Crysis 2 Wins Title of Most Pirated Game of 2011

According to TorrentFreak, Crysis 2 ended the year with 3.92 million illegal downloads, followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with 3.65 million and Battlefield 3 with 3.51 million.

The popularity award on the Xbox 360 goes to Gears of war 3 with 890,000 downloads, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with 830,000 and Battlefield 3 with 760,000. On the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 ended up at 1.28 million downloads, Mario Sports Mix at 1.09 million, and Xenoblade Chronicles at 950,000. TorrentFreak did not list pirated games for the PS3 as their number was too low to be shown in BitTorrent's download charts.

Despite the substantial number of downloaded games, TorrentFreak noted that the top titles in each category saw a decline of downloads over 2010.

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  • fonzy
    SOPA propaganda.
  • crysex
    Well, I'm not one of them. I bought the game with full price just to appreciate their effort. You better make us a badass Crysis 3, or I won't pay your bill anymore.
  • xerroz
    unksol^fixed that for you. that's no different than stealing a saw from the hardware store, waiting for them to go out of buisness from theft or put it on clearance for low sales, then putting it back and buying one on clearance, so you can tell yourself you paid for're a thief. at least have the balls to admit it.

    Ok then I'll just let time pass so that Deus Ex HR goes down to $5 and then MAYBE I'll buy it but without trying it out first (by pirating) there's a high chance I won't buy it at all. Square Enix have said they will not be releasing a demo of this game so don't pull the "play the demo" counter argument. For some games, pirating is the only way to try-before-you-buy. Personally I refuse to waste my money on shitty games which is why I pirate games. I pirated Fallout 3 and completed it and after I did that I went and bought the game and all the DLC, in the next installment of the series (FNV) I bought it on the first day because I knew this game was gonna be worth every penny based on my experience with FO3 so there was no second thoughts. I have all the DLC for that as well. I pirated Oblivion, I bought it when I was half way into the game and now I bought Skyrim on first day because again, I knew it was good as I had already tried the previous game. I did the same with Mass Effect and I will most likely buy Mass Effect 3 first day or some short time later.

    What I'm trying to get at is that by pirating games you are able to see for yourself whether the game is worth the money or not, there's absolutely no point in paying $60 for some turd that you will either barely play or that it feels like a chore to finish just to get the most bang for your buck. In my case not only do they gain a sale for the current game but sales for any future game based on that franchise too.

    If a developer creates a quality game and repeatedly continues to do so, people will not pirate their games as much and a clear of example of this are Bethesda who are currently scoring big sales records on PC with Skyrim. When Fallout 4 comes the same will happen.
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  • sseyler
    There's probably a strong positive correlation between the hardware requirements of a game and the likelihood that people will pirate it.
  • chaosgs
    Probably just for the graphics, because the game-play on the first sucked. You'd think Skyrim first person and awesome game would be #1. Moral of the story, create a better game. But blaming pirates to just test your game is cheaper I suppose.

    How about a demo? No because then they would know it sucked.
  • tomc100
    There's a strong correlation between douchebags and pirates. Also, it's funny that the excuse pirates make that there's lots of piracy on the consoles too. 800,000 vs 4 million. There's no comparison. This is why developers are flocking to the consoles. Douchebag pirates are killing the pc gaming industry.