Resistance 3 Sales - Does Sony Still Care About The PlayStation 3?

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Resistance 3 Sales - Does Sony Still Care About The PlayStation 3?

Resistance 3 is supposed to be a big exclusive for Sony, a first-person shooter (FPS) series that helped launch the PlayStation 3 (in arguably one of the worst videogame console launches of all time) before molding into one of the platform holder's premier franchises.

However, first-week sales for the game are anything but impressive, bordering downright pathetic leading into arguably one of the most competitive few months in the industry in a long time (Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3, Skyrim, Gears of War 3, Forza 4, Batman: Arkham City, just to name a few).

Where did Sony go so wrong in its marketing for Resistance 3, and is Uncharted 3 on the same pathway to retail destruction?

Probably not.  Simply put, Resistance 3 was never that much of a franchise, but it did hold up as a very solid FPS series with an intriguing story (now, if only the developer could actually execute the story on a level that gamers can appreciate).

It is very troublesome to see the game's sales, though, and the figures do raise some questions as to Sony's handling of a game that could very well have the potential to move hardware on its own accord.

The fact that the third game in a series can only sell a mere 274,000 copies of the game (only just surpassing Resistance 1's first-week figures by a mere 30,000 -- remember: the first game was a launch title) for a console with an install base of roughly 53 million is disappointing to say the least, but not at all surprising.

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Why isn't it surprising? Well, looking back over the past few months, we've been subjected to anything but Resistance 3. A few dev diaries here and there, a nice little Alice Springs reveal to get Aussie gamers excited and some multiplayer footage didn't really do enough to get the game hyped up, all the while Microsoft was absolutely whoring the crap out of Gears of War 3.

Are the sales of Resistance 3 indicative of the game's quality, a dying franchise, a crashing genre or a platform holder more focused on its upcoming handheld?

I personally think the latter, and to me, Resistance 3 kind of felt like an afterthought. I'm constantly bombarded with videogame updates and trailers on a daily basis and the games with the most attention and hype are generally the ones on my mind.

Surprisingly, Resistance 3 kind of crept up on me. Gamescom 2011 came and went with little to no information on the game, and apart from some wisecracks from the retired and then reinstated Kevin Butler, the game was blanketed under a bombardment of Vita info and hype from the Tokyo Game Show.

Japan's annual videogame extravaganza came and went, and we came out of the show with Vita information overload (not that that's a bad thing!).

I've been thinking about this lately because I had heard word that Resistance 3 had gotten off to a bad start, and now these sales figures all but confirm those concerns. The entire situation is eerily reminiscent of the latter years of the PlayStation 2 era, as Sony was ramping up its support for the PSP through 2004, leading into its revealing of the PlayStation 3.

This might very well be a non-issue -- a mere fault on Sony's behalf for not marketing a game at a level indicative of its quality and standing among the install base -- but it seems incredibly unlikely that such a major release would be so blantantly ignored if it is as important a franchise as Resistance is made out to be.

It's a shame, because Resistance 3 is actually a very enjoyable shooter -- both online and offline -- and arguably the best in the trilogy. And yet it's come at a time when its publisher is shifting its focus to new hardware, while third-party publishers ramp up their support for upcoming blockbusters.

By Gaetano Prestia

Did you buy Resistance 3? Do you think it's been neglected on the marketing front, and if so, did this contribute to its poor first-week sales?

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I think the focus is undoubtedly on Vita and will be for a while. Resistance 3 just came out at a really bad time.

I hope Uncharted 3 doesn't suffer the same retail fate.
The Resistance series sucks, everyone knows it. Nothing Sony could have done really
It felt like wind, came and went. I felt like Sony didn't market this game much, I think they're paying most of their attention on Vita which is reasonable. Resistance 3 did what Resistance 1 felt right; weapon wheel, a health meter, and a fun Chimera genocide (I would mention online but I haven't played enough of it yet). But it also felt like it was released because they had to.

I'm glad the trilogy ended nicely but it ended quite peacefully.
I didn't really like the Resistance story with the alternate history, chimera n etc. I like the alien invasion style story but the Resistance story didn't make me get into it.
lack of advertising of Sony killed the exclusives. The consoles are selling but no one knows about the games. [Facepalm]
But I guess having so many exclusives is a good thing if they're not selling especially well? Those a pretty bad figures considering the modest success of the first, and disappointing considering this the best Resistance in the series.
I just realized this game came out. I remember a bit of hype (just barely) about the game's rumored "PSN Pass" thing, and that's the last time I heard about it, save for some guy on Twitter talking about its alternate cover. Normally I'm all over game releases, pouring over reviews, and, especially because I'm thinking about buying a PS3, I'm looking at a lot of PS3 reviews. But I totally missed this. -_-
I hope some don't think this is a stab at Sony. Definitely not. If anything I praise the direction with Vita, but acknowledge that this supposed big franchise for the PS3 has just been blanketed while the shift is to the handheld. I wonder how Uncharted will fair next to Uncharted 2?
I'm buying it next week hopefully [Shifty]

I loved the second but honestly had no idea the third was being released till a week before .. :(
I bought the game and im still having a hell of a time playing it, the multiplayer is fun and very balanced, but what really shines is the campaign, its fun plain unadulterated fun, the guns are so creative and really spice up the gameplay from your average war game. It sad to see low sales on this game, as I would love to continue seeing sequels, I hope this is not the end of the franchise

cell989 said: I bought the game and im still having a hell of a time playing it, the multiplayer is fun and very balanced, but what really shines is the campaign, its fun plain unadulterated fun, the guns are so creative and really spice up the gameplay from your average war game. It sad to see low sales on this game, as I would love to continue seeing sequels, I hope this is not the end of the franchise



I hope so to! I don't think enough people are playing this game. I know of so many people that just completely forgot it even existed. I remember Resistance 2 being pumped up so much!
This article sucks !!! the only reason why resistance 3 didn't get a lot of sales its because those stupid games like COD and battle field, it seems like those two have monopolized the gaming industry, why do people choose to play a game they take less than a year to make with a terrible campaign, is it for the easy kills on multiplayer or the camping spots?

JRodriguez said: This article sucks !!! the only reason why resistance 3 didn't get a lot of sales its because those stupid games like COD and battle field, it seems like those two have monopolized the gaming industry, why do people choose to play a game they take less than a year to make with a terrible campaign, is it for the easy kills on multiplayer or the camping spots?


but battlefield and CoD aren't released for over a month :S. Its got little to do with CoD and Battlfield. I guess it somewhat does considering resistance has a cliche deathmatch style multiplayer. People generally only want one of those per year(CoD fills this gap for most people).

As the article says, it is due to little advertisement. A game can't sell if people don't know its released.


@tano i think you put too much emphasis on Vita. I personally fail to see how the Vita existing would stop a person from buying a PS3 game. I agree that Vita took the attention of Sony fans away from Resistance 3, but i would hardly call Vita the reason.
i bought the doomsday edition [monkey]

M@ndyz said: i bought the doomsday edition



Where did you buy it from?

Jason said:

M@ndyz said: i bought the doomsday edition


Where did you buy it from?

gamesplus.com.au/... :)

M@ndyz said:
Where did you buy it from?

gamesplus.com.au/...



Thank yous :)

Jason said:

M@ndyz said:
Where did you buy it from?

gamesplus.com.au/...
Thank yous


no worries shipping is $6 i think.. its fantastic price [Derp]

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