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GameFly Reveals Top 10 Rentals of 2010

Curious who was renting what last year? Yeah, so were we, so we snagged a list from the good folks at GameFly.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: January 5, 2011
Okay, admit it -- if you haven't at least tried GameFly, you've thought of using the Netflix-style rental service in the past. They do make it pretty damn easy, even going so far as to let you buy a game if you really like it, and of course there's the whole unlimited rentals/no late fees thing Netflix pioneered so well.

We have tried GameFly, and if not for the fact that we have about .21952 seconds of free time these days, we'd be all over the service like white boy on hot Asian girl. But there's something that we've been wondering (y'know, besides what makes geeky white dudes develop Yellow Fever): what were the most-rented games of last year? Do they match up with sales numbers? Are they different?

Thankfully, GameFly heard us wondering aloud because they've bugged our office in an elaborate scheme to stitch together our conversations into damning arguments about the finer qualities of cross-stitching when sewing up counterfeit purses. No, we don't know why they think we'd do something like that, but at least they hooked us up with a list of the top 10 games rented last year by platform (and all of 'em combined). But first, a word from a Senior Veep:

"The GameFly community is comprised of active and dedicated gamers and we view their preferences, requests and favorites as a great barometer for what’s hot in gaming," explains the company's co-founder and SVP of Biz Dev and Content, Sean Spector. "We offer a mix of the best new releases as well as hard to find classic games all from an extensive library spanning more than 7000 titles.”

Well now, if'n that isn't just the most quotable quote from a game rental service co-founder we've heard in at least a week, we don't know what is. Curious about the actual lists? Of course you are, and we've got all three PlayStation Platforms for ya:

[PlayStation 2]
[ Rank | Title | Publisher ]
1 | Silent Hill: Shattered Memories | Konami
2 | Madden NFL 11 | Electronic Arts
3 | MLB '10: The Show | Sony Computer Entertainment
4 | WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 | THQ
5 | NCAA Football 11 | Electronic Arts
6 | Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love | Koei
7 | Despicable Me | D3P
8 | NBA 2K11 | Take Two
9 | Toy Story 3 | Disney Interactive
10 | Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest | WB Games

[PlayStation Portable]
[ Rank | Title | Publisher ]
1 | Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep | Square Enix
2 | Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker | Konami
3 | God of War: Ghost of Sparta | Sony Computer Entertainment
4 | Valkyria Chronicles 2 | Sega
5 | Dante's Inferno | Electronic Arts
6 | Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 | Namco
7 | Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable | Atlus
8 | Lunar: Silver Star Harmony | Xseed Games
9 | SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 | Sony Computer Entertainment
10 | Army of Two: The 40th Day | Electronic Arts

[PlayStation 3]
[ Rank | Title | Publisher ]
1 | God of War III | Sony Computer Entertainment
2 | Heavy Rain | Sony Computer Entertainment
3 | Red Dead Redemption | Take Two
4 | Call of Duty: Black Ops | Activision
5 | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Ubisoft
6 | Dante's Inferno Divine Edition | Electronic Arts
7 | Battlefield: Bad Company 2 | Electronic Arts
8 | Mafia II | Take Two
9 | Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II | LucasArts
10 | Medal of Honor | Electronic Arts

[ Rank | Title | Platforms | Publisher ]
1 | Red Dead Redemption | PS3, XBOX 360 | Take Two
2 | Call of Duty: Black Ops | PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, DS | Activision
3 | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | PS3, XBOX 360 | Ubisoft
4 | Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II | PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, DS | LucasArts
5 | Battlefield: Bad Company 2 | PS3, XBOX 360 | Electronic Arts
6 | Mafia II | PS3, XBOX 360 | Take Two
7 | Medal of Honor | PS3, XBOX 360 | Electronic Arts
8 | God of War III | PS3 | Sony Computer Entertainment
9 | Fallout: New Vegas | PS3, XBOX 360 | Bethesda
10 | Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction | XBOX 360 | Ubisoft

A couple of interesting things of note:

-Despite having the overwhelming lead in the hardware race, the Wii only had a single, multi-platform game chart on the overall Top 10.
-Two first-party PS3 exclusives ruled the top 10 list, even though they were dwarfed, sales-wise, by third-party hits like Red Dead Redemption and COD: Blops.
-The PSP actually had some really solid games this year... and nobody bought them. Seriously, go read our reviews of those games, they were great.
-The PS2 is still somehow hanging on, and we were pleasantly surprised to see that Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love actually managed to chart. Hooray for great, late releases!

All in all, a very interesting set of outcomes. Sure, some of them were pretty obvious, but it's always interesting to see how rental trends are different from outright buying ones. Should we get any more of these communiqués from GameFly before they've stitched together our "confession" and handed it over to the crocheting authorities, we'll be sure to pass them along.