Always Bet On Duke…Unless You Also Have L.A. Noire

By Ishaan . July 14, 2011 . 4:30pm

Duke Nukem Forever was the #2 game on the U.S. top-ten video game chart in June, according to a report by the NPD Group. The honour  of #1 went to L.A. Noire, which held the top spot for the second month in a row. Both games were published by Take-Two.


Meanwhile, Infamous 2 appeared at the #3 spot and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time at #5. After being pushed off the top-ten chart in May, Mortal Kombat fought its way back on to the #8 spot as well, with Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2 closing out the list.


Rank Title System Publisher
01. L.A. Noire PS3, 360 Take Two
02. Duke Nukem Forever PS3, 360, PC Take Two
03. Infamous 2 PS3 Sony
04. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game PS3, 360, PC, 3DS, Wii, DS, PSP Disney
05. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3DS Nintendo
06. Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3, 360, PC, Wii, DS Activision
07. NBA 2K11 PS3, 360, PC, Wii, PSP, PS2 Take Two
08. Mortal Kombat PS3, 360 Warner Bros.
09. Cars 2 PS3, 360, PC, Wii, DS Disney
10. Just Dance 2
Wii Ubisoft

  • With all the hype around Ocarina of Time 3D and those reviews, I expected it to outpace everything else. Guess the high asking price of the hardware kept folks from biting.

    Nice for inFAMOUS2. It is a fantastic game, a must own for the genre and a vast improvement over inFAMOUS. Definitely check it out, thus far a contender for my GOTY.

    • FireCouch

      That and the fact that there still isn’t a game on the 3DS that’s worth buying that isn’t a remake of a game I already have.

    • malek86

      Given the general performance of Nintendo games, and the current lack of alternatives, I expect Zelda to keep on selling for a long time.

      • Steel Driver, Pilotwings Resort, and Nintendogs are still selling?

        • malek86

          Those don’t have the same quality/appeal as Ocarina of Time though.

          What I mean is, you can bet that many of the people who buy a 3DS from now on, will be getting Zelda as their first game. That’s why it will keep on selling.

          • It’ll be the Super Smash Bros. Melee of the 3DS. That game just kept selling and selling…

          • Zelda today was my first game! So I’d say that’s going to be agreeable, yes.

            Very beautiful game, I might add.

        • Games like Nintendogs tend to shine during Christmas, which is when all the more “outlying” people that play games will buy 3DSes, probably along with Nintendogs / Mario Kart. 

          I think Steel Diver and Pilotwings’ days are numbered though. Steel Diver was a really niche, kind of unfathomable and unfairly expensive game. Pilotwings…was better suited to being a 3DS game, but if people didn’t bite then, they won’t bite now. Not with bigger games on the horizon.

        • kylehyde

          Many nintendo titles had enjoyed long legs during a good time, I think that Oot can be in this case. Also, it sold more than 283,000 copies which is a good number and made it to the top ten even considering that NPD use an aggregate format for all the titles, so probably in the old npd format it would have received a better position.

  • Asura

    Very sad that an utter piece of garbage can be the second best selling game.

    • And yet I’m not surprised in the SLIGHTEST.

    • SolidusSnake

      Oh noes, Duke Nukem is getting bashed by another guy who never played it. To quote FinalArcadia, I’m not surprised in the SLIGHTEST. :3

    • daizyujin

      The game is not garbage.  Perfect no, Great even no.  But hardly garbage.  After 13 years what did you expect?  If nothing else people are curious.  Then again, I managed to finish the whole thing and what was there for the time was a blast.

      • SolidusSnake

        The only thing that was “garbage” about DNF was the loading times. Damn I got tired of waiting for the game to load, especially since I played it on hard mode. But I agree with you, the game was a hell of a lot of fun, and it’s awfully hard to see what the haters are bitching about. Sure the graphics were a little dated, but damn.

        Since when did we become a society of graphics whores who are too “sophisticated” to laugh at some cheesy one-liners as we blast alien pigs into oblivion?

        • malek86

          Did you buy the full game in the end? Was it any better than the crappy demo (I seriously hope so)? I thought of getting it from the Steam sale, but 25€ looked like it was still too much.

          • SolidusSnake

            A lttle late, but yes I bought the full game and enjoyed it. Steam seems to be the way to go with this game since the console versions are plagued by terrible loading times.

        • RupanIII

          I haven’t played it yet so I’m speaking more generally, but I agree about many of the reviews. They seem to have this arrogant hipster-ish attitude – “We’ve moved beyond that,” as if 10 years or so ago we were only just getting around to inventing the wheel, and as if history is just this linear progression where things always automatically get better with time.

          Personally, I favor a return to some of that 90s cheekiness, I’d even say it’s refreshing and somwhat innocent compared to some of the depressing nihilism we’ve got nowadays.

          • malek86

            I kinda agree with what you said in general, but DNF is not a return to the 90s. Judging from the demo, it’s an attempt to shoehorn 21th-century gameplay mechanics and design into some poorly perceived aesthetics of a 90s shooter, and thus lacking everything that made those games fun.

            Try downloading the DNF demo, and then go play DN3D after that. The former doesn’t even compare. DN3D had weapon balance, colorful design, non-linear levels. While DNF got all grey weapons, two slots inventory, which is acceptable in something tactical like Halo but not so much in a bulletfest like Duke Nukem, and point-A-to-point-B design. That demo was some of the worst disappointment I’ve ever experienced. If the reviews are complaining that the gameplay is bad, it’s not because of an arrogant attitude: it’s just because this kind of gameplay would have been considered bad even in the 90s.

            I still haven’t played the full game, but with a demo like that, I can’t take too much of a gamble – I’ll wait until it gets really cheap.

          • RupanIII

            I see what you mean. Like I said, I was going off into a broader tangent. I don’t mind the reviews that say, as you said, DNF wouldn’t hold up in the 90s either, or that DNF isn’t truly a return to 90s style. What I was trying to get at were the reviews that act like DNF IS a total product of the 90s, and that all 90s games were like DNF, etc., and then arrogantly dismiss everything from the era, as if things are all peachy in gaming nowadays.

            I shall try the demo, opinions on this game are so extreme I really should see it for myself.

    • Think on the word “selling.” It doesn’t mean a lot of people are going to be satisfied.

    • I don’t think it’s a bad game, it’s just that people were looking for something else. The humour was never supposed to be tasteful, smart or anything – it was supposed to be blatant and in your face. It can be a little too much for some people, I guess.

      There are a couple of gameplay things and graphic things that are a little unrefined as well, for a game that was worked on for so many years. Though honestly, only around three of those years went into this gen’s platforms.

      All in all, it’s not garbage.

      • Guest

        Three years should be enough to make it not feel like a shoddy 1st gen game though. Especially with so many FPS on the market to research and compare along with when designing. Many great games are made within 3 years…

    • kylehyde

      I know how you feel. Many times not so good products (Pirates ofthe caribean 4, transformers 3, justin beiber, twilight) get more sales than products that really deserved.

      • How are any of those not good? PotC is has a likeable main character that appeals to multiple audiences and is a part of the pirate craze. Transformers 3 had a huge advertising campaign and is honestly the best mindless action movie around with another likeable main. I wouldnt say either of those are not good products simply because when taken at face value their just enjoyable and not out to be epic award winning films.  Justin Beiber, popular cause of the kid from nobody to somebody, with good personality and the right connections, and Twilight, the vampire craze and fantastic actors. Really I cant think of any movie that released around PotC and T3 that didnt get the sales they deserved, and twilights not making that much money in comparison to top films each year.

        And about this game, consider what other games even released in this dry month of June, really DNF had no competition. 

        • kylehyde

          “PotC is has a likeable main character that appeals to multiple audiences”

          The last time I checked many people found annoying the captian jack sparrow. I agree that Transformers 3 was mindless but not in the same context as you, in general was a mindless movie. About Jusin Beiber, is popular, but just that, theres nothing more on him, he is product not a real artist.

          “Twilight, the vampire craze and fantastic actors”
          Many years being nominated on the razzies in categories concerning to the cast are not exactly the definition of good actors.

          Now going to what really matters, and is games, can you tell me that good games like Child of Eden (<35,000) and Shadows of the Damned (<25,000) deserved that sales?

          I don't think so.

          • Well Shadows of the Damned has a good people behind it but it doesn’t really show. It’s just not the crazy SUDA51 trip that it usually is and it is far too short, of course I think EA is to blame for those things but still. SUDA51 would have been better off making a new good game, like a new No more Heroes or Killer7 game, or a new IP that is a bit less conservative.

          • Well kids seem to like Captain Jack Sparrow lol. 

            Child of Eden was a short game that was also a pointless timed exclusive. I didnt look or hear much about Shadows of the Damned, but isnt that a niche game from a niche developer?

        • Guest

          TF3 sucked; stupid stupid plot (Shockwave Starscream and Megs were robbed); Source Code & XMen 1st Class much better movies… Justin is shameless pop fluff no real talent or substance, and Twilight? Well aside from Stephen King verballu destroying the author and even new movies like Crazy Stupid Love using insulting Twilight jokes; “amazing actors”? Bwahahaha. It’s also an insult to vampires. I’d rather just watch Lost Boys or even Fright Night.

          • I think and the fans of the movies think Taylor and Robert are amazing actors, they at least make the plot interesting and the movies fun.  

            I do agree about your TF3 plot description, though I guess since I love the cooler and often better vehicles of the Decepticons. Couldnt wrap my head around how they lost.

    • Barrit

      Well at least there are plenty of number 2 jokes to be made.

  • I played Duke Nukem. It’s a bad, bad game. It had some moments of fun, but thats it. It only got to number 2 because of nostalgia and hype really.

    Sadly I’m not surprised Zelda is 5th. It’s a great game, but no “hardcore” person is going to buy it. Not enough shooting and tits *is shot*

    • Kris

      I think that part of the reason for the (relatively) low sales is the low 3DS install base. I bet it’ll sell relatively well for a long time too, as more people pick up the console. 

      If I buy a 3DS, it’ll be the first game I pick up!

      • Testsubject909

        Though many will be put off by the fact that this 3D zelda remake which uses the second screen has a bleeping image of the name NAVI when she goes “Hey! Listen!”

    • Not a whole lot of people have a 3DS and remakes don’t tend to sell that great.
      When you consider both of those things, the game actually has pretty darn good sales. Skyward Sword is definitely going to sell more copies than DNF.

    • Lego got in front mostly because it’s a multi-console title. other than that, Zelda could’ve easily taken that spot.

      But yeah, not enough 3DS owners yet. it’ll just have to build up in time, but i’m pretty sure most 3DS owners will want to get one at some point.

  • I laughed at myself when I thought Take Two… took the top two spots. I am lame and fantastic.

    • Apache_Chief

      They were planning for this day.

  • Icon

    I’ve never felt so WEIRD about enjoying a game before. I got Duke on launch day and have beaten it, earned nearly all the trophies, played multiplayer and have just had fun with it constantly. That’s why it’s just so unsettling to see people bash it left and right. I’ve been gaming since ’89, I’ve never seen a game so vilified.

    • SolidusSnake

      You’re not alone, bro. Reading most of the reviews I wondered whether it was some in-joke or publicity stunt by the critics to constantly bash the game, or whether they just didn’t play it.

      And a lot of people on the gaming forums have been posting pretty much the same sentiments. I remember one guy saying that now he understands how JRPG fans feel, getting excited for games like Neptunia even though they get eviscerated by the critics. Just one of those things, I guess. I really wish they could have reduced the loading time on the game, though. It’s the only thing keeping me from running through it again on insane, since I had such a good time with the jokes and the gunplay. Oh well. Can’t wait for the next Duke Nukem game from Gearbox.

      • theworldofnoboundries

        And because of all of those reviews till now i am still unsure whether i should buy Duke or not….

    • Kibbitz

      It’s a question of expectations and wants. DNF as the final product isn’t what they wanted and since they have love for the franchise, it’s by far more annoying. They’d probably have less hate for it if it was sold as Don Nabesco Flies instead. As for vilified, I don’t know, I’ve seen something similar recently for Dragon Age II. There’s a certain amount for The Witcher II, but that one is more interesting in terms of the arguments brought forward.

      • malek86

        I do have problems with The Witcher 2, namely the lesser freedom, crappy inventory system, apparently less quests around, the plot not being as interesting as the first game, less intuitive interface, stupid QTEs (but thankfully they can be disabled), combat being a bit annoying, and some skills too unbalanced (well, this was in TW1 too).

        This just in comparison to the first game though, otherwise it’s still a very good RPG. But it feels like they purposely made some changes to accomodate console players, especially the interface. I guess they already knew it was gonna be made on 360 too.

        Anyway, some of the problems should be fixed with patches soon, at least they said the inventory should be made somewhat better, and they’ll finally add storage chests.

  • I feel kinda bad for the people who bought DN:F. When I first saw the trailer months ago, I thought “Hey, just looks like mindless fun…nothing serious”…..played the demo last week and I had no words to say. That last demo that made me felt that way was Two Worlds.

    L.A. Noire on the other hand though *clap clap clap*

  • Legend of Zelda is going to have long legs for sure. When people buy a 3DS, they will likely also buy OOT along with it.

    It’s a crime that there’s no Shadows of the Damned here though. Robbed. ROBBED I SAY!

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