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Resistance 2 vs Gears of War 2 – The reality of it all

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So the two big FPS titles have been released and the first weeks sales estimates are in.

It never was going to be a real competition but I did expect something a little closer.

Gears of War 2 – 1 468 366

Resistance 2 – 304 958

That’s 1.1 million fewer sales for Resistance 2, I don’t think the winner of this battle was ever in doubt but the scale of the loss is quite astounding.

However what is even sadder to see is that LittleBigPlanet is not taking the world by storm, this week it comes in at number 15 with sales of 66 278 which brings it’s US total to a mere 414 897.

Can a game get game of the year with mediocre sales?

Source: VGChartz US Sales

Last Updated: November 12, 2008


  1. Crud

    November 12, 2008 at 12:52

    is gears classified as a fps?

    wow that is astounding…maybe gears 2 vs killzone 2 will be a better match up. although i don’t think there’ll be something better than gears 2 anytime soon…loving it!


  2. baba

    November 12, 2008 at 13:01

    Gears is not a FPS.
    As far as I know R2 has not been released worldwide yet.

    Although it is not fair to compare them yet, I strongly believe that Gears will kick some serious @ss.


  3. baba

    November 12, 2008 at 13:09

    By the way, how sad is this:
    R2 Kalahari: R836
    R2 Take2: R875
    Retail shops +-R900

    FFS, add a couple hundred rands and you can buy a new console!


  4. SlippyMadFrog

    November 12, 2008 at 13:09

    Gears 1 made a much bigger impact on gamers than Resistance 1. This was to be expected.


  5. ewie

    November 12, 2008 at 13:12

    Hell almost R300 more than I paid for gears.


  6. Lupus

    November 12, 2008 at 13:16

    also look at the price tag of R2? Ster-kinekor strikes again.


  7. bezuim

    November 12, 2008 at 13:17

    I have Gears because it is released already. I dont have Resistance because it has not yet been released. Those might be stats, but do they mean anything? To me. No. 😉


  8. spl0it

    November 12, 2008 at 13:18

    I think Killzone 2 is a far more spectacular game.
    And LBP is way to gadgety, Show a 14 year old kid Gears 2, Resistance 2 or LBP and 9/10 he’s gonna go for blood and guts


  9. ferver

    November 12, 2008 at 13:23

    I agree with the comments, you cannot compare R2 and GoW 2 as they are completely different games in different genres (so not dedicated to the same public…).

    Plus Resistance 2 hasn’t been released everywhere and as we all know, the Xbox 360 is way more popular than the PS3 so it seems normal that they sell more.

    The comparison could have been made if R2 was on Xbox 360. Sorry LazyGamer, but your article has no value…


  10. Bboy

    November 12, 2008 at 13:35

    geez, pre-order ftw!


  11. LazySAGamer

    November 12, 2008 at 13:42

    These are US sales only.

    Sorry I should have made that clearer


  12. ewie

    November 12, 2008 at 13:42

    Actually it have got value, he is just comparing gears vs
    resistance on sales in the americas, because from comments all over the webs this holiday season was about r2 vs gears
    and which would be the best, etc.

    It just show what a beast Gears is, because the next best shooter around this year R2, can only do 1/5 of it sales.

    I mean on my friends list almost all that have been logged in the last few days have been playing gears.


  13. JimBob

    November 12, 2008 at 13:49

    LBP and R2 haven’t shot the lights out, but I reckon both are easily going to sell 2 or 3 million over their lifespans. The selling patterns of PS3 games seem a little different to the general Xbox 360 pattern, where first week sales are make or break for a game.

    Many PS3 games have week first weeks and then sell well over their lifespans (cf: Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank: tools of Destruction).

    Let’s be honest: LittleBigPlanet was never going to sell as much as Gears, but it is already at more than 700K wordlwide, not too bad considering the botched launch. Game might have done better if it wasn’t for the recall, which must have wrecked havoc for the marketing.

    Resistance 2’s first week is a lot better than Resistance 1, to be expected since R1 was a launch game. And it is not out in Europe yet, where it will probably debut to a few hundred in sales.

    Of the Sony exclusives, the real flop is Motorstom: Pacific Rift. Absolute disaster.


  14. janrik

    November 12, 2008 at 13:53

    What is with the new PS 3 game prices?
    I wanted to get RS2, but looks like only Killzone 2 on my PS3 gaming calendar now.

    I got GOW2 for R430 – lancoza ftw!


  15. bezuim

    November 12, 2008 at 14:06

    Ma bad. Thanks.
    Anyway, Gears 1 was huge for the XBOX. Didn’t expect anything less from Gears 2.


  16. Wesley

    November 12, 2008 at 14:55

    ill never pay R900 for a game NEVER!


  17. Wesley

    November 12, 2008 at 14:56

    here here


  18. Wesley

    November 12, 2008 at 14:56

    any estimate when we will be getting world wide sales on the 1st week?


  19. Wesley

    November 12, 2008 at 14:59

    just remember when gears went to pc it got ALOT more fans and MS was smart enough to say it wont be going to PC EVER and that inspired alot of GEoW fans from PC to get it on X360 too


  20. baba

    November 12, 2008 at 15:06

    The prizes from Kalahari & Take2 are pre-order!!!


  21. baba

    November 12, 2008 at 15:07

    Oh sh!t, this day is too long. I meant prices, not prizes…


  22. janrik

    November 12, 2008 at 15:30

    And since a 360 is less than even a half decent Gfx card these days… just makes more sense to own one.


  23. kabraal

    November 12, 2008 at 15:49

    Ya, +1. What you also need to realise it that LBP isn’t really a MUST buy game. Hell I had to ponder long and hard before dropping the R700. Gears on the other hand is probably the block buster game of the decade. It’s a game, like WoW, that people must have at 12.01am on launch day. I’d say give things a bit more time. It’s apparent that no game will touch gears this summer. But US is xbox country. I’m sure LBP and R2 will rack up a couple of million in the next 3-4 months.


  24. ewie

    November 12, 2008 at 15:50

    when r2 launch in europe on the 28 nov.


  25. Mac

    November 12, 2008 at 16:38

    GOW2 sales will tapper off drastically very quickly. Its then when i expect R2 & LBP to catch up. It may not reach it but they will close the gap drastically.


  26. Blaq Poet

    November 12, 2008 at 17:13

    I’m not that much into games but I love GOW2. To me it’s the best game ever made!


  27. CattleBruiser

    November 12, 2008 at 17:41

    I wanted to pick up Resistance 2, looks like my kind of game, but at R900 – HELL NO. Well at least I have Gears 2 to entertain me till the cheap 2nd hand copies start showing up. 😛


  28. ewie

    November 12, 2008 at 18:09

    Like when they start bundling r2 with the ps3 again , as with r1. Yes it will have a Christmas boost, but so will gears .


  29. kabraal

    November 12, 2008 at 20:15

    “Can a game get game of the year with mediocre sales?”

    Well I suppose the question is does awesome sales and income (aka popularity) grand a game GOTY? I think not. Else a game like WoW would’ve been voted GOTY for the past 3-4 years.


  30. Wesley

    November 13, 2008 at 07:57

    it might not get game of the year but it will a few awards for best game format. Game IP ect ect ect. Who knows…. I read its a darn good game even though i still dont know what the games function is


  31. doobiwan

    November 14, 2008 at 02:19

    Apparently LBP was top in Germany recently, but Gears isn’t released there and I didn’t see Fable on the chart either.


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