Halo: Reach causes 99% upswing in Xbox 360 sales over in the UK

Tuesday, 21 September 2010 18:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Halo: Reach doubled sales of Xbox 360 in the UK last week, according to Gfk-ChartTrack.

The firm’s director, Dorian Bloch, said the game had a “marked effect” on hardware sales with Xbox 360 console sales “up 99 percent” for the week ending September 18.

GAME’s limited-edition Halo-themed Xbox 360 also played a part in the hardware surge, according to Eurogamer.

That’s not bad as far as hardware sales are concerned. Not 1000 percent, but not bad either.

Reach moved around 300K copies during its first 24-hours during its UK debut last week, and had the fifth biggest game launch week ever.

Halo: Reach will get matchmaking sometime next month.


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  1. Michael O’Connor


    #1 5 years ago
  2. cookiejar

    Well it would be bad if it didn’t.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Nozz

    I guess Christmas is gonna get real busy on Live!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. The Hindle

    Its a bit sad that only Halo seems to move consoles for Microsoft when different games like Alan Wake see no way near the same levels of success.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @4: That’s because Alan Wake is not a very good game. Not saying Halo Reach is one, but it has a bigger mainstream crowd.

    Anyway, the game is shite. If you played Halo 1 you played them all. It’s such a sadness.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    “If you played Halo 1 you played them all. It’s such a sadness.”

    Exactly :D

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    It really does come down to massmarket/mainstream.

    Look at alot of the criticly aclaimed indie movies, seems like everyone loves em, but big budget AAA Hollywood movies blow em away sales wise.

    Some games are just niche games(even some former “core” games), just like indie films.

    I think Alan Wake(great game btw) fits into that mold.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. DaMan

    @7 anything that was based on Stephen King’s uh, work shouldn’t be compared to those indie movies. since this stuff is totally mass market oriented.

    games like Ico would be a much better example.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    Not exactly an explosion though is it? A 99 percent increase on the week before? A significant part being played by the limited edition. Seems more like people coming back to the platform, buying a second box or simply waiting for this week to get a package deal.

    It’s a great game, and the best Halo yet IMO, but to get an explosion in sales you need something like the slim release or a new franchise/peripheral which really changes things.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. itsucks

    oh look, Its ErzaTWATzus in a butthurt comment over a console who shat upon it’s pieceofshit3 3rd place, :D.

    For your consolation go i dunno, pla…watch Heavy Crap, worst non-game movie ever. What a pile of donkey turd.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. The Hindle

    ^ Why does this guy not get the piss taken out of him? Seriously hes the only true troll on this site.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. DaMan

    probably because he isn’t a cunt.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. manamana

    @8 maybe its not the best example (also based on David Lynch btw) but the point olderGamer stressed out is completely right. How on earth could a wargame like MW with a mediocre and short campaign have such a big impact? Or Lady Gaga, music wise? Massmarket is definitely the answer.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 With MW2, it was probably because no one with half a brain bought it for the campaign. That’s a case of buyer-beware, imo. The people still playing that game aren’t worried about the singleplayer.

    I don’t think you can really compare a game with Lady Gaga, though. Lady Gaga is a one-woman marketing campaign, and music doesn’t take a lot to enjoy. There’s no effort on your part. If you have the right charisma, you can get away with repackaging the same old girl-pop and calling it your own.

    I might’ve misenterpreted what you were saying though.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. DaMan

    @13 I know, the point they were making is totally true. but Twin Peaks is as mass market appealing as any online fps.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @14 “With MW2, it was probably because no one with half a brain bought it for the campaign.”


    so thats why i heard so much mature comments from people playing MW2 multiplayer, like: Am gonna kick UR ASS PEACH!!!11

    Thank god there was a game with dedicated servers where i could play with people i trust. :D fun times.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. manamana

    Shit I erased my whole friggin comment!
    In short:
    DSB I know that MW2 got the money on MP. MW didnt I think. Lady GG was made btw. Shes neither a good musician nor an artist. Made for musicmediamassmarkethyping. Right place, right time imo.
    DaMan lynch had also indies and TP was miles away from massmarket appeal, at least in europe.
    @erth did u get your peach kicked?! ;-)

    Funny btw. MW2 is bought by 11million online only players, while Reach has a far too short campaign … *cough*forge&MP*cough*

    #17 5 years ago
  18. DaMan

    doesn’t matter if he had indies, TP is what I was talking about. if you believe it isn’t mass market appealing, then we have different visions of masses.

    whatever, I never denied ‘horror’ ones being bad sellers, but they tried to be as much mass appealing as possible. the only niche thing about AW is it’s clunky gameplay.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. manamana

    Nah, Barry was niche.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Psychotech

    of course it did the game is awesome.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. stretch215

    itsucks ftw, seriously. Mad funny son!!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. polygem

    @5,6: alright then. don´t play reach. miss out on an awesome fun game. your choice. no problem. but if you played uncharted you played uncharted 2 also in a way. still i loved and enjoyed it.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Psychotext

    @20: That confused the shit out of me for a second there. I didn’t remember posting in this topic. :D

    #23 5 years ago
  24. spiderLAW

    @20 and 23
    Lol…funniest shit today. its like, comsic twins or something buahahaha

    #24 5 years ago
  25. spiderLAW

    itsucks never has anything positive to contribute to this site.
    He/she only comes here to blurt out rude, offensive, annoying, vulgar and immature dribble. If he isn’t going to be banned or warned, is there any way he can be censored?
    I don’t mind profanity here and there, but he just does not know any boundaries.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Psychotech

    @23 Are you serious?lol.didn’t see that coming :)
    @24, 25 Tell me about it.How about both?warned and banned

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    @polygem, i’m not going to miss that overrated franchise even for a second, because Civilization 5 is on the Horizon.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Mike

    So many bitter tears in here.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. DSB

    @16 I like how wellfounded your arguments are. You always know what you’re talking about, and you always use indisputable facts. It’s so nice to see people like that.

    @17 He’s a little obsessed with MW2. Anyone aknowledging the fact that it’s a solid game is apparently a frenzied fanboy.

    But idiots aside, you’re obviously right. Publishers are always gonna use massmarketing to boost their games. It’s a shame if you don’t know enough about the series to buy a CoD game expecting something new, or an increasing singleplayer focus, but in the end, that’s not the fault of an advertising agency, people only have themselves to blame.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Kuwabara

    iv’e said alot of shit to “itsucks” with no comebacks. Hes a cheap crackhead that can’t afford the luxury of buying a ps3.He’s hired by microsoft to talk shit about the ps3. Some people are so dumb u can’t get them to change their minds or change perspectives. like trying to explain to xbox fanboys why the ps3 is clearly the better console. But “itsucks” has a mental condition.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. DaMan

    @22 polygem, it’s okay let him be, buddy. just a few days ago the idiot was arguing how Dmc shouldn’t change and it’s ‘formula still works’. see, similarly if it’s GoW it’s ‘more of the same’, if it’s LBP it’s ‘more for the fans’. Halo is a different story however, it’s ‘the same old crap’. it needs to be bashed, since the franchise took the fps crown away from their precious PC. can’t argue with that logic.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Erthazus

    @Retarded Daman, as always posting ridiculous posts. I never said about More of the same. I said always more of the same but BETTER.
    If it’s LBP they made more of the same but added so much more and e.t.c.
    Why GOW series must change if it is PERFECT for it’s game?

    Playing Halo games is like.. ehh… there are no improvements on whatsoever. Same arcadish feel. So go and play Halo, what are you doing here? :D

    @DSB, Retard mine words here are NOT FACTS :D i was just laughing about your stupid thoughts. Idiot.

    Yeah, yeah, read some more wikipedia. You need to know your symptoms son :D/

    Son, i’m dissapoint with your humour! Try harder next time :D

    #32 5 years ago
  33. DaMan

    yeah, yeah. I know, I know, just don’t forget the meds today. ironically though, as you can see by comments such as number 9, many people did find it to be better. same with the previous ones. besides, you clearly referred to Halo’s ‘arcade’ gameplay in the past, and how you find it’s formula crap, so my comment isn’t ridiculous in any way. thus a better question is ‘why Halo series must change if it is PERFECT for it’s game?’ I see you still haven’t figured out the grammer yet btw :(. you’re truly a mentally handicapped one :( .

    retard you say, hmm? I’ll tell you what’s retarded: being online 24/7, saying how little you give a crap about everyone’s ‘opinions’ all the time, yet reacting to every single comment. you really are amazing entertainment.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. DaMan

    oh, forgot to ask: when’s the next time you promise not to comment on any Halo articles again?

    low on memory I presume :(

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Erthazus

    @Retard DaMan
    “when’s the next time you promise not to comment on any Halo articles again?”

    Sorry stupid, i said long time ago that i was joking. Problem with reading? :( Owww…

    “many people did find it to be better. same with the previous ones”

    Many of these people started playing only in this generation or on the Xbox 1.
    Yeah we know that slogan: HALO invented FPS!!!11

    “‘why Halo series must change if it is PERFECT for it’s game?’”

    Because it’s mechanics are from Unreal Tournament 1. Just stripped for consoles :D
    Great reviews for the PC version proves it :D
    Especially for Halo 2 :D
    It’s a disaster actually. But for casual gamers it is not complex and not enough deep. Oh my, i think you can wear spartan with Helmet or armor that give nothing to the gameplay. O_O Woow. :D

    “I’ll tell you what’s retarded: being online 24/7″

    another internet guess? :D

    “how little you give a crap about everyone’s ‘opinions’ all the time”

    another internet guess? :D

    “you really are amazing entertainment.”

    But you are amazing Retard on the internet. I Trolled you like thousand times already. :D I think you are so enraged when you hear something Bad about your precious Halo that at that time you start Hitting the fucking desk with your cock. Its so hard that you can kill someone with it right now ! :lol:

    I like DaMan, just say something about Halo and he is like:

    #35 5 years ago
  36. itsucks

    The (Ass that can’t )Handle (the heat):

    Don’t tell me, U MAD cuz Shittyminigames championship and your rip-off dildo wiimote bombed hard? Try harder next time. Protip: Try not just copying Nintendo as a balant doofous with tech that no one wants anymore.. : )

    Oh look, it’s ErzaTWATzus.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. DaMan

    erm, yeah.. thank you for proving all of my points, dude.

    ‘internet guess’? what a stellar phrase you’ve just coined. no, I judge by the time of your posts, you know it yourself you’re here pretty much all the time. why deny it, it ‘s like choosing Latvia as your country when registering and then arguing that you’re from Canada.

    btw, you might as well just do the following: quote the whole comment you ‘re replying to and post “NO U!”
    like this:
    @DSB NO U!
    @DaMan NO U!!
    @other casual retards: NO U!!
    and a lulz smiley at the end.

    that would be perfectly retarded. but at least you won’t have to type the same loosely translated, badly thought out bollocks again and again.

    and joking, really?! so you’re saying you will keep on spending your time by posting the same stuff again and again here?! I should be ashamed indeed.

    oh, and good one, man! regularly commenting on Halo, posting nothing but rants while trying to hide their angst with the lulz smileys, coming back at the slightest provocation… and then the moment someone starts replying say they do the same thing.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. DaMan

    oh, by the way. CE was brought to Windows two years after the original release, and criticized for being a bad port. same with the sequel, oh and good job using the least critically acclaimed one to validate your views.. it’s like using the PS3 version of Half Life 2 to justify your point.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Erthazus

    “oh, by the way. CE was brought to Windows two years after the original release, and criticized for being a bad port.”

    Excuse, excuse sir. :D Actually port was fucking brilliant. Among all games it had a controller support for PC. Very intuitive dedicated server stuff. Great options and e.t.c.
    Oh come on, you didn’t played PC at that time you don’t fucking know.
    Second Halo port was even more than brilliant. Especially when it comes to the thing that you don’t need to install game on your hardware. Halo 2 is the only game that can do that for now :D Microsoft promised that feature in vista, but Halo 2 is the only game that can do that.

    “what a stellar phrase you’ve just coined. no, I judge by the time of your posts”


    “it ’s like choosing Latvia as your country when registering and then arguing that you’re from Canada. ”


    “@DSB NO U!
    @DaMan NO U!!
    @other casual retards: NO U!!
    and a lulz smiley at the end. ”

    I don’t understand what you are trying to say. :D it’s your imagination probably :D

    “oh, and good one, man! regularly commenting on Halo, posting nothing but rants while trying to hide their angst with the lulz smileys, coming back at the slightest provocation… and then the moment someone starts replying say they do the same thing.”

    That is the gayest thing I have heard in awhile. Did you get turned on when I talked about the bubbles in your vagina?
    But seriously,
    I posted like 2 small posts about Halo and you are simply turned ON :D.
    It’s like: Halo is shit
    Daman: NNNNNOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!11111

    Hahaha :lol:

    #39 5 years ago
  40. DaMan

    heh heh heh


    …i can’t believe your youtube profile says ’22′.

    you no speaky english too.

    even blackdreamhunk was better than that.

    this is what ‘pompous’ ’12 year old’ ‘jerk off’ attitude is though: trying to make yourself look like some tech guru, while hardly knowing anything. regularly trying to force your opinions on everyone while having never played the games.

    and, dude. you comment on it regularly. fact. google your name + halo + vg247, it’s embarassing.
    ahem.. anyway though, if you look at CE’s reviews at Metacritic, the ones giving it low scores criticize the port as being inferior and late. they acknowledge it being a masterpeice for it’s time and the platform it was originally made for. so do your homework, man.

    I like how he’s getting more and more anxious and keeps on saying others overreact.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Erthazus

    “…i can’t believe your youtube profile says ‘22′.”

    I’m not 22 idiot. Youtube profile? I don’t have Youtube profile :D

    “you no speaky english too.”

    True Justin Bieber fan, my english is bad as hell but i live in the country where no one speaks that language so i really don’t care :D
    But i’m learning like 3 languages, i’m not sure if you know more than english. you just can’t. Retarded, thats why.

    “the ones giving it low scores criticize the port as being inferior and late.”

    Play the game first of all douche :D

    You are so butthurted about Halo topic that you even search my nickname on the google :D Interested in me? OMG, don’t say that you are GAY. Please.
    Btw, Erthazus is the nickname that i use here and in World Of warcraft (used it before, until i changed my account with email address. :D My character is probably with that nickname is still there)

    “I like how he’s getting more and more anxious and keeps on saying others overreact.”

    I’m not anxious, i’m making fun of you while i’m watching H.O.T.D. :D can’t believe that you are trying to search me on the internet :D
    Butthurted Halo fanboy, i’m sure you are fat fuck nerd playing Halo :D

    #41 5 years ago
  42. DaMan

    I’m in fact interested. so let me get this straight then, the following isn’t your profile: ?

    doesn’t matter if you ‘live in a country where noone speaks that language’. plenty of us are also non native speakers. besides I’m not blaming you for being bad at it, I’m saying first learn to speak then try to teach others about anything.

    I didn’t search for ‘you’, rofl. I made a google search to see if you do the same anywhere else, since you’re being a joke here. and stumbled upon that account.

    oh, and if you aren’t being anxious then you’re truly retarded.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Psychotext

    This thread is where the sexy people are.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. DaMan

    same tactics as usual, deny everything. Lol.

    that is obviously his profile. not that I’m interested in anything aside from their age. maybe I really shouldn’t make fun of him.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Erthazus

    “I’m in fact interested. so let me get this straight then, the following isn’t your profile: ?”

    I’m the ONLY one Erthazus in the internet RIGHT? Of course not.

    “besides I’m not blaming you for being bad at it”

    thats the only thing you always do :D and fail because i don’t care actually. I don’t care. I’m saying that to you already second time. I hope you will understand this or i can repeat third time :D

    “then try to teach others about anything.”

    You are obviously my mother. Say that to yourself first. I’m not teaching anyone. My opinion is my opinion. You disagree and fuck off.

    “oh, and if you aren’t being anxious then you’re truly retarded.”

    Another internet guess?

    “I didn’t search for ‘you’, rofl. I made a google search to see”

    You even tried to search for the youtube channel or user wasting your FUCKING TIME :D

    DaMan, you spent too much time doing nothing :D and still please sure to not forget to comment :D

    You are so stupid and Retarded (you said that actually :D). I’m just sorry for you.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Michael O’Connor

    Credit to itsucks, he comes up with some goddamn hilarious parodies for names of things.

    Me next! Pick me! Pick me!

    #46 5 years ago
  47. DaMan

    blah blah blah denial blah lies blah denial blah defamations blah

    you seem to have trouble understanding others. like i said, your posts on this site are humorous, hence I googled your name to see if you do that anywhere else.

    look.. lol. the account is obviously yours. the fact that you know about btw, that you said your ‘neighbour’ is Russia.. you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. and no ‘Erthazus’ isn’t a common username. go ahead and tell me your gametrailers account is another person. you did mention university as well before, so that makes you being 18+ anyway.

    ‘thats the only thing you always do ‘
    I make fun of you, that’s what I do.

    you *do* try and teach everyone. you probably aren’t articulate enough though, so you just come across like that. sad indeed.

    oh, and rofl. you say you don’t care yet keep on replying again and again. you keep doing that for months, you really don’t know what you’re talking about.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. No_PUDding

    So 99% means, for every 360 sold last week (month?) there is two sold this week?

    That’s a little meagre coming off a boring summer month. No?

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Psychotext

    Would be a boring autumn week NP… and probably not as the 360 sales have been increased considerably recently by the release of the S model (1000% increase after launch, though obviously that would be dropping now, that said, there would have been another spike when the 4gb model got released).

    #49 5 years ago
  50. No_PUDding

    True, I am forgetting the S is still very recent.

    #50 5 years ago

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