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Call of Duty? Conduit? GoldenEye? Metroid? What is the most played FPS Wii game in the U.S.?

November 13, 2012

The Roast
The Wii has had a variety of first-person shooter (FPS) games released during the last 6 years, some of the more popular Wii FPS titles you can see in the image above. With more than 20 FPS games released for the Wii, at least 10 have had online multiplayer, while some have been more single player focused like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Red Steel 2.

What is the most played FPS game on the Wii in the United States, according to the overall total hours reported and the average hours reported “Per person” on the Nintendo Channel? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

Coffee Beans
Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Wii’s most played game from the Call of Duty series, according to the average hours reported “Per person” and also the total hours reported on the Nintendo Channel for all of the Call of Duty games, as well as all of the other FPS games with data reported through the Nintendo Channel.

Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010 for the Wii, with a MSRP of $49.99. The game was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, and received an ESRB rating of “MATURE” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

The data shown in the image below is for the gameplay hours reported from U.S. Wii owners, with 734 days possibly report.

Data for U.S. Wii owners.

The Brew
Black Ops now has approximately 200,601 Wii owners from the U.S. that have reported playing the game through the Nintendo Channel, which is about 23,428 more Wii owners that have now reported data for the game, since the data report in June.

The game’s reported average play-time is now 84 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person”, over 2 hours higher than June’s reported average “Per person”, and the average played per day/time is about 2 Hours 36 Minutes. This simply means each time a Wii owner sits down to play Black Ops, they are spending about 2.5 hours playing it each time. It could be zombies. It could be standard online multiplayer. It could be single player. It could be all of them, but whatever it is, the game is still being played a lot.

What about reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, has anything changed since June? Well, the game still has a “professional” review score average of 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com. It now has a customer review score average of 77.30%, based on 141 customer reviews from Amazon.com.

How most Black Ops 2 players are feeling after the last night of gaming?

Caffeinated Thoughts
Millions of gamers are probably playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on their PlayStation 3s, Xbox 360s, and PCs as I’m typing this. While Black Ops 2 is not releasing for the Wii, as confirmed by an Activision representative in October, the Wii was home to every other Treyarch developed Call of Duty game.

I haven’t played my copy of Black Ops on the PS3 in a while, but I did enjoy the online multiplayer when I played it, and the zombie mode as well. I didn’t go out and get a copy of Black Ops 2 for my PlayStation 3, because I’m debating on grabbing the game with my Wii U this Sunday.

If you haven’t seen any footage of Black Ops 2, take a look at the launch trailer below!

I am surprised that Black Ops on the Wii has become the most played FPS for the system, in both the hours reported “Per person” and the overall total hours reported. I thought that Call of Duty: World at War would hold onto the most played according to “Total Hours” reported because of Modern Warfare 3 potentially getting purchased and played by Black Ops players, but the data just over the last few months shows Black Ops is on a steady increase each week.

I’m really glad to see Treyarch releasing Black Ops 2 for the Wii U, and while it’s unfortunate for Wii owners  that want to play Black Ops 2 but won’t be getting a Wii U soon, hopefully the game makes use of the Wii U GamePad in some innovative ways that might even help sell a few more Wii U consoles to Call of Duty fans.

Questions
Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, perhaps while waiting on Black Ops 2 and the Wii U’s release next week? If you have played Black Ops on the Wii, do you know how many hours you have put into the game?

Also, did any of you go to a midnight launch for Black Ops 2, or are any of you planning on buying Black Ops 2 for the Wii U?

If you are interested in Black Ops for the Wii, or the newly released Black Ops 2, you can see links for the games on Amazon.com below:

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Zombies Dominating the Wii? Call of Duty: Black Ops Dominating U.S. Wii FPS Hours

June 24, 2012
How most coffee drinkers look without coffee, or caffeinated energy snacks.

Coffee Beans
     Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010 for the Wii. The game was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, and received an ESRB rating of “Mature” with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for parents and games to be aware of.
     This past November, we took a look at Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported play-time over its first year on the Wii. It had already racked up over 10 million hours, and had become the most played FPS Wii game in the United States, per Wii owner, according to the reported data.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Black Ops in the last 7 months, perhaps spending many of those hours battling zombies? Brew some coffee on this fine day, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has approximately 177,173 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel, which is an increase of 43,012 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data since November 21, 2011.
     The game has an average play-time per day/session now reported of 2 Hours 38 Minutes, a 6 minute decrease over the last average per session reported. The game’s average hours reported “Per person” now being 81 Hours 53 Minutes is 3 Hours 32 Minutes higher than the last reported average.
     Black Ops’ current 14,506,333 Total Hours of reported game-play data is an increase of nearly 4 million more hours in the last 7 months.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii has a “professional” review score average of 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     The game’s customer review score average is 76.88% though, based on 135 customer reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I haven’t played my PS3 copy of Black Ops in close to a year now, though I have played some Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii since it released. If you never saw how Activision was marketing Black Ops, the first video below shows two clips they used for helping market the game:

     With Black Ops 2 officially having been revealed, Activision and Treyarch have been busy now talking about the game and showing some of it off. If you haven’t watched anything on Black Ops 2 yet, the video below is a “Behind the Scenes Preview” for the game, which I thought was pretty cool:

     I mentioned in an older post, “Based off the play-time data currently reported for CoD:WaW, I think it will be the Wii’s most reported played FPS game, until the next Nintendo console is released.
     I thought Call of Duty: World at War would be the Wii’s “most played” FPS game with “Total Hours” reported until Nintendo’s next console released, that we now know as the Wii U this holiday season, but seeing the number of hours Black Ops has been increasing, it may very well become the Wii’s most played FPS game “Per person” and with “Total Hours” reported in the U.S., before the Wii U releases later this year.

Questions
     Have any of you been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, or even PS3 or 360, regularly since it released? Is the Zombie Mode one reason you keep returning to the game, or just the regular multiplayer?
     If you are a fan of the Call of Duty series in general, but perhaps don’t purchase every single game for the series that releases, do you plan on purchasing Black Ops 2 when it releases later this year?

You can see Black Ops and Black Ops 2 on Amazon.com below:

Black Friday Black Ops! Becoming the Wii’s most played FPS in only a year

November 26, 2011

Coffee Beans
     Earlier this week we looked at the Wii’s most played FPS game according to the “Total Hours” played, as reported through the Nintendo Channel; you can read that report HERE.
     This FPS Black Friday report though, takes a look at the reported game-play data for Call of Duty: Black Ops over the last year.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops was released on November 9, 2010. It was developed by Treyarch, as was World at War, and published by Activision.
     The game received a “Maturerating from the ESRB with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

     While Black Ops does not have the most “Total Hours” reported, it has become the Wii’s most played FPS game “Per person” according to reported data.
     How many hours have Wii owners spent playing Call of Duty: Black Ops over the last year, with 377 days possibly reported? Let’s take a look!

The Brew
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 134,161 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Nintendo Channel, which is an increase of 25,176 Wii owners having reported data since August of this year.
     Black Ops’ average play-time per day/session reported for Wii owners is now 2 Hours 44 Minutes. This simply means that each day/session Wii owners are sitting down to play Call of Duty: Black Ops, they are investing nearly three hours of their time in the game.
     The 10,511,714 “Total Hours” reported is equivalent to playing the game for 1,199 years. Nonstop, FPS action, 24/7/365 for basically 1,200 years. Do we have any volunteers?
     The Wii version of Black Ops released with a MSRP of $49.99, but can be found on sale at different retailers depending when you look.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I completed the single-player campaign in Black Ops earlier this year, as part of my New Year’s video game resolution, but I haven’t really played the game since. Like each Call of Duty game released for the last several years, Black Ops is still selling well considering it was released over a year ago.
     If you don’t know a lot about the Call of Duty games, and how they are marketed, below is a video that Activision and Treyarch released helping advertise Black Ops before it came out last year:

     As for the reported data, seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops with more than 10 million “Total Hours” reported in just a year, I believe is absolutely incredible for a Wii FPS. Black Ops already has 2/3rds of the “Total Hours” reported that Call of Duty: World at War has on the Wii, and World at War had a 2 year head-start.
     Not only do the reported 78 Hours 21 Minutes “Per person” make Black Ops the most played Wii FPS per person and/or Wii console, but those hours put Black Ops in the Top 10 “most played” Wii games “Per person” as well. Again, this has happened in only a year.
     If Call of Duty: World at War’s and Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported game-play hours don’t show third party developers that the Wii has a FPS audience, and one that really enjoys the genre, I don’t know what will at this point.

Questions
     Do any of you play Call of Duty: Black Ops on a regular basis? If so, which version do you play?
     If you are playing the Wii version, have you enjoyed the Zombie mode in the online multiplayer?

If any of you are interested in Black Ops, you can see prices for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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FPS Friday! What Is the Wii’s Most Played FPS?

August 13, 2011



The Roast
     I have enjoyed the FPS genre since GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64, and I have spent thousands of hours playing FPS games over the years.  When the Nintendo Wii was released back in 2006, I was excited about the console because of the new control methods made possible in FPS games.
     I have played many Wii FPS games starting with Red Steel, and I have enjoyed all of them to certain extents.  Now, nearly 5 years into the Wii’s life-cycle the system has seen a decent number of FPS games released for it, some with local multi-player, some with online multi-player, and some just single-player.

     The Wii has more than twenty games I would classify in the FPS genre, but which FPS game is the Wii’s most played per player?  Let’s take a look!

How many bullet holes can you count?

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has had about 108,985 Wii owners report game-play data since the game released this past November.

Reporting Player Increase
     Black Ops has seen an increase of about 44,354 more gamers reporting game-play hours since March 21 this year.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has 7,655,023 Total Hours of game-play reported, with an average play-time of 70 Hours 15 Minutes “Per person”.
     The game’s average play-time is just over 2 Hours 47 Minutes per day/session the game is played.

Sales Information
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Wii Amazon.com sale rank is #236, and it is selling for $43.82.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 7:30PM on August 12, 2011.)

Review Score Averages
     Black Ops’ “professional” review score average on the Wii is 81.47%, based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     The game has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 111 customer reviews.
     Black Ops’ customer review score average is 78.73%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.
     (Review score averages recorded around 7:30PM on August 12, 2011.)

Coffee Beans
     Call of Duty: Black Ops was developed by Treyarch, and published by Activision.  As the trailers below show, the game received a “Mature” rating from the ESRB with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Wii’s most played FPS game to date, “Per person”.  This means Wii owners that are playing Black Ops, are playing it more hours on average(70 Hours 15 Minutes) per individual, than any other Wii FPS on the system.
     While Call of Duty: Black Ops is the Wii’s most played FPS game to date, “Per person”, it is not the Wii’s most played FPS according to “Total Hours“.

Filtered Thoughts
     While I have not played the Wii version of Call of Duty: Black Ops, I have played and still own the PS3 version of Black Ops, though it has been a few months since I have played it.  If you have not seen anything on Call of Duty: Black Ops, the video below contains two trailers.  The first video portion contains a lot of action clips, most from cinematic scenes in the game, and the second clip is designed to give a hint about how the story unfolds:

     Considering this data reflects just 272 days of game-play possibly reported, I think this should show developers that the Wii is a platform FPS games are enjoyed on, and that it has perhaps been overlooked by other developers/publishers when it should not have been.
     If any of you play Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PS3 still, feel free to add my PSN name to your list.  My PSN name is Hoj_Latte, if you add me to your list, leave a comment letting me know so I can make sure to check and add your invite back!

Questions
     Did any of you purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops the day it released, and find yourself still playing the game?
     If any of you are playing the Wii version, do you know how many hours you have played the game?

If any of you are interesting in Black Ops, you can see prices for the game on Amazon.com linked below:
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>GoldenEye 007 vs Call of Duty: Black Ops – Data Report

March 26, 2011

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     We last looked at a direct comparison of GoldenEye 007’s and Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported game-play hours back in December, on Christmas day!
     In that report, Call of Duty: Black Ops had more hours reported than GoldenEye 007, but Black Ops had fewer players reporting the data, than GoldenEye.

     In the 92 days since the last report, have GoldenEye 007 players kept pace with Call of Duty: Black Ops players on the Wii?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     GoldenEye 007 now has 49,117 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours, through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 64,631 Wii owners reporting their play-time data.

Reporting Player Increase:
     GoldenEye 007 has seen an increase of about 34,066 gamers reporting play-time data, since December 20.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has seen an increase of about 52,321 gamers reporting their game-play hours, since December 20.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     GoldenEye 007 now has 1,056,214 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 819,216 Total Hours since December 20.
     GoldenEye 007’s average play-time is now 21 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, which is 5 Hours 46 Minutes higher than its average on December 20 was.
     GoldenEye 007’s average play-time per session is just over 2 Hours 10 Minutes.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 3,248,239 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 2,907,890 Total Hours since December 20.
     Black Ops’ average play-time is now 50 Hours 16 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, which is 22 Hours 37 Minutes higher than its average from December 20.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ average play-time per session is just over 2 Hours 54 Minutes.

Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     GoldenEye 007’s Amazon.com sale rank is #594, and is currently selling for $43.99.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Amazon.com sale rank is #272, and is currently selling for $44.59.
     (Sale ranks and advertised prices recorded around 12:45AM, on 3-26-11)

Review Score Averages:
     GoldenEye 007’s “professional” review score average is 83.77%, now based on 62 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     GoldenEye 007 has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 97 customer reviews.
     GoldenEye 007’s customer review score average is 77.52%, when converted to a 100% review scale.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ “professional” review score average is 81.47%, now based on 17 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 91 customer reviews.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ customer review score average is 78.68%, when converted to a 100% review scale.

     (Review score averages recorded around 12:45AM, on 3-26-11)

Filtered Thoughts:
     This week, GoldenEye 007 crossed one million reported game-play hours, while Call of Duty: Black Ops crossed three million reported game-play hours.
     I think it’s pretty incredible that Black Ops players have more than three times the reported number of hours played, that GoldenEye players have.
     I really expected GoldenEye to stay within half the number of hours reported as Black Ops, but the data is pretty clear that Black Ops is being played a lot more than GoldenEye.

     While GoldenEye isn’t winning in the hours reported, or players reporting data, its “professional” review score is slightly higher than Black Ops’, so it has at least one bragging right!
     While both games seem to be providing Wii owners with many hours of fun, I think the real winner here is Activision, as it published both games.

     While I haven’t played Black Ops on the Wii, I do own it on my PS3 and I finished the single-player campaign about 5 weeks ago.  I own GoldenEye 007 for the Wii, but I haven’t played it in a while, because I’m still working on my New Year’s resolution.
     If any of you are still playing GoldenEye’s online multi-player regularly, feel free to add my friend code for the game, 2043-7355-3797.  If you’re hopping online to play, feel free to send me an email to Scott(@)CoffeewithGames.com, and if I’m available I’ll hop online as well.

     Also, feel free to share your friend codes with each other in the comments below.

Questions:
     Have any of you been playing GoldenEye 007 and/or Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii regularly?  If so, what rank are you in the games’ online multi-player?
     I’m right around level 20 in GoldenEye 007’s online.

If anybody is interested in either GoldenEye 007 or Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Wii, you can see sale prices for both games on Amazon.com linked below:
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Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Reported Game-Play Hours

January 15, 2011

Coffee Beans:
     It’s been about 3 weeks since we last looked at Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported game-play hours.  In the last report, I showed both Call of Duty: Black Ops’ and GoldenEye 007’s reported game-play hours, as of December 20, 2010; 5 days before Christmas.  You can read that report, HERE!

     How much has Call of Duty: Black Ops been played in the weeks since Christmas?  Let’s take a look!

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 28,946 Wii owners reporting game-play data through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Player Increase Reporting Data Since December 20, 2010:
     How many more players have used the Nintendo Channel to report their Black Ops’ game-play hours?
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has seen an increase of about 16,636 more gamers reporting their game-play data, since December 20, 2010.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 788,282 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 447,933 Total Hours since the last report.
     Black Ops’ average play-time is now 27 Hours 14 Minutes “Per person”, which is a slight decrease of 25 minutes off the average reported “Per person” on the last report.
     Black Ops’ average play-time per session(or day) reported is now just over 3 Hours 1 Minute, a 5 minute decrease from the December 20 data.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Amazon.com sale rank is #79, and is currently selling for $39.54.
     (Sale rank and price recorded around 12:45AM, on 1-15-11)

Review Score Averages:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ “professional” review score average is still 82.21%, based on 14 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     Black Ops has a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on Amazon.com, based on 64 customer reviews.  When I converted the customer review scores to a 100% review scale, Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Amazon.com customer review score averaged out to be 76.875%.
     You can see the customer review score breakdown in the image below:

     (Review score averages recorded around 12:45AM, on 1-15-10)

Filtered Thoughts:
     Seeing the number of players reporting play-time data more than double in 3 weeks, makes me think Black Ops was probably under a lot of Christmas trees.
     Not only did Call of Duty: Black Ops’ number of players reporting data more than double, but also its Total Hours reported more than doubled.

     Now you may be thinking, “What Nintendo published games that were also released in 2010 has Black Ops already passed in ‘Total Hours’ as the image says?
     Here’s an image for comparison:

     You’re seeing that right, Black Ops has already passed Metroid: Other M, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and Wii Party in “Total Hours” reported.
     Those aren’t the only Nintendo published games released in 2010 that Black Ops has passed though, other games like Sin and Punishment: Star Successor and also Endless Ocean: Blue World have been passed as well.
     For me, the biggest surprise is seeing how quickly Black Ops passed Metroid: Other M, because Other M was released 71 days before Black Ops was.

Questions:
     Did any of you receive Call of Duty: Black Ops for Christmas, or get it with any money received over the holidays?  If so, what do you think of the game?  Is Black Ops a huge improvement over the previous Call of Duty Wii games, or about the same?
     Also, are any of you surprised, like myself, at how quickly Black Ops has passed Metroid: Other M?

If you are interested in Call of Duty: Black Ops, you can see prices for it on Amazon.com linked below:
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Call of Duty: Black Ops versus GoldenEye 007 – Hours Played Before Christmas

December 25, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     We last looked at Call of Duty: Black Ops’ and GoldenEye 007’s game-play hours from the data reported on November 29.  You can read the report, HERE, in which I compared both games’ debut game-play hours, and showed which game had a higher play-time after the first 21 days each released.

     Do the reported game-play hours for Call of Duty: Black Ops and GoldenEye 007 from November 29, 2010 to December 20, 2010, appear to show one of these Wii FPS games is clearly pulling ahead of the other?  Let’s take a look!

Hours for the United States of America, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
     GoldenEye 007 now has 15,051 Wii owners reporting their game-play hours.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 12,310 Wii owners reporting their play-time data, through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Number of Players Increased Since November 29:
     GoldenEye 007 has seen an increase of about 5,887 gamers reporting play-time data, since the game-play data recorded on November 29 to December 20.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has seen an increase of about 6,129 gamers reporting their game-play hours, since November 29.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     GoldenEye 007 now has 236,998 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 118,920 Total Hours since the last report.
     The average play-time for GoldenEye 007 Wii is 15 Hours 45 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, and the average play-time per session for GoldenEye is 2 Hours 21 Minutes.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops now has 340,349 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 219,741 Total Hours also since the last report.
     The average play-time for Black Ops Wii is 27 Hours 39 Minutes “Per person” reporting data, and the average play-time per session for Black Ops is now 3 Hours 6 Minutes.

Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     GoldenEye 007’s, software only, Amazon.com sale rank is #105, and is currently selling for $43.99.
     GoldenEye 007’s Golden Classic Controller Pro bundle Amazon.com sale rank is #331, and is currently selling for $70.00 from a third party vendor.

     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Amazon.com sale rank is #44, and is currently selling for $39.54.
     (Sale ranks and prices recorded around 12:30am on 12-25-10)

Review Score Averages:
     GoldenEye 007’s review score average is 84.00%, now based on 54 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ review score average is 82.21%, now based on 14 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.

     GoldenEye 007 has seven more review scores in its average, and Black Ops has an additional five review scores in its average.  The increase of review scores, has caused both games to decrease in their overall “professional” review score average.  Call of Duty: Black Ops has seen a 2.01% drop to its review score since December 6, while GoldenEye 007 has only dropped .11%.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I think it will be interesting to see if one, or both, of these games get a significant increase in players reporting game-play hours in the next 2 weeks.  I really wonder how many copies of GoldenEye 007, and Call of Duty: Black Ops are sitting under Christmas trees as I’m typing this, waiting to be opened in a few short hours.
    I would say based on the game-play hours reported so far before Christmas, Call of Duty: Black Ops will continue to be the “most played” Wii FPS game released in 2010.  It may not have the most number of players reporting data, but Black Ops players are clearly playing it more often and for longer periods of time according to the reported data, than GoldenEye 007 players.
     I’ll be watching them both in the coming weeks, but I hope all of you have a merry Christmas, and get to spend time with friends and family…perhaps even drinking some coffee and playing video games with them!


Question:
     Are any of you expecting to get, or did any of you already get, either Call of Duty: Black Ops or GoldenEye 007 for Christmas this year?
     If any of you do get GoldenEye 007, and you plan on playing the game’s online multi-player, please add my friend code to your list: 2043-7355-3797


If you have Christmas money to spend, and are interested in Call of Duty: Black Ops or GoldenEye 007, you can see prices for both on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003N3HEU0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6H7X0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

FPS Battle: GoldenEye 007 versus Call of Duty: Black Ops

December 6, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     GoldenEye 007 was released on November 2, 2010; and Call of Duty: Black Ops was released a week later, on November 9, 2010.  Both games have a regular software version available for $49.99, while GoldenEye 007 also has a Golden Classic Controller Pro bundle version, with a MSRP of $69.99.  Call of Duty: Black Ops is the first Wii game released, that uses the new PDP Headbanger Chat Headset.

     Both GoldenEye 007 and Call of Duty: Black Ops took 21 days from their release date, for their first reported game-play data to appear on the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.  While I covered the debut of each game separately, this post will compare the data for both games directly.
     So, in the first 21 days after GoldenEye 007 and Call of Duty: Black Ops released, did Wii owners spend more time in James Bond’s universe, or in Sergeant Viktor Reznov’s?  Let’s take a look!

Game-play hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data – 21 Days After Release:
     GoldenEye 007 had 6,579 Wii owners reporting play-time data for its debut.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops had 6,181 Wii owners reporting play-time for its debut.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     GoldenEye 007 had 74,446 Total Hours of reported game-play when it debuted on November 22, 2010.  Its average play-time “Per person” was 11 Hours 19 Minutes, with an average play-time, per session, of just over 2 Hours 32 Minutes.

     Black Ops had 120,608 Total Hours of reported game-play when it debuted, on November 29, 2010.  Its average play-time “Per person” was 19 Hours 31 Minutes; with an average play-time, per session, of just over 3 Hours 17 Minutes.

Sale Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     Amazon.com’s sales ranks are updated on an hourly basis, so there can be a wide range of factors influencing a game’s sale rank.  With that said, I’m providing the recorded sales ranks of both games, from the days I posted the game-play data debuts; as well as the current sales ranks of both games.
     On November 22, 2010 around 4:35PM EST, I recorded GoldenEye 007’s following sales ranks and prices:
     GoldenEye 007’s, software only, Amazon.com sale rank was #90, and it was advertised for $47.45.
     GoldenEye 007’s Golden Classic Controller Pro Bundle sale rank was #250, and its advertised selling price was $67.99.

     On November 29, 2010 around 11:15PM EST, I recorded Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Amazon.com sale rank as #78, and selling for #49.99.

     The current sales ranks & advertised prices for the games are:
     1:  GoldenEye 007’s, software only, Amazon.com sale rank is #61, and is selling for $47.76.
     2:  GoldenEye 007’s Golden CCPro bundle Amazon.com sale rank is #110, and is selling for $59.96.
     3.  Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Amazon.com sale rank is #44, and is selling for $45.99.
     (Current sales ranks and prices recorded around 1:00AM on 12-6-10)
Review Score Averages:
     GoldenEye 007 had a review score average of 83.58%, based on 40 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com; 21 days after it released.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops had a review score average of 84.22%, based on 9 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.

     GoldenEye 007 currently has a review score average of 84.11%, based on 47 reviews.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops currently has a review score average of 84.22%, based on 9 reviews.
     (Current review scores recorded around 1:00AM on 12-6-10)

Filtered Thoughts:
     Number of Players – GoldenEye 007 had 398 more Wii owners reporting their play-time data for its debut, than Call of Duty: Black Ops did.

     Considering that Activision focused mainly on promoting GoldenEye 007 for the Wii with lots of interviews and trailers, while releasing little, to no information, screens, or trailers for Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii; the number of players reporting play-time data for Call of Duty: Black Ops is closer to GoldenEye 007’s number of players, than I thought it would be.

     Number of Hours – Call of Duty: Black Ops had 46,162 more reported game-play hours for its debut, than GoldenEye 007 did.  Black Ops’ average time played “Per person” was 8 Hours 12 Minutes higher, than GoldenEye 007’s; and Black Ops’ average play-time, per session, was 45 minutes higher, than GoldenEye’s.

     I really expected GoldenEye 007’s debut play-time hours, to be ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops’ debut hours; due to Black Ops lack of promotion on the Wii.  Even with GoldenEye 007 initially having more players reporting data, Call of Duty: Black Ops’ average and “Total Hours” played, I think shows that some Wii owners do enjoy the “hardcore” FPS games.

     Sales Ranks & Review Scores – Right now, I’m sure a lot of Wii owners have one, or both, of these games on their Christmas lists; so I think it will be interesting to see how both games continue to perform, after the Christmas holiday.
     As for the review score averages, I think it’s pretty clear Activision’s promotion of GoldenEye 007 on the Wii, helped get the game into more “reviewers” hands.  The current number of reviews on both games, 47 for GoldenEye and 9 for Black Ops; I think shows that Activision didn’t really bother with sending out Wii review copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops, and just focused on GoldenEye.

     I was really surprised that both GoldenEye 007 and Call of Duty: Black Ops took 21 days to have game-play data debut.  While 21 days is definitely not bad, there are a few third party games that have debuted in only 2-weeks.

     I really think it was because Nintendo, or Activision, was late in getting the games listed on the Nintendo Channel, and when the Nintendo Channel had its weekly updates, 2-weeks after each game released, no data was provided because the games weren’t listed.
     Now, some of you may be wondering, “Well, GoldenEye 007 didn’t have as many hours for its debut, but how is it comparing now?
     
     As you can tell from that image, even with a week head-start, GoldenEye 007 is still behind Call of Duty: Black Ops’ reported game-play hours, which just debuted this past week.
     I am still playing GoldenEye 007 on the Wii, and enjoying it; and I am also playing Call of Duty: Black Ops, but I’m playing that on my PS3.
     If Black Ops’ online multi-player is running smoothly on the Wii, I think from this initial data, that it will continue to have higher game-play hours and averages reported.
Questions:
     If you have played GoldenEye 007 and Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii, what do you think of both games?  Do you think Black Ops will continue to be played more than GoldenEye?
     If you have only played one of these games, which game have you played, and what do you think of it?
If anybody is interested in either Call of Duty: Black Ops or GoldenEye 007 for the Wii, you can see prices for both games on Amazon.com below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003N3HEU0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6H7X0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003O6FW6E&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Hours Played Debut

November 30, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops(Black Ops) was released on November 9, 2010, in North America; with a MSRP of $49.99, for the Wii version.  Call of Duty: Black Ops was developed by Treyarch, and published by Activision.

     It took 21 days for Call of Duty: Black Ops’ game-play data to appear on the Nintendo Channel, as shown below.
     How many hours have Wii owners reportedly been involved in “black ops” over the last 21 days, while I’m sure claiming they were just answering their call of duty?  Let’s take a look!

The debut game-play hours shown above are for the United States of America Wii owners, not world-wide.

Appoximate Number of Players Reporting Data:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops has 6,181 Wii owners reporting their play-time data, on its debut through the Nintendo Channel; 21 days after its release.

Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
     Black Ops has 120,608 Total Hours of game-play reported for its debut, with an average of 19 Hours 31 Minutes “Per person” reporting data.
     The debut average play-time per “Black Ops” session, for Call of Duty: Black Ops, is just over 3 Hours 17 Minutes.
     Over the 21 days reported, Wii owners have averaged about 5,743 game-play hours each day playing Black Ops.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Amazon.com sale rank is #78, and is currently selling for $49.99. (recorded around 11:15PM on 11-29-10)

Review Score Averages:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops’ review score average is 84.22%, based on 9 “professional” reviews on GameRankings.com.  (recorded around 11:15PM on 11-29-10)

     Amazon.com shows Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii with a 4 out of 5 Star rating, basically an 80% average; based on 24 customer reviews.
     You can see the Amazon.com customer review score average for the Wii version of Black Ops pictured below:

Thoughts:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops is off to a tremendous start with its reported game-play data.  I don’t own Black Ops on the Wii, but purchased it on my PS3 instead….and I really do miss the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls offered in Wii FPS games.
     Treyarch has established themselves as being an extremely capable developer of FPS games for the Wii.  Every Call of Duty game released on the Wii so far: Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex, and Call of Duty: Black Ops; has been developed/ported by Treyarch, and published by Activision.
     Call of Duty: World at War was the first game of the series on the Wii, to implement online multi-player.
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex was a port of the original Xbox 360 and PS3 game developed by Infinity Ward, and it was the first game of the series to implement more fully customizable Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls.
     Call of Duty: Black Ops is the first game of the series on the Wii, to implement voice-chat with a headset, as well as including the online co-op Zombie Mode.

     If you’re wondering, “Is Black Ops really doing that well compared to other games’ debuts?” Well, here is what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex’s debut game-play data looked like when it debuted, just 21 days after it released:

The old way I did data stories!

     If you’re interested, you can see the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex data debut post HERE.  Call of Duty: Black Ops has almost double the amount of “Total Hours” reported, compared to what Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex did.
     I think with the addition of Zombie mode this year, Call of Duty: Black Ops could be a serious contender for becoming the “Most Played Wii Game” in the “Per person” category.

Questions:
     If you purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Wii, what do you think of it?  If you played the other Call of Duty Wii games, do you think Black Ops is a step forward for the series, or is it more like moving sideways, just maintaining the status quo?


     If anybody is interested in Call of Duty: Black Ops, you can see prices for the console versions on Amazon.com linked below:
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Call of Duty: Black Ops – Headshots Don’t Matter?

November 20, 2010

Coffee Beans:
     Call of Duty: Black Ops arrived at my house last Tuesday, and since then I have been able to play some online multi-player matches and Zombie mode.
     This past Sunday night, I was playing online with some friends, and we were talking about the different issues popping up in Black Ops’ multi-player and the different glitches being reported online.  I was talking about the bullet lag issue with one friend, and in talking about the issue, we somehow decided to see how many shots it takes to kill an opponent in online multi-player.
     We tried out different weapons on each other, and we would be basically standing point-blank when firing at each other.

     The video below is a brief example that point-blank headshots in Call of Duty: Black Ops may not have the results you would expect(certainly not the results we expected):

Quick Thoughts:
     I would think from the examples shown in the video above, my player should have been dead.  I can understand perhaps surviving a single gunshot to the head, but considering how close I was being shot, I don’t think there is really an excuse.
     If headshots work well on zombies, I think they should work the same in multi-player.  Perhaps Treyarch could add a perk such as, “Hammer Head”, that would be like wearing a helmet to actually give reasons for surviving headshots(maybe this perk exists, but I haven’t seen it)?

Questions:
     Do you think Treyarch should work on fixing the hit detection in Black Ops, so the closer you are to a person, the more damage you will do if you shoot them?  
     Also, do you think headshots should be instant death in multi-player, no matter what weapon you are using?


If anybody is interested in Call of Duty: Black Ops, you can see prices listed on Amazon.com below:
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