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Fallout 3 outsells all previous Fallout games

Fallout 3 outsells all previous Fallout games

Fallout 3 has outsold all previous Fallout games combined in just a week of being on sale.

Fallout 3 is doing pretty well for itself it seems. According to recent sales figures from GfK Chart-Track Bethesda's foray into the post-nuclear genre has sold almost 60 percent faster than the studios last title, Oblivion.

What's more, Fallout 3 is currently topping the sales charts on all platforms it was released on and has outsold all of the previous Fallout games combined, including the lack-lustre spin-offs Brotherhood of Steel and Fallout Tactics.

According to sales figures around 55 percent of those sales were done on the Xbox 360, 28 percent were done on the PlayStation 3 and only 17 percent on the PC. Looks like Bethesda was right to aim the game at the Xbox 360 then, from a financial point of view anyway.

Fallout 3 managed to top the All Formats chart too, knocking Fable 2 from the top-spot and resisting the rising successes of FIFA '09 and Wii Fit despite the fact that Wii Fit was enjoy a week of phenomenal sales, again.

Fallout 3 casts players as an adventurer in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, searching for their father while staving off super mutants and trying to survive amid the ruins of Washington DC.

You can check out our full Fallout 3 review for more information on the game, or just let us know what you think in the forums.

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UrbanMarine 4th November 2008, 13:15 Quote
Figures Bethesda would make money off other Devs street credit.
Bladestorm 4th November 2008, 13:19 Quote
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According to sales figures around 55 percent of those sales were done on the Xbox 360, 28 percent were done on the PlayStation 3 and only 17 percent on the PC. Looks like Bethesda was right to aim the game at the Xbox 360 then, from a financial point of view anyway.

Perhaps, though this rather assumes that pc gamers weren't put off by the lacklustre porting as pointed out by most of the reviews I've seen thus far. I know I haven't rushed out to buy it since I'd rather wait till modders have had a chance to fix it (and I have a new graphics card more capable of running it and maybe the price has dropped ;) )
UrbanMarine 4th November 2008, 13:22 Quote
It should of just stayed a PC game at first and then ported to consoles.
I guess they prefer to use the <<EASY BUTTON>>
Baz 4th November 2008, 13:24 Quote
WHo care's if it's been multi-platform released? I'm enjoying Fallout 3 so much on PC it's untrue. Joe and I come into the office in the morning and spend a good few mins gushing about all the awesome stuff we found in the wasteland last night.
Bauul 4th November 2008, 13:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
Figures Bethesda would make money off other Devs street credit.

Oh yes, I'm sure the hundreds of thousands of people who have rushed out to buy the game did it because of Fallout 1 and 2, not that it's by the makers of Oblivion.

Yup, that makes loads of sense to me.
Fod 4th November 2008, 13:27 Quote
Yeah it's OK but <elitist statement about PC gaming making me sound like a total *****>, NOW LOVE ME BECAUSE I AM COOL.

in truth, i haven't started playing it yet. waiting for a quiet time in the release schedule.
Kúsař 4th November 2008, 13:35 Quote
I hope that this is clear message to EA, ubisoft, epic and others - it's quality that matters! Not DRM. Since it's using "old" securom copy protection - it was probably cracked at the same hour it was released...

...and I shall improve PC sales soon :)
Gareth Halfacree 4th November 2008, 14:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
Figures Bethesda would make money off other Devs street credit.
Eeerm... Slight bootstrapping issue there, dear chap. Fallout 3 has sold more than all the other Fallout games combined. If Bethesda had simply "[made] money off other Devs street credit" then surely they would only have sold to existing Fallout fans - i.e. people who have already bought at least one of the existing games. In which case, they wouldn't have sold more than the original Fallout, much less than all the pre-existing games in the franchise combined.
UrbanMarine 4th November 2008, 14:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Oh yes, I'm sure the hundreds of thousands of people who have rushed out to buy the game did it because of Fallout 1 and 2, not that it's by the makers of Oblivion.

Yup, that makes loads of sense to me.

Yup it wasn't the whole Fallout story, environment, features and theme that didn't pull people in either or that FPSs have high sales numbers.

@Gareth. Some people don't want to go buy the original game to get the full backstory and just buy the newest thing. They heard the originals were awesome so they figure the next in the series will be better. Hence street credit. Like Bauul said it could be because of Oblivion. Maybe it's because of the current age of the gamer? I bought it because of past Fallouts.

Maybe I'm too big of a fan of the originals and I hate it when companies going in the toilet sell out to the highest bidder. Being a huge fan of Fallout, I'd rather of seen Interplay keep the rights in the video game graveyard or sold them to Black Isle. But hey what do I know....I've only been gaming for 15yrs and have 100+ games in my collection.
Tyrmot 4th November 2008, 14:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
WHo care's if it's been multi-platform released? I'm enjoying Fallout 3 so much on PC it's untrue. Joe and I come into the office in the morning and spend a good few mins gushing about all the awesome stuff we found in the wasteland last night.

Yeah ditto, I love the first 2 and have played them through many a time and am pretty pleasantly surprised by this. Granted, the UI really is atrocious but I've gotta say, the Fallout vibe is definitely there, and its a really different style from the last 2 which is no bad thing. It doesn't beat F2 for pure genius gaming but it's definitely a great experience! The feeling of being in a post-nuclear wasteland and scrounging every last item to get by is unmatched, and I find myself pretty apprehensive sometimes as I'm cruising the ruins of DC watching every corner for super mutants :)

Considering the butchery that could have been perpetrated on a sequel like this (Invisible War anyone?) I think Bethesda have done a pretty good job of it really, and i'm enjoying some first-person Falloutage more than I thought I would (although I'd still love to see a proper, Van Buren-style sequel someday).

ps - I'm also of the opinion that if releasing this on the Xbox/PS3 makes x hundred thousand people know what Fallout is that is no bad thing at all. Hopefully after this they'll all shoot on over to GOG.com and buy the first 2 as well!
rjkoneill 4th November 2008, 14:41 Quote
but i thought we were all [sarcasm]pirates[/sarcasm]
CardJoe 4th November 2008, 14:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
But hey what do I know....I've only been gaming for 15yrs and have 100+ games in my collection.

http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5950/45bb321e34828949886942jys0.jpg
UrbanMarine 4th November 2008, 15:01 Quote
lol...now I know why I spend most of my work day on these forums.;) Plus I'm not saying I'm a gaming master. I'm just saying I've played through generations of gaming to see the changes.
Gunsmith 4th November 2008, 15:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
But hey what do I know....I've only been gaming for 15yrs and have 100+ games in my collection.

http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5950/45bb321e34828949886942jys0.jpg

actual lol
Yemerich 4th November 2008, 15:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
Figures Bethesda would make money off other Devs street credit.

Oh yes, I'm sure the hundreds of thousands of people who have rushed out to buy the game did it because of Fallout 1 and 2, not that it's by the makers of Oblivion.

Yup, that makes loads of sense to me.

Not one, but i think it's the mix of them both. I for one will buy it because I am a huge fan of the past FOs. And there's a legion of ppl like myself for sure.

That doesn't mean it wouldn't sell because of the Beth's success on previous works.

Another thing to point is that we can't compare sales for games like they were ten years ago. There are much more players now, and it's not a thing to be ashamed of like it used to be 10~20 years ago. Now those boys are parents themselves and play with their kids, like myself.

Anyway, congrats on the sales Beth, but I still have to see if it deserves the name Fallout with my own eyes!
salesman 4th November 2008, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
But hey what do I know....I've only been gaming for 15yrs and have 100+ games in my collection.

http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5950/45bb321e34828949886942jys0.jpg

made my day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasteland_(computer_game) i don't know how to make it a sticky but there's the link of the game i would like to see Brian Fargo actually come through with. The predecessor to fallout. I thought i just bring that up in a fallout 3 thread.
Dreaming 4th November 2008, 17:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
WHo care's if it's been multi-platform released? I'm enjoying Fallout 3 so much on PC it's untrue. Joe and I come into the office in the morning and spend a good few mins gushing about all the awesome stuff we found in the wasteland last night.

I know, it's so ****ing amazing I can't stop playing! :D
Javerh 4th November 2008, 18:13 Quote
My brother has it on PS3. It seems awesome. Despite that I'm waiting for a new pc to fully enjoy playing it and don't want to waste the experience on playing with a crappy pc or in a crowded living room.
frontline 4th November 2008, 18:33 Quote
Does the 17% for PC sales include those copies sold on Steam? That's where i bought my copy from.
Lepermessiah 4th November 2008, 19:57 Quote
I doubt it includes digital distribution, I might be wrong though.
Tim S 4th November 2008, 20:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
But hey what do I know....I've only been gaming for 15yrs and have 100+ games in my collection.

http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/5950/45bb321e34828949886942jys0.jpg

actual lol

^^
impar 4th November 2008, 22:56 Quote
Greetings!
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According to sales figures around 55 percent of those sales were done on the Xbox 360, 28 percent were done on the PlayStation 3 and only 17 percent on the PC. Looks like Bethesda was right to aim the game at the Xbox 360 then, from a financial point of view anyway.
So, more consolization is to be expected in future titles.
Bigturk 4th November 2008, 23:48 Quote
and deserves to be so, great game,

this is an example of when a good game gets me (genrally download games) to buy it,

its value for money will last long as is fun, Bring on Fallout 4 :D
willyolio 5th November 2008, 06:28 Quote
i think this just goes to show how much the gaming market has grown in the past decade.
Xir 5th November 2008, 07:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kúsař
it was probably cracked at the same hour it was released...

No...at least a week before ;-)
[USRF]Obiwan 5th November 2008, 08:08 Quote
That 17% is bs considering there are a gazillion million pc's compared to 6 million xboxes
17% of gazillion million is a lot more then 50% of 6 million
Gareth Halfacree 5th November 2008, 08:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
That 17% is bs considering there are a gazillion million pc's compared to 6 million xboxes
17% of gazillion million is a lot more then 50% of 6 million
Eeerm... What?

The 17% doesn't mean that 17% of PC owners bought the game. It means that 17% of total sales of the game were for the PC.

Let's say they sold a million. They didn't, but it's a nice round number. 17% of those were for the PC, which means 170,000 sales for the PC. 55% were for the Xbox 360, meaning 550,000 were for the Xbox 360. Thus, significantly more Xbox 360 owners bought the game despite, as you pointed out, the significantly smaller install base.
DuVeL 5th November 2008, 09:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yemerich
Not one, but i think it's the mix of them both. I for one will buy it because I am a huge fan of the past FOs. And there's a legion of ppl like myself for sure.

Seconded!
Liked the first, heard the third came out, bought the second and also bought the third.
Got to say that I allready like the game alot although wasn't able to play alot over the last couple of days.
I do have some problems from time to time with the game though.
It sometimes crashes...
Bauul 5th November 2008, 11:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Eeerm... What?

The 17% doesn't mean that 17% of PC owners bought the game. It means that 17% of total sales of the game were for the PC.

Let's say they sold a million. They didn't, but it's a nice round number. 17% of those were for the PC, which means 170,000 sales for the PC. 55% were for the Xbox 360, meaning 550,000 were for the Xbox 360. Thus, significantly more Xbox 360 owners bought the game despite, as you pointed out, the significantly smaller install base.

True.

And for the record, Chart-Track data doesn't include any digital distribution at all (so Steam, Direct to Drive and the rest of them), so the figures will be down for the PC. ;)
[USRF]Obiwan 5th November 2008, 16:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Eeerm... What?

The 17% doesn't mean that 17% of PC owners bought the game. It means that 17% of total sales of the game were for the PC.

Let's say they sold a million. They didn't, but it's a nice round number. 17% of those were for the PC, which means 170,000 sales for the PC. 55% were for the Xbox 360, meaning 550,000 were for the Xbox 360. Thus, significantly more Xbox 360 owners bought the game despite, as you pointed out, the significantly smaller install base.

True.

And for the record, Chart-Track data doesn't include any digital distribution at all (so Steam, Direct to Drive and the rest of them), so the figures will be down for the PC. ;)

Maybe it is because the PC fallout is not as available as the x360 fallout , maybe it is because 80% of the game shops are console game sellers. most I find 1 shelf of pc games and 300 shells of console games. and maybe the PC games are released later then the console game. And maybe I was just sarcastic. And maybe I should shut up now. Yes I will

:D
Ausir 6th November 2008, 20:30 Quote
The sales figures also probably include only the US, where consoles seem to dominate, and not e.g. Europe, where PC gaming is much stronger.
Bauul 7th November 2008, 11:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ausir
The sales figures also probably include only the US, where consoles seem to dominate, and not e.g. Europe, where PC gaming is much stronger.

No, they're not, Chart-Track only looks at the UK markets.
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