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>Analysis: Killzone 3’s February 2011 Sales Ranks with Chart

March 10, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Killzone 3 was released on February 22, 2011 in North America on the PS3.  The game released with a “Standard” edition with a MSRP of $59.99, as well as a “Collector’s” edition with a MSRP of $129.99.
     Killzone 3 was developed by Guerrilla Games, and published by Sony.  The ESRB gave Killzone 3 a “M for Mature” rating, with “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language” listed as content for buyers to be aware of.

     Killzone 3 was Sony’s biggest PS3 release in February, but how did that translate into online sales ranks?  Let’s take a look!

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Chart Information:
     The chart above shows the sales ranks for Killzone 3’s Standard edition on the PS3, with ranks recorded from February 1 through February 28, 2011.  The sales ranks are reflective of pre-order sales ranks and release/post-release sales ranks for February.  All times shown on the chart were recorded as Pacific Standard Times.
     I recorded the date/time and sale rank of Killzone 3, as well as the price Amazon.com had listed, but the prices aren’t listed in the chart, though I will make a few notes regarding sales ranks and prices below.
     The chart above is not designed to replace the NPD sales numbers for February, but is designed to be a supplement for the NPD February 2011 numbers, and perhaps give us an idea of what affected sales for Killzone 3 during the month, such as reviews and prices.

Highs & Lows:
     The highest recorded sale rank for Killzone 3 was #1, on February 19, February 20, February 21, and February 22; around 4:30PM, 8:10PM, 9:30PM, 7:35PM and 10:50PM respectively.  Killzone 3 was selling for $59.99 with a $20 Amazon.com Credit and Pre-Order Bonus(image below) on February 19, February 20, and February 21.  On February 22 it was selling for $59.49 with the $20 Amazon.com Credit, both times I recorded the sale rank that day.

$20 Credit and Exclusive Killzone 3 Pre-Order Bonus as recorded on 2-19-11



     The lowest recorded sale rank for Killzone 3 was #18, on February 1 around 10:50PM, and it was selling for $57.99 when the sale rank was recorded.

Monthly Averages:
     Pre-Order Average – Killzone 3’s average sale rank before it released was #8, from February 1 through February 21.
     Release/Post-Release Average – Killzone 3’s average Amazon.com sale rank after it released was #4, from February 22 through February 28.
     Overall Monthly AverageKillzone 3 had an overall monthly sale rank of #7, when I averaged all the Amazon.com sales ranks from February 1 through February 28.


Critical Reception:
     Killzone 3’s first “professional” review scores started being published on the internet on February 3.  GameRankings.com had 13 reviews posted for Killzone 3 on February 3, and the average review score for just the internet reviews posted on February 3 for Killzone 3 was 87.91%.

     Killzone 3’s current “professional” review score average is 86.94%, based on 49 reviews on GameRankings.com.
     Killzone 3’s current customer review score average is 87.88%, based on 109 customer reviews on Amazon.com.
     (Current review scores recorded around 3:00PM on 3-10-11)

Agree, or disagree?

Filtered Thoughts:
     Killzone 3 saw the biggest jump in sale rank from February 2 to February 3, moving up eight spots and into Amazon.com’s “Top 10” in video games.  On February 2, Killzone 3’s sale rank was #14 around 9:10PM; on February 3 around 8:25PM, Killzone 3 had a sale rank of #6.
     The first reviews for Killzone 3 started being published on the internet in the 23 hours between sale rank recordings on February 2 and February 3.  I think it’s pretty evident that the reviews are what caused the increase in sale rank, because the listed price for Killzone 3 was $57.99 on both February 2 and February 3; so a change in price wouldn’t have been a contributing factor for either day.

     I didn’t record Killzone 3 at the #1 sale rank in February, until February 19, which was also the first day I recorded Amazon.com offering the $20 Credit and Pre-Order Bonus with the game.
     February 22 was the last day I recorded Amazon.com offering the $20 Credit with Killzone 3, and February 22 was also the last day in February that I recorded Killzone 3 with the #1 Amazon Bestsellers Rank in video games.
      I find it interesting that it seems like a $20 Credit is what it took to get Killzone 3 to the #1 spot on Amazon.com in February, and as soon as the $20 Credit was removed from the orders, the game’s sale rank decreased, and never reached the #1 spot again in February.
     Perhaps Killzone 3 commercials airing for the game also helped, though I don’t know how many commercials Sony had, or when they started airing them.  I know THIS commercial was uploaded February 18 to Kevin Butler’s YouTube account, so if it was airing on February 19, it probably helped the sale rank as well.

     While I haven’t purchased Killzone 3 myself, I know a few readers here have played the game, either through the Open Multi-Player Beta a few weeks back(like myself) or the retail version they purchased.  If you missed my FPS Friday post in February on Killzone 3, here’s the video I included with the post showing an online multi-player match:

Questions:
     Do you think the Amazon.com sales ranks for Killzone 3 will be reflective of the February NPD data, with Killzone 3 being in the “Top 10” of the NPD software sold, but perhaps not in the “Top 5” for the month?
     Also, if you purchased Killzone 3, how did you purchase it: online, or in a retail store?


If anybody is interested in Killzone 3, you can see prices for both the Standard and Collector’s versions on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0K6DG&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=B0049LAVB4&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

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>FPS Friday – Killzone 3 Multi-player Beta Thoughts & Video

February 12, 2011

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Coffee Beans:
     Killzone 3 will be releasing later this month, February 22 to be exact, and Sony currently has the “Killzone 3 Open Beta” for the game’s online multi-player and Botzone modes available for download on PlayStation 3.
     I downloaded the Beta last Thursday, and have played a few matches since then.  Here’s a video of me playing just one match from of the online multi-player from the Killzone 3 Open Beta:

     While I only played as the Field Medic class in the video, the Killzone 3 Open Beta has five classes you can choose to play as, and they are:

  • Engineer
  • Marksman
  • Tactician
  • Infiltrator
  • Field Medic
     The game describes the Field Medic class by saying, “The Field Medic gives what the battlefield takes away.  Life is his to give and take but the truly skilled Field Medic can bring soldiers back from the brink of death to be more effective than they ever were before.”
     The Killzone 3 Open Beta has three multi-player modes, and each is listed below with the description for each mode:
  • Guerrilla Warfare – “The winning faction is the team that reaches the pre-set body count first, or accumulates the highest number of kills before time runs out.”
  • Warzone – “Warzone features multiple randomized mission types for each faction to accomplish, creating dynamically changing gameplay from one game to the next.”
  • Operations – “The ISA and Helghast battle for control of specific objectives – the ISA on the offensive and the Helghast defending.  The best players are featured throughout the match in cutscenes depicting their successes.”
     Each mode can be played with 8 players on each team, for a total of 16 players online.
     The map that you see in my video above is called Frozen Dam, and it’s the only map in the Open Beta.  Other areas of the map open up that you didn’t see in my video, in the other multi-player modes.
Filtered Thoughts:
     I’ve enjoyed my brief time with the Killzone 3 Open Beta, I’m about to go hop back into some matches right now, and while I only showed/talked specifically about the Field Medic class, I’m hoping to try a few of the other classes in the next week.
     The graphics look extremely nice, even on my standard definition television…though reading text is extremely annoying, like most PS3 games on my standard definition television.
     I think the game controls pretty well, but adjusting back to dual-analog controls(from Wii Remote and Nunchuk FPS controls) takes a little while for me to get used to, as I don’t have the Sony Move and  to play the game with.
     I do like how the Botzone mode allows you to play each class, with all the “perks” of each class already unlocked.  It allows you to test each class’ strengths, before spending your points that are earned through leveling up in the online multi-player.
     I can’t say I’ll be purchasing Killzone 3 because of the Open Beta, but I have been enjoying my time with it so far.
     If any of you are playing the Killzone 3 Open Beta and want to find me online to try and play together, my PSN name is Hoj_Latte.
Questions:
     If any of you have been playing the Killzone 3 Open Beta, what do you think about it?  Has it helped you to determine whether you are buying the game or not?
If you are interested in Killzone 3, you can pre-order/reserve the game on Amazon.com linked below:
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=coffeew-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002I0K6DG&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=B0049LAVB4&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr