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Despite Reviews, DNF Was #2 Game in June

By - Source: Ars Technica | B 27 comments

NPD reports that Duke Nukem Forever was the #2 game in June across all three platforms.

Despite scoring in the 50s across all three platforms, Duke Nukem Forever managed to seat itself in the #2 position during the month of June, following one step behind L.A. Noire (419,000 copies) for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and one placement head of the PlayStation 3 exclusive, InFAMOUS 2. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean managed to claim the #4 spot followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops in the #6 spot, both also available on the PC.

"With sales data, It seems like *customers* love Duke," Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted when the game first appeared on store shelves. "I guess sometimes we want greasy hamburgers instead of caviar." And he may be right: the game, which launched in the States on June 14, sold 376,300 copies locally in just a few weeks.

According to the NPD chart, Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D landed in the #5 spot last month. NBA 2K11 ranked seventh, followed by Mortal Kombat, Cars 2 and Just Dance 2. Sony pointed out that InFAMOUS 2 was the best-selling first-party title, soaring above Zelda for the 3DS.

"The recently launched inFAMOUS 2 was the #1 software SKU in June," said SCEA's senior director of corporate communications, Patrick Seybold. "In addition, momentum is accelerating with the upcoming fall releases of Resistance 3 and UNCHARTED 3 on the horizon. This week the UNCHARTED 3 multiplayer beta surpassed 1.5 million unique players, demonstrating the strength of the PlayStation platform and consumers' interest in gaming experiences that combine rich stories, challenging gameplay, and exhilarating 3D immersion."

Despite the launch of Duke Nukem Forever and L.A. Noire, overall over-the-counter sales of hardware, software and accessories were down 10-percent compared to June 2010, earning $995 million. Console software sales took a 12-percent nosedive, dropping to $469.5 million; the overall software numbers only dropped 10-percent (or $508.9 million) when physical PC game sales are added to the mix. New video game hardware sales dropped from $401.7 million to $366.6 million whereas accessories dropped from $177.7 million to $158.9 million.

Will Duke Nukem Forever remain on the chart for July? It's possible despite all the negative reviews. At this point, most of the long-time fans have gotten their fill and have probably moved on to other titles like the spooky F.E.A.R. 3 and Red Faction Armageddon. What Duke needs now is incredible DLC similar to the content featured in the Duke Burger and Morninwood chapters mid-way through the game. Throw in some multiplayer bot support too since the online portion seems full of tumbleweeds and undisturbed layers of dust.

Here's a batch of screenshots I took during my first run through Duke Nukem Forever:

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    molo9000 , July 15, 2011 10:58 PM
    DNF was a lot better than most reviewers made it look.

    It's a mediocre shooter with a lot bad design decisions and a hefty dose of Duke Nukem humor on top.
    Not worth full price, but still more fun than all the other mediocre console shooters.

    People should buy DNF once it's down to budget price, just to remind them that first person shooters can have a sense of humor and be colorful and fun.
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    gnookergi , July 15, 2011 10:41 PM
    That's what happens to overhyped games.
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    jrharbort , July 15, 2011 10:43 PM
    Any publicity is good publicity.
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    molo9000 , July 15, 2011 10:58 PM
    DNF was a lot better than most reviewers made it look.

    It's a mediocre shooter with a lot bad design decisions and a hefty dose of Duke Nukem humor on top.
    Not worth full price, but still more fun than all the other mediocre console shooters.

    People should buy DNF once it's down to budget price, just to remind them that first person shooters can have a sense of humor and be colorful and fun.
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    skit75 , July 15, 2011 11:05 PM
    When you tell a critic the game has been in development for 14 years.... can you blame them for expecting well..... more?
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    redgarl , July 15, 2011 11:05 PM
    The critics are a bunch of morons. I stopped listening to them when they went soldout.

    Seriously, The Witcher 2 is the game of the decade and look at the crap they are trying to pull out their asses...!
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    Eggrenade , July 15, 2011 11:14 PM
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    Lego Pirates of the Caribbean managed to claim the #4 spot followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops in the #6 spot, both also available on the PC.


    Last I checked 5 followed 4, but I could be wrong.
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    tacoslave , July 16, 2011 1:00 AM
    i said i would still buy it even if it wasn't worth it (50 bucks for closure isn't all that bad guys)
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    randomizer , July 16, 2011 2:12 AM
    It's a Duke game. It was always going to sell well, regardless of whether it was awesome, mediocre or terrible. The demand for a game is based on primarily its brand, not its quality. That's why Activision manages to recycle CoD so many times. Eventually the lack of substance and/or innovation wears down the sales though; check out what's left of the Medal of Honor franchise.
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    mute20 , July 16, 2011 2:35 AM
    The call of duty of pc gaming.
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    maestintaolius , July 16, 2011 3:58 AM
    I wonder how many of those sales were because it was included in the 2k pack on steam.
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    demonhorde665 , July 16, 2011 5:25 AM
    mute20The call of duty of pc gaming.



    lol you're a dumb --- call of duty is the call of duty for pc , geezus , teh frist COD game was pc only for a year before it got ported to console LOL and every call of duty gmae has had a pc release.

    DNF stands alone , it's one of those games you either hate or love. personaly i loved it i though it was funny as hell , i didnt see where the hell people were saying is was mysoganistic (male chauvist yeah , but that a far cry from mysogany , which means to hate women). I thought some of the level design was just super awsome with only a few levels being mediocre in design, the graphics were dated .. but meh what can you expect from a game that has been in development for 14 years.
    and Duke was duke , i don't see where he came off as a creepy pervert all of a sudden to some reviewers ??? think they just grew out of that style of humor. i really thought the game was deserving of 70-80% rating instead of the 40-50 that most reviewers slapped on it. It ws certainly awhiff of fresh air in the current game land scape which seems to be stepping on egg shells with politicans and bending over backwards to please nutty parent groups. ask me this is teh kind of game that needs releasing every now and then if for no other reason than to slap our sensitve "pussy-a--ed" society in the face . hoenstly i'm really sick of our touchy society that crys foul at every thing
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    JOSHSKORN , July 16, 2011 5:39 AM
    There will be more Duke Nukems, too. This should be interesting.
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    doorspawn , July 16, 2011 7:54 AM
    In environments like this, the quality of the game affects the next release more than the previous.

    DNF sold well based on DN3D, not on DNF.

    We'll see how well the DNF expansions sell (if they exist), or how well future releases go.
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    the_krasno , July 16, 2011 10:09 AM
    I'll wait till I can grab it for half price, for what I've heard it's pretty entertaining, just not worth 50 bucks.
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    flowingbass , July 16, 2011 1:45 PM
    Who are the poeple who has the actual money that can buy games? ADULTS. And who are the people who anticipated duke nukem more than anyone? ADULTS. And who are the people who already had the privilege of playing the past duke nukem games when they were actually new and ground breaking? Kids back then that are now ADULTS.
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    eddieroolz , July 16, 2011 2:01 PM
    Well that's good for them. I merely think its the hype that helped the sales, however.
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    K-zon , July 16, 2011 4:41 PM
    Isn't the fact of something hooribly gone wrong, and easily solved with a bigger gun the base point of Duke Nukem? So why would that say its a worser release then the other releases? Another then the fact they couldnt get something that was "wrong" "right". But saying knowing Right doesnt mean wrong though as well, unfortunately.

    But to say, you get the best stuff at the beginning of any game is to say probably, you can beat a game without playing it. Idk.. Should of still been good anyways, long waited for the release if i recall correctly.
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    cobra5000 , July 16, 2011 6:07 PM
    "Hail to the king, Baby"!
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    Aionism , July 16, 2011 9:24 PM
    molo9000People should buy DNF once it's down to budget price, just to remind them that first person shooters can have a sense of humor and be colorful and fun.

    Why waste your money? Serious Sam 3 is coming soon.
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    jkflipflop98 , July 17, 2011 12:31 AM
    Sales figures like this never include Steam's sales. Valve doesn't release those numbers.

    Plus, this article specifically mentions only the 360 and PS3 versions, NOT the PC version (which is where most people are going to get Duke).
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