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Halo 3 outsells the top 6 PS3 exclusives… combined

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I think as mere mortals we sometimes forget how large certain things are, I for example cannot fathom how large or deep the ocean is. It freaks me out and unsettles me whenever I think about… that may be a severe psychological problem but I can live with it.

On the other hand we all know that Halo 3 is a popular game, but have you ever sat down and just thought about it for a bit? Well Microsoft Aaron Greenberg has and in conjunction with the NPD figures he has realised that Halo 3 has outsold Sony’s top titles combined.

He recently tweeted

“Halo 3 has outsold both Resistance 1 and 2, Uncharted 1 and 2, Killzone 2 and God of War III combined”

It’s the word ‘combined’ that gets me, Uncharted 1 and 2 and Killzone 2 are the leading titles on the PS3 when it comes to FPS/TPS shooters and to think that when you add all the numbers together they were still outsold by Halo 3 is pretty impressive no matter which side of the fence you are squatting on.

The only question remaining now is what are those exact figures and will Halo Reach be able to continue the Halo franchises great success?

*These figures are based on NPD and are therefore only applicable to the US.

Last Updated: June 10, 2010


  1. yeah go xbox

    June 10, 2010 at 12:21

    Well I always thought xbox always had better exclusives then the ps3.The ps3 never really had great exclusives until uncharted 2. And the xbox always had amazing exclusives gears of war, left 4 dead, and of course halo. So its not really not that shocking to see halo out 6 ps3 exclusives


  2. shawn

    June 10, 2010 at 12:27

    two of those were release or close to release games. So ofcourse low numbers…..$599.00 remember.
    Heavy rain not listed, or infamous

    Seems fishy


  3. mitas

    June 10, 2010 at 12:44

    *These figures are based on NPD and are therefore only applicable to the US. ? thats what is fishy , us is MS strong hold of coarse they gana kick ass at home , not lets get the figures from japan?????


  4. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 12:50

    GT 1 – 3 has outsold the entire Halo series combined!!! We can go around and around in circles like children so whats your point Gavin? Is it Flamebait Friday already? Oh no its thursday! And seriously you actually listen to what Greenburg has to say? The guy who is constantly voted the second biggest executive douchebag in gaming around the world every year? Get some new idols buddy.


  5. eltonriley

    June 10, 2010 at 12:59

    Greenburg is a douche. He cares more about volume and quantity than he does about quality. It’s brain dead philosophy that pulls the world back into the 1800’s. Speaking of braindead, congrats gavin on yet another excellent example of brain dead journalism. You and M$ deserve each other.


  6. ewie

    June 10, 2010 at 13:17

    Ac!D – well first Gt 5 need to be released.


  7. lans

    June 10, 2010 at 13:30

    Super Mario Galaxy outsold Halo 3!
    Gran turismo 1-3 outsold the entire Halo series including odst and halo wars!

    Greenburgs facts are wrong and twisted hes only using numbers from the US

    Resistance 1 sold 4 million world wide as well as Motorstorm 1, Uncharted 1 and 2 sold 3 million a piece world wide, killzone sold 2 million and god of war is not at 1.2 million that is old data but i dont have new data, on vgchartz its about 2 million.

    GT prologue is approaching 5 million sold as well as Metal gear solid 4. littlebigplanet sold 3 million
    gt5 psp sold 1.8 million

    final fantasy sold 13 4 million on ps3 and 1.3 million on xbox 360!

    all ms has is gears and halo! sonys got gt,main metal gear series, and a billion exclusives so the end is near microsoft!

    Microsoft XBox 360 creators were axed last month, ms is abondoning the xbox brand and starting a new one, everyday isee more and more people bying ps3, and they have wised up that the 360 is a shoddy piece of hardware. the end is near ms the end is near!


  8. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 13:48

    I know that i was just pointing out how childish this article was on N4G when it was first posted and now even more so reposted here as news. Also if the so called “Demo” GTPrologue could sell 5 million copies with half the install base then im not really worried about GT5’s sales with double the install base. Everyone except Nick knows the greatness of the GT series and the soon to be released GT5.


  9. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 13:49

    If anything the only thing this article proves is that the Xbox 360 is just a consoles shooter and games like Mass Effect 2 and Alan Wake will never get the great sales they deserve with such a fickle and not so diverse bunch of gamers.


  10. xylo33

    June 10, 2010 at 13:53

    😆 You PS fanboys always make me lol, thanks guys 😆


  11. zion

    June 10, 2010 at 13:59

    First of all you can’t talk about sale in Japan or anywhere else because out sold all other countries in every one of those games except for Final Fantasy second just take look back to halo series before these games actually released just their pre-orders alone damn there beat any one of Sony’s exclusives, just the halo reach beta play hours probably had more playTime hours than Drake and resistance put together.


  12. zionzion

    June 10, 2010 at 14:01

    I meant to say the US out sold all other countries in those games


  13. eltonriley

    June 10, 2010 at 14:06

    Still doesn’t make it the better game regardless of how many people play it. The Sony fanboys are still laughing at the end of the day because they have much better games. And I know this, I was in the M$ camp for far too long, then moving across to the PS3, I can see that now. The X360 games are massively overrated and cannot touch what the PS3 has. And no amount of statistical bragging from this lame site or any other will change that.


  14. Gavin Mannion

    June 10, 2010 at 14:07

    I have to agree that it is sad that some seriously top quality games don’t get the sales figures they deserve on the Xbox…

    But then again the same could be said about games like Modnation on the PS3 and well any FPS on the Wii


  15. zion

    June 10, 2010 at 14:40

    What makes a better game to you, to me I think gameplay and online experience it gives you. If a game makes you play hours, days, and even months then yeah I consider that a better game than most now tell me how many people you see now that’s playing Drake and resistance online not much I bet, killzone still has good numbers right now. Sony’s exclusives sells because of their great single player campaign (killzone, God of war, Drake, metal gear) but so does Microsoft ( gears, halo, mass effect, etc) so only reason Microsoft the exclusives beating Sony’s is the online experience because that’s the only thing left after a good end to a campaign.


  16. Uberutang

    June 10, 2010 at 15:12

    Resistance 2 and UC2 have massive full lobbies everytime I go online mate, so no complaints there.

    Heck even FC2 has a lot of players, maybe not local okes, but then again most of the locals only play COD for some odd reason.


  17. Nick de Bruyne

    June 10, 2010 at 15:48

    I really love how you guys just keep saying that I’m against the GT series, when I probably played it more than most of you.

    It’s ok, keep complaining about your own made up problems.


  18. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 16:27

    As apposed to the guys that spend hours scouring threads and articles for fanboy comments and pretending you get comical relief out of it and are oh so above it while sitting in pretentious judgement right? Those guys are really cool!!!!


  19. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 16:33

    Im not saying Halo is not a great game. Im saying its stupid to randomly pick 5 games and say your top selling franchise has sold more than all of them. Its like saying Wii sport or Wii play has sold more than Halo and GT combined. Its just pointless and not needed and yet ppl like Greenburg drill it into your head and then we have these articles :silly:


  20. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 16:34

    By the way what happened to the edit and reply to a reply icons for the comments section?


  21. eyss

    June 10, 2010 at 16:35

    I just love playing games on any console as long as the game is awesome I really don’t care! Lans meet AC!D – AC!D meet lans now go stare at a ps3 and slobber while Elton takes a photo!


  22. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 16:42

    Yet you Nick keep bashing and bashing. With every single delay theyve added a new feature whether crash damage, adding Rally, adding Nascar, adding motion, adding car channels, improving the graphics all the time, adding head tracking and tons of content because they only plan to release one GT game this gen with tons massive DLC updates and yet you still complain and complain. But Forza has this and that and that and then you complain when it gets delayed because Polyphony are trying to please everyone. That will never be enough though. Oh and dont worry the release date is coming for this year at E3 and retailers so far are listing it for Septemeber so maybe then you can stop complaining.


  23. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 16:45

    I have all three consoles. Eyss meet plank…now go jump.


  24. lans

    June 10, 2010 at 16:51

    Dear Nick just because you play alot of gt5 does not mean you support the game, ive played more solitare than uncharted 2,1 and alot of other games, but i dont respect or care much for the game.

    The mere fact that you have to justify your supposed love for gt by the hours you played just show that you went through the motions. if you were a true gt fanboy, you would have mentioned your love for the tracks, how you used to struggle to stay awake during endurance races, how the san francisco track in gt3 was the best ever etc…i have only ever heard you refer specifically about forza gameplay and online, you have never spoken about whats in the actual game of gt5, all you do is tabloid report! but since forza is so kind and treats you guys so well you seem obligated to have forza competiions, ive never seen a gt5 prologue competition and the online has been fixed ages ago, theres an active community and the drifting competitions are wayyyy more intense than forza 3!

    so nick its easy to see that your a scrub!


  25. Nick de Bruyne

    June 10, 2010 at 17:02

    As I said, keep making it up boys. Have fun. :heart:


  26. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 17:06

    Oh i havent even started. The shit Nintendo have gotten from you guys. Im waiting please post another stupid Wii article.


  27. lans

    June 10, 2010 at 17:07

    dear nick
    game recognizes game, and your looking kinda unfamiliar!

    dude i can spot a gt5 fanboy from any part of the planet. you sir play gt5 out of obligation its obvious from the way you post. we never expected you to defend your status as you dont have one!

    forza fanboy for life have fun with dan greenwalt :heart:


  28. Nick de Bruyne

    June 10, 2010 at 17:12

    Lol, you okes tell me I keep bashing GT5 and praising Forza. Are you okes seriously mental lol. Lans I know your game… bash me and say that I hate GT, and then when the game comes out and I like it (being a fan and all…) you will tell me that I am now eating crow and changing my ways to not look silly or some stupid shit like that.

    I’m glad to see that the two of you found each other though. It’s nice when you can be ludicrously insane in pairs.

    Usually I don’t bother to even respond to your blatant flamebait trolling, but this has just become way too much fun.


  29. lans

    June 10, 2010 at 17:17



  30. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 17:24

    That’s rich considering the flamebait articles. I think that’s called irony. It’s what you wanted isnt it? More hits? I for one will give you many a hit because i want you guys to grow and succeed. I think this site could be great if you guys gave Nintendo some better coverage, a little more credit and dont start handing out some good reviews for those massive new advertising banners like some other sites 😉 Just keeping you honest :heart:


  31. Loki

    June 10, 2010 at 17:25

    @Lans. I can spot a PS3 fanboy from any part of the world, but you sir are an IDIOT! Grow up dude!


  32. Nick de Bruyne

    June 10, 2010 at 17:39

    @AC!D Gavin is like the biggest Nintendo fan, he practically considers Super Mario Galaxy to be the best game of this generation, so how is that bashing? If stupid crap gets released on the Wii, we call it stupid crap, easy as that.

    Not like it even needs to be said, but if anyone of our writers gave out better scores for any reason other than the game deserving it, they will be swiftly removed.

    Flamebait Friday Debates were created to give the community a voice, and we do it openly and in the spirit of fun, so no one can ever say that its (what does Lans call it?) Stealth trolling or some smack like that.

    At the same time guys, it gets pretty annoying when no matter what I believe I have okes preaching to me about what I do and don’t like, if it floats your boat, please continue, really, but it’s not going to change anything. I’ve been a huge GT fan for years and years, and then I have to sit and listen to Lans telling me that I’m just not… lol, what the hell do I say to that… “OK, I’ll just go play something else then”


  33. Geoffrey Tim

    June 10, 2010 at 17:51

    I consider SMG to be the best game this generation too. SMG 2, specifically.


  34. eyss

    June 10, 2010 at 18:02

    I’m sorry AC!D if I offended you, I’m really terrible with kids.


  35. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 18:04

    @Nick: Hey im with you that 90% of the games released are crap on Wii and im 50/50 on motion control thats why i purchased myself a beautiful new Wii classic controller pro. Monster hunter plays better with it and so will Xenoblade and many others that are finally starting to get more classic controller support. Im just saying i dont see many Wii reviews or previews about some great upcoming games like Metroid, the Rumoured new Zelda, The Last Story from the father of Final Fantasy Skaguchi, Xenoblade which has been getting great reviews in Japan and many other helpful Nintendo articles. All i see is 90% of space wasted on crap nobody cares about when it comes to Wii. Believe me i get that Nintendo suck even more than MS ( Chill fanboys i mean support for Xbox Live ) in South Africa because the games come out months late and its proabably difficult for you guys to get any sort of Nintendo contact or support in SA but hey it would be nice if Gavin gave us some great opinion pieces if he was such a big Nintendo fan. Get into contact with Nintedno distributors to find out why they suck in our country like you did with MS SA or will it upset the little Xbox groupies like Ewe and Eeys? Comon you guys can serve Nintendo better and you know it. There are some great stuff on the console.

    As for the flaimbate articles (1) Its not Friday and nor was it when the sentational Killzone 3 stole Halo’s jet pack headline article was posted. For God’s sake the game was just announced and instead of posting the Sony release details that’s the best Gavin could come up with? Flamebait Friday is great and i love it but keep it out of every other day please.

    Also i know your mature enough to stop the Lans and AC!D lame homophobic, defensive or whatever the hell your trying to achieve with those comments but sorry i dont know the guy. Must i keep my opinions to myself because he happens to be posting at the same time as me? Believe me ill be the first to call him out when he bashes Nintendo or Xbox unfairly although judging from what ive seen around here it will be a sprint to the starting line for me to get there first 😆

    As for GT5 ill give you a break but be fair. Sony have already spent $80 million on the game and Polyphony and Yamauchi are trying to give us the best game they can. Give it a break till its released later this year and if its shit then you can crow for Forza all you like.


  36. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 18:10

    Good hopefully you wont have any Eeys.


  37. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 18:13

    There we go some damn positivity. Write up a article Geoff. Let us know that. Share your thoughs with us. Judging by some of the comments in these articles that consider themselves gamers need to hear this.


  38. Nick de Bruyne

    June 10, 2010 at 18:14

    @AC!D I’m still really not all that sure how I have bashed GT5?

    There is bits and pieces of info leaking out all the time, never anything solid and it’s frustrating when you want to post about it, but I constantly post new videos in the “In Other News” posts, I don’t go on about Forza 3 all day long and I definitely don’t spend my time posting negative GT5 articles, so I would love to know where it’s all coming from.


  39. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 18:26

    There have been tons of videos released. Every month a new feature gets added like head tracking, Nascar, Rally or 3D support. They released a demo on PSN a couple of months back that let you win a trip to somwehre i forget and drive awesome cars. Theres lots of news circulating. The game is coming out this year, You know it and i know it. You are the biggest car nut on here and can tell us whether something like Head Tracking can improve your gameplay experience. Arent one of you going to E3? Hell thats a news blowout right there. Anyways like i said ill give you a break on GT5. Im not trying to change your mind so if you dont like anything of what you see than post it. Give us your thoughts on what cool feature from Forza could improve GT5 like that cool car car painting mechanic where you design your own cars. Hell i would love to see that in GT5.

    Oh yes and give ModNation some coverage. Just like Alan Wake the game really deserves to be selling better. It really is fun despite some shitty load times. Create a track and share it with us if you have the game i mean.


  40. Nick de Bruyne

    June 10, 2010 at 19:14

    People think I am such a Forza nut… I’m not, I’m a car nut so I like playing driving games. I’m really no Forza expert, it came out, I enjoy playing it and life carries on. I’m also incredibly pumped for Test Drive Unlimited 2, not for the physics but the cars and environments.

    We get a lot thrown our way everyday, so we don’t always see everything GT related all the time.

    Also it would probably be a good time to point these out:





    We do still take the mickey out of the game for being delayed so many times, but seriousy, it’s taken a while now.

    Where I will bash Polyphony though, is that I really don’t like the fact that there are tons of Handycam GT videos releasing all the time, but we don’t get any official videos from them, presenting their new features and so on. It’s kinda awkward to be honest, why let these crummy videos out when they could rather be giving us HD videos of the games new engine to show off to the readers? Really doesn’t make any sense to me.


  41. eyss

    June 10, 2010 at 20:08

    AC!D to be completely honest… I AM YOUR FATHER!


  42. AC!D

    June 10, 2010 at 20:25

    Speaking of GT5. Some pretty positive reactions to the new GT5 3D showcase from techradar.com

    ‘Gran Turismo – the don of racing games – simply looked amazing; from the cockpit display and speed dial, to the lovingly rendered cars and tracks. This is a game that could truly benefit from 3D.’


  43. Gavin Mannion

    June 10, 2010 at 21:19

    We only allow replying down to 2 threads now to keep the comments section neater. It just started getting a little messy when it was allowed to continue forever.

    We are alway monitoring these things and could change it in the future if needed.

    I will look in to the Edit button


  44. Gavin Mannion

    June 10, 2010 at 21:21

    Keeping us honest is great and so far I don’t feel you are attacking anyone unjustly so please do hang around.

    As for the Wii, I love the Wii and rarely have much to say against it. Unfortunately we don’t receive my Wii titles to review and the ones we do are generally mass produced crap.

    But I am more excited about SMG2 coming out than any other title in this quarter


  45. Gavin Mannion

    June 10, 2010 at 21:24

    Hey AC!D, in 5 days we will be trying out GT5 3D for ourselves at E3 and will post a full report back… actually Nick will try it out as I really don’t care much for racing games.


  46. Nick de Bruyne

    June 10, 2010 at 21:28

    I have an edit button 😎


  47. lans

    June 10, 2010 at 21:58

    yikes you guys got all serious i was about to post my ascii crows for you guys, but it seems as if people are being emo.

    i feel really bad for some of you guys, knowing that your about to eat a a$$ load of crow in just over a week. that day will be like a black sabbath all you’ll get is silence and black crow feathers every :tongue: where it will be great. im so happy coz all those xbox gt bashing fanboys will be quite for a long long time, and we can finally discuss gt matters without some xbox fool saying 2044, ps9!


  48. Nick de Bruyne

    June 10, 2010 at 22:06

    Or GT5 will come out, people will like it, people will play it and then as usual, people will start looking forward to the new releases. I think you are expecting GT5 to bring about a Sarah Michelle Geller moment from the end of Cruel Intentions for all Xbox users, it just isn’t going to happen, no one will feel like it is the end, and bittersweet symphony will not start mysteriously playing out of nowhere


  49. lans

    June 10, 2010 at 22:14

    lol is this a tactical retreat? :ninja:
    im sorry you have no gt5 cred, no brownie points whatsoever, trying to manufacture brownie points is illegal!

    im not the only one who says your more of a forza fanboy, and theres nothing wrong with it, we just want you to come out of the closet and admit it :happy:

    i feel like racing you online in gt5, and testing your amazing skills!


  50. lans

    June 10, 2010 at 22:14



  51. lans

    June 10, 2010 at 22:27



  52. flmboy

    June 10, 2010 at 23:03

    You are a fucking moron. Nick is a fanboy yes. A Street Fighter fanboy.

    PS. Blur is the best racing game.


  53. AC!D

    June 11, 2010 at 00:00

    Thats great and much appreciated thank you!


  54. Nick de Bruyne

    June 11, 2010 at 00:11

    You are doing it again


  55. flmboy

    June 11, 2010 at 12:04

    AS you put it Nick doesn’t like any other games besides Forza 3, so by that reasoning you THE ULTIMATE GT5 FANGIRL are not allowed to like any other game and that includes Motorstorm 3


  56. shawn

    June 11, 2010 at 12:41

    Heavy Rain is the best game on any system out right now and it is on ps3. If you did not complete the game you are missing out. One of my guys committed suicide and I was shocked


  57. flmboy

    June 11, 2010 at 12:51

    Ever hear of spoiler tags you fucktard?


  58. eyesuc

    June 11, 2010 at 13:49

    or they own both consoles and don’t care who sells more? ffs, just play games. in the end the GAMERS win. are you a gamer?


  59. shawn

    June 11, 2010 at 14:17

    When you play the game fucktard you will realize that I ruined nothing….obviously you haven’t


  60. flmboy

    June 11, 2010 at 14:25

    I know there are multiple ending fucktard but there are only so many. Fucktard.


  61. shawn

    June 12, 2010 at 11:22

    will please commit suicide. ….or just play the game and shut up


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