Dead Space 3 US sales hit 605,000

NPD data reveals first-month sales for Visceral's action shooter; Crysis 3 hits 260,000 after launching late in the month.

Dead Space 3, which launched February 4, sold 605,000 units in the United States during February, according to NPD data provided to GameSpot today. The action horror title was the best-selling game in the US during the month, knocking Call of Duty: Black Ops II from the top spot for the first time since launch.

In addition, NPD data reveals Crysis 3 sold 260,000 units in the US during the month. Notably, Crysis 3 launched February 19, meaning it reached that sales figure in 12 days. The NPD's February reporting period was February 2 to March 3, 2013.

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli previously remarked that Crysis 3 is "so far, our masterpiece." He claimed the game is technically and creatively superior to past entries, but said the project took a critical hit compared to past entries due to gamer "fatigue," among other things.

For more, check out GameSpot's reviews of Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3.

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petez34
petez34

I wish I had not wasted $60 on it. its an average game at best and those who gave it 10, well are quite frankly, retards and don't know anything about what makes games good!

Setzera
Setzera

I was going to buy DS3, but then I was put off by EA's "everyone loves microtransactions" comment.  Then I built a new computer and was going to get Crysis 3, but found out it's not out on Steam like 1 and 2 are, it's Origin only at the moment.

I'll seriously buy Crysis 3 if they release it on Steam later, but I won't be putting Origin on this computer even with a gun to my head.

steelmouth
steelmouth

i never understood why crysis is such a big franchise on paper but the sales dont reflect that and i think the problem with Crysis is that its more about looks than functionality, i tried playing Crysis 2 over the weekend and it was off to a slow start so i tossed it aside for something else and because of that i wont be getting Crysis 3 anytime soon

ZRavN
ZRavN

Both of those sales numbers are pretty disappointing considering what the budget for those games is. I'd be surprised if crysis 3 even broke even. Dead space 3 maybe will hit 2 million over its entire lifespan if its lucky and heavily discounted at retail. just for comparison, dead space 1 sold about 500,000 in the first month. EA claimed that dead space 2 doubled that so it must have been about 1,000,000. Considering this, its pretty easy to conclude that DS3 is not living up to expectations especially if that 5 million target is to be believed. 

But lets be honest here, EA pretty much deserves what it gets at this point. Crysis 3 is mediocre, short and half assed IMO, especially when compared to crysis 1 and even 2. DS3  feels like a different game than its predecessors, not surprising that a lot of people on board for DS2 felt a bit alienated. 

bluespire1
bluespire1

liked both Dead Space 3 and Crisis 3

couly
couly

Denial isn't just a river in Egypt Cevat.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

cant believe the game sold that well, i didnt think it was THAT good. i still think the first one is the best in the series, the co-op feature in ds3 doesnt make it a blockbuster although it does help.

whiteranger23
whiteranger23

What the hell does gamer fatigue mean? If it means tired of EA's bullshit, then yea. Crysis 2 was great, didn't play the multiplayer, but Crysis 3 seems crap to me. The multi-player is glitchy, buggy and sometimes broken. There's a lot of pop up in the graphical department, like graphics aren't just there, they seem to take longer to load in both single player and multi-player. The feeling of one has returned but now we get a shorter game than any of the previous entires. For $60? Yea, pass. I've been telling my friends who like Crysis to wait til it's under $30, just not worth it at the price I paid for it

FolkIore
FolkIore

このゲームは素晴らしいです!

Armin_Devil_PS3
Armin_Devil_PS3

Dead Space 3 was a great game and I realy enjoyed it also no wonder about Crysis 3 poor sales after what they have done to this game series after Crysis 1 ....

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Dear Cevat Yerli, you have only had one masterpiece, it was Crysis.  Then you ran the series into the ground.

Also, STFU.

EA as a publisher managed to take Crysis away from its open-ended/kinda open world gameplay roots and made it just a linear shooter like anything else.  Curiously, it was FarCry 3 that actually went back to the original Crysis roots (which were based on the success of the first FarCry in 2004).  The irony is not lost on anyone.  Except for Cevat Yerli.  He's in denial for some reason.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

@bluebird08 Id rather have 3 dead space games in a span of 4 years, than almost 10 AC games in 5 years.

Xeridian
Xeridian

This whole slow sales for march is Bullshit! It's an EA game and that's why it's selling like crap! After the Sim City Debacle, EA's sales will only continue to dwindle! Accounting for all sales in MArch due to 1 shitty EA game is a load of cra[ and the people aren't buying it! I just spent $150 on STeam and GOG this month for games! EA MY ASS!

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

That is a pure example of how pathetic business ethics can mar sales greatly...

bluebird08
bluebird08

i love dead space 3 but i dont want a dead space 4 anytime soon, maybe in 2015

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

Wow. I would have canned DS too if it sold no where near the expectations (which were ridiculous to begin with). Other than that, I loved DS3.

couly
couly

They should kill the Crysis series and keep Dead Space. Maximum Fail.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Still glad that DS3 was met with deserving praise and numbers. Hey people, make a Force Gun with a grenade launcher as alternate= the ye olde DS1 force gun, but with more powerful grenades (safety recommended!). It's amazing.

vaillant085
vaillant085

issac needs to shut the fuck up,and let me immerse myself in the horror

Zephol
Zephol

crysis 3 is the worst crysis

blackace
blackace

Why was their a source out there saying that sales for DS3 weren't great and that the series might be cancelled?

http://www.gamespot.com/news/ea-denies-dead-space-series-cancellation-6404823

EA of course denied this and it looks like they were right in this case. 604K in one month in the U.S.  during this poor economy isn't to bad. It's probably safe to say that they are over 1 million sold world wide right now. I can see the game selling 3-4 million worldwide by the end of the year.

higherflyerJ
higherflyerJ

LOL remember that rumor a week or two ago about the Dead Space series being cancelled because of poor sales??  Eat it suckers.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

It's definitely a good game (and LOTS to do, including the side missions and collecting/crafting), although the horror elements don't really pick up until level ~8 or so.  I miss that quite a bit.

 Although co-op in itself drastically diminishes the creepy atmosphere, I love what they did with Carver. 

  I also like that they included the (very) different game modes, but I don't like the fact that you get penalized when switching modes.  It's not REALLY "New Game+".

cyborgbill
cyborgbill

dead space 3 is a good game but not a great game anymore

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

NPD data is severely inaccurate right up there with VG chartz and their numbers too, best bet is to get it from the horses mouth, if possible.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Very good, but not as good DS2 though.

vadagar1
vadagar1

plz stop encouraging developers to change survival horror games into another FPS crap fest


honestly its this blind fanboyzem that is destroying games like DS and RE and C&C ...etc every single game gets ruined eventually because some morons can't hold the wallet and tell developers they can't be lazy asses and expect to get payed for it.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Dead Space 3 was definitely worth every cent to me. As for Crysis... I'll pass.

BovineDivine
BovineDivine

@ZRavN The best part is that when DS3 fails to hit projections, it won't be EA's fault, it will be because of "gamer fatigue"

ZRavN
ZRavN

@whiteranger23 Agreed, I was not a huge fan of C3. I liked C2 myself and the games are pretty similar, but C3 was dumber, shorter and glitchier. Kind of sad to see a series I once really loved go out like that in such a mediocre way. 

santinegrete
santinegrete

@vaillant085 no you need the shut the fuck up! lol jk. I understand your point, but that convention doesn't work very well in characters in 3rd person perspective. I sure wish he talked less giving those dumb gameplay advices like "use the fires, they'll be warm".

Rambolike
Rambolike

@queuing_for_PS4 By your own figures, this is not poor.  It's for the month of February, and in the US alone -- we can compare later when it's worldwide and lifetime.  For now, it's solid and beat all the other releases.

Renato1984
Renato1984

@blackace The current lack of inspiration in AAA game design is WAY worse than the current state of the economy. Dead Space 3, just like Mass Effect 3, will sell less than its predecessor, mostly because it`s a hugely inferior product.


And guess what, people will not want to spend 60 dollars on a generic unimaginative shooter, no matter what the state of the economy is.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@blackace The thing is that EA was expecting Dead Space 3 to sell 5 million, minimum.

Rambolike
Rambolike

@Pyrosa The prologue has tons of horror elements -- remember that scene in the office building?  Stacked bodies, creepy new necromorphs.  The horror is there, it's just the action is added which makes it seem less so.

AzulSoul
AzulSoul

@Spartan-1657 How many cents did you pay for it? I only saw the $40 sale after 15 days of its release.

whiteranger23
whiteranger23

@ZRavN @whiteranger23 I noticed multi-player was glitched as fuck. I'm watching kill replays and I saw someone with a feline, holding the gun as they were running at me, and the gun was being held next tto heir chest. They were firing at the wall and I died, and I am not making this up. My 10 year old son sat right next to me and saw it too. People are shooting in the air next to people's heads and still getting kills


I hate that the game is shorter, the levels feel longer, but that's only cause there are so many pick ups. There's barely any multi level like there was in 2. I do like the story but then again I am a big fan of Prophet. Just doesn't seem plausible to me that Cell would have captured him, or Psycho. And well we all know how Crytek and EA feel about single player games so it's no wonder the game is so short.

I really wish I had not pre ordered the game, I coulda gotten Gears of War Judgement and been a lot happier but we all know GameStop doesn't take returns

whiteranger23
whiteranger23

@huerito323 @whiteranger23 It took me a while to notice it but it's like playing Rage, it's like watching it be developed right in front of your eyes. Yesterday I got to watch the grass in Safeties Off start out as a blurb and then grow right in front of my eyes

vaillant085
vaillant085

@santinegrete @vaillant085 compare the dialogue in ds1 to ds3 the immersion is better in ds1 because he hardly says anything. they need to keep dialogue at the bare minimum. i want thick atmosphere back

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@Renato1984

Curiously, as AAA quality games slide, the quality of indie games just seems to keep rising.

josh7845
josh7845

@Imperiacommando So was my morning dump. Saying that doesn't mean anything. Saying it could be worse is a bad attitude to have. You should stand up for your rights as a consumer and strive to receive truly rewarding customer experiences.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

@jspillen @vaillant085 @santinegrete Yeah, he was a silent protagonist in part 1. I thought his character was pretty well written in part 2, and in part 3 he was just an errand boy. He had some great unintentionally goofy lines though. "FUCKING THING!"