Far Cry 3 Outsold Far Cry 4 Digitally on PS3; Here’s Why

For the sake of this article, I’m going to coin the “Flat Brim Bowler Hat Corollary” to explain the bizarre phenomenon that took place on the PlayStation 3 Store this past month. Based upon statistics that only exist inside of my own head, flat-brimmed hats sell better than bowler hats. Being that nobody has worn a bowler hat since 1927, this hypothesis can be boiled down to a simple fact: new stuff sells better than old stuff. This rock-solid logic basically always works: new bread, domestic animals, and sandals all sell more units than older versions of the same items. With that being said, the Flat Brim Bowler Hat Corollary apparently doesn’t apply to the Far Cry series, as Far Cry 3 sold more digital copies than Far Cry 4 on PlayStation 3 last month.

Yes, you read that correctly.

According to the digital sales charts released on PlayStation Blog today, Far Cry 4 was the 12th most downloaded game on the PlayStation 3 on November, whereas Far Cry 3 was the sixth. Regardless of whether or not you think that the newest iteration of the sandbox shooter is better than its more Vaas-centric predecessor, it’s certainly strange that a two-year old title would outsell its sequel. While there’s no way to tap into the minds of every gamer that chose to buy Far Cry 3 over Far Cry 4 (if I owned that technology, I certainly would not be writing this piece), posing theories as to why this happened is most certainly possible.

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The simplest explanation for this situation is that tens of thousands of golfers decided to give the Far Cry franchise a shot. As you may or may not know, a low score indicates an excellent performance on the links. These golf-lovers were likely looking for a mechanically sound first-person shooter, and they incorrectly assumed that Far Cry 3 was the sequel to Far Cry 4. Don’t think I forgot about the major missing piece of information in this completely realistic theory. There’s a logical reason as to why golfers would choose to play video games instead of golfing: snow. In case you’re actually a hibernating bear (in which case, you’re a literate animal), it’s currently winter, and snow make golfing incredibly difficult. This makes perfect sense, I know.

A different theory that does explains Far Cry 3‘s 2014 success comes down to alternative hairstyle preference. Mohawks are exactly seven trillion times cooler than whatever the hell Pagan Min has on top of his head. In general, humans find symmetry far more appealing than asymmetry, so prospective buyers were probably drawn in by the majesty of Vaas’ hairdo to the point where Far Cry 3 seemed like the logical choice. Sorry Far Cry 4, maybe your cover art should have featured a character rocking a bowl-cut, the most symmetrical hairstyle on the planet (also, it’s the best hairstyle for people who hate mirrors).

So there you have it people; these two theories boast soundproof logic as to why Far Cry 3 won the PlayStation 3 Far Cry battle. If you find this news to be disheartening, maybe you should go burn a golf course or barbershop down. Actually wait, please don’t ever do that.

7 thoughts on “Far Cry 3 Outsold Far Cry 4 Digitally on PS3; Here’s Why

      • No… and you did know about Roman numerals? They only make part of the old roman culture, however everybody when comes out a new FF game know that the “XV” is 15 and “IV” is 4. And i think the Golfers know that the PS4 is the successor of the PS3, unless they live apart of the world…

  1. Oh, you silly farcical little article, you 😉

    Seriously though, I don’t think it’s strange. It’s cheaper now – that’s a big deal. But the hype is still contagious. IF you didn’t buy FC3 before, OR you’re strapped for cash from buying other things this season, but you hear about how great this series is again now that FC4 is out, you might wanna pick it up.

    Also, since FC4 – like a lot of western publishers’ games – is more strongly associated with PS4, people don’t even consider it for the last gen machine. Even though most cross gen games have a nice level of relative parity with their next gen cousins (save for the severely gimped, “developed by another studio” version of Shadow of Mordor), most gamers are of the mind that current gen versions of titles like Evil Within, Alien Isolation and Destiny are garbage. When really, they’re pretty much the exact same experience.

    That “Far Cry 4 on Playstation 4: Greatness Awaits” Marketing and advertising strongly affects a lot of gamers’ buying habits, unfortunately. I mean, it’s great when good games sell; it’s just unfortunate that so many purchase things blind because of commercials instead of opting to research their purchases a little more.

    Finally, I haven’t heard about the online being broken in FC4, but considering how many big games from big publishers are shipping and broken, maybe consumers actually opted to put off FC4 and check out the no-doubt stable-by-now last entry in the series. I doubt that, but it’s a possibility nowadays; 2014 was a bad year for stable, polished releases that remotely lived up to the hype.

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