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God this is depressing. Brilliant new games crash and burn in UK gaming charts. Also, Black Ops confirmed as best-selling game in UK EVAR!

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When it comes to games that we love taking an absolute shitty nose-dive in the UK gaming charts, we've definitely been hurt before. But not like this. Not two weeks in a row. This is a sustained attack of spirit-crushing depression that has left us feeling like a sad balloon at an asthmatic's birthday party.

First up, Child of Eden. An intangibly creative and technically mind-blowing on-rails shooter that's infinitely more than an on-rails shooter and is made by genuine maker of awesome games, Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Rez). It completely fails to make the top 20 (it entered at 22 and has since dropped to 28).

Then, as if that wasn't bad enough, Shadows of the Damned, the gloriously in-your-face horror shooter from the mega-power genius-brains of Suda 51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil), arrives like a surplus fart at 25. Pfft.


Above: Shadows of the Damned anyone? Anyone? ANYONE?

That's two incredible games, created by legitimate industry legends, that have spectacularly tanked in consecutive weeks. These are games that have an abundance of the very things gamers routinely demand more of - imagination, fresh ideas and new experiences. And what twinkling gem currently sits at the top of the UK gaming charts? Zumba Fitness. God it's depressing.

But wait. That's not all. Today Activision has revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops is officially the best selling game in the UK ever. EVAR! To date the game has sold over 3.7 million copies. I'm not brilliant with numbers, but by my calculations that's something like 4 million copies more than Child of Eden and Shadows of the Damned COMBINED! Holy shit that *is* depressing.

Yes, the charts are a reflection of the main-stream focused purchases of the risk averse masses, but I feel genuinely glum that there apparently aren't enough gamers in the UK that actually give a shit to get either Child of Eden or Shadows of the Damned into the top 20. Very sad face.


Above: A dog dressed as the Easter Bunny. Just to break up the sadness

Admittedly, I'm part of the problem - I got sent both games for free, so haven't given any financial support to either game (although I would like to think my editorial contribution is worth *something*). So that's my excuse. But what about you? Have you bought either game? If so, well done. Feel smug. But if not, why not? I'm genuinely interested to know why barely any bugger has picked up either Child of Eden or Shadows of the Damned.

June 28, 2011

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75 comments

  • rockbottom - July 16, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    Don't have either game because I didn't know they were out. No advertising at all reached me. Arianno, take your point on 3rd person view but those of us old enough to remember tomb raiding on the PS one or Metal Gear Solid can vouch for some pretty amazing experiences in this format. It's only the mega selling Halo's and COD's that have diminished 3rd person games appeal and in my opinion neither of those beat Gears of War or God of War anyway. I agree with the general thread that money is too tight in the UK to experiment, bet these games do well in the pre-owned market though.
  • kolja49 - July 3, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    i agree that most people don´t want to have experiments when they buy a game so they buy games Like Cod because they know what they get but i just bought Shadows of the damned only becvause you wrote about it an i totaly like that game it is something new and it has an inteesting story ;) Can´t wait to go on playing it.
  • wesser22 - June 29, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    @taterbob - the thing that gets my back up is some folk, a minority fair enough, will say 40quid/60bucks is too much to pay for a game full stop, when its in fact as cheap as its ever been. My spendin cash is as much/little as any1else's and im not for one second sayin that there's somehow 'no excuse' for not buying em! In all fairness the 'perspective' line was a bit wanky, which I now retract!
  • Arianno - June 29, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    I've just seen the video review of SotD; and I won't buy it -- at any price. It's in 3PV (3:rd Person View). I made that mistake with Alan Wake, and won't do it again. Alan Wake had a great story and great environment, but only 3PV. I wanted to immerse myself into their great world; but however much I looked right and left, "He" was always in the way. The joy of cautiously peeking into a dark room, wondering if there might be monsters, was completely gone. The only option was to stupidly run into it all, wait for your "eyes" to follow; and then just "take it". Some items (like posters) were tagged with a "press B" option to watch in 1PV; so they recognized there was a problem with 3PV. You never feel "in" the game with 3PV. ("If you really want to see, press 'B'.") The constant frustrations of the 3PV destroyed the gaming experience. That's why I didn't buy L.A. Noire; and that's why I won't buy SotD. 3PV is dissociative, and blocks strategic thinking.
  • nathstyles - June 29, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    you know most people in this country right??? I once nearly had a heart attack when I saw some laddish types buying heavy rain - hell maybe they heard about the sex scene! Anyway don't blame me I havent been able to afford a game since portal 2 although I would avoid SOTD like the plague - I HATE Suda 51's sense of 'humour' - it puts me off what look like really decent games.
  • oz103 - June 29, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    The main reason I havent got either, is cos there are so many great games coming out later on. I cant buy all of them. Dark souls, and Oblivion. Especially in Australia, where each game cost 110$ brand new, I mean they were trying to sell Two Worlds 2 for 90$ and that has been out for ages.
  • RedOutlive10 - June 29, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    Not exactly a new thing. See the sales of Psychonauts, No One Lives Forever 1/2, Beyond Good & Evil.
  • Rodon - June 29, 2011 1:15 a.m.

    @mattdark My hypothesis is that those that are complaining are in the EXTREME minority. The complainers and the buyers you mentioned in your post, chances are, are two different groups of people.
  • JohnnySpazwhacker - June 29, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    Good to know that games cost $60 new in the USA, and we get a fair-ish exchange so they're £40 here. Why does hardware not follow the 2/3 exchange rate?
  • TheWhitestMexican - June 29, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    I don't know how much advertising either game got in the UK, but here here in the US, I saw next to nothing. The only reason I know about either of these games is because I follow video game industry news fairly closely. I've only picked up Child of Eden so far (which in my opinion would've probably been better served as a downloadable game) with Shadows probably being a later purchase. If the publishers of these games with new ideas, or fresh takes on old ones, want to sell them to people who aren't like me, they HAVE to let them know the game even exists.
  • liamcullen - June 28, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    I bought them both, but now can I afford to get the bus to work? No. priorities ftw?
  • RicePuddingUK - June 28, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    Child of Eden was getting on my nerves, it had adverts all over this website, every time I clicked an article it would pop up in my face and every youtube video I'd watch I'd have to see the advert to it first so screw it, I'm glad it flopped, annoying thing.
  • JohnnySpazwhacker - June 28, 2011 10 p.m.

    I'm still trying to catch up on games from the past 12-18 months and paying heed to recommendations by GR. I got Singularity today and it's brilliant so far. However, I must mention Bayonetta. I got that on your recommendation and it was terrible. The graphics looked 7 years out of date, the story made no fucking sense and that bloody song did my head in the whole way through. I honestly don't know why anyone would like that game[/rant]
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - June 28, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    I'm getting Shadow this paycheck!
  • Xifihas - June 28, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    I'm a college student who has to spunge off a government that has barely any money (disability allowance in case your curious). I get paid monthly and until recently, most of the money went towards my train tickets and lunch. Thankfully I just got a pass for free travel so that frees up some cash but theres another problem, I don't give two craps about CoE. I already have Rez so why should I spend €50 on a kinect version of it? I don't have kinect and don't want it. As for SotD...I'm undecided on it. If I see it cheap (under €30) when I go to buy EDF: Insect armageddon I might buy it. Besides, while gamers may ask for imagination, fresh ideas and new experiences they don't really want it. Every time a 'unique' game comes out, it flops completely while rehashes of the same old game (Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, etc.) sell like crazy. *Sighs* Okay, rant over.
  • kluivertus - June 28, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    @ichigoame: That's a very good point. This is always the way with mass media; crap floats to the top, no matter where you are. As for me, I pay attention to new releases, but the fact you essentially have to have an online presence has scared me away from Xbox and PS3, and the Wii doesn't have enough games that interest me. I have a PS2 and a SNES, and that's enough.
  • shadowreaper72 - June 28, 2011 7 p.m.

    Everyone should look at it from this perspective, money is really tight these days,some of us cant afford to throw 60$ at every game that comes out no matter how awesome the game may be. So if we are going to put 60$ down on a purchase and we are not going to get a game for awhile, then people is going to want a game that has replay value. SOTD does not have replay value whatsoever, while a game such as KZ3 does, since it has multiplayer. Lets face it, if a game has less than 10 hours of gameplay with no multiplayer, its just not worth buying at full price no matter how good the game is. Like Vanquish, absoutely amazing game, love it, but the 4 hour campaing with no multiplayer does not warrant a full priced 60$ game.
  • EliteBouncer - June 28, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    SolidLatino says this: "Because they're too short with no replay value selling for $60." I've been playing console game since the NES. Back then the average game could be beaten in a day, had no save system at all and cost $50. Games now cost infinitely more to make, cost almost the exact same thing and are often MUCH longer than games used to be. Why are we acting like paying this much for games is a new thing? God damn we are entitled fucking twats.
  • Stabby_Joe - June 28, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    Child of Eden is a strange one for not cracking the top 20 however Shadows of the Damned seemed to have next to no advertising here. I only knew it was out after seeing some early US reviews.
  • CoryM1134 - June 28, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    I'll get SotD after a finish Infamous 2. Also, Black Ops is the first CoD game that I didn't buy. I took a stand and said NO.

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