Yes, you just read that right. Guinness World Records, an institution that has been going since seemingly the start of time, has decided to award the title of ‘Best Game Ending Ever’ to Activision’s 2010 smash hit. The process by which this decision was reached? Ask 13,000 people in a poll.
Now, there are a few things that are at fault here. First off, the notion of setting a world record (let that phrase roll around in your mind as to its significance) by qualitative means, as pointed out by a sharp member of the Gaming Society I help run, is inherently stupid. Records are set by measures of time, distance, speed etc. – not someone’s personal opinion. More importantly, the conclusion they came to is wrong – are you seriously kidding me? Black Ops, with its relatively predictable conclusion, the best ending ever? Nonsense. And then I got to thinking…what would be my Top 10 Best Game Endings of all time? I smell a list incoming… Continue reading Top Ten…Best Game Endings→
(Breaking news as I write) COUNTER STRIKE IS COMING TO XBOX LIVE ARCADE – yep, you heard me right. The game will be called Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and will feature updated versions of maps that have become synonymous with the game, such as de_dust, as well as new game modes and leaderboards. Coming early 2012. Well, can a 12 year old game ignite Xbox Live like it has the PC world?
I like what Codemasters have been doing with the F1 franchise since they got the license; F1 2010 was an excellent start, F1 2011 looks simply gorgeous, and today they announced a new title in the form of a free to play management simulation. F1 Online will feature all the cars, drivers and tracks from the sport, and will allow you to manage a team throughout an entire season, complete with qualifying and practice sessions, while dealing with all the hidden duties of managing an F1 team, such as conducting research and financing teams. You will also have the opportunity to create your own teams and liveries if the pre set teams aren’t up to your liking. I’m never going to own an F1 team, so this is the next best thing – and it sounds ace. More news on it should be available soon from the GamesCom conference to be held next week.
And speaking of GamesCom, EA have said they will reveal the date that the FIFA 12 demo will be available for download on Xbox 360 and PS3 next week. We usually get details of the soundtrack with the demo as well, so that’s something else to look forward to.
And speaking of EA (see what I did there?), news for those who want to play Battlefield 3 on your PC’s this winter – you have to download EA’s digital distribution service, Origin, if you want to buy the game online. This will come as a great annoyance to those who wanted the game on Steam, easily the most popular digital distributor of games available at this time, as EA are allowing the game on other digital distributors services – just not Valve’s. Obviously you can see why EA have taken this decision, as they want the maximum profit from the game, and this can come through them charging the price rather than Valve (EA’s news pitch cites the limitations for DLC and patches as the main reason for not being on Steam), but I wonder if limiting the audience is wise if they truly want to challenge Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which will be available through Steam.
And speaking of Call OF Duty (I’ll stop doing this now…sorry), more news has come about the upcoming ‘Rezurrection’ map pack for Black Ops. The big selling point here of course is that it is a purely all-zombies affair, featuring remakes of four World At War maps and a new proposition, where you fight zombies on the moon. People who bought the Hardened and Prestige copies of Black Ops will get the maps for free, and you also get the Zombies Soundtrack and a dashboard theme thrown into the deal. Not bad at all…if you don’t mind paying for needless remakes. If you didn’t buy the collectors editions it will cost you 1200 MS Points. It will be available on the 23rd August. Check this video for a behind the scenes look at the maps from the guys at Treyarch
Finally, THQ have made some footage of Saints Row: The Third available for people to see. It shows the second mission, where you fight a plane, engage in a freefall where you gun down rival gang members, before culminating in a ridiculous set piece where you hijack a plane which is flying straight for you…as OTT as you’d expect then, The footage is a few weeks old, but the news sites only seem to have got a hold of it these last two days for some strange reason
A few days ago, Activision made the following statement in its financial results sheet for the first quarter of 2011:
“During the first quarter, Call of Duty: Black Ops became the best-selling game of all time in dollars across the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the PC in the U.S. and Europe and was also the #1 game in the U.S. and Europe for the quarter.”
I am always a bit cautious when dealing with statements like this, because to claim that something is the ‘best selling thing of all time’ always sparks a debate. The important thing to note here is the use of the phrase ‘IN DOLLARS’. That would make Black Ops the highest grossing game of all time (replacing the previous Call Of Duty game, Modern Warfare 2, whose sequel is set to be announced soon), which is different from units shifted. If we look at the issue from that perspective, we would find that Wii titles such as Wii Play and Wii Sports Resorts, as well as downloadable titles such as the phenomenally successful Angry Birds, crush the opposition.
There was one response to the article in question however that made me consider another way as to how to determine the best selling game of all time: by working out how many people owned a game in relation to a specific console. The way to work this out is simple: take the sales of the game in question, divide it by the total number of consoles sold that the game could play on, and then multiply the result by 100 to get a percentage. By using some up to date figures and doing some maths, I have been able to work out the top ten selling games of all time via this method. The results are as follows:
Super Mario 64 – Nintendo 64 (35.3% of people who owned this console had this game)
Halo 2 – Microsoft Xbox (33.3%)
Super Smash Brothers Melee – Nintendo Gamecube (32.6%)
Mario Kart Double Dash – Nintendo Gamecube (32.2%)
Wii Sports Resort – Nintendo Wii (32.1%)
Wii Play – Nintendo Wii (31.8%)
Mario Kart Wii – Nintendo Wii (31.3%)
Super Mario Brothers 3 – Nintendo Entertainment System (29.1%)
Wii Fit – Nintendo Wii (26.2%)
Sonic Adventure – Sega Dreamcast (23.6%)
Breaking down these results highlights some very interesting trends.
Titles exclusive to a console are often the highest sellers
First party games are dominant on the list; out of the ten, seven of them were developed by Nintendo, and HAL Laboratory and Team Sonic are internal divisions at Nintendo and Sega respectively. This ties in with the first point, as first party games are usually exclusive.
The power of Nintendo in getting game sales. To have eight titles in this list shows if nothing else that they know what will sell, highlighted especially by the two versions of Mario Kart, two Mario platformers and three games utilising the Wii controls
The surprising lack of first person shooters. Given their rise in popularity over time, you might have expected more. Call Of Duty does not make this list on the basis that it is a multiplatform game, which splits its sales and therefore reduces the percentage per console (although MW2 would have made a respectable 13% on the Xbox 360). Halo 2 is the surprise of the list in this respect by being so high up, it backs up my idea that the original Xbox essentially was Halo.
The complete absence of Sony from the list is another surprise. Ironically, their success with the PS1 and PS2 (which were easily the highest selling consoles of their generation) means that any one game title had to sell by the shedload to make it to the list. The best selling game on a Sony platform, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, only ever made it 11.6% of PS2 consoles.
And finally, that Super Mario 64 can take home another accolade. It is often seen as the greatest game of them all; perhaps its success here only just reinforces that opinion
I certainly found this an engaging subject to investigate, and I must say that I am intrigued by some of the results. What do you all make of this?
And just as a bonus, here is my complete set of results to show that I didn’t just make these facts and figures up.