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Halo 4 and Borderlands 2 Fail To Frag Black Ops 2

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Halo 4 and Borderlands 2 Fail To Frag Black Ops 2

For fans of first person shooters, 2012 has been a busy year, with the release of Black Ops 2, Halo 4, and Borderlands 2. In the span of a few months, we have gone from dusty Pandora and its cast of crazy characters in Borderlands 2 to the lead-ridden cities of Black Ops 2 and, of course, back to the futuristic, alien worlds of Halo 4. I love all of these games, but I was surprised at just how much Call of Duty Blacp Ops 2 dominated the first week sales, and ultimately refuses to give up the crown as the King of FPS.

Borderlands 2 and Halo 4 Hoped To Use CoD Hater Ammo To Dethrone Black Ops 2

To some extent one can argue that Borderlands 2′s 2k Games and Halo 4′s 343 studios were secretly, if not flat out openly, hoping to; in fact believing, they would outsell, outclass, and out shoot the reigning CoD franchise and what would be it’s latest entry, Black Ops 2. No doubt the underlying current disdain some gamers have for the CoD franchise gave them “ammo” for just that. This was not to be.

Black Ops 2 Sales

Units sold by a game are irrelevant to that particular game’s quality, much less to my love for it, but I still found these sales statistics very interesting. In comparing sales, independent of content and to whom each title appeals, it is worth noting that while Borderlands and Black Ops 2 are multi-platform, we are just going to be talking about their Xbox 360 sales.

Borderlands 2 sold really well, over 200% more than the first Borderlands game did, as a matter of fact. While a follow up title was never a question after seeing the impressive numbers of the first game, the sales were still a shock. Borderlands 2 made a lot of changes to their game, streamlining the experience and adding depth through characters and combat. The fans showed their appreciation with their wallets, making Borderlands 2 one of the best selling games of 2012. I know that many of us thought it would do better than the fist Borderlands, but to sell that much more took many of us by surprise.

black ops 2 vs halo 4 vs borderlands 2

Halo 4, I have heard, is the most expensive video game ever made. A quick look at the game shows why. It is simply gorgeous to look at and the step up over its predecessor was huge. It showed a new company can be trusted to steer a beloved franchise in the right direction. More than that, it gave fans a chance to once again be Master Chief. No doubt, the Halo games sell huge amounts, they are by far one of the biggest selling console exclusives this generation. Halo 4 sold just shy of four million copies in its first week. That is a huge number that I am sure pleased Microsoft. You could also argue that Halo had to go head to head with the US election, which might have cost them a few units, but four million is no small feat.

Black Ops 2 Reigns Supreme

Then we have Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which sold a phenomenal  11 million copies across all platforms in its first week of sales, with 6.21 million of that total being Xbox 360 customers. How insane is that? I really thought that it would have been a closer race. To be honest if in September you had asked me which would sell more on the Xbox 360, Halo or CoD, I would have said Halo without hesitation. Yet, here we are with an extra two million copies sold (and counting). Black Ops 2 certainly took a rocket launcher to its competition as far as sales are concerned. Of course, sales do not mean that it’s a better game, but doubling your competitors numbers is not an easily dismissed achievement.

Black Ops 2 by Veritas and Jason Bourne.

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