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Recent Articles: Call of Duty: Ghosts
The NPD Group has finished calculating the 2014 game sales in the United States and they’re ready to declare a winner. In 2014, gamers bought more copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare than any other game. The franchise actually bookended both ends of the list as Call of Duty: Ghosts tabulated enough 2014 sales to check in at #10. In between those two extremes, the list actually features plenty of familiar faces.
Last year’s best-selling game, Grand Theft Auto V, managed to heist the #4 spot thanks to good sales in the early half of the year and a PS4/Xbox One re-release in the Fall. Sports games occupied three spots in the top ten as Madden NFL 15 (#2), NBA 2K15 (#7), and FIFA 15 (#9) were all popular with players.
Gamers voted with their wallets and both of 2014’s budding megafranchises-in-the-making cracked the top ten. Destiny came in at #3 while Watch Dogs had to settle for the #8 spot.
All told, game software sales were down 13% in 2014 to $5.3 billion. That’s still an impressive chunk of change, but players are increasingly moving over to digital storefronts for the majority of their game purchases. The complete top ten from 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)
While Microsoft is heavily pushing the Xbox One (and Sunset Overdrive) this holiday season, the consolemaker also has two new Xbox 360 bundles to entice the previous generation’s last holdouts.
This year’s Holiday Bundle, priced at $249, will come packaged with Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Ghosts. A wireless controller, one month of Xbox Live Gold access, and a 500 GB hard drive will also be included in the box. The Holiday Bundle will be available in stores next week.
If you purchase the Holiday Bundle from Walmart, you’ll be able to score an icy blue Xbox 360 console (with a matching controller) by picking up the appropriately named Special Edition Blue Bundle, which is also priced at $249. The Special Edition Blue Bundle will be released on October 7.
Finally, the 4GB + Kinect Bundle has been revamped to include a wireless controller, one month of Xbox Live Gold access, the Kinect sensor, and three games (Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, and Forza Horizon). The 4GB + Kinect Bundle will be available exclusively through Target beginning next week and it’ll also carry a $249 price tag.
Even though his stance said, “stop,” Richard Sherman took it to the house as the cover athlete of Madden NFL 15. While it’s too early to be concerned with The Curse, EA Sports’ latest football sim, as expected, toppled the competition and emerged as the best-selling game of August 2014, according to The NPD Group.
Only a small number of new releases made their way onto store shelves last month and many of them were re-releases of older titles. This tactic helped Diablo III: Reaper of Souls reach the #2 spot as the “Ultimate Evil Edition” is now available for previous-generation and current-generation consoles. And thanks to its PlayStation debut, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare cracked the top ten for the first time at #7.
Joystiq posits that this lack of major releases is the reason why game sales were down when compared to last August. The eighth month of 2013 saw the release of Madden NFL 25 as well as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Saints Row IV, and Disney Infinity.
A full look at the top ten best-selling games of August 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)
Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts players on the PC, PS3, and PS4 will be able to download the Nemesis Map Pack beginning on September 4.
The Nemesis Map Pack will be the final DLC release for Ghosts and, like the rest, will be priced at $14.99. It is also included in the Season Pass if you’re interested in obtaining all four Map Packs at a slight discount.
More details about the four new maps and the final chapter in the “Extinction” saga can be found after the break. (more…)
In previous years, the best-sellers chart for the month of July would normally be dominated by the latest entry in the NCAA Football series. But EA Sports canceled the series last Fall, so a new emperor is sitting upon the July Throne in 2014. Or rather, an emperor we’ve seen before in a spiffy new set of clothes.
This is a roundabout way of saying that the Remastered re-release of Sony’s The Last of Us (combined with more sales on the PS3) pushed the game to the top of the best-sellers chart. July was a pretty sparse month as far as new releases go, but 505’s Sniper Elite III also cracked the top ten. It was number eight… with a bullet.
You can check out July’s complete top ten list (which includes May releases Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 hanging tough in the top five) after the break. (more…)
Activision and Infinity Ward added the fourth, and final, map pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts to the Xbox Live Store today. Once again, the Nemesis Map Pack will add four new maps to Ghosts’ multiplayer mode as well as a new chapter in the cooperative Extinction Mode.
The four maps depict a variety of locales including the abandoned mine in “Goldrush,” the submarine base in “Subzero,” the Chinese village in “Dynasty,” and the futuristic arena of “Showtime.” “Showtime” is actually a reimagined version of “Shipment,” one of the most popular maps from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The Extinction Mode will also come to an end with “Exodus,” which features a “harrowing escape” from an alien invasion.
Like the other Call of Duty: Ghosts Map Packs, the Nemesis Map Pack will be priced at $14.99. It is also included in the Season Pass, if you’re so inclined to obtain all four Map Packs at a discounted price.
After its period of Xbox exclusivity ends (in roughly a month), the Nemesis Map Pack will be made available for the PC, PS3, PS4 too. (more…)
Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 once again reign supreme over the monthly sales chart as The NPD Group has confirmed the two titles were #1 and #2, respectively, in their June 2014 top-selling games report. The two games were part of a trend that included other May releases such as Minecraft (#3) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (#7).
The only June releases to crack the top ten were EA Sports UFC (#4) and Tomodachi Life (#9),
With Microsoft’s Kinect-less Xbox One hit store shelves in June, so the battle between the next-generation heated up just as the thermometer did. According to Joystiq, the PS4 once again topped the Xbox One, though all console sales more than doubled (a 106% increase, to be exact) the month of May. Ultimate, the entire industry saw a 24% increase in sales over the last month… and that includes a big jump in Wii U hardware sales too.
You can view the complete top ten chart for the month of June after the break. (more…)
PC and PlayStation Call of Duty players should start getting hyped! The Call of Duty: Ghosts third DLC pack, Invasion, will be available to download on the PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 starting July 3.
With Invasion, players will get “Awakening,” the third part in Extinction, the four-part episodic storyline. They’ll also get four brand-new multiplayer maps: “Departed,” “Pharaoh,” “Mutiny,” and “Favela.” Players can pay either $14.99 for the Invasion DLC, or get it for a discounted price through the Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass.
Pick up the Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion DLC pack on July 3 for $14.99 on PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.