Medal of Honor Sales Are Not Amazing

Greg Tito

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Medal of Honor Sales Are Not Amazing



EA's latest MoH shooter fails to impress critics and only sells 1.5 million copies in the first five days.

By most accounts, selling that many copies in the first week would be considered a fantastic success for a game. But EA has been heavily marketing the title and claiming that the Medal of Honor franchise will from The Escapist's own Steve Butts [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/103726-EA-Medal-of-Honor-Will-Overtake-Call-of-Duty]. Sorry, EA, maybe you'll have better luck with Battlefield.

That didn't stop EA from rolling out shiny new multiplayer modes. The mode will involve teamwork and include two new maps: Bagram Hangar and Khyber Cave. Called "Clean Sweep," the multiplayer pack will be available to download from PSN and XBL on November 2nd free of charge for those of you who bought the game new and have the Online Pass. There is no word how much it will cost if you don't have the code for the Online Pass.

"Medal of Honor is one of EA's most storied franchises and we're thrilled to see that fans worldwide have embraced it," EA's President Frank Gibeau. "In this ultra competitive category, Medal of Honor stands out from the pack. By portraying the Tier 1 Operator as so elite, so tough, Medal of Honor offers a view into a world that has the power to resonate with FPS gamers everywhere."

While Frank may believe that he's got the best game out there, the truth is that Medal of Honor just doesn't live up to its competitors. As Mr. Butts says, MoH tries to do everything that Modern Warfare 2 did but it just falls short. It's certainly possible that MoH will be a sleeper hit and sell well on its multiplayer alone, but I wouldn't bet the farm on that.

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tomtom94

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Quelle surprise.

Perhaps this will prove to other companies that follow-the-leader often doesn't work.
 

Thyunda

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tomtom94 said:
Quelle surprise.

Perhaps this will prove to other companies that follow-the-leader often doesn't work.
Agreed - I think Modern Warfare 2 has that market pretty much locked down. The only thing I'd want to add is vehicular combat, and I think EA's other shooters have that covered, don't they?
 

Legion

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Kind of serves them right for trying to jump on the bandwagon really. It's a little like Haze with the whole special-armoured soldier thing.
 

icyneesan

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They should have just reboxed Medal of Honor Allied Assault. I bet you $5 it would have made double sales :p
 

Redlin5_v1legacy

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Seems like everyone who wanted Modern Warfare 2 already bought it already... I bet Bobby Kotick and his friends from Infinity Ward are laughing right now.
 

DrScoobs

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i remember when there was a time when major I.Ps could only dream of selling 1.5 million in 5 days. alas times have changed :p
 

Bretty

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Why people would want to mimick CoD:MW I have no idea.

I wont even be bothering to download this game.
 

SovietSecrets

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"In this ultra competitive category, Medal of Honor stands out from the pack. By portraying the Tier 1 Operator as so elite, so tough, Medal of Honor offers a view into a world that has the power to resonate with FPS gamers everywhere."

Oh yeah very elite and tough. So tough that my guy can't climb up a ledge without the help of someone.
 

Trogdor1138

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Wait, so selling 1.5 million goddamn copies isn't impressive enough?

The games industry has an even more warped view of success than I thought. What happened to the days of a game selling one million copies total was a good feat?
 

Proverbial Jon

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This isn't surprising news.

Medal of Honor haven't made a decent game since Allied Assault back in 2002. Then a year later, up pops Call of Duty and the WW2 FPS market was well and truly taken from MOH. Well they've made some brave attempts to regain the crown with Airborne and now this... sadly it would seem that COD reigns supreme now.

It saddens me really, I'm not a COD fan by any means, but it does annoy me when these developers try so hard to become "better than the competition" simply by making the same game. I mean, honestly guys?
 

Olikunmissile

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Meh you win some you lose some.

I just happen to have lost £40.

Still, keeps me busy till my new vegas arrives.
 

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metroidgearsolid said:
i remember when there was a time when major I.Ps could only dream of selling 1.5 million in 5 days. alas times have changed :p
I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought this. Given how crappy the game is I'm actually shocked it sold that many.
 

Caliostro

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Hey EA... I told you so.

Literally, I posted that this would happen in your forums months ago.

Aiming to dethrone games specifically never works. You end up with a cheap copy of something people already paid for. It didn't work for the hundreds of "Halo killers", it didn't work for the thousands of "WoW killers". Take a note.

PS: Aiming to dethrone terrible piles of shit (MW2) works even less.