Can Call of Duty be stopped? Not content with being the fastest selling game across all formats, Activision claims Black Ops has now shot to the top of the PS3's lifetime charts to become the best-selling title on Sony's platform. Ever. No specific sales figures were cited, but with Black Ops ousting Gran Turismo 5 from the top spot, where it had held firm at 6. 37 million copies sold, I think it's safe to assume Activision's blockbuster is topped seven million.
It's an almighty feat from Black Ops to streak past the likes of Gran Turismo 5 and Prologue, Metal Gear Solid 4, step-sibling Modern Warfare 2 and Uncharted 2. You'd expect Black Ops, being a multiplatform title, to beat the likes of GT5 and MGS4, which are exclusive to the PS3. And with consumer interest in Black Ops split between four platforms - the Xbox 360, the PC, the Wii and the PS3 - it's a frankly terrifying example of just how popular the Call of Duty brand is.
But can such rampant success continue? So far, Call of Duty has seen year on year progression, each iteration upping the critical and commercial value of the brand. But with Infinity Ward no longer wielding the same respect as they once did, and Treyarch's next title two years away, I wonder if this year's edition will see a slight - but noticeable - drop in sales. I also expect this year's Call of Duty to include some form of premium multiplayer, whether it be exclusive guns or perks you must purchase, or modes you can only play if you're willing to pay. Black Ops was laying the foundation for this with COD Points, gently coaxing you into the idea of spending a - admittedly virtual - currency on every item in the game.[Eurogamer]