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God Of War III: Best Selling PS3 Exclusive Of 2010

There were plenty of great games last year, and several unbelievable PlayStation 3 exclusives.

But which of those exclusives topped the retail list in 2010? Was it Quantic Dream's masterful Heavy Rain, which topped 1.5 million copies, shattering the initial prediction of 300,000? Or might it be MAG, which topped 1 million later in the year as Zipper Interactive continued to make the online experience better and better...? It couldn't really be Gran Turismo 5, could it? The game was only available for a few weeks in 2010. No, the answer is the epic God of War III. Yes, according to the annual numbers, GoWIII ranked third on the overall software sales list for the PS3, right behind Call of Duty: Black Ops and Madden NFL 11. GoWIII raked in $33 million in sales and amazingly, despite the fact it didn't launch until December, GT5 did make the list (in at #7). We don't have the total sales numbers for GoWIII but it topped Final Fantasy XIII.

And let's not forget that FFXIII sold 1 million units on the PS3 in North America alone, so... The bottom line is that several great titles last year were richly rewarded, and we like to see that.

Related Game(s): God of War III

Tags: god of war iii, gowiii, ps3 exclusives, game sales

2/7/2011 9:07:48 PM Ben Dutka

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SayWord
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 9:46:29 PM
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God of war 3 deserved this forsure. Was one hell of a ride and killing things never felt better. Haha ^^

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 9:58:03 PM
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It probably cost more than that just to make GOWIII.

Funny you should mention FFXIII, I don't think it even hit a million worldwide on 360.

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Shams
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:08:00 PM

I think you're right: an article here a while back told us that a Sony source claimed GOW3 cost 40 million and some odd dollars.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 1:18:28 AM

I recall reading that GoWIII cost roughly $46 million to make. Factoring that in, and the quality of the game, it's a little disappointing.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:04:22 AM

@ Lawless

True words, sir. For the money, GoW3 should have been a bigger game than Castlevania and it wasn't. Not one moment of backtracking at all in Castlevania and it was about 5 hours longer. Better puzzles(Baba's music box was fantastic!), more diverse combat (enemies don't just stand and let you pound on them), better voice acting, and a HUGE bestiary. Not to mention all of the hidden items/areas/challenges that add to replay. I give Castlevania the win last year.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 9:34:52 AM

At last we agree on something Porkchop, GOWIII didn't quite deliver for me either. It had its great moments (chiefly the beginning and the final battle) but in between there wasn't really anything to separate itself from the last two except maybe that it was noticeably more claustrophobic. Still a high quality production though.

Lawless may have meant the amount of money made was disappointing though.

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telly
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 9:56:29 AM

@world and porkchop, not sure I would say I liked Castlevania more, but definitely agree with your GOWIII analysis. I'm a HUGE GOW fan, and while I really enjoyed it a lot and there was lots of great, memorable moments, on the whole GOWIII didn't quite deliver the knockout punch I'd been hoping for. I chalk it up to the fact that the game was being developed from the ground up for new hardware, and the fact that all of the awesome dramatic tension had been used up in the earlier games. In part 3, Kratos has a plan to wipe out the gods, and well, that's what he does. A nice game with stellar production values, but not nearly the most entertaining in the series or genre.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 11:41:51 AM

I wthink you're right about my miunderstanding os Lawless' comment and I think dragged him down in 'my 'cone of ignorance' looking at the thumbs down. Sorry, Lawless.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 12:25:18 PM

Disappointing in both ways. It was a high quality game, that I feel should have earned more, but in retrospect, I realise that GoWIII could have been much better.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 7:20:51 PM

I expect GoW4 will really flesh out and be a bigger better experience.
Similar to what GoW2 did for the first GoW.

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Shadow_Ninja
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:04:41 PM
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God of War III is the most epic game i played in 2010. but still, hands down. my number #1 game is Uncharted 2. and possibly the only game that will top U2 is U3.

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Alienange
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:09:29 PM
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First of all, how dare you mention FF in a GoW article. May Kratos rampage through the corridors of SE office building.

As for FF, what is WRONG with SE?
Let me get this straigh SE, you kill Vercingetorix and you get: *slash!* "It ends here!"

Uh, WHAT ends here?? What the hell is Lightning going on about? Oh wait, let me check my almanac to see what she's so angry about this time... *read read* *scratch head*
*look around for a different game*

GoWIII had none of that. The story was co - he - rent

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PasteNuggs
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:13:00 PM
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33 million is it. This game deserves so much more. Where are all the loyal Sony fans who should be eating up these quality titles. I blame it on the fact that Sony has such a great diversity in their exclusive lineup that we just can't get to them all. Of course, that's not a bad thing.

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Victor321
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:49:22 PM

But worthy of blame huh =D?
Lol

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Highlander
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:52:36 PM

$33million?

That has to be the profit figure, not revenue. If they sold a million copies at $60 (retail) that's $60 million sales revenue. Considering that they probably see about $15-20 per game sold, if they sold only 2-3 million, they'd clear their costs. If you figure another 2-3 million copies sold, that would nail $33million profit.

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Ignitus
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 12:23:05 AM

With those figures I guess it's true that a significant share of PS3's are used as Bluray players only. :(

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FM23
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 3:03:00 AM

No, it's poor advertising and product placement. Pretty simple.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 10:45:15 PM

Ignitus, you need to pay attention to the industry more. The PS3's software sales grew significantly in the same period Wii and 360 game sales were stagnant or declining. Does that mean that a significant proportion of those consoles are used to watch DVDs instead of playing games?

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inkme101
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:16:05 PM
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Gow 3 was amazing I just wish it had been about 5 times longer!

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inkme101
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:18:59 PM
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I haven't had a ps 3 in about 6 months and I feel like I've missed so much. I've got a new one now. Any recommendations that are must plays for the last 6 months?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:26:57 PM

Mass Effect 2 is pretty good if you like sci fi. Castlevania (despite the low scores) really shouldn't be missed.

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shadowscorpio
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:28:57 PM

Wow. That's pretty amazing. I say this because for some reason I thought that Uncharted 2 was would've built up its numbers told be the best selling. Well good for Sony and Santa Monica. When a company produces something good that people want,it shows and it gives them motivation to continue creating bigger and better.

Lets see what they gives us next.

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Highlander
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:53:44 PM

GT5, LBP2

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 1:21:39 AM

@ shadowscorpio,
I think that they are only factoring in games that were released in 2010, which discludes U2:AT. I believe I read somewhere that it had broken the 5 million copies barrier, which is a very good number.

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tridon
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 5:25:37 AM

LBP2 if you're into platforming and creating. GT5 if you're into racing. For action/adventure titles, I'd recommend Castlevania, Enslaved and Majin. ;)

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Kiryu
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 10:50:45 PM
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I just hope Yakuza 3 would have sold better in North America and Europe.
Yakuza 3 is better than FF13 or GOW3 in my Opinion.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:32:55 AM

Agreed. I remember when I hit my first 20 hours in Yakuza 3 and I had only done about 12% of what there is to do to in the game. I couldn't help but smile. Great game.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 10:36:34 AM

Just wait because Yakuza 4 is going to blow your mind.Much better story as good as Yakuza 1 and 2.City will be more multi layered.
Not cutting anything like Yakuza 1 and 2.
People grab a ps2 and go play Yakuza 2,
Yakuza 1 in Japanese.These games are ps2 classics or gaming classics which should not be missed in your lifetime.

Kratos,Nathan Drake,Solid Snake,Cloud Strife don't even come close to the Epic Kiryu Kazuma in Yakuza 1 and Yakuza 2 in Japanese.


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LittleBigMidget
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 11:05:27 PM
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lol, You would expect GT5 to do better than it did. Oh well, I'm happy for GOW3, best game in 2010 besides Heavy Rain.

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Kiryu
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 11:07:52 PM

Gran Turismo 5 came out in Nov and sold 5.5 million in first 12 days.By the next 5 months it will sell even more than God of war 3.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 11:55:59 PM
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What about Socom?

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___________
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 1:21:54 AM
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surprised GT5 is so far down the list.
the most anticipated game in the history of the industry!
yea only had a month worth of sales in 2010, but come on this is GT were talking about!
the series that has sold over 55M units!!!!!
anyway, further proof sales does not indicate quality.
GOW3 sucked, and still brought in the big bucks!
i just hope sony dont turn this into the new COD, i hope we dont see a new GOW for a while, i want to see stig and co work on a new game, heavenly sword would be my pick but we all know thats never going to happen, so hopefully a new IP something different, something truly unique that we have not seen before, like heavy rain.


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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 1:30:26 AM
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Well, that's good to know. Now, if I remember correctly, both GT5 and FFXIII sold in excess of 5 million copies, which means that GoWIII had to have sold more than that. That's a very respectable figure, regardless of what it is, and I think that it shows that more people are flocking to the exclusives. Can't wait to see what tops the sales this year, in terms of exclusives. My guess is the obvious: Uncharted 3, although I'm hoping that SOCOM, inFamous 2 and Resistance 3 all manage to pull down good numbers as well.
Peace.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 7:53:22 AM

Those titles wold 5 million worldwide. GOW3 just sold more in the United States, but it certainly wouldn't have outsold GT5 in Europe or Final Fantasy in Japan.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 1:35:29 AM
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Well i thought gran turismo sold 5 million copies. So it really was "shipped" not sold. Not hatin on GT5 though. gt is my fav game next to heavy rain! I even have the wheel <3

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marcusfrommo
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 2:25:35 AM
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Gow3 was alright, why they rush the no#1 or two exclusive of there own franchise is a huge mystery to me. For some reason, gt5 got a huge pass, dc universe (i don't know for sure), probably took somewhere 4 to 5 years with a budget of 50 million.

Castlevania, has similar fighting mechanics, it blows gow3 away, not graphicly mind you, in terms of plush varied environments, the fact that it's literally 15 to 20 hours long for an action 3rd person game that didn't resemble gears or uncharted, is a shocker for me.

Ff13, got gow3 beat, in terms of overall variety of graphics, background settings, varied bosses, plush menu screens, extra stuff to do once you've beaten the game that you couldn't do before you've beaten it. What gets me is, why didn't they make an anime series out of this? To me, it sure plays like one.

Again, gow3 is a good game mind you, but what if they had a longer release window, like 2012 1st quarter release date. That shadow\ico ps3 exclusive game (lat guardian) is getting an extension on there's. Could you imagine if this was almost twice as long as gow2 but with better or the same graphics and the had the same play mechanics?

By the way, besides last guardian and infamous 2 having (maybe) a 2012 release date, what other exclusives could the have for next year, i wonder?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 9:38:17 AM

inFamous 2 is coming this year.

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pillz81
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 12:13:50 PM

Ugh. I couldn't finish FF13. I am loathe to even consider finishing it. IDK why I haven't sold it yet. This is the only RPG I didn't finish. Pretty but terrible.

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Ultimate_Balla
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 4:13:04 AM
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Uh, 10+hr, providing you're smashing through the story only, in action games don't do very well. It feels dragged out. I ain't hating on Castlevania, mind you :P, but the reviews spoke for themselves/itself(Haven't had an english education in a long minute). Seriously though, I plan on buying C:LoS... When it hits $30, or something.

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pillz81
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 12:14:52 PM

The ending lick balls.

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tridon
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 5:22:36 AM
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You know, $33-million may not seem like a lot to people but I'm sure Sony isn't disappointed. After all, this is a SINGLE PLAYER ONLY game. Everyone and everything's all about multi-player these days, hence Call of Duty being on top every single year. God of War gave an amazing single-player experience and the developers decided to not water down the experience with a much unneeded MP mode. Trust me... third place for a single player game is INCREDIBLE!

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marcusfrommo
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 5:38:41 AM
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ultimate?? castlevania is easily 15 to 20 hours long. That's not me just talking, that's ign, gamespot, youtube reviewers, and a few other gaming websites.

It's not dragged out too me. The ending is killer, and the fact that a sequel is in the works is almost stunning to me.

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Danny007
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 6:17:07 AM
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GOW 3 was bloody great. Every PS3 user should have it in their collection.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 6:28:13 AM
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What surprised me is that it sold more than Red Dead Redemption.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 6:53:19 AM
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You know... I have a phys ed major, and although I understand and appreciate many aspects to American football, I simply do NOT understand America's fettish with the sport. The ONLY time I even watch is for the Superbowl, and even then, the Canadian version is better (12 players, 3 downs, 110 yard long field). But that's besides the point.

I just cannot get into a game that plays for 5 seconds at a time, then breaks for 30+ seconds before playing again... They even let the clock tick away while nothing is happening. What a effed up sport that is!

I dunno, I get that there's some appeal, but how is a sport like that more popular than a FIFA or NHL game? It's just....... so....... slow...... I wasn't even paying attention at the end of the Superbowl.

Of course, I'm biased... I played soccer in university and on various provincial premier leagues... and I'm Canadian, so a fast-paced sport like hockey will always come first.

But still.... I'm sorry.... but I just don't get it. (And yes, I thoroughly understand the rules and many of the plays and strategies in football)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 7:42:15 AM

Don't worry about it, we can't possibly understand how anyone could be even slightly interested in soccer.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:04:18 AM

Yeah, how anyone could be interested in the worlds most critically acclaimed sport is beyond most Americans. :p

i kid i kid... at least America MADE the World Cup, right? Stupid Canadian soccer politics....

But here's the fundamental difference... I understand football very thoroughly. What do you know about soccer? 'o.0' I get why football is fun, and I get that it's got enough depth to warrant interest. But to the extent that Superbowl is the marketing giant it is... or that it sells the second most videogames.... yeah... i don't get that kidn of popularity.

P.s. When do you suppose they'll put football in the olympics? I don't mean that too sarcastically. Triathlon didn't even get there until 2000. There's lots of sports still not there.

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RadioHeader
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:28:29 AM

American Football's nice if you enjoy dressing up.

...oh and don't forget your make-up!

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:29:23 AM

Wow WorldEndsWithMe I wish I had never read that.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:35:29 AM

I thought football was king until my wife turned me on to hockey. Now the five second plays vs 40 second play setups kind of bore me.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:37:09 AM

Let it be known, I DO enjoy playing football, and I think it's a legit sport, for sure! I'm not trying to bash it.

I'm merely saying I don't get why it's as popular as it is over other sports.

@PCG
Wow... my wife has zero interest in sports beyond what I got her interested in... That's a blessing you've got right there! :p

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 9:41:56 AM

I'm gonna go with Ben's explanation here, I recall him saying that American Football is the only true team sport. I have to agree with that. At all times everybody has a real job to do and if they don't do it well you get cracks in the system and it is a big very physical chess game where the teams are always thinking ahead to exploit those cracks.

Nobody is left hanging around backfield while 2 or 3 people vie for the ball.

@ Killa, sorry but soccer is just so boring. Baseball might be worse though.

This is all a little OT, but I like Football :)

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 9:48:01 AM

"Nobody is left hanging around backfield while 2 or 3 people vie for the ball."

Again I wish I had never read that.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 9:52:58 AM

Maybe watch this vid?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBD9h0jUq3w

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 10:26:27 AM

Yeah, World, you clearly don't know much about sports other than football if that "whole team" approach is your only argument. It's just plain bogus.

What about Rugby? (and soccer, with the exception of the keeper, but even then, they are used to some extent) or Basketball?

I mean... by that argument, volleyball has an equal argument to football. (Also played that in university... what? I was a multi-varsity athlete... so what?) It also is as you say, "At all times everybody has a real job to do and if they don't do it well you get cracks in the system and it is a big very physical chess game where the teams are always thinking ahead to exploit those cracks.

Nobody is left hanging around backfield while 2 or 3 people vie for the ball." Mind you, it isn't a CONTACT sport like soccer or a FULL CONTACT sport like football, but it is similar in that certain body types are more likely to succeed in each sport.

I don't know what little-league experience you have with other sports, but like Killa hinted at, it's just a plain-old bogus argument.

Nothing wrong with football, but it's only popular in Canada and America for a reason.

As for soccer, I don't really enjoy watching anything other than world cup, but I REALLY don't enjoy watching football. At least in soccer, people have to continually think about the next place to be, counter attack, contain... You're only allowed 3 subs per match, there are no timeouts, and it's FAR more cardiovascular. Players run 5+ kilometers per game. Football you get a breather to think about what to do for half a minute... and you only have to think on the fly for 5-10 seconds max... sometimes less. And you can waste time by letting the clock run down while you do nothing... In soccer, if you waste time, they'll add it on the end.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 10:35:47 AM

World, you should watch rugby. It's ALOT better than american football. And I'm sorry but Ben, saying American football is the only true team-game is....just no ;) Also, the reason most people like football (that's 'football', lol) is because of the tactics. A team with millions to spend (Chelsea) playing a team with about 10 million to spend at most (Blackpool) can easily lose if they don't play with tactics, abit like whats happening in the premiership now. (Drogba, Anelka & torres all upfront? lolwut?)

TBH, the only sport I like that was created by americans is basket ball. That's the only orginal they've come out with. They practically just take a twist on exsisting sports; American football ~ Rugby, base-ball ~ Rounders etc.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 11:14:57 AM

"Nobody is left hanging around backfield while 2 or 3 people vie for the ball."

I just want to add that those "2 or 3 people nobodys around the backfield" in soccer have a position name to themselves. They are called "defenders". They defend. Their goalie. So they dont get scored on. And maybe lose the game. Their roll is important. Everyones is. Just like any other sport.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 11:30:10 AM

Okay that was odd ^. But if I'm dribbling down field, I might have a few guys ready with an assist, but the rest of em are gonna hafta hang back and wait for me to do what I do. In Football you got a job every second of the game.

It isn't worth arguing over though, different people are gonna like different things. But I gotta say, what is the deal with the riots? You'd think the more physical game would rile people up more.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 11:50:49 AM

@World
Didn't some kid get beat up in Cleveland at a Brown's game? But no hard feelings. I still agree that it's a tactical and well perceived game, at least. It's not the most tactical game, however.

@Liam
Dr. James Naismith invented basketball, and he is Canadian born.... but the bastard transfered citizenship to America... damn... THAT (hands held an inch apart) close to it being a Canadian game... *kicks sand* rats...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 2:35:32 PM

I live in Minnesota and I can't understand the Hockey fever either, but then as some have noted, sports aren't my forte :)

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Underdog15
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 12:53:11 PM

You live in Minnesota and can't understand the hockey fever? That's WILD. (HA! get it? See what I did there? ahh.... *hears crickets*)

*ehem*

Right... uh, as I was saying...

Football's cool. World is cool. I meant no disrespect. ;)

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pillz81
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 12:23:58 PM

It is fitting that Americans are fans of that brutal sport called Football. It is very warlike in its play terms and militarily based gameplay.

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RadioHeader
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 7:53:59 AM
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Ben, could you clear up this "GoWIII raked in $33 million in sales".

Like Highlander said; If they get say $20 per sale, that would mean it only sold 1.65 million.

I shouldn't really care since everyone at Sony & Santa has >>>>>>$ than me, but I just want to understand.

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Robochic
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:48:55 AM
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GOW 3 is a great game, nice to see the profit and not suprised it sold more than FF.

I think UC3 will be #1 for this year

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Simcoe
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 11:41:16 AM
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It wasn't stated in the article but the top 10 ranking of CoD: Black Ops, GoWIII and Madden NFL 11 are based on sales from the USA ONLY. Of course the exception was Final Fantasy XIII, which was clearly stated as being sales from North America. Not sure what regions Heavy Rain and MAG include.

It would be more interesting and meaningful if sales from all markets were known. If that data were available, I'm sure GT5, given it's short time available in 2010, would have cracked the top 5 (thanks to the European market, and Madden NFL 11 would have been much lower on the list.

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thj_1980
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 3:40:18 PM
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G.O.W III

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Lairfan
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 8:12:34 PM
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All these people who talk about how Castlevania is better than GoW3 because its longer: no. Just no. Castlevania has what I like to call "artificial game lengthener," aka they make sure it takes at least 3 or more levels to get to the Lords of Shadow (I'm sorry, but even in GoW it doesn't take that long to get to the harder bosses), they throw in bosses at the end of every single level (which is way too much for any game), put those damn chupacabra segments in that are made for no other reason than to p*ss you off, and pair several infinitely respawning enemy segments with puzzles just to make sure they're not too easy to solve. If they hadn't have done that, it would have been a fairly medium to short length game.

Couple that with the disappointing gameplay (sure, its more complex than GoW, but IMO its boring as hell), boring platforming segments (all you do is climb, there's not much peril or awesome factor to the climbing, and when its there, its usually late in the game), and badly paced story (its too long for its own good) and you don't have a very impressive game. As far as I'm concerned, GoW3 blows it out of the water in every respect.

Either way though, I'm glad GoW3 sold so much here in North America. Last time I'd heard, it was at 3 million sold worldwide, but that was a couple months ago. Hopefully its close to, if not already past, 4 million. Hopefully even 5 million, although I'm not sure how likely that would be at this point in time.

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