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Analysts predict the game will sell 5 million copies the first day

The global economy may still be poor, but some categories are doing well despite the economic downturn. One of those categories is video games. One of the most anticipated video game launches of all times is set to happen this week with a new game called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

The game is set to hit stores Tuesday and analysts are predicting massive sales for the game. Activision has a lot riding on the launch according to Reuters. Some analysts expect the game to count for as much as 16 cents of Activision's earnings per share for the December quarter.

MKM Partners analyst Eric Handler said, "This is the one game that could buck the economic trend for the holiday season."

The game will sell for about $60 per copy and Activision is partnering with 12 retailers including GameStop and Best Buy to hold over 10,000 midnight launch events across the country. Estimates peg sales for the game at 11 to 13 million units by the end of 2009. Activision CEO Robert Kotick expects the game to be one of the biggest media launches of any kind of all time.

Handler expects that the game will sell about 5 million units on the first day of sales and a total of 7 to 8 million games the first week. Those sales numbers would put the game ahead of last year's top title, Grand Theft Auto IV. The game will carry an M rating for violence and blood. Some of the most popular aspects of the Call of Duty franchise centers around the multiplayer aspects of the game, which the new version is sure to have.

GameStop executive VP Tony Bartel said, "By all indicators, we anticipate 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' will be the biggest entertainment launch of 2009, as well as the biggest video game launch in GameStop's history."

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Really good game
By KoolAidMan1 on 11/10/2009 6:43:37 AM , Rating: 2
I've had the game on the 360 since last Thursday. It is really excellent all the way around, expect to see countless numbers of 9+ reviews and GOTY awards (even though Uncharted 2 is the better single player action game, IMO the best since HL2 and the episodes). The MW2 single player is excellent and insane, significantly better than MW1, the co-op "special ops" missions are awesome, and the multiplayer game is fantastic. They took the MMO aspect of grinding your character to a new level in MW2. There are a ridiculous number of weapon accessories, perks, and special ability unlocks now. Some people will hate not having every single thing at the start, I expect that it will keep most people hooked into the game just like it did in MW1.

My ONLY beef is that I will never grow to fully accept, nor will I ever be as good, playing fast multiplayer games with a gamepad instead of a mouse and keyboard. Some people excel at it, I'm not one of those guys. Because of this I'm thinking of also getting the PC version on Steam. I had serious misgivings for all the reasons that have been discussed a million times, but after playing with the 360 version for a while I'm not so sure. Lag has never been an issue even with the relatively limited number of players in the time I've had it (60000 which grew to 10000).

I watched someone in Europe streaming MW2 multiplayer on the PC earlier tonight ( and he said that lag was never once a problem for him. Watching him play I believe it. The game was smooth and responsive and it really turned me on to the idea of picking up the PC version as well, since again my ONLY problem with the 360 version is the control scheme.

I dunno, everything I've seen so far seems really good on both platforms, and I was expecting to really hate the PC version based on everything I'd read. I'm a bit more optimistic after seeing it in action tonight, we'll see.

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