The new “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2″ video game complete with zombies, a massive multiplayer campaign system, and new online features, is looking to score big numbers. Many are wondering if it will be able to outdo another popular title just released, “Halo 4″ for the Xbox 360. With recent numbers reported on the latter game, and positive remarks about the newer release, it seems it has a “good shot.”
According to a Washington Post article, the new “Black Ops 2″ is looking not only to take out the fourth installment of “Halo,” but it’s also looking to outdo its own records. The previous record for a video game launch was the original “Black Ops,” which earned over $650 million in five days. Before that it was the “Modern Warfare” edition of the game that topped sales records. “Modern Warfare” was released in 2007, while “Black Ops” came out in 2010.
While “Black Ops II” seems to have the advantage, another game will give it competition in terms of holiday spending. The Post notes that the new “Halo 4″ game had a spectacular recent debut as it generated over $220 million in global sales in just its first 24 hours on sale. Xbox Live’s Director of Programming Larry Hyrb believes that has the game on pace for $300 million in sales for the week, which is a stellar start for the Xbox-only title. For comparison’s sake, the new “Halo 4″ also surpassed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ for its first day sales.
It’s been reported that video game sales were down 25% just before the holiday shopping season began. The bad news there was that it happened even as highly anticipated games such as “Dishonored” and “Borderlands 2″ were released. However, neither of these games is quite the caliber of a “Halo 4″ or “Black Ops 2.” While “Halo” will be exclusively snatched up by Xbox 360 owners, the new “Call of Duty” will be purchased by both Xbox 360 and PS3 owners, giving it even more potential for huge numbers.
Adding to that, “Call of Duty’s” latest entry in its series has been given a high Metacritic rating of 86 out of 100. The majority of positive remarks tend to center on the game’s multiplayer campaigns, which many critics have called the game’s true strength, compared to single-player. Gamers are set to enjoy these aspects of the game along with the ability to blast apart zombies in new ways as well as stream their games live on YouTube as part of a new feature.
With all that in mind, these two games should be key in terms of holiday video game sales to close out 2012. “FIFA 13″ has also been listed as a potential big seller for the holidays, with the new Nintendo Wii U system expected to contribute to sales as well. Once the new “Grand Theft Auto” arrives in 2013, numbers should be at a very good place in the video game industry.
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