FPS' sell better in the US than RPG's.Not on the PC platform they don't. Sure there are occasional exceptions like COD 4, but overall FPS games don't dominate PC game sales and haven't for years. In contrast a more complex, traditional RPG like the Witcher can still sell well on the PC because U.S. consumers don't prefer to play that type of game on a console.
Especially in the US, FPS'are THE staple in gaming. Thus, Quake, unreal and Halo.
Bullshit...the pc is FPS gaming due to mouse/keyboard control.
The pc has more shopoters and sells more shooters than any console.Has more? That is most likely true especially if you count all past releases since PC shooters have been sold for a longer period. But, selling more for the past several years? Absolutely not.
"Just because UT3's sales aren't at that level doesn't mean that its sales are poor."No, moron, of course it does NOT mean that. Just because UT3's sales don't match those of COD 4 doesn't mean that its sales are poor. If that were the case, then every game's sales aside from COD 4's would also be poor. UT3 has shipped over a million units. That's not stellar, but it's not poor either.
Actually, it means exactly that
...insanely stupid statement.No, it isn't, and if you actually knew how to recognize a stupid statement, you wouldn't be looking at my post. You'd be looking at your own since it is full of them.
They could make that into a standalone game and it would sell gajillions of copies.
I'm not sure why so many heaped scorn on Unreal 2. No, it wasn't the epic (no pun intended) game that people expected but it was still a very solid shooter.When the best level of the game is one with spiders, you know there's problems.
Units shipped equals units sold!First, yes, those shipped units are sales since they have been purchased by distributors and retailers. Second, yes, those units will eventually be sold to consumers because even if they have to be sold at a deep discount, it is more economically feasible for the retailers to do so than to ship them back to Midway since the reimbursement for returns is less. That is why most previously unsold games end up being deeply discounted or placed in bargain bins rather than returned. So, those shipped units will eventually be sales to consumers even if not at the suggested retail price.
Awesome economics lesson, who was your mentor?It's too bad you didn't have such a mentor, or you wouldn't have made such a foolish comment.
It's not a subscription.No, it IS a subscription, and Valve says so explicitly in the Steam Subscriber Agreement at http://www.steampowered.com/index.php?area=subscriber_agreement
Nothing is received in installments,and there are no ongoing costsYes, users currently pay a fixed rate upfront to play each game on Steam. But, the current lack of ongoing payment doesn't make Steam any less of a subscription service. What makes it a subscription service is because Valve says that it is and treats it as such (per that agreement and its other policies which are enforced with "zero tolerance"). Valve and Steam's developers and publishers ultimately determine if, when, and the manner in which Steam's users are able to play the games for which they have subscribed. That is what makes Steam a subscription service. Users pay but can only play so long as Valve et al say.
It comes from a successful franchise and was released also on console.So what? Yes, UT3's U.S. sales for the PC have underperformed compared to some past Unreal titles for the PC, but that doesn't make its overall sales poor. More consumers in the U.S. play such video games on consoles now so the PS3 version of UT3 is cannibalizing the PC version's sales.
The Witcher, on the otherhand,The Witcher is a very different type of game than UT3 which is why its PC sales in the U.S. are higher. U.S. consumers prefer consoles for their FPS games judging by overall retail sales figures for such games.
Not only that but COD4 managed 1.6m sales in the first month alone.That figure must be for all platforms because the PC figures I have seen are far less. The overwhelming majority of COD 4's sales have been for the XBOX 360. In addition, COD4 has been the best selling game on average for the PC in the months since its release. Just because UT3's sales aren't at that level doesn't mean that its sales are poor.
Let me guess like every other release on Steam lately - not available in Australia.
And, unlike the Steam versions, the retail ones are real, unencumbered copies of the games not a subscription service like Steam.It's not a subscription. Nothing is received in installments and there are no ongoing costs, though I'm sure you already knew that. Nice to see you trolling Valve topics again - you'd been slacking recently.
UT3 has not sold poorly worldwide. Midway recently announced that UT3 for the PC & PS3 has shipped over one million units combined.It comes from a successful franchise and was released also on console. The Witcher, on the otherhand, was from a new developer, from a little known brand and sold over 600,000 (that was announced last month so much more by now) and was PC exclusive. Not only that but COD4 managed 1.6m sales in the first month alone. Personally I prefer Team Fortress 2 but UT3 is still a very good game.
I'm not sure why so many heaped scorn on Unreal 2. No, it wasn't the epic (no pun intended) game that people expected but it was still a very solid shooter.
I'm still tempted though - I had great times with the previous gamesIf you already have UT3, you can pickup the Unreal Anthology retail SKU which contains the rest of the games in the bundle for $15 or less if you shop around. Paying over $50 for the Steam bundle is a waste.
Also, $54 is hell of a value considering it includes a recent game like UT3.It's not a great value when you realize that the retail version of UT3 is selling for $30 and the Unreal Anthology for $15 if you shop around. And, unlike the Steam versions, the retail ones are real, unencumbered copies of the games not a subscription service like Steam. Unlike Steam there is no additional copy-protection/DRM in the retail versions aside for a CD key for UT3 and UT2004. Plus the retail Unreal Anthology comes with an extra soundtrack audio CD which the Steam bundle can't include. In comparison Valve charges $10 extra for its Orange Box soundtrack.
being able to jump back to them at anytime is certainly appealing.The entire download size of that bundle on Steam has to be at least 15GB if those are the full contents of those games. So, downloading all of that from Steam will take many hours or even days depending upon your Internet speed and Steam's congestion or availability.
it's just a shame UT3 has sold so poorly considering how good a game it is.UT3 has not sold poorly worldwide. Midway recently announced that UT3 for the PC & PS3 has shipped over one million units combined. So, while UT3 is not a best seller, it certainly is not a poor one either.
Unreal 2 which always sucked like the bastard child of a Taiwanese hooker and a Dyson.
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