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Pre-Order Numbers: Modern Warfare 2 Dominating

So the resentment towards Activision has never been higher, but at the same time, we have to be realistic: a certain vocal minority can scream "boycott!" all they want, but if the vast majority still want to play the products in question, all that resentment matters little.

According to the latest pre-order list for North America, Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is sittin' pretty at the top of the pile. With a combined pre-order number of approximately 825,000 units already (easily topping Halo 3: ODST at a little over 600,000), Activision's boasts of having the single biggest video game launch of 2009 may prove to be more realistic rather than overly optimistic and/or cocky. You will also notice Guitar Hero 5's presence on that list, and we assume Tony Hawk: Ride will fare well, too, so Activision is inevitably in for a big holiday season. However, if you really dislike Activision right now and you still want to play Modern Warfare 2, just tell yourself you're rewarding the developers - Infinity Ward - because it's a lot easier. You don't want to miss out, do you? And if you're wondering why there are so many more 360 pre-orders for the game, you have to remember that the majority of fans from the original title played it on the 360; the PS3 hadn't yet come into its own in 2007 and the user base gap was extremely wide. But in this case, it's the combined pre-order number that counts, and it's big.

So there's no doubt about it: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will likely be the biggest game of the holiday season. It may not be your favorite - ours will probably be Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

8/17/2009 Ben Dutka

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Xplicit
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 10:53:44 AM
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game of the year?

Everyone knows this will be the best selling game of the year.

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Highlander
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:02:38 PM

So, is "game of the year" decided like the billboard top 40, based on sales alone?

Funny, I thought that the Game of the year was supposed to be the 'best' game of the year based on the quality of the game.

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Godslim
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:14:54 PM

let me guess u dont like cod4 right?
hes just saying it could be game of the year seen as cod4

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Highlander
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:29:07 PM

The specific point of his comment was that in his opinion this would be the best selling game of the year, I responded to his comment.

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Xplicit
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:50:58 PM

i didn't mean it like that.

even if this game is pathetic (which i doubt) it will still sell a few million just because of COD4. No, game of the year isn't decided by sales but it sure is a major part in it.

2008 game of the year was arguably GTA4 (or Fallout 3), just look at the sales of both of them.

2007 was probably COD4, and that was (i think) the best selling game of the year.

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Godslim
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 1:43:30 PM

yeh game of the year is decided by how good a game is not by sales i think mw2 is a strong contender for goty.....i also think uncharted 2 is as well man i cant wait 4 both of em

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___________
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:35:02 AM

games that get GOTY never deserve it.
im going off GOTY game editions not game websites.
2006 oblivion did not deserve GOTY, rainbow six vegas made me crap my pants that should of got GOTY, the darkness there was heaps of better games, resistance FOM should of got GOTY.
2007 COD:MW, WWWWHHHHHHAAAAATTTTTTTT????????
better than bioshock? NO!
better than uncharted? NO!
better than R&C TOD? NO!
2008 GOTY L4D and some gave fallout 3 it.
god where do i start, L4D sucks bolloks, i hate L4D, i LOVE! fallout 3 but it has way way way to many bugs to deserve GOTY.
they should of given it to dead space, resistance 2, MGS4 (still one of the best games ive played) mirrors edge.
this year Uncharted 2, GT5, (wishful thinking)R&CACIT, assassins creed 2, will all deserve GOTY.
but i bet you 50 bucks 99.99% of websites and magazines will give it to COD:MW2.

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___________
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:35:11 AM

games that get GOTY never deserve it.
im going off GOTY game editions not game websites.
2006 oblivion did not deserve GOTY, rainbow six vegas made me crap my pants that should of got GOTY, the darkness there was heaps of better games, resistance FOM should of got GOTY.
2007 COD:MW, WWWWHHHHHHAAAAATTTTTTTT????????
better than bioshock? NO!
better than uncharted? NO!
better than R&C TOD? NO!
2008 GOTY L4D and some gave fallout 3 it.
god where do i start, L4D sucks bolloks, i hate L4D, i LOVE! fallout 3 but it has way way way to many bugs to deserve GOTY.
they should of given it to dead space, resistance 2, MGS4 (still one of the best games ive played) mirrors edge.
this year Uncharted 2, GT5, (wishful thinking)R&CACIT, assassins creed 2, will all deserve GOTY.
but i bet you 50 bucks 99.99% of websites and magazines will give it to COD:MW2.

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kevinater321
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 10:56:26 AM
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The 4'th one wsa okay but i don't play it anymore like most of my firends who have played over a month of it. Geez i need new psn friends because all they want to do is play CoD. Like i so sick of these games it ridiculous.

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johnld
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 4:56:00 PM

yeah, im the same. I can't stay on a game for too long, theres just a lot of great games out right now. I give credit to those guys who keep playing the same game for a while. Halo still have a lot of players and its been 2 years, i know people who play nothing but halo. I agree that its a good game, but to stick with it for 2 years is a bit much for me. As for me, I'll keep moving on to the next great game that interests me. Kinda makes you wonder if the 360 has games that can finally pull these guys away from halo 3, i mean games that doesnt have halo in the title. time to spend time on killzone 2, then uncharted 2, tekken 6, modern warfare 2, and hopefully MAG. I want to get other games too but this recession is a pain.

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johnld
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 4:56:00 PM

yeah, im the same. I can't stay on a game for too long, theres just a lot of great games out right now. I give credit to those guys who keep playing the same game for a while. Halo still have a lot of players and its been 2 years, i know people who play nothing but halo. I agree that its a good game, but to stick with it for 2 years is a bit much for me. As for me, I'll keep moving on to the next great game that interests me. Kinda makes you wonder if the 360 has games that can finally pull these guys away from halo 3, i mean games that doesnt have halo in the title. time to spend time on killzone 2, then uncharted 2, tekken 6, modern warfare 2, and hopefully MAG. I want to get other games too but this recession is a pain.

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Cpt_Geez
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 11:00:05 AM
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I hate activision so I'm doing it for infinity ward, those numbers are crazy.

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Banky A
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 12:44:51 AM

Wait... you didn't do a double II?



Or did I just make a fool of myself with the wrong person o_O

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Cavan
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 11:04:30 AM
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i wander what the biggest pre order is for a console game, i assume it will be a ps2 game when it was at its peak but i am unsure to what game.

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mackid1993
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:36:17 PM

probably mgs3

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redman479
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 11:31:08 AM
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I don't care for Activision's ceo, but I did order the prestige edition. This is the only game from them that I will buy but only because of Infinity Ward. World at War didn't interest me.

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BlinkBoy
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 11:34:22 AM
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I will not buy this, and I have no hate towards Activision or Infinity Ward.

Just not for me.

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kevinater321
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 2:21:05 PM

I have hat toward activision, but i have nother agains infinity ward. But i too am not getting this.

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vicious54
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 11:45:35 AM
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I really liked the first MW but there are so many good games coming out this year, I think I will have to wait on this one. I am going to be to busy with Demon's Souls, Uncharted 2, and hopefully GT5.

I enjoyed the movie esque ending of the first game as well. I hope they add a little more to the storyline of the 2nd one.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 11:46:43 AM
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Pre-owned! Not pre-oredered haha XD

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Victor321
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:00:41 PM
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I expected a million already, but I guess after people spent money on COD4 and WaW, guess it will get to that milestone a little later ;)

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Highlander
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:06:54 PM
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Not my cup of tea at all, so no order from me. I won't be missing anything however, my PSP and PS3 'dance card' is very full this season already, what with Soul Calibur Broken Destiny, GT PSP, LBP PSP, and MotorStorm PSP, along with GT5, Uncharted 2, R&C, Tekken 6, NGS2 and the just purchased Madden 10 and Singstar Queen, and that's for starters, I know there are other games I haven't listed, and PSN titles I haven't even considered...yet.

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Victor321
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 2:14:58 PM

I love your avatar ^.^

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tridon
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:14:21 PM
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I hate Activision but I do not hate Infinity Ward and to me, this is their game, not Activision's. Activision is just a name on the package. This is IW's baby and I can't wait to go apeshit on it!

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Deleted User
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:27:07 PM
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Yeah, no surprise that the Xbox 360 owners are ordering up those two games at the top in big numbers. That's their bread-and-butter in regards to what they like to play. The list also proves my point that these people have no social life other than playing video games, going on XBL and trolling sites and providing grief for Ben and Arnold.

I see that the PS3 version of Arkham Asylum is ahead by 28,000. I guess the exclusive rights to play as The Joker has to do with that?

Again, if I buy the game, it's because I'm supporting Infinity Ward, not Activision. However, I'm not buying the game unless it's on sale, like it was in 2007 when it and Assassin's Creed, which I never played, went for $90 CAN in a bundle.

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PS3_WANKERS
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 6:19:28 AM

or maybe if you opened your mind to other things... then you will understand for once how many people have xbox's compared to ps3 and that will then make you come to realize why so many people are pre-ordering modern warfare 2. Unfortunately due to comments needing approval on this site i cannot actually write what I would really want to say to you and i'll be surprised tbh if this comment is approved of.

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mackid1993
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:34:31 PM
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i love both mw2 and u2. although i am slightly more hyped for mw2.

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Jawknee
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:51:01 PM

I'm more hyped for Uncharted 2. I'm tired of FPS's. Too many of them this gen.

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Jawknee
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 12:50:09 PM
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Yea after the arrogance Bobby Kotex has displayed this gen, he's convinced me to pick this game up used.

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BeezleDrop
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 1:12:49 PM
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Actually I could care less about MW2, MW was over rated. Yeah I said it, because it was. A good game not great. I'm looking forward to Battlefield Bad Company 2, the only game in which you get to fly and chopper and use a MINIGUN. Used is a good idea, and Uncharted2 will be another top seller.

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Jawknee
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 2:56:32 PM

Agreed.

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lfcjake
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 3:19:29 PM

I agree too, online was good for a while but then it got insanely boring.

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Imagi
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 1:36:10 AM

I will play and am sure to enjoy the single player campaign of mw2, but online I will be spending mt time with battlefield 2.

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photo K
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 2:00:14 PM
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I got mines, prestige!!!!!!

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xXxSeTTriPxXx
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 2:09:19 PM
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U2 is my pick 4 goty purely from a game design prospective and overall quality.i mean it's naughty dog and there among the best of the best at what they do.in my opinion the 1st uncharted was a very underated game.mw2 well be a great online experience,if they don't repackage mw's online with a couple of new perks and new maps.but it's single player has always to me been over rated.now cod2 campaign was awesome.@ xplicit,i agree that sales play a part in deciding goty,because theirs noway in hell mw should have won more goty awards when a game like bioshock was out in the same year.started to make me look @ goty awards like a popularity contest.the most original,most innovative,most well design game should always win.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 3:19:38 PM
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I think there is more 360 orders for the game because they don't have any new games coming down the pipe (games not add-ons) so yeah they need something. I'll be sticking with the exclusives for now but I might get this for my brother the CoD nut for his birthday.

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SgtBarone
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 3:36:16 PM
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You fail to mention Ben that the 360 is out pre-ordering the PS3 by over 5:1.

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johnld
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 5:02:58 PM

And thats supposed to surprise people. Ben already said that people who played cod4 were mostly on 360 because the ps3 was just starting out, its only reasonable that they will get it on 360 too. In addition, other than modern warfare 2, i dont see any other game that justifies the need to renew my xbox live subscription. Im not a halo junkie so ODST doesnt even show up on my radar. Anyway, for me, i'll only buy modern warfare 2 just to kill time until MAG is released.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 6:03:40 PM

That's how you report things like that on a site that is mostly about Playstation for Playstation fans, you don't shove negative stats down ur fans throats, you just mention which is outperforming which.

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Mr Bitey
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 10:35:58 PM

Keep in mind also that these are US numbers only. The 360 does sell better here... at the moment.

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tanner1
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 3:40:53 PM
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Im supporting exclusives 1st then ill get this when they stop raping my wallet from their hideous launch price. We need 2 purchase our awesome exclusive line up as priority, or we'll lose them, however, i think Sonys marketing team will lose them unless they get sacked

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tanner1
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 3:44:08 PM
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@ sgtbarone, thats prob because theres no exclusive games to play on it, its probably the only decent game u can play on xbox this year

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___________
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:14:49 AM

what about ODST or assassins creed 2 or forza 3 or alpha protocol or borderlands or brutal ledgend.
just because he has to lower himself does not mean you have to also.

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Mr Bitey
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 6:49:56 PM
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Wow I have some mixed feelings about this list. I'm not surprised to see COD and Halo high up on the lists, but Uncharted 2 at 18 (behind Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Assassins creed, and Tekken) is sad. :(

Nice to see Dissidia at 5 and Demon's souls up there at number 21 though. :)



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te la meti 14
Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 11:07:48 PM
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most of you guys took a tall glass of haterade

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Imagi
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:05:18 AM
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With pre-orders like that, Activision think they are selling the game too cheap.

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PS3_WANKERS
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 5:47:54 AM
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'And if you're wondering why there are so many more 360 pre-orders for the game, you have to remember that the majority of fans from the original title played it on the 360; the PS3 hadn't yet come into its own in 2007 and the user base gap was extremely wide.'

- i can't even believe the s*** this person has to write, and what if the majority of fans from the original title played it on the 360 - well that's how you distinguish whether one console has more orders than the other...'you have to remember that there are more people playing it on the 360 because more people have the game on the 360'...ye well done makes logical sense, there's no need for - 'you have to remember' crap.

The user gap was extremely wide... ye because people decided to buy the XBOX 360 instead because it came out a few years earlier you idiot...what kind of excuse is that for why the PS3 has less sales, simply means if you keep people waiting for 1 or 2 years then they are probably going to invest into another console...

'It may not be your favorite - ours will probably be Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - but that's the way the cookie crumbles.'

funny also how this guys favorite game is going to be a PS3 only game, and not amazing games which are released on both xbox and ps3 like: fifa 2010, fallout 3, assassins creed 2, teken 6.... nope has to be a PS3 only game... which i bet is probably not even half as good as MW2.

All im trying to say in this really long comment... is that this guy is so biased towards PS3 that it actually makes the console give off a bad image and the sites representation....so all i'm saying to you PS3 fans who hate the XBOX and think your console is so much better... well...'JOG ON' :D

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 6:52:10 PM

What kind of moron leaves this sort of comment on a 2 month old news story?

On the off chance you come back to this page to read this. I just want to make at least one person has called you a moron. so as you said, jog on.

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