Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sly Cooper: another Sony title bombs, barely disrupts the Vita chart

In the U.K. at least, Sly Cooper wasn't a welcome critter, failing to make the combined top 30 (around 8,000 sales needed based on available info), only making No. 13 on the PS3 chart and No. 5 on the Vita chart. Sure, all the console gamers rushed out to get Bioshock Infinite, but there was little competition on the Vita.

The game managed decent reviews, but I've hardly noticed any marketing for it and in the current era, its cartoon approach might be perceived as a game for the younger player. Perhaps if the UK version had sported a British voice-cast (expensive, I know, but in the demo and trailers, the voices were so bland) it would have generated more awareness and  done a little better.

On Amazon's popular list its below pre-orders of Soul Sacrifice (FYI shipping with a month's PS+ sub - see below), which is looking like the system's next big seller here.

1 - FIFA 13 EA SPORTS
2 + ASSASSIN'S CREED III LIBERATION UBISOFT
3 - CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS DECLASSIFIED ACTIVISION
4 + NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED EA GAMES
5 new SLY COOPER: THIEVES IN TIME SONY

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2013 UKIE Ltd

On the plus side, it sold around 100,000 across both formats on its launch week in the U.S., and it should have a decent life on PSN with a fair £19.99 price, but with a 3.3GB file size I'm not sure how many will be downloading it as a priority buy.

1 comment:

  1. Sadly it doesn't surprise me with a lot of games these days. In my local town there are now only three stores that stock games - a large Tesco Extra store, Argos and a branch of Game.

    Tesco has about six PS Vita titles and the most recent of these dates back to October, Argos has about the same range and Game has such a small display that it is hidden in the back of the store next to the 3DS accessories.

    A significant number of Vita games are now sold digitally and its no wonder when retail shows us so little support - we don't really have the choice when it comes to where we buy our games from. Even the PS3 version of Sly Cooper was hard to find around here and I don't even recall seeing it in Game.

    To be honest, stores are only interested in the multi-format "blockbusters" or budget price games and these days Game seems to give more emphasis on pre-owned than anything else.

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