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Is 3 Million An Acceptable Sales Total For God Of War III?

It's always interesting to see how many copies an exclusive game can sell.

One of the best games of the generation should sell a bunch of copies, regardless of the fact that it's only available on one platform. So we leave it up to you to determine if the current sales total for God of War III is enough: it has been brought to our attention that SCEA's masterpiece has just passed the 3 million mark worldwide. The numbers aren't official unless they're from the NPD but VGChartz is often close and just for the sake of argument and discussion, let's assume GoWIII is right around 3 million. Now, the question is, what do you think...? Should it be selling more, even if it's only available on the PS3? Or can this be considered a rip-roaring success? Other PS3 exclusives, like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Killzone 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, have managed to perform impressively on the charts, and GoWIII's numbers are in line with those titles. Well, for the most part.

We just hope the developers continue to be satisfied with the sales totals, so they'll continue to provide gamers with unbelievable experiences. There's no doubt that exclusives tend to be the cream of the crop for any platform; a designer's dedication to one particular platform has proven beneficial over the years.

Related Game(s): God of War III

Tags: gowiii, god of war iii sales, gow sales, gowiii ps3

10/11/2010 9:14:53 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (105 posts)

Drake88
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:33:05 PM
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Santa montica is not cocky and they have faith in their fans, it doesn't matter if it surpassed the 3 mil mark, it's a good game. plus they worked their ass off for it too.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:35:11 PM
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I think that's fine, $180,000,000 fine if everyone bought it new and for the full new price (which I think it would have to be new to make it a 'sale' for true retail and such?)

But I bet Ninja Theory would think that's not enough...

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 10:39:50 AM

That number behind the dollar sign tells the story right there.

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GuardianMode
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:35:46 PM
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3 Million is a very good figure. Most games only can dream of a total like that. The game will only sell more as time goes on gaining another 1 to 2 mil in future.

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FM23
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:37:06 PM
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What's wrong with this...past iterations didn't become mega super blockbusters either. But then again, this game cost way more than the others. Personally, I think its good right now, but lifetime is another story. GOWIII is only worth full admission if you played the past entries and feel like replaying a 9+ hr game. I have replayed it 6 times, so it was worth the money. But today, many new comers or MP oriented player can just rent this and beat it in two or three days and leave it at that. That's what I did with Mafia II and Bayonetta. But all in all, I think the sells are at a good pace. I mean its doing better in America than Uncharted 1/2. I don't think it will reach MGS4 sale figures, but I can't say never. Anyway...great game, deserves to be played, but if I had to choose between a GOWIII and lets say Demons Souls, I would buy Demons Souls because I have put at least 200hrs into it aftter beating it 8 times. GOWIII on 6 completetions took me only 52 hrs. But then again, GOWIII is a game you need in your PS3 collection...enough said. Still need Resistance 2.

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FM23
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:38:00 AM

So I got thumbed down for choosing a game with more value over another. If people would rather waste their money on a 9hr experience rather than an 30Hr+ experience (most RPG's or Rockstar games)...then go right ahead, but don't get mad because I'm being honest. It makes so much sense. I mean I paid full price of Heavy Rain and that only lasted 7hrs, but I have the money...so not a big deal. But if someone is buying a game to tide them over, then a great experiece that can last weeks is worth the buck in the end. I bought GOWIII because I am a fan and I know quality.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 9:08:10 AM

Gauge your success by the number of thumbs up. If the thumbs down totals are lower than 5, I don't think anything of it.

Heck, some of us actually have thumbs down stalkers! (That's when you REALLY know you're successful!)

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mexgeo86
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:38:42 PM
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It's a good number but in my mind it's not enough given how awesome the game is. It's not that I don't disagree that a COD or GTA title can have very high sales on the ps3 but I think that the top spot should be an exclusive.

I think MW2 holds the most sales on the ps3 so I'm hoping GT5 can surpass it.

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FM23
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:39:47 PM

Totally agree...CoD is not that great to be number 1.

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:39:08 PM
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It hasnt even been a year and they've sold 3 million. Thats impressive.

I do wonder how GT5 will affect other games' sales though. I know a lot of people will be buying a PS3 when GT5 is out, and they'll need other games to play as well. Is it plausible to expect a slight surge in sales for games like GoW and Uncharted a little after GT5's release?

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:33:12 AM

That's a feasible theory, but I think that most anyone who wants GT5 will already have a PS3, and the games to go along with it. I'd like to see what you're saying become a reality though... Maybe former 360-ers?
Peace.

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Alienange
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:42:06 PM
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I absolutely do not think that is enough copies. If the PS3 user base was 5 million I'd accept it, but at nearly 35 million?? GoWIII selling 3 million is embarrassing. What the hell is wrong with people?

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:10:48 PM

Look at it this way.
According to wikipedia, the ps2 has sold ~145m units and the best selling game is GTA:SA at 17m copies. That means 1 in 8.5 ps2 owners have a copy of GTA:SA.
According to wikipedia there are ~38m ps3s out there. With 3m copies of GoW that means that 1 in 12.6 ps3 owners have a copy of GoW3.
Not too shabby considering GoW has only been out about 8 months whereas SA has been out for a few years now. The holiday season should move quite a few copies, though they'd have to get up to 4.7m copies sold with no new ps3s sold to match GTA:SA's success, but time will tell.


Oddly, MW2 has sold 4.8m on the ps3 (once again, wiki as the source, which i admit may not be 100% accurate). That means 1 in 8 ps3 owners have a copy of MW2. So theres a higher ratio of ps3 owners with MW2 than there are ps2 owners with GTA:SA.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 9:17:16 AM

It's also important to consider the used game market. Gamestop reported much success with their promotions with used GOW3 sales. For a time, you could pick up used copies of GOW3 for $19.99.

I tried digging around to find the exact numbers of used GOW3 sales versus new GOW3 sales, but came up with nothing other than weak estimates. But the trend I'm seeing is that Gamestop has had more than one GOW3 used sale going on over the past year. I would also not be surprised to see a high number of trade ins on GOW3. Not because it's a bad game (it's amazing) but because it's short. A lot of people might not play the same game over and over again.

Either way, I think there are likely far more GOW3 players out there than there are actual sales.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 9:45:08 AM

Good point. This is one of the few games I bought new. I basically buy the PS3 exclusives new, Uncharted 1/2, KZ2, MGS4, Resistance 1/2, GOWIII, Heavy Rain, MNR, Demon's Souls, VC, etc... and whatever new exclusives come. I buy multiplats used and all 360/Wii games used, unless I can get a new game for less than a used one (Toys ‘R’ Us’ B2G1 on new game sales).

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ColTater
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:01:14 AM

Good point Underdog. I gamefly'd it for a month, beat it on hard first playthrough. Beat all the challenges in an hour and played around with the create your own challenge mode before it wore thin on me. Then I saw that there was no replay value unless you are a trophy whore, which I am not, and I sent it right back. Now, I can purchase it for 17.99 minus my 5 gamefly reward dollars, and end paying $14 and some odd change for it, but why? I can't seem to give myself a reason, and I own the first original two and Chains of Olympus, and plan on renting Ghost of Sparta in Nov.

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Fane1024
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 5:16:42 PM

Underdog makes an important point.

Some people (apparently including Alienange) greatly overestimate the percentage of console owners who actually buy a given game. Percentages higher than 10% are quite rare and NO game other than a pack-in sells to anywhere near 60% of the owners of a system (as per the figures Alienange suggested).

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Riku994
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:42:54 PM
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I SUPPOSE it'll suffice... LOLJK, this is actually really good.

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SixSpeedKing
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 9:58:42 PM
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I think that is a pretty good number but considering the game that it is and the quality therein I kinda wish it would be a higher number.

But what really matters, I guess, is that Santa Monica is happy with that total.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:01:06 PM
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I will never understand why most PS3 owners don't support its exclusives like the Xbots do Halo or Gears. Uncharted 2, Killzone 2 and God of War III are clearly way better games yet they haven't seen the says those other two(arguably uninspired and boring) franchise have.

It should have sold more. Same with Uncharted 2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:14:33 PM

The only thing I can think of is that 360 kids basically are all into the exact same thing. PS3 fans are a more diverse crowd.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:19:15 PM

Yea i supposed that could be it. In fact that probably is the case. Most of us like variety. Theres is much for us to buy not all of us can buy everything. Theres only Halo and Gears on the 360 so....it's no wonder they sell well. Theres not much to look forward to in the future.

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Temjin001
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:27:50 PM

I'm going to guess it has something to do with the LIVE vehicle that those games ride on. I think MS got that head start with the competitive online shooter market and have created something of a culture of gamer-type who feeds off those games specifically. I would imagine that many of those gamers aren't as interested in "bests" when it's outside of their sphere of genre interests; that is, the games that look and play like CoD and Halo which harbor the bulk of their time spent gaming.

Sony's successes appear to have been more diversified in content over the years. Their vehicle has been more technology forward: 3D, blu-ray, dvd, polygonal-3D etc.

I think Sony will continue pushing their products by shaping overall consumer electronic entertainment interests. MS tends to take a back-seat approach with this. SOny helped generate the hype that defined CD's, DVDs, HDTVs + 1080p ,BD's, 3D etc. The sort of games that are created are to serve the standard that Sony sets.
MS has done little to pioneer anything on this end. Their angle is their LIVE market (a service) and Halo (a sub-cultural of gaming entertainment)

Anyway, what I'm saying is that the motives that draw consumer dollars on MS's platform is different than the motives that propel Sony's platform.
MS may claim higher Halo or CoD sales, but MS isn't getting a cut from every Blu_Ray movie sold (a stream of revenue coming in independent from games) like Sony is.
In the end, I'd imagine Sony will be more profitable with their business model.

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FM23
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:48:53 AM

Because more kids own Xbox, so their parents buy them every game and they have infinite time to do anyting. More adults own PS3's and most of them know a thing called money management and on top of that, most of us don't have time to play every game. Therefore, Xbox 360 always has higher sales because basically kids want everything. Most games don't even sale this much anyway. I mean RDR hasn't even sold this much alone on PS3.

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Godslim
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:24:31 AM

"I will never understand why most PS3 owners don't support its exclusives"
because alot of people like myself are like games i like alot of sonys exclusives but dont mean im gonna buy it because it is.....fact is i'll buy it if its a good games not coz its exclusive

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Godslim
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:24:31 AM

"I will never understand why most PS3 owners don't support its exclusives"
because alot of people like myself are like games i like alot of sonys exclusives but dont mean im gonna buy it because it is.....fact is i'll buy it if its a good games not coz its exclusive

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:01:20 PM

All PS3 exclusives are great games.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:48:38 PM

Yea you just waste you money on the mediocrity that's is Call of Duty Godslim. Its well established you have mediocre taste.

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Godslim
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:03:30 PM

"All PS3 exclusives are great games. "
LOL dare i say Haze or lair!
see the predicament on this site is anyone gives criticism on any ps3 exclusive they are ultimatly damned by fan boys

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shadowpal2
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:10:24 PM

Hang on a sec - I'm sorry...my computer is really really f***ed up. Right when I thought I replied to a spam it somehow moved the reply to an actual comment.

I don't know what happened.

I didn't even see the "spam" button...gosh I gotta get this issue fixed.

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FM23
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 3:39:25 PM

Godslim does have a point though. Everyone on this site is as bias as any crowd, it just this crowd has more in common (love for the PS brand)...thus less immature chatter. I mean I could think of alot of games I would buy ahead of some PS3 exclusives. Yes, they are great games, but some games just have higher value to people with different preferences. I enjoyed Red Faction more Infamous. It depends on preference.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 6:17:24 PM

Okay, all LATER exclusives are great games. I've played Haze and I bought Lair for 5 bucks. Honestly Haze is as good as any Halo and Lair is fine for what it is.

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Shams
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 6:20:33 PM

Godslim,

It is true Lair and Haze were duds (more so Haze), but, Dude! Out of how many?

Let's count:
Uncharted 2, Uncharted:DF, Killzone 2, InFamous, Demon's Souls, GOW3, MGS4, LittleBigPlanet, R&C:FTOD, R&C:ACIT, Resistance:FOM, Resistance 2, Valkyria Chornicles, Yakuza 3, Heavenly Sword, ModNation Racers, MotorStorm, Motorstorm:PR...18.

That's about 10% dud rate. And if we consider only 1st party exclusives, we have a 0% dud rate.

Now that's not counting the great PSN titles, either, of which we have quite a few (like Wipeout HD/Fury, Flower, Echochrome, Super Stardust, Shatter, Pixel Junk series, etc..).


So, please let me know if the nonexclusive "dud" ratio is anywhere near as low. Because to me, this is not fanboy bias. This is statistics.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:11:45 PM

Oh C,mon! Some of you guys are just you're being unfair when it comes to the 360 I mean don't get me wrong I grew up on the PlayStation systems but at the same time the 360 despite the whole Red ring of death stuff has great games to offer other than just halo or gears, the 360 has a great library of games as well not nearly as much as all PlayStation systems put to 2gether but it has it's fair share. As far as GOW3 goes it sold about what I thought it would & 3 million is alot considering it's an action/adventure game & not a shooter.



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Godslim
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:49:18 AM

i know shams
i own Uncharted 2, Uncharted:DF, Killzone 2, InFamousGOW3, MGS4, LittleBigPlanet,Resistance:FOM, Resistance 2Heavenly Sword and MotorStorm. lol

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askubs94
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 3:09:07 PM

I don't get why GoW III is so good? I get the AMAZING graphics, which is true, but the gameplay to me seems so.... eh... I mean it is a lot of the same fighting moves and not even a euphoria/havok engine. I understand why Halo is so big (not Gears of War, that is a bad TPS). Halo is fun, with a lot of different weapons and customization of maps and such. I mean, I am surprised Uncharted 2 was GOTY. Sure the story was fun, but it wasn't long and multiplayer lacks in some. I don't know why sometimes...

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askubs94
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 3:09:09 PM

I don't get why GoW III is so good? I get the AMAZING graphics, which is true, but the gameplay to me seems so.... eh... I mean it is a lot of the same fighting moves and not even a euphoria/havok engine. I understand why Halo is so big (not Gears of War, that is a bad TPS). Halo is fun, with a lot of different weapons and customization of maps and such. I mean, I am surprised Uncharted 2 was GOTY. Sure the story was fun, but it wasn't long and multiplayer lacks in some. I don't know why sometimes...

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Fane1024
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 5:19:57 PM

Jawknee,

They do.

Do the math: top PS3 exclusives sell to roughly the same percentage of PS3 owners as top 360 exclusives sell to 360 owners. The only real anomaly is Halo, but Gears 1/2 and Uncharted 1/2 or MGS4 are very close.

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shadowpal2
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:27:35 PM

Hey Ben,

ever think of incorporating a spam button on the comment section for this website to block people like ^^^^^^^

not sure if it was mentioned before or anything but i'm starting to notice a lot of spam around here.

As for GOWIII - I say it's acceptable.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:29:20 PM

The yellow triangle with the exclamation point is the spam report button.

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ShadowRunner
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:06:42 PM
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3 million copies in 6 or 7 months is pretty good.
If it continues like that it could reach around 5 million when it hits one year next March.

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Simcoe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:47:02 AM

It's actually sales based on 5 months.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:12:32 PM
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Seems like a pretty darn good number for a great game, though arguably the worst in the series.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:21:44 PM

Being a new comer to the franchise(played God of War for the first time when the collection came out)i found the 3rd to be the most entertaining. The story was kind of meh but the rest was awesome.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:28:36 PM

I was upset that it had none of the vast and awesomely creative backgrounds I came to expect based on I and II. Who could forget freeing those gigantic horses? It was just like, blah, here walk around in this tiny recycled chamber.

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Temjin001
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:45:15 PM

I agree about the recycled chamber stuff. GoW2 got more and more epic as time progressed. Many of the best moments of GoW3 happened during the first 2/3's. Still, I love the game anyway. But GoW2 really has something special still.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:58:05 PM

The opening of 3 alone makes up for the lack of huge back grounds. :) That horse section in 2 was one of the coolest scenes I haw seen though.

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Temjin001
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:02:18 PM

"That horse section in 2 was one of the coolest scenes I haw seen though."

you really meant, "I HAY seen, though"

yeah, weak, I know

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Jawknee
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:28:35 PM

*have.

Haha I noticed that mistake as I was typing then I got distracted and forgot to correct it before completing my post. Haha.. >.<

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:05:08 AM

2 was wth out a doubt the best. As far as progression and story. And it being on the PS2 was awesome looking. But 3 was not bad at all. It was dark and was about revenge. I do feel there wasn't a ton to the story but did their need to be? I think we all knew what was going to happen once the second ended.

But honestly I think 3 implemented so many new elements like some first person beat downs, seeing a character get pummeled through their eyes, and my personal favorite the 2d battle with Zeus! Little things maybe, but those things made the game epic to me! Not to mention Kratos is with out a doubt one of the most detailed characters in any game! GoW 3 is BA no doubt!

The boss battles were also way better in GoW3 than in any. The game started out with a huge battle and ended with an amazing fight! I loved it!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:17:02 AM

I did very much enjoy the first person beat downs, but I would have liked to see some of the shadow fighting that we got once in GOWII. That was really cool.

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Godslim
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:25:46 AM

have to agree with world i have all 3 day they came out for me 3 was a disappointment especially the ending

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 10:22:49 AM

Well agree to disagree! I thought 3 was amazing and just like u all 3 day one purchases!

I guess I wanna know what u expected from the ending? I meaning hole game was about getting to Zeus! So was something else supposed to happen? Did you watch the end credits?

I mean there was way more to pandoras box than any thought which wa told in the end! Kratos stops Athena from getting what she ultimately wants! A lot happened if you think about it! The ending of 2 was more upsetting than 3 Cus it just left u with an epic cut scene! I say epic Cus they both were in reality really good endings!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:03:40 PM

The ending in 3 wasn't too bad but I AM curious to know what the ending was that they cut from the game in order to make the release window.

I guess maybe people thought Kratos wasn't the type to... ya know do what he did at the end there. Kinda cowardly.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:17:07 PM

So I ask again did u see te end credits! There's a spoiler in there so I can't say much! But he knew something we didn't obviously!

Also Athena had other plans which he stopped, so cowardly isn't the right word! Maybe courageous!

I mean I look at it that way anyways! I was mad at first but when I put it altogether it fits!

Also I heard. But am not positive that the alternate ending would be released at somepoint! And that it was on such a huge scale they just couldn't get it done!
But it involved the titans!?!? I also heard that it's not a change in the ending so much as a whole but the events that take place in-between as well as confrontations that were cut out! But who knows really, could be completely different!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 6:21:03 PM

Yes I saw the complete end, but my favorite part about the whole "end" was the gameplay with red kratos. Zeus was cool but I felt so stupid, I didn't know I was supposed to stop hitting him :)

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telly
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:12:02 PM

Perfectly stated. honestly, I enjoyed GOW III, the graphics were nothing short of astounding... but God of War 2 was something extraordinary. The pacing, the story, the character development... it was the Empire Strikes Back of the trilogy. it became clear that this was going to end badly for pretty much everyone. GOW III was ROTJ -- the best special effects, by far, but the story was just too predictable and bare bones.

Actually, I'm not even sure I like that analogy. I love ROTJ. I only like GOWIII. It seems like Sony Santa Monica was content to just have big set pieces and spectacular action in part 3, even if it meant the stunning narrative of the earlier games took a back seat. This is hardly a terrible thing, and I'd recommend GOW III to anyone with a PS3. But, compared to the brilliance of part 2, and also part 1, it just doesn't compare.

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Kangasfwa
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:26:35 PM
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3 million in six months is fantastic. God of War is not for everyone, remember.

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Temjin001
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 10:41:15 PM
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btw, If Sony was making even $20 back on every copy sold ( I feel that's realistic revenue from a 1st party game) then they'd have generated $60,000,000 in total revenue so far this year. It looks like they've made a few million already.

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godsman
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:02:44 AM

I'm more interested in GoW Collections profit numbers. It is kind of sad that the collection sold over 1.5 million which took them a couple months to remake it, while GoW3 took over 3 years to make and only manage to double that.

It sometimes make me think it's not fair how Halo Reach uses 1.5 years to make the game that sold over 5 million already. God of War 3 deserves at least 4.5 million now.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:41:48 PM

There some people that despite having a PS3 don't play games like god of war. The action/adventure genre ain't for everybody, just like how some people don't play 1st person & 3rd person shooters or racers remember that.

You can't compare GOW3 sales to the sales Halo: Reach a game which is on game system that heavy online community.

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Clamedeus
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:04:09 PM
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I think the sales are good for God of War III, i don't see any problems it seems acceptable to me.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 10:08:56 PM

Considering it's only been out for 8 months & it's an action game & not a shooter, those are great numbers unless Santa Monica spent more than 3 million making the game, which would make those 3 millions sales pretty much meaningless cause they wouldn't really profit from that, but I don't think they spent that much.

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chedison
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:06:20 PM
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Probably not enough for Ninja Theory...

I guess I should pick it up, but I still can't seem to convince myself to buy it. My PS2 was broken during the time that both of these games came out so I never played them until I bought the Collection, and by that time they were.... not very enjoyable.

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Robochic
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:07:32 PM
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3 million sounds good but I would expect more but like kangastwa said it's not for everyone.
I have it still haven't played it yet (will soon) just finishing up the second one again :) love those trophies. But from what I saw my husband play the graphics are amazing game play looks great but I do agree storyline is a little weak.

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FM23
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:40:35 AM

Oh yes, the storytelling is very weak in this one. It's not story oriented like GOWI which I found dissappointing, but overall...the gameplay is way better. They should have spent more time trying to produce a captivatiing story instead of giving their audience the expected or unexpect in many ways. Didn't think the game would end the way it did.

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main_event05
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:39:32 PM
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I think exclusive titles should be looked at differently than multiplats. I.E. maybe it should be looked at as X% of PS3 owners bought GOW of determine the success of the game off of those numbers.

*perhaps someone can clarify this a bit better than i can ATM. (I've had a few drinks)

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 11:53:06 PM
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For an exclusive title thats a very good number! But I honestly was thinking it would end up a little higher! It did only come out round 6 months ago. But taking into consideration how anticipated this game was, it seems it would be higher! Regardless it, along with the others listed deserve better numbers!

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godsman
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:56:31 AM
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Considering it's a single player game with no multiplayer content, it's VERY impressive. Gamers that pick up games like CoD sell much more than God of War because GoW3 can be shared with your friends. It's so good it's usually played through a day or two. You can pass it to your friend almost immediately after the launch of the game. There is really little incentive for your friends to NOT share the game.

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A2K78
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:21:09 AM
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Some of the best games ever made never broke 1 milliion copies sold( e.g. Aero Dancing 4, Panzer Dragoon Orta and Drakan:TAG).



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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:47:56 AM
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Okay, so it's sold roughly 3 million. How many did the first two iterations sell? And then compare the critical acclaim. The first were genuine GoTYs, while the third will likely not recieve the same title.

I personally believe that Uncharted 2 is a superior game, and has a broader appeal. Considering that it has managed to sell 4.5 million or thereabouts, and has been out for twelve months, I don't think that the numbers for God of War III are all that bad. Consider some of the other great exclusives that don't manage to break even two million, such as Valkyria Chronicles, Demon's Souls, and even well, LBP, although I think it was over two million.

I consider this good news. It is simply more incentive for Sony to keep churning on these massive games, as long as they have a bit more substance than GoWIII. In retrospect, it wasn't as great as I originally thought it was. That's about all.
Peace.

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___________
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:19:56 AM
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not too shabby considering its only been out for 7 months.

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Simcoe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:47:49 AM

3 million units is based on 5 months of sales!

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:27:06 AM
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Every sale figure for PS3 AAA exclusives are UNACCEPTABLE!!!
The best selling game on the PS3 is a multiplat.

I'm on the same boat with Jawknee, sure we got a wide variety of gamers' taste but come on, how can MW2(PS3) outsell KZ2!??!?!??!?!?!?!??!?

Even worse, while that was pathetic of Greenberg, he did stated a fact that Halo 3 ALONE outsold 3 PS3 AAA exclusives combined.

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jdt1981
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:38:43 AM
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Considering the first two God Of Wars sold about 3.5 million lifetime total according to VGChartz I'd say 3 million is very good for GOW3 since it hasn't even been out a year yet.

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:34:43 AM

Actually it's around 8 million combined.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/16/business/la-fi-ct-godofwar16-2010mar16

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Qubex
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 3:48:01 AM
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Well done SCEA... that is a good number for GoWIII right there!

I agree with a number of you here, that by its first birthday, we should on the way to 4 million odd. Respectable.

Q!

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slimey
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:23:06 AM
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It's a really good point about the diversity of the PS3 exclusives having a negative impact on sales.

With xbox, a lot of the exclusives are going to appeal to a certain type of gamer, i.e. the hardcore shooter fan. You can see how a high profile exclusive release like Halo Reach will achieve critical mass, because it caters to what is very much the core xbox contingent,

As PS3 owners, we are really lucky to have games as diverse as Uncharted2, GoW3, Heavy Rain and LBP, but it does mean that the jam is spread a bit mire thinly. I adore some PS3 exlusives, e.g. Little Big Planet; Demons Souls; Uncharted 2. I've been playing games a long time but I would put these as among my favourite games of all time.

On the other hand, I have no real interest in KZ2 becuase FPS are not my bag. I gave GoW3 a go, but I couldn't get into it. Not because it isn't a quality game, simply becuase it didn't appeal to my tastes in either gameplay or tone.

So the range of gamers tastes that are catered for on the PS3 is a real strengh, but probably does result in sales mass being spread thinly

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www
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 5:07:15 AM

"As PS3 owners, we are really lucky to have games as diverse as Uncharted2, GoW3, Heavy Rain and LBP, but it does mean that the jam is spread a bit mire thinly. I adore some PS3 exlusives, e.g. Little Big Planet; Demons Souls; Uncharted 2. I've been playing games a long time but I would put these as among my favourite games of all time.

On the other hand, I have no real interest in KZ2 becuase FPS are not my bag. I gave GoW3 a go, but I couldn't get into it. Not because it isn't a quality game, simply becuase it didn't appeal to my tastes in either gameplay or tone. "

Couldn't agree more!

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:26:46 AM
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the most important sales figure for this game is the one counted when i purchased it

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Qubex
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 6:29:48 AM

Lol! Nice one mate!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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sunspider13
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:42:52 PM

Amen to that.

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www
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 5:03:59 AM
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Yes! It's okay considering there's nothing extra-O to expect in that game :P I'd rather Heavy Rain sold 20 million copies.

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RebelJD
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 5:47:36 AM
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3 million for God of War 3 is a good number. 4 million at this point would have been awesome though.

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Wissam
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 6:06:58 AM
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Yes its good number for gow3. but it deserve a lot more imo.a great game.

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Qubex
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 6:29:14 AM

I think its quite an achievement considering the "bad" economy. I think that number will continue climb, all be it a little slower now.

There may be a spike when the price halves in the next 6 months as well.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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G8GTdriver
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:29:57 AM
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This will be it's first holiday season right? So the numbers should go up a bit over the next couple of months. But IMO 3mil is good. I tried the game, loved the graphics, just couldn't get into it. I can see why people love it so much though.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:44:48 AM
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Gran Turismo series is the series which defines PlayStation sales for all time!
Gran Turismo 5 should have released in 2007 but oh well longer development means much better game.
After November no one will ever question about Playstation game sales!

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___________
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:13:47 AM

one game?
come on, sony needs a hell of allot more than one game!

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Kiryu
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:40:57 AM

@ anonymous
Gran turismo 3 sold 15 million after it released in 2001 for ps2 and Gran Turismo 5 the first Next Gen Gran Turimo so it may sell a lot more than that.Uncharted 2 has sold 5 mil approximately, God of war 3 has sold 3 mill and will sell more.So three games more than enough for now!

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:28:01 PM

It's not "one" game.

It's Gran Turismo..

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:16:55 AM
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I think we need to realise that the ps3 userbase has only just started to grow in recent times quite a bit. Lots of sales are still coming in even now i would say.

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Amazingskillz
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:43:04 AM
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Hmmm.....$3 million units in 8 months on one console. I'd say that's pretty good. We've got to understand that it is of the most extreme gore you can find in a game so that naturally would shrink the games market boundaries obviously. I mean there are practically no parents buying this for their kids. The kids market is the biggest market out there. Can't blame em either, I mean a game that shows ripping off heads and tearing out eyeballs just isn't going to be bought by everyone. With that said,I'm planning on buying it this Friday.

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Simcoe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:45:53 AM

Actually those numbers are only based on the first 20 weeks (5 months) of sales.

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Simcoe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:45:07 AM
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NPD would not represent Worldwide totals. I think Sony would have a better numbers on total units sold worldwide.

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Gone
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 9:56:45 AM
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That figure does not include used sales, so it is probably way higher than that (not that 3 million is a bad number).

I enjoyed the game (just make sure to watch the end after the credits).

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Cuetes
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 10:04:36 AM
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I bought this game but still haven't finished it, not because I didn't like it but it pushes my Ps3 something crazy. Whenever I turn this game on it makes my Ps3 sound like a vacuum cleaner and Im worried that it might go up in flames. On Subject....3 million seems low, but Im sure it's not done selling just yet.

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Amazingskillz
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 10:59:36 AM
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Cuetes - Why do you think that happens to your PS3? Mine does the same thing sometimes.

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Mornelithe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:17:16 AM
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As with most of the PS3's AAA exclusives, I think GoW has underperformed certainly. 3 Million is definitely low, given the amount of hype that came with this game. I've conquered it and it was definitely awesome. Sony's having troubles finding an exclusive title that their entire base gets behind. Hopefully, GT5 will fill that niche nicely ;)

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Kai200X
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:40:52 PM
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3 Million?! I'm so happy!

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:11:01 PM
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Heck yah, GOW3 has awesome graphics, story and gameplay.

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dante_zero
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:27:36 PM
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GOW 3 selling 3 mil in 8 months is great and i imagine that it will sell more over the life period of PS3's ten year cycle. look at uncharted. it still racking up sales on a slow burn which is good for Sonys revenue stream. better to keep selling new games consistently over a period of time than to sell 10mil day one and then spend all that money on trying to repeat the process. I think Sony have a very clever business stratergy this gen. However with GOW3 i cant help but think it might have sold more in Europe if more advertising had been done. I think i saw the tv ad twice. I do hate the fact that they only start rolling out major advertising a couple of week in advance. I think more people would have got on board if Sony had started running more ad's 6-8 weeks before launch. I've hardly seen any adverts for GT5 in europe and thats out in 3 weeks. So while the sales for exclusives are great and will improve over time, Sony really need to step up their advertisements again to get the slow burners moving slightly faster

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supremekai
Thursday, October 14, 2010 @ 11:03:31 AM
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didnt it sell 1.1 mill in US alone first month? arcording to NPD

why are you guys using vgchartz? -__-

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beharris9
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 7:41:24 AM
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Unreal. If Microsoft had an exclusive sell this much they would say " this game has made 90 million dollars so far! and interest is at an all time high!" Unfortunately, considering how groundbreaking this game is, and how no other game EVER has offered such original and creative content, no, I don't think it is a success. The fact that red dead or MW2 can sell more makes me disappointed once again at gamers in general..

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ps3sownsxbox360
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 9:19:24 PM
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I bought this game at game-crazy when they were going out of business half off and it was brand new. It is a good game, but really hard for me.I am about half way down and i am stuck so no just playing madden 11, and midnight club complete addition.

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