Pachter: History, Press Will Keep Black Ops Behind MW2
Call of Duty: Black Ops is guaranteed to be a massive blockbuster but despite Activision's prediction that it will surpass last year's Modern Warfare 2 in terms of sales, analyst Michael Pachter remains skeptical.
Activision has said the new CoD is in line to break MW2's records; the new Treyarch total has already broken pre-order records. But the Wedbush Morgan analyst says Black Ops won't leapfrog MW2 for two important reasons: firstly, it's not made by Infinity Ward and secondly, the press will only look for reasons to criticize the game for not being MW2. Pachter elaborates by saying Treyarch is known as the "other" CoD developer, simply because the Infinity Ward CoDs have scored higher in general and as a result, have sold better. He goes on to add:
"I don't know whether the gaming press will suddenly become more charitable than they have in the past, but my read on them as a group is that they are a hypercritical and bitter lot, and I think that they have the potential to find many things wrong with Black Ops, chief among them that the game is not Modern Warfare 2."
He then mentions that after going through reviews for EA's Medal of Honor, it seems clear that everyone has Black Ops on the brain. Ergo, reviewers may have MW2 on the brain when reviewing the new CoD. Pachter finishes by saying that if the newest CoD can average 90%+ in terms of review scores, it might have a chance of surpassing MW2, strictly due to "a larger console installed base." But he does say the competition is pretty stiff this holiday season, what with Halo: Reach and Medal of Honor already selling very well.
You know, I just want to say one thing- not once did we compare MoH to any CoD in our review. We did that for a darn good reason.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops
10/26/2010 9:04:32 PM Ben Dutka