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All Articles: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
As the best-selling game of the month in November and December, Call of Duty: Black Ops II has consistently blown away the competition since its November 13th launch. But seven weeks was all it needed to stand tall as the best-selling game of all of 2012.
The complete list doesn’t include many surprises. Like the list of bestsellers from December 2012, no original games are included in the full-year list. Microsoft’s Halo 4 was the only platform-exclusive title to make the list and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the only 2011 release able to retain its spot in the top ten.
In terms of retail sales, 2012 was a down year for the game industry. Retail sales of games, accessories, and consoles (not counting used games/hardware or downloadable games/content) totaled $13.26 billion, which was off 20% from 2011’s $16.99 billion total. perhaps this Fall’s expected launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 will kickstart the industry in 2013.
The complete 2012 top ten can be found after the break. (more…)
Microsoft has announced that the “Countdown to 2013” sale has begun on the Xbox Live Marketplace. From now until December 31, a ton of games, add-ons, and Avatar items have had their prices slashed by as much as 67% off. Kinect owners will also be able to download the Double Fine-developed Kinect Party for free until the 31st as well.
You might also be interested to know that today’s “ONE DAY ONLY” deal is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
The Game on Demand edition of Modern Warfare 3 can be downloaded TODAY ONLY for $29.99 (a savings of 50% off). All four of the game’s DLC Collections are also half off and they’ve been priced at 600 Microsoft Points ($10) apiece.
The full list of deals can be found after the break. (more…)
After a few ridiculously game-heavy weeks, Sony is dialing it back a bit with this yesterday’s PlayStation Store update. The PS3 Full Games section is the highlight of the week including the underwater adventure of BioShock, the modern warfare of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the grindhouse horror of The House of The Dead: Overkill – Extended Cut.
Also available this week is the PSN/Vita game Zen Pinball 2. The base game is available to download for free, and 12 additional tables can be purchased including several featuring The Avengers.
Finally this week, Battlefield 3 Premium subscribers will be able to download the Armored Kill expansion for free, a week before it’s available to the general public (for $14.99).
The football sim was the only new release from the month of July to crack the top ten, but to be fair, there weren’t very many games released last month. Instead, the top ten is populated by holdovers like Lego Batman 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, and two Call of Duty games (Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3). According to Joystiq, this motley crew could only manage sales of $260.7 million, a 23% drop from July 2011’s take of $338.5 million.
The full top ten is available after the break. (more…)
With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 getting closer and closer, Activision has begun to close out the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3‘s downloadable “Content Season.” To that end, the publisher has revealed the game’s final pieces of DLC as well as the contents of Content Collection #3 and Content Collection #4.
During the month of August, CoD Elite subscribers will gain access to two new Special Ops Missions, “Light ‘Em Up” and “Special Delivery” as well as the brand-new Chaos Mode. Chaos Mode will transform the “Resistance,” “Village,” “Underground,” and “Dome” maps into a “frenetic form of combat that demands players to outlast waves of enemies, while chaining kills on maps littered in power-ups to achieve the highest possible score.”
All of this DLC (along with the Special Ops Missions “Vertigo” and “Arctic Recon” and the Face Off maps “Vortex,” “U-Turn,” and “Intersection”) will be bundled together as Content Collection #3 for Xbox 360 players on August 9.
Content Collection #4 will be available on September 6 for Xbox 360 players and it’ll be packed with five Multiplayer maps including three that Elite subscribers will get first: “Gulch” sends combatants into a forgotten mining town with mine shafts and equipment sheds for cover, “Boardwalk” features fun in the sun on the Jersey Shore, and “Parish” pits players against one another amidst the rubble of New Orleans. Content Collection #4 will also include the previously released maps “Offshore” and “Decommission.”
Both collections will be priced at 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). And all of the content listed here will be available for PC and PS3 players at a later date.
Activision has unveiled the four new maps that Call of Duty Elite subscribers will be able to download next week. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players will be treated to two Multiplayer maps and a Spec Ops mission as the standard “Elite Drops,” along with a special bonus Multiplayer map that’ll make longtime fans of the series happy.
All of the maps will be available to download for Xbox 360 subscribers on Tuesday, July 17. Elite subscribers will also be able to download “Terminal,” the Russian airport map that was a favorite of Modern Warfare 2 players. “Terminal” will stay exclusive to CoD Elite for only one day as all Xbox 360 players will be able to download it on July 18.
The other three maps (which will be available for PC and PS3 players “soon”) include…
Decommission (Multiplayer): A graveyard of rotting [or add decommissioned here] ocean liners has not only given birth to a shantytown of locals, but a mid-sized Multiplayer Map populated in chokepoints; providing the perfect setting for shoreline-based combat.
Offshore (Multiplayer): Trapped on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, you have nowhere to go but directly at your enemies in this new Multiplayer map boasting helipads, cranes, and countless perches for snipers eager to pick off the competition. Did we mention to look down or else you may fall off?
Vertigo (Spec Ops): The luxurious “Oasis” hotel in Dubai hosts the latest Special Ops mission, in which players must use laser-guided RPG’s to dispatch waves of helicopters. Utilize rooftop advantage to defend from waves of enemies, before parachuting to a ground-level exfil point.
PS3 Elite subscribers will gain access to last month’s content on Thursday, July 19. So if you’re a PS3 player, get ready to tackle the Multiplayer maps “Vortex,” “U-Turn,” and “Intersection” as well as the Spec Ops mission “Arctic Recon.”
With editions on seven different platforms, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes rose to the top of The NPD Group’s monthly list of bestselling games. The remainder of the list was split between new releases, May holdovers, and Fall 2011 games that are still popular.
There were only a handful of new games available in June with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (#2), Pokemon Conquest (#7), and The Amazing Spider-Man (#10) all earning spots in the top ten. Grasshopper’s Lollipop Chainsaw didn’t make the cut, continuing Suda 51’s lack of success at the register.
An astounding four games from Fall 2011 continue to sell strongly enough to make the top ten: NBA 2K12 (#5), Batman: Arkham City (#6, boosted by the newly released Game of the Year Edition), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (#8), and Battlefield 3 (#9). I’m sure it helps that all were among the best-reviewed games of last year.
As a whole, game and hardware sales are down 29% from June 2011, according to Joystiq.
A complete list of last month’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)
It’s that time again… this month’s batch of Call of Duty Elite content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been added to the Xbox Live Marketplace by Activision. As always, this content will make it’s way to the PC and PS3 “soon.”
This month, Modern Warfare 3 players will be treated to a new Spec Ops Mission and three new 1v1 or 2v2 “Face Off” maps. Want the details on all four maps? Hit the jump to read all about them. (more…)