But I think there are major identifiable reasons for that. When you have games like the first three GoWs, with nudity and such an excessive level of violence and gore, that’s going to alienate a very large group of people. Tbh, I’m surprised GoW sold as much as it did. Ontop of that, in GoW 3, where they had potential for a lot of growth going from ps2 to ps3, the combat at that point, at least to some degree, felt a bit outdated.
Gow 3 sold close to what Uncharted 3 did (around 6mill), so that’s really not a big difference. But NOW, the new GoW has fixed all the negatives of the other GoW games, so I think it can absolutely outsell Uncharted 4.
Uncharted has been on a constant rise.
1 sold 5.5M
2 sold 7.5M
3 sold 8.0M (confirmed to be 21M for the trilogy)
4 sold 10M+
GoW has never sold that much, has always been very hyped and high reviewed like that.
There is no indication GoW can outsell UC4, even as I sure hope it does.
I think taking nudity out is a big deal for sales. There are plenty of parents who would look at the ESRB and see "nudity" and make that a determining factor. Me personally it is a major +. I play games in front of my kids a lot and I find games with nudity to be a pain. Like the Witcher 3 or Dragon Age inquisition were okay, I just looked up the spots where there was nudity and waited til the kids were in bed to play those parts, but in more story driven games it becomes more difficult.
UC never had nudity, and his similarities to say Indiana Jones made it easy for parents to go with it, also a T rating helped there too.