Gears of War the new GTA?

Locust splatter-fest Gears of War has muscled its way into the latest Japanese game chart, resting its undoubtedly icky-sticky boots at number seven which, given the slow sales of Xbox 360 in the Nintendo and Sony dominated country, must be worth at least 30 Achievement points.

Making it even more worthy of a generous round of applause is the fact that it's a Western developed game, which traditionally muster very little interest in Japan. In fact, the only titles developed West side that have had any real success East side are GTA III, GTA Vice City (San Andreas was only released yesterday) and the Ratchet & Clank games, and that's it.

Above: Gears of War - so good that it's even managed to sell a few copies in Japan

So, could Gears of War become the new GTA in terms of being the Western big hitter in Japan? Well, it might, but it's still got quite a way to go - GoW has so far managed to shift 33,212 copies, while GTA III sold 308,764 in 2003 and Vice City 410,293 in 2004.

Of course, there's the small matter of Xbox 360 having only sold 278,560 at the last count (January 14, 2007) so, unless there's a sudden stampede for the console, it's unlikely that any games - Western or otherwise - for Microsoft's box are going to be amassing earth-shattering sales any time soon.

January 26, 2007

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Matt Cundy

I don't have the energy to really hate anything properly. Most things I think are OK or inoffensively average. I do love quite a lot of stuff as well, though.