Wednesday, June 30, 2010

PS3 vs. Xbox 360: Backbreaker's Sale Ranks

Quick Brew Info:
Backbreaker was released on June 1, 2010, for both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  The game released with a MSRP of $49.99 and features 60 football teams, a season and "Road to Backbreaker" mode; as well as an online exhibition mode.
One big selling point for Backbreaker, is its use of the Euphoria game engine, which was also used in games like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Red Dead Redemption.

Chart Info:
The chart above shows the sales ranks for Backbreaker on the PS3 and Xbox 360, with data captured between  May 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010.

Highs & Lows:
The highest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the PS3 was #332, on June 2, around 10:40AM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the PS3 was #5,915, on June 29, around 12:05PM.

The highest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 was #216, on June 1, around 8:05PM.
The lowest recorded sale rank for Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 was #4,829, on June 28, around 12:40AM.

Critical Reception:
Backbreaker on the PS3 currently has a review score average of 59.88%, based on 17 reviews.
Backbreaker on the Xbox 360 currently has a review score average of 56.67%, based on 20 reviews.

The chart shows, with the lightning bolt, that on June 2 posted their review for Backbreaker.
I believe their review was posted around 8:30PM(EST) on June 2, and they gave the game a 5 out of 10.
Many other sites started posting reviews for the game on/around June 1, but I just found it interesting that after June 2, the same day posted their review, the sale ranks for bother versions of Backbreaker steadily decreased.

I have not purchased a football game since ESPN NFL 2K5.
I read some of the comments on IGN's review for Backbreaker, and they were stating that the reviewer did not spend enough time with the game; before writing the review.

I don't think the sales data shows the game is selling very well, but perhaps it is doing better in retail stores than online?
I think if the game released with a price tag of $19.99, like ESPN NFL 2K5 did, then more people would have been willing to give it a try.

I did download the demo for Backbreaker on my PS3, and played a few matches.
The passing took a little while, but I was getting used to it.  I still am adjusting to the running, though it seems kind of loose to me.

Here's a trailer for the game, and also two plays at the end of it from some of my play-time with the demo:

Have you played Backbreaker on either the PS3 or Xbox 360?
If you purchased the game, what do you think of it?  Do you agree with the review score averages for the version you played, or do you agree with comments that the reviewers needed to spend more time with the game before "reviewing" it?

If you are interested in Backbreaker, you can see prices for it on below:

World Cup Madness! North American Soccer Games Data!

Quick Brew Info:
The World Cup is going on right now, and with only eight teams remaining, I really have no idea who the favorites are moving forward.  I have never really followed professional soccer, even though I did play little league soccer for a few years growing up.

In this post, we will look at four soccer(or football in Europe) games on the Wii that all have game-play data reporting.
We are looking at Mario Strikers Charged, FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, and FIFA Soccer 10.

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Days Since Release:
As the image above shows, Mario Strikers Charged was released on July 30, 2007.  The data shown was collected approximately 1,065 days since the game's release.
FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play was released on October 28, 2008; The data shown above was collected approximately 609 days after the game released.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 was released on March 17, 2009.  The data shown was collected approximately 469 days after PES 2009 released.
FIFA Soccer 10 was released on October 20, 2009, and the data was collected approximately 252 days after it released.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Mario Strikers Charged has 372,239 players reporting play-time data.
FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play has 24,011 players reporting their play-time data.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 has 4,167 players reporting Wii play-time data.
FIFA Soccer 10 has 7,698 players reporting data. Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Mario Strikers Charged's sale rank is #835 and the current selling price is $52.68, from a third party vendor.
FIFA Soccer All-Play 09's sale rank is #997 and the current selling price is $18.49, from a third party vendor.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009's sale rank is #4,997 and its current selling price is $64.99, also from a third party vendor.
FIFA Soccer 10's sale rank is #1,110 and the its current selling price is $46.99.

(I don't think you'll see any crazy stuff watching the World Cup, like you will see in this trailer!)

I have only played one out of these four games.
The game that I have played is Mario Strikers Charged.  Mario Strikers Charged is definitely not like the FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer games; but Mario Strikers Charged is more an arcade soccer game.
If you have played the NHL Hitz games, those games have the type of game-play you should expect from Mario Strikers Charged.

The one thing that surprised me the most about the data, is that Pro Evolution Soccer is lower than both FIFA games reporting data.
I remember reading about Pro Evolution Soccer when it first released on the Nintendo Wii, and I remember reading how the controls in the game were a great step forward for soccer games.
I don't remember reading a lot about the FIFA games, but I do have a friend that has rented one of them, and he seems to have enjoyed it each time he has rented it.

I know that Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 already has a sequel(2010), and that EA released 2010 FIFA World Cup; but at the time of this posting, the four games shown are the ones with data reporting.

If you were not following/reading my blog back in January, you may have missed my post about several canceled Wii games.  Mario Strikers Charged was one of the games that was mentioned as not being produced or shipped any long by Nintendo of America.  I don't think that status has changed, as the game is currently only available on from third party vendors.
If you missed the blog post about the canceled Wii games, the direct link for the post is:

Have you played any of these soccer games?  If you have played both a FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer game on the Wii, did you enjoy one more than the other?
If you have only played one of these games like myself, did you enjoy whatever you played?

Being that the World Cup inspired this blog post, do you have a team that you are still cheering for in the World Cup; if your team has already been eliminated, who were you cheering for?

If you are interested in any soccer game for the Wii, I am providing links to the newest versions of these games(where available); as they should be available directly from, and not third party vendors:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sin and Punishment Data

Quick Brew Info:
Sin and Punishment was originally released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan on November 21, 2000.
The game was not ported to North American or European N64s.

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Virtual Console Release/Days Since Release:
Sin and Punishment may not have been released for European and North American Nintendo 64s, but Nintendo did re-release Sin and Punishment on the Wii's Virtual Console for Europe, Japan, and North America.
North America received Sin and Punishment on the Virtual Console on October 1, 2007, for the cost of 1,200 Wii Points.
The data shown above in the image is for North American Wii owners that downloaded Sin and Punishment off the Virtual Console.  The data was collected approximately 1,002 days since the game released on the Virtual Console.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Sin and Punishment has 42,058 players reporting their play-time data, as of today(June 28, 2010).

Sales Info:
The North American Virtual Console version of Sin and Punishment has made Nintendo approximately $504,696 since it was released.

Though Nintendo did not release the original Sin and Punishment in North America or Europe, perhaps the Virtual Console numbers showed them North American Wii owners enjoyed the game.
Just yesterday, Sunday, June 27, 2010, Sin and Punishment's sequel, Sin and Punishment: Star Successor was released on the Wii in North America.

If you don't know anything about either game, here is a video of footage from both Sin and Punishment games:

If you could not tell from the footage shown, both games are "on-rails" but allow you to move around depending on the level design.

I think it is going to be interesting seeing how Sin and Punishment: Star Successor performs in North America.

Did you play the original Sin and Punishment?  If so, would you recommend it for the cost of $12 on the Virtual Console?
If you did or didn't play the original, either way, did you purchase Sin and Punishment: Star Successor yesterday; or do you plan on purchasing in the near future?

If you are interested in either the original Sin and Punishment, or the sequel; links are provided for a Wii Points card and Sin and Punishment: Star Successor:

Sunday, June 27, 2010

25% Off or More: Video Game Sales (6-27-10)

Quick Brewed Thoughts:
Each video game or video game accessory listed below is at least 25%, as of June 27, 2010.  If I notice the prices change during the week to a savings of less than 25%, I will take them off the list.
The prices listed below are for's prices, not 3rd Party Prices.  If you click through, and don't see the same price, you may notice's price listed on the right side of the screen, as the image below shows:

Each game should be properly linked directly to its page.

Microsoft Games & Accessories:
Assassin's Creed II for $25.54, save 36%
Blur for $29.99, save 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for $39.54, save 34%
Crackdown for $16.64, save 44%
Dark Void for $19.39, save 52%
FPS Freek for $9.99, save 50%
Lego Rock Band for $19.96, save 33%
MLB 2K10 for 39.99, save 33%
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution for $19.99, save 33%
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller - White for $32.44, save 35%

Nintendo DS Games & Accessories:
Best Friends Tonight for $17.43, save 40%
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for $19.99, save 33%
Call of Duty: World at War for $19.99, save 33%
Chaotic for $12.59, save 36%
G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra for $18.24, save 39%
Guitar Hero on Tour Decades Bundle for $22.37, save 25%
Mario Kart DS for $23.98, save 40%
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for $19.99, save 33%
Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi for $7.13, save 76%
MySims Kingdom for $8.54, save 55%
NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 for $15.06, save 50%
Petz Rescue Endangered Paradise for $10.97, save 63%
Puzzler World for $14.99, save 25%
Reversal Challenge for $13.34, save 33%
Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun for $14.93, save 25%

Nintendo Wii Games & Accessories:
Call of Duty: World at War for $29.99, save 25%
Dirt 2 for $14.99, save 25%
Disney Sing It: Pop Hits for $19.99, save 50%
EA Sports Active: More Workouts for $19.96, save 50%
Gold's Gym Cardio Workout for $14.54, save 27%
Just Dance for $28.54, save 29%
Lego Rock Band for $19.96, save 33%
MadWorld for $9.82, save 50%
Muramasa: The Demon Blade for $35.06, save 29%
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars for $12.96, save 74%
New Super Mario Bros. Wii for $35.96, save 28%
Nyko Wii Charge Station for $19.54, save 35%
Official Nintendo Wii Wheel for $9.96, save 34%
Okami for $14.27, save 29%
Pirates Plundarrr for $19.99, save 33%
Resident Evil 4 for $12.45, save 38%
Shiren The Wanderer for $29.99, save 25%
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows for $21.70, save 27%
The Beatles: Rock Bank(software only) for $19.96, save 33%
Trauma Center: Second Opinion for $25.87, save 48%
Wii 15-in-1 Family Pack - White for $11.54, save 62%
Wii Fit Plus(Software only) for 14.54, save 27%
Wii Play with Wii Remote for $37.54, save 25%
Wipeout for $29.99, save 25%
Your Shape: Featuring Jenny McCarthy for $22.40, save 44%

PC Games:
Blur for $19.99, save 50%
Dark Void for $10.00, save 67%
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for $29.99, save 40%
The Sims 3 for $28.54, save 43%

Sony PS3 Games & Accessories:
Assassin's Creed II for $25.75, save 36%
Blur for $29.99, save 50%
Call of Duty: World at War for $28.54, save 29%
Dark Void for $18.04, save 55%
Dirt 2 for $29.96, save 25%
God of War III for $38.54, save 36%
Heavenly Sword for 34.66, save 42%
Lego Rock Band for $19.99, save 33%
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots for $17.99, save 40%
MLB  2K10 for $39.99, save 33%
Rise of the Argonauts for $23.73, save 53%
SingStar Vol. 2 for 19.13, save 52%
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International for $39.99, save 33%
The Beatles: Rock Band(software only) for $22.45, save 25%
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves for $43.54, save 27%
Valkyria Chronicles for $25.63, save 36%
Way of the Samurai 3 for $28.66, save 43%
WET for $39.10, save 35%
Wheelman for $29.93, save 25%

Sony PSP Games & Accessories:
Daxter for $14.82, save 26%
G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra for $17.29, save 42%
Madden NFL 09 for $13.46, save 27%
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for $19.98, save 33%
Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play for $10.83, save 46%
Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun for $14.59, save 27%

Would you recommend, or not recommend, any of these games based on their prices?


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