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Pachter: Uncharted 2 "Matters," Will Boost PS3 Sales

New IPs are rarely big system sellers; despite the critical acclaim and relative gamer popularity, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune didn't really cause PlayStation 3 sales to surge.

However, we are now in a very different situation: the PS3 is down to $299, Blu-Ray has solidified its position as the accepted high-def video format, and the software library is a good deal larger. On top of which, people are now aware of the name "Uncharted," and advertising and promotion has been fairly heavy. In response to this, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes this is the game Sony has been waiting for; he said as much during a recent Bonus Round interview over at GameTrailers:

"I think it’s the game Sony always wanted and I think it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a 'Game of the Year' kind of game come out of Sony. So I think it matters and it’s got hardcore appeal...it’s a game changer for them, its coming out in a nice little window in October and it’s coming out right on the heels of the price cut. I think it keeps them ahead of Microsoft for a bit."

While some of you may be quick to point out Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots as last year's definite Game of the Year, we think Pachter was referring to first-party titles. Anyway, we have to agree with his assessment and provided Sony can continue to push the marketing campaign forward throughout the holiday season, Uncharted 2 could indeed have a significant impact on PS3 sales. Pachter believes it's capable of pushing "a couple of hundred thousand incremental boxes," and we're fairly certain that Sony would be happy with that result.

Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

10/5/2009 9:25:18 PM John Shepard

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Comments (54 posts)

AshT
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 9:44:21 PM
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Bring it on, it's about time for Sony to rule over MS....

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cazzy07
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:00:34 PM
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NO IT WONT THIS GAME IS OVERATED

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cLoudou
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:11:02 PM

Really? You played this game already?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:12:47 PM

No all CAPS posts, please.

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bomba2812
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:14:07 PM

what is 360 fanboy doing here ?

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Kowhoho
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:34:02 PM

.....GET OUT
As if I were going to go by your opinion rather than the fifteen perfect scores the game has already recieved! Pffft.

Last edited by Kowhoho on 10/5/2009 10:34:49 PM

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chucknasty
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:39:09 PM

Wrong site to try and start a fanboi war. Posters here tend to be a bit more mature than that and a healthy chunk of us own an Xbox as well as a PS3 so there isn't the 'My system is the best!' mentality. Whatever game is good we play. Nice attempted troll though.

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Juanalf
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:40:21 PM

Was the ending just as good as the first Uncharted? Maybe you should consider doing your own review of the game.Going by your comment I'm just assuming that you have already played it and beat it.

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Masterofallz
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:52:17 PM

Fu*k. You.

Read those two words slowly.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:33:52 PM

</tantrum>

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:41:27 PM

Okay, everyone knock it off.

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Who_KilledMe
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:39:11 AM

I am a very frequent reader of stories and comments on this site, but this is my first post. I love this site because it is relatively free of fanboy statements, but cazzy07 is obviously a fanboy. Anyone who would say a game that is so highly rated is overrated before they could have possibly played it or read any honest user reviews could be nothing but. That is what is wrong with the gaming industry, is the fanboy statements on every site, it is why I don't post. Look at IGN, Uncharted 2 already has a user score of about 9 and none of them could possibly have played it, hundreds of perfect 10s and even a bunch of zeros. It's sad. Back on topic, I am going to play this game and I am sure I will love it. It looks amazing!

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johnld
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 2:13:20 AM

I have to disagree with you, Uncharted 2 is definitely not overrated. I guess that 21/20 can be called "over rated", right? But after playing the first game and loved it, i have no doubt in my mind that naughty dog is gonna deliver. But as always anyone is entitled to their own opinion but all i can say is that if you have this mindset whether fanboy or not, you will miss a lot of the amazing games coming out of this generation. As i said, it depends on the person's preference. However blatantly judging a game which has not come out yet which has the complete opposite mainstream view than you is just ignorant. I can tell you that i played halo 3 and wasnt impressed at all, this is my opinion. But i wont go overboard to say that its a piece of crap, just to say it or bash a game. although halo was fun at times. As i implied, i wont label you as a fanboy or not but i would ask, no matter how impossible for you, to just cut the crap. This is not necessary in our community, psxextreme or any other place.

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Andysw
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 3:58:46 AM

And you don't think halo 3 was overrated?

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Banky A
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 6:12:15 AM

@ Who_KilledMe

Nice 1st post. And welcome.

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NiteKrawler
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 11:53:21 AM

Lmao. I didn't realize that was cazzy. From what I know of him, he is probably joking. He's on my friend list so I'll yell at him for all of you.

Last edited by NiteKrawler on 10/6/2009 11:55:49 AM

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Daedusian
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 12:31:58 PM

LOL @ the -38+ thumbs!

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DarkManX
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:23:25 PM

I must say your opinion is unfounded poppy cock

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 2:59:40 PM

this guy's just trying to get some sh*t started.

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Xra897
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:09:33 PM
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when pple showed the e3 demo of uncharted 2 everyone said ti was awesome and they would get if it the price dropped and now it has so only time will tell

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Qubex
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:26:08 PM
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Well we all knew this, we don't need Pachter to tell us... Its fairly obvious right?

Q!

"i am home"

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cLoudou
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:43:18 PM

Just leave it to Patcher to state the obvious.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:06:23 PM

That's how analysts work. spotting the obvious.

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BeezleDrop
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:34:38 PM
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So Metacritic has it at a very high 97, which is unbelievable. I expected nothing less but man that's just an amazing score! Indeed it is obvious, they need to advertise the hell out of Uncharted2! I still think Killzone2 is amazing but either way, c'mon next tuesday!

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Juanalf
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:34:44 PM
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You bet your sweet ass(yuck)Pachter that Uncharted 2 matters.October 13 is taking forever to come.

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GuernicaReborn
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:03:38 PM
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I bet the next thing he tells us is that MWII will be the biggest seller this holiday season. Any one of us could do what Pachter does. In fact, all he does is state the obvious about a month after everyone else has figured it out.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:36:15 PM
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I think Uncharted is like the Gears of War for Sony fans. It's a bit more grown up but still has that great TPS style.

-But when I think of GOTY contenders Sony is doing just fine already.

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OtisFeelgood
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:56:58 PM
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I gonna be broke next week. First the HTC Hero comes out then Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend. ;(

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nickert0n
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 11:25:16 AM

I really am not looking forward to brutal legend, the graphics look very held back, gameplay looks weak, and it simply looks to me like its ridding off of big names and heavy metal fantasies.

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BlackBriar
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:09:16 AM
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This will rock! I can't wait. Everyone will want to pick this up!

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Banky A
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:26:20 AM
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Well yeah o_O

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___________
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:40:12 AM
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i want to believe him, i really do.
but R2 was suppose to do the same thing how did that go?
killzone 2 was suppose to do the same how did that go?
i want to believe uncharted 2 will fly off the shelf's because ND really deserve it, but going off past games i cant see it happening.
its really really really sad when a cheap crappy game like guitar hero 5 sells more than a top notch top quality game like killzone 2.

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johnld
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 2:26:43 AM

Theres a very important factor when comparing videogame sales before compared to now and its already addressed in the article. The ps3 price is now lower compared to when R2 and Killzone 2 came out. Believe me, 100 dollar price drop made a big difference, just look back to when the slim came out and the ps3 hardware sales then. It means that there are more people that have the opportunity to buy Uncharted 2. The price of the ps3 is a big hurdle to overcome by sony and its already done.

As for guitar hero vs killzone 2, guitar hero 5 is multiplatform and killzone isnt so its definitely going to sell more. Add the fact that most people just go with the trend and casual games will tend to sell a lot, look at the wii. I said its a trend because by now the wii is loosing steam and i know that i along with a lot of my friends dont even bother to play the wii anymore.

I dont know if its just because of the articles i read here on psxextreme but it seems all you post are negative. again, i dont know if its true because i only read articles that interest me. but to sum it up, with the ps3 having a lower price, the fanbase also grew. This means more possible consumers for naughty dogs masterpiece. Now if they can get halo type advertising then sony got it made and its not even one of their popular IPs.

*Yes Uncharted is popular but it only came out on ps3 generation. Not like names like god of war and gran turismo.

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Diggity Dan
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 8:01:04 AM

That's true, but remember that the PS3 is selling much much better than when Killzone2 or Resistance 2 were released (due to price drop and slimo of course). Plus, U2 and the ps3 itself are getting much more publicity and advertising than before.

I share your skepticsim, but I think u2 could very well be a system seller.

Edit: What JohnLD said.....yeah

Last edited by Diggity Dan on 10/6/2009 8:02:41 AM

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taus90
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 2:54:14 AM
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yup pricing will play the biggest factor in Uncharted 2's success.

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Ghidora
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 4:21:49 AM
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Played some co-op with a friend the other day.... DAMN that was fun!

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Zubs
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 4:34:25 AM
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15 out of 10!!!!

Unchartered 2 is like a next next next gen game on all new hardware... Cinematic, gorgeous and a thrill from start to end!

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Kiryu
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 5:13:36 AM
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I hate that Pacher MotherFucker!
"I think it keeps them ahead of Microsoft for a bit."he says
With PS3 Slim and great exclusives coming,M$ will die after March!

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 5:34:04 AM

Na.......Project Natal might change something but we'll see.
The Oracle doesn't exist so no one knows but everyone is assuming that MS will die.

Maybe not anytime soon, but eventually since the PS3 is better valued.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 9:32:37 AM

Except that Sony is beating M$ft to market with EyePet, which does everything Natal promises now with the current PSEye while M$ft won't get Natal out until next year. Furthermore, M$ft couldn't even get Natal to work with its current VisionLive (is that what it is called?); M$ft will want to sell you a $100 Natal camera next year.

It just goes to show you that even when developing the PSEye Sony was looking ahead and developing a pretty advanced piece of hardware before M$ft even thought of Natal.

Unfortunately, Sony hasn't been pushing the PSEye as the advanced piece of tech it is, until now with the EyePet (coming Nov. 17) and the upcoming Sphere controls.

Sony really needs to step it up and push some creative and unique uses for the PSEye, both internally and through third parties.

Sony really needs to get more games out for the PSEye and Sphere than it did with the Eye Toy.

Until now, all of Sony's internal PSEye support has been through The Eye of Judgment (a cool game) and some cool little PSN apps/games (Aquatopia, Mesmerize Distort and Trace, Operation Creature Feature, The Trials of Topoq, and Tori-Emaki) that let you interact with the game or app through hand movements and gestures.

As far as third-party support, some companies have done the basic, such as putting your picture in the game.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 10:00:20 AM

Groan.

Just after I posted this I learned that EyePet has been delayed to 2010 in the U.S.

I guess I'll import it.

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coverton341
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 12:49:47 PM

I am very sorry to not share the "Microsoft will die after March" attitude but it really is deluded to think that a company as wealthy and powerful as Microsoft is going to falter at all. A lot of the readers here seem to be fairly balanced and there is an underlying disdain for Microsoft as well there should be given the companies colourful background, but they are a huge company with deep pockets and almost infinite financial ability due to their many faceted business model.

And, further would you really want to have a video game industry with only one true main player? That type of environment breeds laziness and decrease innovation to the point of stagnation. Just look at the OS market.

Again as much as I dislike the way the company does its business, they are an integral part of the industry which without we would suffer as gamers, and admittedly they have some interesting looking stuff coming out like Alan Wake, the new Splinter Cell, and Mass Effect 2.

And Pachter is sometimes ridiculous in his analytic statements but sometimes he has been dead on. I think he gets far more flack than he rightly deserves at times.

Just my two cents.

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___________
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 7:00:04 AM

Australias getting it in 2009.
figures the ONE game that got delayed in the US just coincidentally happens to be the game that does not get delayed here.
why o why couldent it be something i really wanted like mafia 2 or bioshock 2 or splinter cell conviction.
i swear to god im cursed.
i have to find that fu**ing black cat before it kills me.

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 8:15:38 AM
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Good for Uncharted, but does anyone even listen to Pachter anymore? Or did anyone listen to him in the first place?

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TheGlue29
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 8:55:56 AM
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I pre purchased my copy yesterday at lunch...ensuring that this will be the longest week ever.

I'm pretty psyched. The thing is, I don't really care about the sales. As long as it doesn't take me 5 minutes to find a game online, I'll be good.

People who wish to cast doubt on Uncharted's greatness never fail to say "How did Killzone turn out??"

It turned out GREAT. It's a fun, fun game, there's always a LOT of people online and it's got relatively few problems. Not for nothing, but it's also a LOT better than Halo. It may not be more POPULAR, but it's certainly better.

Just the fact that there's no alien midgets makes Killzone better than Halo, LMAO.

But seriously, so what if the game doesn't sell 10 million? I currently own ZERO shares of Microsoft, Sony or Guerilla Games stock, so like I said...as long as I can find a game online, I'm good.

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nickert0n
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 11:31:22 AM

I agree, Killzone 2 is miles better than Halo 3 and I am glad. Being that said it still pisses me off when I bought all three map packs that STILL I can rarely find a game with any of the maps running, when I do though I love Southern Hill's with the nuke going off every 5 minutes!

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 11:50:58 AM
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Adam Sessler says it is the greatest game he has ever played. Yep, I'm sold. It's gonna be killing me to wait until I get paid Thursday. I may actually have to talk my gf into buying it. A card I rarely play.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 3:13:34 PM

wow it's that good? i can't wait to get my hands on this masterpiece

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cazzy07
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:48:05 PM
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lol at nightcrawler you know i was just kidding... wow i think i just got the record for the most thumbs down.i know im gonna love this game but the only thing i dont likeabout it is the online co op.this game would have flourished without it.im no xbot but i am a ps tripple fanboy.i was hoping someone would just ask me why i had posted that comment rather than flame me you all just made yourselves look like big meanies lmao.

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Cuetes
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 6:35:59 PM

I have to say, if you make a comment on this site you better back up your opinion with some sort of explanation. I feel pretty strong when I say this community did not flame you, they simply snuffed your fire out before it grew. Its why most of us stay dedicated to this site. Getting back to the game I think it will be great game, a day one purchase for me.

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 2:26:14 PM
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We all did, we wanted you to justify that blasphemy you typed earlier. Judging by all the high scored I don't know how anyone could even say that, that joke was in bad taste man. Bad form. Also Gamesmut in Midnight Releasing Uncharted2! Woo Hoo!

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 4:09:23 PM
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You know what will boost ps3 sales? Final fantasy XIII & Versus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ricochet
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 6:58:54 PM
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So Ben, now we're only a week away from epicness when's the review going to be released?

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Jackyl
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 2:29:23 AM
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Just had a great time at the Uncharted 2 Sneak Peak. Plus both me and my girlfriend won a copy of the game! Going to unload at least one copy on ebay. :D

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