Gears 2 sales top 3 million

Sequel to Epic's sci-fi shooter Gears of War is selling more than twice as fast as its predecessor did.

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As 2008 draws to a close, the increasingly dire economy is dominating headlines in virtually every industry, including games. Just today, PlayStation 3 maker Sony announced it was cutting 16,000 jobs--8,000 of them permanent and the other 8,000 temporary. Just hours later, Electronic Arts lowered its guidance for the year and confirmed that it would be further cutting its payroll and canceling several unspecified future projects.

That said, one small bright spot of game-industry news has emerged. Microsoft has confirmed that Gears of War 2, Epic Games' highly rated follow-up to GameSpot's 2006 Game of the Year, sold more than 3 million copies in the four weeks after its November release. Since Gears of War took 10 weeks to go triple platinum, that means its sequel is selling at more than twice its forebear's pace. The original game went on to sell more than 5.5 million copies worldwide on the Xbox 360 and, to a much lesser extent, the PC. (The PC version was released a year after the 360 original launched.)

Unlike the first game, Gears of War 2 will remain exclusive to Microsoft's console. Epic design director Cliff Bleszinski stated that there will never be a PC port. Set six months after the original, the sequel follows Marcus Fenix, the gruff leader of the elite Delta Squad, as his squad continues to battle the ghoulish subterranean race known as the Locust. This time around, Fenix and his comrades take the fight further underground and learn more about their enemies' horrific origins.

For a detailed rundown on the game, check out GameSpot's full review.

Discussion

309 comments
xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

Personally i prefer the first gears of war...the graphics had a hint of darkness to them and really fit well with the urban ruins in the game, and the animations in the first one were a bit better in my opinion, but the 2nd one is still kickass.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

@tyler22221 you may have beaten the last level now, but in case you havent, you shoot general RAAM when the kryll moves. Use a shotgun for when he comes up close, it does a huge load of damage and kill him very faster.

tyler22221
tyler22221

i want this game so bad i have the first one. i cant beat the last level

Maddaus
Maddaus

Sounds like Nipplehook is taunting someone to say "NER IT SAYS GEARS OF WAR 2 WILL NEVER BE PORTED TO PC".

Nipplehook
Nipplehook

F Xbox. I will be playing this game on PC in one year.

funnysplay
funnysplay

Yes donnie, i agree with you. Horde mode is so great! One of the best inventions for a game in a lone time.

joeborg14
joeborg14

yay chainsaws! if only live was free...... then we would have more chainsaws!

mosee_chosee
mosee_chosee

This is not a bad game.but it is so dark and eyes will get anoy of it.I should say that I dont like it.

donnie_regan
donnie_regan

GOW2 is quite possibly the best games i have played for years, i have it a month now and am still playing it, the horde mode is great fun

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Both of my nephews want Gears of War 2. I'm getting both of them Gears of War 2 for Christmas. It will be really cool to have them play with me online!

xtreme_chief
xtreme_chief

I'm getting Gears Of war 2 for Christmas, can't wait. TWiSTEDmerc your right. But I hope they take their time on it.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

masterclone I think of it like watching Matrix Reloaded after not watching The Matrix. If you liked the second then surely you are going to check out the original. And Its not like Gears 1 was a bad game, its a good game to own on the console they already have. So there's a very high probability that whoever tried out Gears 2 for the first time, given you mentioning the larger install base now, will also look into picking up Gears 1 at the cheaper price as well. Now there are some who said they didn't like Gears 2 but they preferred the original, that may turn some heads also. I'm not saying every single person will get both, but a lot will, and given the current economic climate, many are waiting on price drops etc. and might be picking up 1 in the mean while.

masterclone
masterclone

"mad_krips You just proved how silly, immature and insecure you are. Gears of War 2 will not outsell Gears of War 1 and I can put a wager on that. Especially not when its available on the same console at half the price or less, if someone picked up the 2nd chances are if they haven't already they will be getting the first." How much is your wager then? Gears 2 is selling twice as fast as Gears 1 did. Did you consider that the install base is a lot higher than when Gears 1 came out? i don't buy into your theory that people that buy Gears 2 but not own 1 will buy it by default. Seriously, 3 million copies sold in NA and PAL in four weeks is massive. Then again, you are a PS3 fan and i'm a 360 fan so no point in arguing really.

raze-boi
raze-boi

Keep going baby!!! Go for 10 mil!

-Intellectual-
-Intellectual-

"Cliff Bleszinski stated that there will never be a PC port". This is good news for the X360, since it needs more exclusives. Bring it!

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

gamer082009 Posted Dec 10, 2008 3:12 pm ET "Mad Krips" we don't expect you to understand things like this, face the fact that Gears of War 2 will sell MUCH more than it's predecessor. And In fact some people who haven't even delved into Gears 1 bought Gears 2...why? Because of all the gamer attention it's gotten as being the hottest game to have right now. Let me tell you the number one thing I hear on Gears 2...When I talk to some of these people, I'll ask them if they ever played Gears 1, and they say > no this is my first time playing a Gears of War game ________________________________________________ You just proved how silly, immature and insecure you are. Gears of War 2 will not outsell Gears of War 1 and I can put a wager on that. Especially not when its available on the same console at half the price or less, if someone picked up the 2nd chances are if they haven't already they will be getting the first.

Depresso
Depresso

it never looked like a pc game, and no snake289, gears2 it's not an expansion pack but why change completely something that works already ? You should know companies are there to make money and won't change a winning formula. Does Halo 2 play completely different from Halo 3 ? Anyway they messed up the shotgan in Gears 2 and everyone is complaining about it but it's the best game around regardless. If you get one game this Christmas make it this one.

lamprey263
lamprey263

not getting it because it's not on the PC? pfft, your loss

snake289
snake289

How did an expansion pack sell 3 million?

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

Unlike the first game, Gears of War 2 will remain exclusive to Microsoft's console. Epic design director Cliff Bleszinski stated that there will never be a PC port. Like we havent heard that one before,man sometimes you can see their teeth trying not to shatter with all the lies they force through them

Whirly
Whirly

How could a game that lets you tear up the opposition from crotch to cranium with a bloody chainsaw ever fail to sell in huge numbers? It's a fore(head) gone conclusion.

Shipangi
Shipangi

estimate : 8 million at least

calanorn
calanorn

good sales figures for a good game, whats with this comparing consoles to PC both have good games. a PC 9/10 will always look better on a PC if you disagree check out some pc/console games even the terrible ones like assasins creed look better. As for gameplay each has there strengh RPG, MMO, FPS and RTS to me win on PC everytime (my oppinion obviously not fact) so far all of the console RTS have been completely rubbish hopefully halo wars will succeed where all the others including endwar failed. for console there strengths to me are Fighting game,sports, 3rd person shooters eg gears. Petri - by your comment im assuming your saying DoW 1 is bad & 2 does not look that good if so either you have never played it, or you are so hell bent on pushing your point across you cant accept a game for its merits. Crysis in its original form will never make it to console unless the devs go back on there word they said it will come to consoles like with far cry 1 in a diffrent package/campaign lets hope its better than they were though. i love my ps3, 360 and my PC i work with my pc so need to keep it updated so i get to enjoy all 3 platforms and they are all as good as each other in diffrent ways people jsut like one above the other for me its PC all the way since i love RTS. sins of a solar empire rocks but i hate with a passion WoW :p rant over :)

Anthrax88
Anthrax88

@ earlthecannibal I fail to see how any WoW game dethrone the consoles. Personally i find that much better games today come to the consoles than to the PC. PC have been rather dry on the good-games front for some time now. The best PC-games that come today are shallow graphics art games. They're more focused on people looking at how amazing the graphics are rather than having good game play. Well except WoW, which on the other hand is made to be so easy an infant can play it and thus bringing the game to it's knees. WoW is on the beginning of their fall from the throne of MMO. Will take a few years for the big effects to come, but they'll be here soon enough. And also, the console game who are later given a PC port are rarely near as good on the PC as on the console. And the feeling of games are over-all much better on the consoles as well. If you're not playing on som 15" television with monologue sound.

benboz
benboz

I will be getting Gears 2 for christmas. Can't wait!!

kibbik
kibbik

a much deserved sales figure for an all-round fun game.

heavymetalzplin
heavymetalzplin

it's great to see an awesome game selling well. Should be a contender for 2008/09 Game Of The Year.

Criros
Criros

yeah aja the game is good. EVEN with all the glitch and "LOAD FROM LAST CHECKPOINT" crap because there was a glitch that will not let you progress(in a console game). but still, i will not buy it(from any kmart, walmart,gamestop,EB, ect.), i rather rent it or buy it for someone else for MUCH less. Thank you and Godd night.

boostbwoy
boostbwoy

i love dis game so much i tryinq to qet better at the multiplayer if they're any qood players that wanna help me check my profile 4 my gamertag !!!!

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

so it should sell like it has gears 2 is an amazing game and RonTorque it would suck with mouse and keyboard i could not think of a more awakard way to play gears.

RonTorque
RonTorque

I imagine the game with a mouse and a keyboard,it will be more EPIC

unknownman25
unknownman25

this "earlthecannibal" guy talks about one of the PC's biggest holiday games beeing World of Warcraft that makes the PC so much better, but he gave it a 5.5, I don't understand?

TWiSTEDmerc
TWiSTEDmerc

Maybe this means that they will try to squeaze GEARS 3 in to 2009 instead of taking 2 years.

XanderZane
XanderZane

"Cliff Bleszinski stated that there will never be a PC port." It would be a waste of time bringing it to the PC anyways. Can't wait for them to start working on the 3rd version. I know the people at Epic are like, "Damn, when didn't we start making console games a lot sooner. We've been wasting our time on PC games and not seeing nearly as much profit." Gears of War 2 alone has probably already profited Epic most then 3 times what then made on their last 2 PC only games. Crytek will be be next, even though Far Cry 2 didn't do that great to start. I'm still going to buy a copy next year.

shickadance33
shickadance33

hey earlthecannibal, get the @#$% out of this topic and go play your dork wizard games with your flamboyant colorful cape.. we get it you like your PC and by the looks of your pic you like your PC for porn too.

shickadance33
shickadance33

there was a update for matchmaking... it's not horrible,, it's amazing I have not been this hooked on a multiplayer game since halo 2. you can get a game instantly even with 4 players.

maverick_76
maverick_76

I have to admit that mmorpergers and effpeeesses along with arrrteeesses will always rule on the PC. But everything else is better on a console.

im2cool123
im2cool123

not bad considering all the bad things about this game, i heard that the online is horrible, sry to everyone who loves this game, just what ive been hearing

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

@petri87 I don't know what planet you are from, but Diablo 3, Wow or Crysis will never make it to consoles.( you can dream i guess) and those button mashing fighting games are all you have against a awesome RTS known as Warhammer 40k 2 or Sins of a solar empire?..........oh well to each his own i guess. Pc gaming will never die and whoever thinks that it will needs a labotomy.

Petri87
Petri87

@earlthecannibal - I wouldn't be so sure about Crysis or Diablo 3 coming to consols since Crytec has said that they will never do a PC only game again so they might port Crysis to the PS3 and 360 for a quick buck and Blizzard is bulking up a console development team. Also, how do only kids care about Street Fighter since its a old franchise that only old school gamers really know about. and Tekken 6 isn't really a game that only kids care about since no one cares about tekken anymore. And Warhammer 40k? Seriously, thats the best you con come up whit? Face it, most publishers dont wan't to make PC games anymore since they dont make as much moeny as they would whit a consoele release. PC as we know it is dying a slow death. Soon it will be only Sims 3 and WoW left along whit casual games and microtransaction games.

lathan94
lathan94

Im extreamly suprised to not see the game on the best of 2008 list.This is definatly one of the best games this year.

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

I don't think that it should get game of the year again this year. It just wouldn't seem right. It is a great game and all, and I do enjoy playing it ALOT, but still, I just think that there are some better games out there on consoles and PC's alike.

Guljigit92
Guljigit92

Pretty good suspected nothing less than that despite me being a PlayStation 3 owner