Video Game Sales Report for 4th Quarter Releases

Well this was an exciting 4th quarter wasn’t it? Not only did many of our old favorites released new games in their series make a return to our consoles, but we even got a new IP or two. And let me tell you, they made a killing. Video games are such a relatively new media that sometimes it’s easy to forget how big the market is. You want to get an idea of how big video games have gotten? Take a look at this list:

Assassin’s Creed III

Assassin’s Creed III is the fifth main installment in the series. This game is notable in that it deviates from the usual Renaissance era Italy and instead takes place in Colonial America during the Revolution. To my knowledge, this is the first AAA title ever released to have this setting. Critics and fans were generally positive about this game. It currently has a score of 80 on MetaCritic. How well did this game sell? Well to start off, let me say that by October, Ubisoft announced that this game attracted more pre-orders then any other game they had previously released. This was more than double the amount that the previous record holder, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, had reached. As of December 12, the game had sold 7 million copies sold for Assassins Creed 3. Overall, Assasin’s Creed III was the fourth best-selling game of 2012 and second best for the last quarter leading up to Christmas so we have no doubt that its yearly totals will not dissapoint. Millions of people have enjoyed the game, so if you haven’t played it, I suggest you pick it up.

Halo 4


Halo 4 is another sequel that swept the market last year. This game is the latest installment in the Halo franchise. After being stranded in space in Halo 3, Master Chief makes his return. This game is notable as it was the first Halo game to be developed not by Bungie, but by 343 Industries. Fans have been waiting a long time to see their favorite Spartan to return. The game grossed $220 million on opening day, breaking all records for the franchise’s launch day sales. The game has sold more than 4 million copies and is the third best-selling game of 2012.


It’s refreshing to see a new IP get published, and from Bethesda no less. Dishonored is a stealth game set in 19th century England, another rare setting for a game. The game received a lot of praise, and while not everybody loved it, not many disliked it. Dishonored was the third best selling game on Steam the week before its release. The game dominated in the UK, becoming the number one PC game and coming in second place behind FIFA 13. It was also the best-selling original game of the year. Although Bethesda didn’t disclose official sales numbers, we know that it sold enough for Bethesda to decide to make it into a franchise.

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 is another very special game released last year. There aren’t a lot of open-world FPSes out there. Far Cry 3 takes place on an island, where you are tasked with the challenge of rescuing your friends from an insane slavery operation. The game was almost universally loved by critics; even Toonami took a crack at reviewing this game. Game Trailers even praised the game’s similarities to Assassin’s Creed. The game sold enough to reach number six in game sales for December. 850,000 units were moved that month.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

This game is the follow up to the 2010 game in the Call of Duty franchise. This game is probably the most popular first-person shooter game in the world. Black Ops II was so popular, that 16,000 stores held a midnight opening for the game’s release day. Within 24 hours, the game grossed half a million dollars, beating out the previous Call of Duty game to be the biggest launch in the history of entertainment. Overall, the game sold 7.5 million copies in the month, becoming the highest selling game of the year. That is how huge the franchise has gotten. The franchise will no doubt continue to shatter records for a long time coming.

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