Call of Duty: Black Ops becomes fastest selling game

The long anticipated Call of Duty sequel, Black Ops has become the fastest selling game of all time it has been reported.

VGChartz have reported early sales figures which point to the game selling 7million units on its debut release. There was apparently 4.5million pre-orders for the game, which may make the record breaking number a little more believable.

If the predicted 7million copies sold is in fact true, it would mean Black Ops gains a 10% larger launch sale over its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Predictably, XBOX 360 took the largest share of the sales with 59% of Black Ops gamers choosing that the platform. PS3 came second with 36% and PC, Wii and DS had the remaining sales.

Four million gamers have took to the Internet and connected to Xbox Live in order to play Black Ops online. It was predicted that 3.6million of the 7million were US sales with 1.4million in the UK. Canada comes fourth with their love for the Call of Duty series with a sales figure of 350,000, falling behind continental Europe, predicted to be over 1million.

Many were sceptical whether Black Ops would out sell its predecessor but with these new figures it seems it may have done exactly that. Some were reporting the game to be disappointing but despite the negativity the sales still continued to rise.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 made $1billion which was definitely a big target to aim for. It seems Black Ops may have prevailed.

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I'll download the torrent for it. I imagine it's a terrible port for PC, based on all of the yelling. I'm glad I downloaded a torrent for New Vegas. What a terrible job that was for the PC.

It just seems like most game companies dump out complete garbage for PC's these days, and expect people to shell out $60 for it; especially if it's being released on consoles at the same time.

Tom Dwyer said,
"Four million gamers have took to the Internet..."
This should be "have taken." The past participle form of take must be used (due to the helping verb), which is "taken".

I'm suprised that the PC version is reported as less than 5%... I wonder if that takes steam sales into account or just hard copies.

Pass. How unfortunate though that this is now the benchmark for a games industry lacking in almost everything now. The game industry is becoming very much like linux distros. It is saddening to see this and the potential of what could be trampled into the mud by principles of games like this which are successful for no given reason.

maps are too small, and there seems to be a lot of lag (PC version), other then that it's a fun game. I skipped MW2.

Kreuger said,
I rented this and beat the campaign. I cant decide if I like it though. It has it's ups and downs

Yeah and that sucks because I feel the same way and after a bit of time you lose that feeling over time with these games and it's happening so soon with this one. I wanna like it but I just don't know yet.

CGar said,
It saddens me how everyone flocks to this pile of...

It "saddens" you? You don't have to like it, but there is no need to be so superior and stuck up about it.

sick of it.

CGar said,
It saddens me how everyone flocks to this pile of...
Funny how so many people must think its worth buying and may even end up being game of the year?

Lamp0 said,

oh yea, it's just like bad company 2 and halo...


Man, Halo Reach was crap because the new maps really sucked bad. If it weren't because of that, it would have been a great game.

KavazovAngel said,

Yet they will still buy the next COD.

lol, no kidding, people are seriously retarded. They all talk crap about the game but they eat a bit of crap and still go buy it. I haven't bought any COD game after Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and I plan to stick with it, even if I enjoy that genre of gaming. There's other great war games like BF and so on.

vanx said,
Activision must be making a killing!

Indeed, one would suggest that they are smiling like a “Cheshire Cat” and laughing all the way to the bank. I'm not surprised in the slightest that CODBO sold 7 million copies in the first 24 hours. I'm wondering how many they will sell by the end of the week…? Although, I would estimate about 30 million copies by the end of the week. If not then not far short of that amount.

KavazovAngel said,

Dammit. Long gone are the days when great and innovative games were the biggest sellers. Now, its the most marketed and hyped ones.

Because in those days, developers, gamers and the games actually were great and innovative. Nowadays, most MMOs and FPS games are all the same, just a different look to them.

Single player is much better than MW2 but MP is a yawn. I like spec ops more than zombie mode and I wish they kept the co-op campaign mode as in World at War.

It's like a dynamite...quick wow but fizzles out quick.

MistaT40 said,
Single player is much better than MW2 but MP is a yawn. I like spec ops more than zombie mode and I wish they kept the co-op campaign mode as in World at War.

It's like a dynamite...quick wow but fizzles out quick.

That's why you get a new one every year.

w33zy said,

i think you are dreaming

No, but let me explain why. I played for 2 and a half hours so far. I couldn't put MW1 or MW2 down during campaign. Even Medal of Honour kept me playing.

I've stopped at 2 and a half hours ... don't know anyone except Mason's name, and don't really care. I will play it to completion, but the game just hasn't kept me hooked. Sorry, but the story, gameplay etc is NOT as good as MW in my opinion. I feel like I'm playing a poor man's Call of Duty game.

Spirit Dave said,

No, but let me explain why. I played for 2 and a half hours so far. I couldn't put MW1 or MW2 down during campaign. Even Medal of Honour kept me playing.

I've stopped at 2 and a half hours ... don't know anyone except Mason's name, and don't really care. I will play it to completion, but the game just hasn't kept me hooked. Sorry, but the story, gameplay etc is NOT as good as MW in my opinion. I feel like I'm playing a poor man's Call of Duty game.

I liked that about MW2. It got everyone involved and you felt like you were a part of the team and knew everyone. You don't have that with Black Ops. I know Mason and a few others but didn't feel like I was a part of it. I guess since the mission was pretty much all centered on Mason, you don't get the team feel.

julianbl said,
mw2 was short, Black Ops isn't!

That's a good thing since I only play for the SP and have no care in the world for MP.

GP007 said,

That's a good thing since I only play for the SP and have no care in the world for MP.

I finished it in about 9 hours on Easy so it's not too short but it's not long either.

Temperingpick said,

I finished it in about 9 hours on Easy so it's not too short but it's not long either.

9 hours seems good, definitely longer then the previous MW's...

Temperingpick said,

I finished it in about 9 hours on Easy so it's not too short but it's not long either.

Well, that's on easy, isn't it? Many people get motivated to earn achievements/test themselves and head on up to hardened/veteran, and from what I've seen of it on regular so far, the way I'm constantly getting hit by bullets, veteran will take me a while.

Temperingpick said,

I finished it in about 9 hours on Easy so it's not too short but it's not long either.

Did you take your time? I beat in on Regular in just over 5 hours watching all the videos, etc. I didn't find it any longer than MW2. It always left you a bit confused and not really knowing where you're going next or what your mission really is. It was still a really good one. I liked it just as much as MW2 but not any better. Time to do it on Veteran and then tell you how long that took.

It might be the fastest selling game of all time, but if my Facebook news feed is anything to go by, it will also be the fastest traded-in game of all time. Many of my friends are finding it boring, not that I can say myself since I haven't played it.

Majesticmerc said,
It might be the fastest selling game of all time, but if my Facebook news feed is anything to go by, it will also be the fastest traded-in game of all time. Many of my friends are finding it boring, not that I can say myself since I haven't played it.

To be honest, I found it a bit boring, a little short and way too many and too long video scenes. I was dumb enough to buy the digital downlaod via Steam. What a rip-off, 60€. Would have been cheaper to get it in the store.

Majesticmerc said,
It might be the fastest selling game of all time, but if my Facebook news feed is anything to go by, it will also be the fastest traded-in game of all time. Many of my friends are finding it boring, not that I can say myself since I haven't played it.
So what, that doesn't matter. A sale is a sale.

Odom said,

To be honest, I found it a bit boring, a little short and way too many and too long video scenes. I was dumb enough to buy the digital downlaod via Steam. What a rip-off, 60€. Would have been cheaper to get it in the store.

My standard for FPS nowadays are 6 hours and this game clearly exceeds that by a bit. Longer than MW2 to say the least which is an okay in my books for the price tag of FPS games these days. Should be bare minimum of 6 hours gametime unlike MW2 and MOH which only took 4 hours tops to beat. Don't forget the fun minigames as well as ZOMBIES!! what more could you want? Also, I love the dedicated servers list function which is back again. No more auto searching random servers hoping for a good one like in MW2, Halo series, L4D series that I've seen which are horrible.

Majesticmerc said,
It might be the fastest selling game of all time, but if my Facebook news feed is anything to go by, it will also be the fastest traded-in game of all time. Many of my friends are finding it boring, not that I can say myself since I haven't played it.

Then your friends, sir, are quite narrow-minded. Might it be the fact they don't have their precious stopping power and noob tubes anymore that makes them bored? Effort is quite the deterrent for the world these days...

I love the multiplayer which everyone knows thats what COD is all about. I think people that are bored are those people that ran around with commando or quick scoping or even grenade launchers. They seemed to have really fixed all the annoying cheap crap so now you have to actually know what your doing! lol I did kill somone with a grenade laucnher but it is no where near as easy as it is in MW2 and quick scoping is next to impossible. Also they fixed most the rapid fire controllers for now. A friend of mine has one and he told me it works great on mw2 and battlefield but on black ops unless he used the lowest setting which he can manually fire faster it freezes and wont allow him to shoot for 4 seconds.

smartin0115 said,

Then your friends, sir, are quite narrow-minded. Might it be the fact they don't have their precious stopping power and noob tubes anymore that makes them bored? Effort is quite the deterrent for the world these days...


+1

Strange it sells so well when all the reviews I read are bad, I went to buy this on Amazon yesterday and was amazed at how bad it's described, I didn't buy.
Am happy with my MW2.

Exosphere said,
Strange it sells so well when all the reviews I read are bad, I went to buy this on Amazon yesterday and was amazed at how bad it's described, I didn't buy.
Am happy with my MW2.

Wow, I have had the opposite all of my friends are raving on about the game and most reviews I have read were 5/5 and this game is groundbreaking.. I haven't played the game yet but I did thoroughly enjoy MW2 even though it was incredibly short.

Ently said,

Wow, I have had the opposite all of my friends are raving on about the game and most reviews I have read were 5/5 and this game is groundbreaking.. I haven't played the game yet but I did thoroughly enjoy MW2 even though it was incredibly short.

Groundbreaking? Your friends need to get over it quickly. It's no better gameplay or story wise than Medal of Honour. Just has less bugs!!! Modern Warfare 1 was a better game than this

Spirit Dave said,

Groundbreaking? Your friends need to get over it quickly. It's no better gameplay or story wise than Medal of Honour. Just has less bugs!!! Modern Warfare 1 was a better game than this

The PC version is buggy, theyve not done any optimisations for it what so ever but it sells at the same price. It could be a valve steam.exe issue (as lowering CPU priority for this process has stopped most of the sticking for me, ands stopped my CPU hitting 100% constant while in game), but still it needs a patch.

Saying that though - I'm loving it, back to dedicated servers at last! no more random games on random maps, ahhhhh

Exosphere said,
Strange it sells so well when all the reviews I read are bad, I went to buy this on Amazon yesterday and was amazed at how bad it's described, I didn't buy.
Am happy with my MW2.


reviews mean **** imho hell rent the game play it if you like it buy it . i have and love it

Exosphere said,
Strange it sells so well when all the reviews I read are bad, I went to buy this on Amazon yesterday and was amazed at how bad it's described, I didn't buy.
Am happy with my MW2.

Haven't read a single bad review as of yet. So far, the SP is pretty involving (if somewhat confusing) and works on a great graphics engine. I love looking at this game. For multiplayer, it's nice not being constantly exploded by random detonations that everyone and their grandmother is using. So far, no obnoxious exploits or glitches, I've had no bugs, and the only way I've gotten angry so far is getting bumped out of the money right at the end of a wager match.

Exosphere said,
Strange it sells so well when all the reviews I read are bad, I went to buy this on Amazon yesterday and was amazed at how bad it's described, I didn't buy.
Am happy with my MW2.

I have the game on PC, from steam. Its badly broken right now, with crippling stuttering. I would say 90% of the users have this problem. Just go look at the forums for the game on steam. Activision said they are working on a patch. I hear the console versions dont have this stutter problem.

There was a ton of lag on the first day on the servers, better today. The combo of stutter + Lag quickly made me stop playing MP.

Lastely the game or game engine is starting to look really dated. Compared to BFBC2 is looks old. Also at least on the PC, you are able to go prone, so you have a ton of dolphin diving going on. Its like a circus with bunny hopping, dolphin diving and all of the lame double fisted weapons, plus...the remote control car. It feels like a mod for MW2 with dumbed down graphics.

Chasethebase said,
What's with the date on the image? 9th January 2010?

Well, it's an Amercian date first of all so it's Sept. 1st 2010 but why it's the 1st and Sept. I have no clue.

Temperingpick said,

Well, it's an Amercian date first of all so it's Sept. 1st 2010 but why it's the 1st and Sept. I have no clue.

Actually its a British date (dd/MM/yy), its just that the month is 10 out, it should be "11", not "01".

Still, its way odd though .

Majesticmerc said,

Actually its a British date (dd/MM/yy), its just that the month is 10 out, it should be "11", not "01".

Still, its way odd though .

How do you know it's like that though? It could very well be an American date.

Majesticmerc said,

Actually its a British date (dd/MM/yy), its just that the month is 10 out, it should be "11", not "01".

Still, its way odd though .

Actually it's an american date.

Temperingpick said,

How do you know it's like that though? It could very well be an American date.

are you children seriously debating on the date format?? very very sad

Temperingpick said,

How do you know it's like that though? It could very well be an American date.

are you children seriously debating on the date format?? very very sad

Kirkburn said,
Some feature reveals were done on 1st September.

That could be it then. In that case I retract my comment . I was going by the release date, which, in British dating would have been 09.11.10, hence the confusion I guess.