Aliens: Colonial Marines screenshot
Aliens: Colonial Marines screenshot

SEGA and Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines has defied critics to become the biggest selling new release of the year so far, reports Ukie and Chart Track.

Colonial Marines recorded the second highest week one for an Aliens game, only bettered by SEGA's 2010 release, Aliens vs Predator from Rebellion. AvP went on to be the highest grossing Aliens title earning around £14 million lifetime in the UK, bettering Acclaim's £10 million grossing Alien Trilogy from 1996.

EA's Dead Space 3 slips to No.2 with a 57 per cent drop, FIFA 13 is down to No.3 but sales are up 39 per cent week on week, Black Ops 2 drops to No.4 and Far Cry 3 takes fifth place.

Assassin's Creed III benefited from widespread price cuts, climbing six places to No.6.

Elsewhere, Namco Bandai's Ni No Kuni sinks to No.25, whilst Capcom's DmC Devil May Cry looks set to fade into history clinging on to the chat at No.39.

UKIE Games Charts, compiled by GfK Chart-Track, (All Prices) Week 7, 2013

1. ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES
2. DEAD SPACE 3
3. FIFA 13
4. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II
5. FAR CRY 3
6. ASSASSIN'S CREED III
7. NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED
8. JUST DANCE 4
9. SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED
10. HALO 4
11. HITMAN ABSOLUTION
12. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
13. SKYLANDERS GIANTS
14. HITMAN: HD TRILOGY
15. LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES
16. LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS
17. FORZA HORIZON
18. FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013
19. DISHONORED
20. GRAND THEFT AUTO IV

VideoGamer.com Analysis

If we needed proof that strong marketing of a loved property will generate sales then look no further than Aliens. The game was almost universally panned by critics, yet enters the chart at No.1, selling more copies at week one than the likes of Ni No Kuni, DmC and Dead Space 3.

We have a chart battle on the cards next week, with Crytek's EA published Crysis 3 going up against Konami's Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. We reckon FPS will win out against third-person action, but Metal Gear is a stronger brand in gaming – it should be interesting this time next week.

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rbevanx@ EverTheOptimist

E.T surely!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_video_game_burial

Here is a recreation of what Atari staff possibly felt like doing to E.T

Posted 17:12 on 18 February 2013
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DancingRhino

This is why I can't stand people.

And Gizmondo was fairly memorable, as it uber flopped and bankrupted the company. (If that's what is meant by successful flop?)
Posted 16:32 on 18 February 2013
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EverTheOptimist@ clangod

In terms of hardware does anything come close to the Virtual Boy? Wasn't it pulled after 6 months?
Posted 15:05 on 18 February 2013
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clangod

Now I'm curious. What is the most successful flop in video game history?

Admittedly, Colonial Marines sales may have come mainly from pre-orders and day one's (even with a street date break) but it means nothing to me when CoD is on the same list. People bought the hype. Just like they always do.

This cannot bode well for Gearbox. As now it could be legitimately claimed that the whole thing was orchestrated to gain whatever revenue they could from a game they knew to be sub par and significantly worse than early previews. A game that has been in development for around 6 years on and off now?

I avoided getting burned on this one but who knows, there may be a playable game in there once the modders are done. I'd buy that for $3.40.
Posted 14:22 on 18 February 2013
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rbevanx

It will flop anyway as it won't have legs which is needed in these sort of games and the market is already getting fludded with trade in's and copies of the game on eBay.

I think what helped is that it was Aliens and it was heavily focused on the marines aspect, that gameplay demo and the makers of Borderlands making it which now sounds like Timegate made the trainwreck.

Either way they are still making content for the game via a season pass and they could lose money there was well.
Posted 11:45 on 18 February 2013
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EverTheOptimist

Wow, that is grim. At the end of the day though, people decide this by parting with their cash, even if a review is held back. If you're unsure about the quality of a game, just wait until release day, it won't kill you :)
Posted 11:02 on 18 February 2013
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MJTH

Whilst I do think the marketing did help Aliens rise to the top, I think the fact the review embargo was so late contributed to the games success. Most reviews came out day of release, by which point pre-orders would of already been shipped. Looks bad on gearbox because it looks like they are twisting the way things work to suit them.

Anyway this is another depressing moment for 2013...
Posted 10:59 on 18 February 2013

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