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37.5+ million copies of Xbox’s best-selling games wasted, according to fans

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Microsoft recently released their earnings report for quarter three, revealing that their profits for Xbox content and services have increased a whopping 34% this quarter. Despite this, they claim to have never made a profit from selling the consoles themselves, meaning most of this profit is made from the sales of games. This led ManySpins to investigate exactly how satisfied gamers are with the games they purchase from Xbox.

Using a list of the 20 best-selling Xbox One games, they used Metacritic’s user score to find out exactly what players thought of the games they had purchased. Metacritic’s user scores range from 0-10, with higher scores indicating better reviews from the gaming community.

Xbox One’s best-selling games that disappointed fans most:

 

  Xbox One Game Number of Copies Sold Worldwide User Score (Metacritic) Number of copies potentially wasted
#1 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 8 million 49%                 4,080,000
#2 Call of Duty: Black Ops III 7.37 million 46%                 3,979,800
#3 Call of Duty: WWII 6.23 million 43%                 3,551,100
#4 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 4.79 million 38%                 2,969,800
#5 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 5.22 million 55%                 2,349,000
#6 Star Wars Battlefront 4.14 million 45%                 2,277,000
#7 Assassin’s Creed Unity 3.58 million 45%                 1,969,000
#8 Grand Theft Auto V 8.72 million 79%                 1,831,200
#9 FIFA 17 3.71 million 52%                 1,780,800
#10 Halo 5: Guardians 4.92 million 64%                 1,771,200

 

ManySpins can reveal the game with the most copies potentially wasted is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The game has sold a total of 8 million copies so far, but with only 49% of players happy with their purchase, around 4 million copies have been wasted.

Call of Duty games claim spots 2 to 5 of the most wasted games, with a grand total of nearly 13 million copies wasted between the four games. COD is known for being expensive as part of Xbox’s triple A games, and as there are now 24 COD games, it is easy to see how Microsoft could be more focussed on profits rather than quality gaming.

Coming sixth is Star Wars Battlefront, and with just 45% of players happy with the game that means an estimated 2.2 million copies went to waste. Eighth is Grand Theft Auto V with approximately 1.8 million copies wasted, followed by FIFA 17 in ninth (estimated 1.7 million copies wasted).

Rounding up the top 10 most disappointing Xbox One games is Halo 5: Guardians. Selling a grand total of 4.9 million copies and with a score of 64%, around 1.7 million copies of this game were potentially wasted on unhappy customers.

Kevin Roos, expert from ManySpins.com said: “Many of Xbox’s games are £50-60 on release, so despite making a loss on the consoles, Microsoft generates a lot of income through the sales of games and gaming passes. It’s not surprising that their profits have increased during the pandemic with more people spending longer at home and less time commuting.”

He added: “Microsoft knows that they can sell their consoles for a loss and still make money, especially if they keep bringing out new consoles meaning gamers have to purchase new versions of their games to continue playing.”

 

Methodology:

  1. ManySpins.com used Wikipedia’s list of ‘best-selling Xbox One games’ to find the 20 best-selling video games on Xbox One.
  2. They then searched each game on Metacritic to find the user score for each game, specifically the Xbox One editions.
  3. ManySpins.com then ranked the games from best to worst based on their Metacritic user score to find which best-selling Xbox Ones games players were most disappointed by.
  4. Number of copies potentially wasted was calculated by multiplying the games’ total sales from Wikipedia’s list by the percentage of negative reviews on Metacritic. These are approximate values only.

All data is correct as of 10/05/2021, but is subject to change.

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YoYo Games launches Fire Jump – a new game-making Drag and Drop tutorial for GameMaker Studio 2

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New tutorial introduces hobbyists to the basics of GameMaker’s intuitive Drag and Drop system to create their own infinite platformer game from start to finish

YoYo Games today announced the launch of Fire Jump – a new game-making tutorial designed to introduce new users to the basics of GameMaker Studio 2, the world’s leading 2D game development engine.

Designed specifically for those with little or no game design experience, Fire Jump features a step-by-step guide to making an infinite platformer game, primarily using GameMaker’s easy-to-use and intuitive Drag and Drop (DnD) system.

In Fire Jump, players control an intrepid fireman on a mission to rescue civilians from a burning building. As our hero leaps vertically from window to window, he must rescue civilians whilst trying to avoid those windows which are on fire.

Explained in an easy to understand manner, the free tutorial includes four tutorials plus a wealth of supporting materials, teaching new users how to make a playable character, generate infinite obstacles, build a solid game loop along with menus and much more. There is also enough useful information for intermediate users to enjoy as well.

The launch of Fire Jump tutorial follows the recent release of Little Town, a major new game-making tutorial designed to teach students the fundamental principles of game design with GameMaker Studio 2.

You can download the Fire Jump tutorial by visiting https://www.yoyogames.com/en/blog/fire-jump-tutorial.

Stuart Poole, General Manager, YoYo Games, said: “With Drag and Drop, absolutely anyone can make an impressive game without writing code – all you need is imagination.

“This is why we’re extremely excited to be launching Fire Jump – our latest high-quality step-by-step DnD tutorial, designed to quickly get hobbyists up-to-speed with the core functionality of DnD and GameMaker Studio 2 while hopefully inspiring them to create their own amazing games.”

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Bad Fox Studios’ MOSH Super Squad Hits PC Early Access on the 25th of June across Steam and the Epic Games Store

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Squad up and duke it out in a manic-strategic battle for domination. Tactics, teamwork and twitch reflexes are vital to claim victory, with top-down shooter controls to master, a diverse roster of troopers to choose from, and a myriad of map shaking abilities to fire off.

Bad Fox Studios are pleased to announce their Free to Play game Super Squad will be blasting into Early Access on the EPIC Games Store and Steam on the 25th of June. Super Squad’s entry into Early Access also heralds the birth of a new genre: the team-based Multiplayer Online Shoot-‘Em-Up, or MOSH. Part RTS strategy, part MOBA twitch shooter, all MOSH. To claim victory, you’ll have to think like a general but fight like a trooper.

Join the Cosmic Chaos!
Soldiers, aliens, pirates, and more collide when military experiments on a mysterious meteorite tear a rift in the fabric of reality. Portals appear throughout the universe, sucking up troopers from across time and space to face off in feverish 5 v 5 battles for domination.

Dodge Faster, Shoot Faster, Think Faster
Whether hunting for missile keys to bombard the enemy stronghold on Military Base, warping to New Mars to assault the enemy mothership, or keeping it classic and going head-to-head in the upcoming Team Deathmatch mode, smart team composition, slick co-operation and laser accurate skill shots are the ways to win.

What to Expect
Super Squad will release into Early Access with 12 playable troopers to choose from, 8 maps to traverse, and 2 modes to battle through. You can either purchase access to all troopers present and future with a Superpack, or simply jump in with the 6 free troopers that will be on rotation every 2 weeks. 2 new troopers will also be added to the roster monthly, giving players new playstyles to master, re-invigorating the team composition meta, and keeping the action fresh.

The Bad Fox Philosophy
Player-focused design is at our core and we are committed to ensuring Super Squad is fun for everyone, regardless of their decision to spend money on the game. That means unlockable content at a fair price, absolutely no pay-to-win mechanics, and our ongoing support for competitive play.

A Huge Thank You to all our Beta Troopers!
After rounding out over a year of beta testing with a series of beta weekends and a 54 hour(!) long stream, everyone at Bad Fox would like to send a huge thank you to the thousands of troopers who logged in and squadded up for the first time. You have been crucial in refining Super Squad from controlling multiple troopers in the beginning, right down to the current build. We can’t wait to continue the journey with you as Super Squad continues to grow and evolve!

Super Squad launches into Early Access on Steam and the Epic Games Store on the 25th of June.

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The Favourite Video Games From Across The World

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  • The number one video game in the world is Tomb Raider, now with over 20 games available on over 10 different console types.

  • Tomb Raider’s biggest fans are in Germany, France and Hungary.

  • Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite score second and third place, with GTA being the number one game in both Asia and Africa.

  • Bioshock is crowned the UK’s favourite video game, having been the most popular in Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow and Sheffield.

A new study by airsoft company Patrol Base has discovered the world’s favourite video games. The research looks in-depth at video game archives across 75 countries to uncover the most popular games across the globe.

Reviewing monthly searches, Patrol Base has ranked not only the best games on the globe, but also the most popular games in each continent, the most liked gaming genre, and even the UK’s favourite video games by city.

Out of a total of thirty different games reviewed across six continents, the number one game is action-adventure classic, Tomb Raider. It scored the most first place results compared to every other game; taking gold in ten out of 75 countries including Germany, France and Hungary.

Top Ten Favourite Global Games

  1. Tomb Raider
  2. Grand Theft Auto
  3. Fortnite
  4. Resident Evil
  5. Call Of Duty
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. The Last Of Us
  8. FIFA
  9. Hitman
  10. Minecraft

A firm favourite, Tomb Raider is also the most popular game in Europe, whilst Call of Duty conquers North America. Resident Evil takes the crown in South America, of which interest in the horror-themed game had been the highest in three out of the nine countries reviewed.

The Favourite Game Per Continent

  1. Europe – Tomb Raider

  2. North America – Call Of Duty

  3. South America – Resident Evil

  4. Asia – Grand Theft Auto

  5. Africa – Grand Theft Auto

  6. Oceania – Spyro

Unsurprisingly, first-person shooter (FPS) and action-adventure games came joint first in the race for the most popular gaming genre worldwide. Action-adventure games in the top ten included Tomb Raider, GTA, The Legend Of Zelda and God Of War. Flying the flag for FPS are Call Of Duty, Battlefield, Halo and BioShock.

Top Five Game Genres Worldwide

  1. Action-Adventure

  1. First-Person Shooter

  1. Platformer

  1. Role-Playing Game

  1. Survival Horror

In a strange twist of fate, the 2013 released video game BioShock proved to be the most popular game in the United Kingdom, having been a solid favourite in cities including Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow and Sheffield. Despite not having released a game in eight years, the franchise still racks up a huge 32,000 searches per month, with BioShock: Infinite receiving an additional 21,000 searches.

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