Back in July, we expressed concern for the sales potential of Insomniac's Resistance 3 .
At the time, we didn't question the game's potential quality; that turned out prophetic as we say the latest Resistance entry is a fantastic game . However, the sales concerns may have been justified:
When I wandered into GameStop today, I noticed they had plenty of copies of Resistance 3 . After asking if the game was selling, I was told they hadn't sold more than two copies all day, and fewer than expected since the game's launch last Tuesday. This made me go home and place a few calls to other GameStop locations and although not all were willing to talk about sales, a few talkative employees said they noticed a smaller-than-expected turnout for what we assumed was a highly anticipated shooter. Furthermore, it seems the pre-owned total wasn't all that impressive, either.
Lastly, it wasn't difficult to find a whole lot of available copies at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target, which may not be a good sign. Hopefully, all those who wanted the game got it last week and Sony has resupplied retailers. Still, we're getting the sneaking suspicion that indeed, shooter fans are holding out for Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 , while other gamers are simply saving their cash for the big-time fall rush. Oh, and although most critics don't place Dead Island on the same level of quality, the fact that Techland's entertaining title released on the same day as Resistance 3 could've been problematic.
But maybe we'll see some good sales numbers despite these unfortunate signs. You can't go by a handful of retailers…can you?
Related Game(s): Resistance 3