical to assume that this generation's reigning king of everything, Call of Duty, has stolen a little - if not a lot - of Halo's thunder. 2. Historically, at least 2/3 of all copies of a new CoD are bought for the Xbox 360. Obviously, Halo is only on the 360. Granted, plenty of gamers will just buy both games, but a lot may not, and a large number may have to prioritize. And when they do, which title comes out on top?
On top of which, if you want to consider Warfighter, that one comes out on October 23, which means Halo 4 is in the midst of the FPS gauntlet; fans of the genre might want all three games but again, might not be able to get all three immediately. Nor will they want to, if they choose to spend a fair amount of time with each. Personally, I'm not seeing anywhere near as many Halo 4 ads and promotion as I thought I would, and Black Ops II is everywhere. I really think it takes a lot of stones to challenge CoD by coming out a week before, even if you're name is Halo. Just an opinion.
9/30/2012 9:58:56 PM Ben Dutka