A Good Year for Trilogies: the Best Selling Video Games of 2011

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Ah 2011. The year Prince William and Catherine Middleton tied the knot, some lucky human’s throat hosted the world’s first artificial organ transplant, and Osama Bin Laden was removed from the mortal realm. But much cooler than all this real life mumbo jumbo is the bevy of top-selling video games produced within this 365-day batch of time. From ruthless first-person shooters to dance-happy sequels, here are the top five best-selling video games across all the major platforms (in North America; other countries have different results), as reported by the always trustworthy NPD Group, Inc. Take a gander…
A Good Year for Trilogies: the Best Selling Video Games of 2011

4Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)

It makes sense that two well-made military shooters ended up in the top 5, but when all is said and done, the rivalry was a real Coke vs. Pepsi situation. The standout feature in this franchise is the team-centric multiplayer (up to 24 gun-toting folks), with most other options either matching, or being out-shadowed by MW3 (again, depending on one’s brand allegiance). Which is not to say Battlefield is a clunker by any stretch of the imagination; with a more realistic sense of action, this game succeeded with diehard virtual soldiers who preferred less over the top sequences while gunning down the bad guys.

So there it is, North America’s best-selling games of 2011. All in all, this list makes members of the game-playing society look pretty darn good — some war here, some fantasy there, a touch of sports, all rounded out with actual physical activity. What games do you think should have outsold these?

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