Shadows of the Damned and Child of Eden flop in US (and you wonder why we can't have nice things)

The gaming community spends a lot of time lamenting the lack of originality and creativity in modern titles, so imagine our collective surprise (and smoldering disdain) when we found out US consumers bought more copies of Duke “....loading...” Nukem Forever than the critically praised lesser-knowns Shadows of the Damned and Child of Eden put together. These are dark, contradictory, days indeed friends.

You'll forgive us for being a little frustrated. This month, GR featured Shadows of the Damned as our game of the month. We even pinned it with a shiny 9 review score, and used a lot of words to describe how fun, fresh and solid of an experience it was. Ok, so it was a little heavy on the dick jokes, but that doesn't near explain why NPD reports it only sold 24,000 on the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined.

Child of Eden, another shining light in a sea of sponsored dance games and reboots, fared slightly better. However, with a final tally of only 34,000 copies sold, that's like saying it got handed a slightly softer ass kicking.

The situation in the UK isn't any better. A few weeks ago, our GR brethren overseas had similar reactions upon learning both Shadows of the Damned and Child of Eden didn't make the top 20, while Zumba fitness came number one and Call of Duty: Black Ops became the best-selling UK title in the history of mankind. To be fair, our Duke Nukem beatdown is slightly more concerning, but it still goes to show there's a disconnect between what the public says it wants, and what it actually buys.

So what is it? Do video game consumers really want quality, or they just saying that to keep the snobby elite happy? True, L.A Noire's number one placement does give us some hope, and true Duke Nukem isn't the total travesty some report it to be, but the outright dismissal of some very promising, lower profile games, is a cause for concern. Hell, lets just blame piracy and/or casual games; we're open to any explanations at this point...

Jul 15, 2011

Shadows of the Damned review
Tightly controlled chaos makes for some of the year's most inspired fun

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! 
It's not all bad news. Zumba Fitness is number one. Oh, hang on...

Yes, we are very excited for Child of Eden. But this new trailer is just a bit... cringeworthy
Love Rez sequels. Not so keen on advertising hipsters


  • Zetabyte - July 23, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    My excuse is simple- no money! But shame on you who HAD money and bought DUKE NUKEM at a higher price!!! Grrrrr! Shadows of the Damned...Child of next few paychecks will be working toward your purchase.
  • Tonezone - July 19, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    I find the whole "No advertising" excuse BS. I can see that flying for the gamers who don't really follow gaming like we do. But I guarantee everyone who does follow the industry regularly either subscribes to a gaming magazine (or two) or frequent more than one gaming site. So how in the hell do you not know about these games? I can honestly say I would not have purchased SotD seeing as I don't care for FPS...If I had a Kinnect, I would definitely try Child of Eden
  • SalvadorZombie - September 9, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    The gamers that "follow gaming like we do," meaning people that care enough to regularly frequent AND POST on a gaming site, are nowhere near the majority of gamers. This game had ZERO national television advertising, and as a game that I had been looking forward to, I was still shocked to see that it was available. EA simply did not advertise this game. AT. ALL. Name one source of advertising you've seen in regards to this game, not counting reviews and previews from sites like this. There wasn't any. No. Advertising. Campaign. The game, by the way, was amazing. The music alone was brilliant...I'm listening to the music on the idle screeen of the PS3 right now as we speak. Overall brilliant game, and it's a shame that EA felt the need to bury it.
  • Zeos - July 18, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Just beat the game yesterday and I came away very satisfied, too bad I had to return it (I rented it) before I could see if there was any new game + features or anything else.
  • Yeager1122 - July 18, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    Its really not that suprising i thing without GR i wouldnt have even heard of shadows of the damned that being said i do really want to go buy it i just need to find the time and money.
  • Sinosaur - July 18, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    I've bought my copy of SotD, haven't played it yet, but I've bought it and done my part. Sure I didn't buy it during the first week, but I don't buy much of anything when it first comes out unless it's something I'm planning to play with my friends. Recaptcha: How do I type the Omega symbol?!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - July 18, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    Thing is, Suda has always been something of a cult developer, and the mainstream people might find his style too Japanese - I still haven't been able to get over the massive anime geekiness of No More Heroes to buy it. Also, has this game gotten any kind of advertising at all? Also, STOP REMINDING ME TO GET THIS GAME IM STILL WORKING ON GETTING IT!!
  • Zeos - July 17, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    Man that sucks because I am just about finished with Shadows of The Damned and it is fucking awesome. C-mon people! if you have any sort of like for Resident Evil 4 and 5 or third-person-shooters then check this game out NOW. The sense of humor does grow on you too.
  • Mfmaxpower - July 17, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    I am one of the few who purchased Shadows... and I wish I hadn't. Sorry but it's an immature title disguised in mature trappings, and overall it's just simply a poor shooter. The graphics aren't great, the writing is terrible, the enemies are lame, and the controls and feel of the game subpar. Yes, we need more creativity in the industry, but it must be paired with quality.
  • Spybreak8 - July 17, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    Yeah well there's two sides to this. The one side is poor marketing and poor price points for these games. Yeah and the other side is the majority will always follow what they know. That said I bought Child of Eden, on a sale of course.
  • Kethmach - July 17, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    I'm a Kinect fan/supporter/lover. I really love my Kinect and what it does for me and for my game experience. Having said that- the ONLY game I paid full price for is Dance Central. I will likely buy Eden now that it's $30 new, but I had NO interest in a full price game. Kinect games shouldn't be full priced games until they're FULL games.Aside from Dance Central- all the Kinect games seem like XBLA games and that's were I put them in my "What I'll pay for them" category. I'll buy Fruit Ninja Kinect because... that's a $10 game at a $10 price. As good as Eden may be- they need to price it for what it is.
  • V22Dreamcast - July 17, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    So...I guess I am the few who bought both games? This sucks big time but at least I played two quality, original games. At least, I upgraded my Johnson. Yeah, my lame dick joke.
  • MightyMorphinPoltergeist - July 16, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    I did my part! I actually bought a Kinect just for Child of Eden. Once I get a little more scratch together; Shadows of the Damned will be next. Oh and to the people that like to think this vs that only; I watch the occasional Baseball or Football game and I enjoy playing the COD's, Gears and Halos as well, Eden is just another game that I really enjoy. I like to think that I'll play any game. That's what makes you a real gamer; loving the industry and the willingness to try about anything once or twice.
  • UsernameLoser - July 16, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    This reminds me of how people love Scott Pilgrim vs The World and they don't give a shit about the books, what n00bs.
  • ReaperBR - July 16, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    I would buy it... but if it had a higher replay value. I guess that`s what matters the most these days. I mean, multiplayer FPS is selling out as it is BECAUSE of the multiplayer replay value right? I mean, crysis 2 campaign SUCKS right? (I reaaaally thought so) but it`s a good multiplayer. Black Ops campaign? weeell... AND STILL...
  • ones101 - July 16, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    I brought both duke nukem forever and shadows of the damned. Nukem was bollox, i was so excited to play it after being a huge fan of nukem 3D. My god was i disappointed, so i thought lets have a crack on shadows of the damned. Its the f**kin tits, i havent played a game that felt so fresh and actually excited me for ages now. I worry for the state of the gaming industry if games that are clearly pants are winning over games that are moving the industry forward, we have a problem.
  • xenon - July 16, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    You know, when something is niche (videogames, ikebana, tentacle porn... anything), the fan base can be represented by its visible portion. When that something reaches the mass market, that portion becomes a vocal minority, while the silent, less informed, less critical mass becomes the bulk of the customer base. They're hardly related and the former is not representative of the latter. There's not much you can do about that. Statistically speaking, the people who buy Black Ops are the people who watch American Football and Nascar; the people who buy Child Of Eden are the people who despise those two sports. We got to get over it.
  • Decabo - July 16, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    I've beaten both of those games, and they're both fantastic. Anyone who writes it off SotD for having too many dick jokes is a narrow-minded fool. The game has more heart than every Call of Duty combined.
  • Technomancer - July 16, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    Don't look at me, I pre-ordered and bought both of them. Part of the problem for SOTD, is that Gamestops aren't stocking them. There are two gamestops in my town, the only copy they got in between both of them was my pre-order.
  • HitAandBtoRun - July 16, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    SotD is about as original as having someone tread on a rake in a comedy.

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