Medal of Honor scores $100 million in 5 days

EA CEO John Riccitiello reveals solid sales-dollar total for shooter series reboot, which has already sold 1.5 million units.

Yesterday, Electronic Arts tried to dispel negative press perceptions about Medal of Honor by announcing the game had sold 1.5 million units. Last week, concern over mixed reviews of the game--which is supposed to be EA's answer to the Call of Duty series--was blamed for a one-day, 6 percent slide in EA's stock price.

Medal of Honor has blown up to the tune of $100 million.

Today, EA CEO John Riccitiello explained how well the game is doing in terms of sales dollars. When asked on the Fox Business Network if publishers could gauge consumers' appetite for games leading up to this holiday season, Riccitiello said the following:

"I think we can. For instance, a title we released a couple of weeks ago--Medal of Honor? It's already done, in its first five days, $100 million at retail. Compare that to box office for a major movie. For instance, Social Network is out right now, and three weeks in, it has yet to get to $100 million. So when you have a single game trumping Hollywood box office in five days, it doesn't look so bad."

He rebuffed the host's suggestions that reviewers had been "smacking down" Medal of Honor by calling it a "spectacular game." "It's a little like movie reviews--there's an opinion for everyone," he said. "There are some that absolutely love it; it's gotten more 90 reviews than almost any other game we've seen this year, and it's also gotten some 60 reviews."

Riccitiello believes the review divide derives from the game's subject matter, not its gameplay. He explained, "I think what's happened in this case is that the battle takes place in Afghanistan. That's a tough subject for a lot of people, and I think that's caused some polarizing reviews."

When the host suggested you could play as the Taliban in an early version of the game--a side now called simply "opposing force"--Riccitiello explained that the single-player portion of the game was a story of "good versus evil," which cast players as a US serviceman. In the multiplayer, he explained, one side has to be the opponent by default. "When you played cowboys and Indians as a kid, somebody had to…be the Indians. It's not really fun if everyone's a cowboy," he summarized.

Medal of Honor shipped for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 12. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's full review

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193 comments
kais112
kais112

how did it get so bad a score when so many people here like the game this is a game where i have played the singleplayer more than the multiplayer hats off to Danger Close

kais112
kais112

@PredatorRules: no the first game with modern warfare was a battlefield game another cod fanboy who hasn't played any other games

meinfart
meinfart

I mayd gud raveew uv this gaym. clik mi profyl

aboghannam
aboghannam

So, the Americans and the cowboys are the good guys?!! Truely, history is written by the victor!

akiwak
akiwak

At $60 a game per customer it is much easier to make $100k than and average ticket price of $8 per moviegoer.

mistressdeath
mistressdeath

No wonder there are so many for sale on Craigs List! Bummer

LeMeAtOm
LeMeAtOm

@grove12345 I think you'll find medal of honor preceeded Call of duty by 4 years, or 1 year if you count the awesome allied assault on PC, which call of duty took a lot from in the beginning. MOH and COD have always been different beasts and the similarity ends where the depths are. I'm sure any veteran will agree

grove12345
grove12345

$100 million great. Now thats an incentive for more copy and paste FPS. Cant wait to play more of these FPS that play exactly like COD for the next few years. Kind of like how MMORPGs all play like WOW. Need change please

tekkelite
tekkelite

Has everyone forgotten the game Black that was a great modern fps or how about Rainbow 6 Vegas that was an awesome modern fps. Most games today are copies of copies of copies and as long as those copies are great games, hell I'll take it. Quit arguing and start GAMING.

N-REAL
N-REAL

I enjoyed the game.

BrandonForland
BrandonForland

LOOL!!! 100 MIl... yea right... And if it were so.. I feel really bad for the people that threw their hard earned cash in the trash..

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@wolf0 It is well balanced.MoH multiplayer is made by DICE and it's not a Cod rip off.Since the first MoH games it's always been like that.If anything CoD has "ripped off" MoH. Ripped off isn't the correct term though because if that was the case every fps "ripped off",Wolfenstein,Doom,Quake and Goldeneye 007 aswell as MoH,Tom Clancy and Halo hear and there.Without developpers looking at the competition genres wouldn't evolve or improve.

flawedenigma
flawedenigma

BS they didn't sell over 100million. The big companies (EA, and others) have admonished anyone from posting N P D reports as of late. They sold 1.5m most likely worldwide but i doubt anywhere near 100million.

petemig
petemig

So many poor souls wasted their money on this trash...

PredatorRules
PredatorRules

@laplace985 - which game tries to copy Halo?

laplace985
laplace985

The call of duty and halo fan clubs are cults; I don't understand why so many game companies try to beat call of duty at what they do best. Halo and call of duty will never be topped by any other company. Game companies should focus on making more original first person shooters; such as portal 2. That game will take the world by storm.

maximo
maximo

LOL I was one of the mugs that contributed to this horrific mess

lithus
lithus

Good for MoH, enjoy it now...cause after 11/9 it's gonna get ugly.

PredatorRules
PredatorRules

@BilderbergGroup - I'm not stupid but I'm not smart either, HEY WAIT you remember the year 2003? oh yeah that's the year when the 1st CoD game came out and humiliated the MoH franchice :D and as far as I remember the concept of Modern Warfare in FPSs came in the CoD series, MoH are just trying to keep up the phase ;)

BilderbergGroup
BilderbergGroup

@PredatorRules WOW! You're stupid the Medal of Honor series came out first.

kastir
kastir

I preordered, but sent it back unopened for a refund when I saw the reviews so I can't comment on gameplay. @PredatorRules - bad games that are sequels to good games always sell well. It isn't until the *next* game in the franchise comes out you find you've lost your audience.

player4life
player4life

i got the game and i have to say its ok,nothing great,after i finish the game i sending it back to gamefly and im going to stick to playing bf2 online

PredatorRules
PredatorRules

sad to hear such lame game got so many sales, maybe if gamers weren't hyped about a cheap copy of CoD game that wouldn't happened

Elann2008
Elann2008

And I'm very happy to see the Medal of Honor supporters. To people who actually played the game, and liked it, thumbs up. No thanks to people who come on here and act like they played the game, and bash it.

Elann2008
Elann2008

@IRoxxorUrSoxxor Nope it's not a joke. If it was a "joke" I would have put a face like this: :P or I would say "jk" or "I kid." But nice try... I dont think you've ever played the game. Not every game is trying to be modern warfare, and just because it's a contemporary military shooter, you and everyone else that has your mentality screams Modern Warfare 2..

wolf0
wolf0

@MEDzZ3RO lol multiplayer is not well balanced i ad no where to go i just spawn and died that what spawn killing is not saying all machs are like that its to to easy to take a m24 and camp i tryed that one mach i just went to a place and stayed there got 24 kills no deaths that not fun thats lame campaign is COD nock off to a t and on hard only took me 6 hours its just i want more from dice after BFBC2 being so good

frazzle00
frazzle00

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jun_a1a1
jun_a1a1

best in FPS....loved the game....as real as it can be........

shaunn191
shaunn191

I wouldn't mind trying it, but i know Battlefield Bad Company 2 will be able to stay fun until Battlefield 3 comes out.

Red122
Red122

@_Blinx_ I couldnt agree more with you I 100% enjoy this game and as far as first person shooters compared to all cod games this single player campaign is amazing its a great game and that is what it is a game keep the politics to yourself people and stop crying over this.

_Binx_
_Binx_

This game might have had a mixed receival, but personally I disagree with a lot of the complaints. I don't care if the campaign is heavily scripted if the experience of playing it is still great, which I thought MoH's was. And the invisible walls were never, ever a problem for me. The route was tactically logical, and I never found myself waiting for squad members to keep up or vice versa. Regarding the multiplayer, yes, there's a pretty steep learning curve, and you'll die lots at first. The problem is, though, that people are intimidated by this and they start camping. I find that the key to success isn't camping, but using cover to move forward and outflanking the enemy.

VinceL
VinceL moderator

Can't wait to try this out on PC but still feel slighted by lack of DLC.

sparkyMARK93
sparkyMARK93

Ok, i think the game was about a 70 overall? the single player was entertaining and good. But too short, multiplayer was half way to being as good as battlefield. Had it a week, trading it tommorow for fallout new vegas, 5 hours? or over 50 hours of gameplay. hmm.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

got this game on release & I like it.. More realistic than the others.. Good its selling well.. People should try it before knockin it..

mad1er
mad1er

i sucked online at first. but after a few hours youll be sniping and rushing with the best of them. people are scared off by how much you die at first there by saying moh multiplayer sucks. stop crying and grow a pair...

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@wolf0 Over exaggeration.Did it ever occur to you that if you moved faster or went a different way you wouldn't get spawn killed. In MoH you don't get people squatting in a room ready to shoot you in the back,they do move but just not "run 'n' gunning". I too got the game on day one and it's worth every pence of it's £38 price tag,especially seeing as you get the HD version of Frontline and free downloadable content in the future with it too.Its campaign is one of the best I've played in an fps game in the last 10 years.Its multiplayer is well balanced but brutal and up there with the best of them. Rent the game however if you are only interested in its campaign;that's not because it's bad but because it's short and sweet;it will take roughly 5-10 hours to complete dependant on the difficulty.Tier 1 does offer some great replay value but its campaign just isn't long enough to justify a purchase;Call Of Duty,Bad Company 2 and Halo suffer from the same issue.

wolf0
wolf0

yes i got it day one and done with it not worth $60 the online so bad noting but campers i like the fact one shot kills more like real life but the spawn killeing is so bad i got killed like 15 times in a row i could not even move no joke in BFBC2 this did not happen

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19Gam3NErD91

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Kismetic
Kismetic

This is good for the MOH camp having some success making a modern war title. MOH use to be the standard in WWII war games.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

well they didn't make money off me, cause i don't buy any game EA publishes at all. (they took NFL license from sega in 2005. i prefered NFL 2K series over the crap EA puts out called Madden)

19Gam3NErD91
19Gam3NErD91

"There are some that absolutely love it; it's gotten more 90 reviews than almost any other game we've seen this year" where the hell did he get that from ? i thought he wasn't like bobby kotick but maybe i should change my mind.

sgt_holt5
sgt_holt5

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LTMarine
LTMarine

I thought it was ok .Scripted events kinda pissed me off sometimes ,when you have to wait for all of your team members to climb over some object and only then you can move forward ,but the gameplay itself was good ,little short though ,i finished the campaign in roughly 5 hours with some smoke brakes ,dont really care about the multiplayer.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Loved the single player. I like the multiplayer in that is straight forward, no perks and what not but it has a lack of guns and customization that no matter if you love or hate COD, you appreciated the depth of weapon and customization. It also has some issus (spawning for one) that take away from the fun. With a TAT that DICE had from BFBC2 to this,there just wasnt enough time to execute it properly. I wish they would have just let EA LA take full control of the game and take the extra time to make the product better.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I'll wait till it comes down in price

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

I bought into the hype and I regret it. Not a good game and not worth $60, Medal of Honor fanboys can thumbs me down all they want it's the truth (Good games don't get so many bad reviews).

scarred_fox
scarred_fox

something told me $60 bucks wasnt worth it, but i never owned a 'Medal of Honor' title and since it was about modern combat which i have been a part of, it meant a little bit more to me. unfortunatly th multiplayer was garbage.

Nodashi
Nodashi

A little more smoothtalk sir, please. Afghanistan my ass. The game is good, but it's not great. Anyone that played BFBC2 will instantly feel it's derivative, and lacking the greatest asset BF has - destructable environment. They wanted to make a Modern Warfare clone with the BF engine. IT could have worked, if they where clear about it and launched it as a BFBC2 mod/DLC. Not the case. Again the game is not bad, I played some 30 hours in Beta, but didn't buy. And I'm not touchy about afghanistan, I'm not even American (or, worse, Afghan). And I'm still waiting for BF3. And I"ll buy BFBC2: Vietnam DLC. Napalm is always good.