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Report: The Most Pirated Games Of 2011

Jonathan Lester
Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Modern Warfare 3, Piracy, Xenoblade Chronicles

Report: The Most Pirated Games Of 2011

TorrentFreak have compiled a projected list of 2011's most illegally-downloaded titles using BitTorrent's trackers and other sources... and the results might surprise you. While Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 are respectively the second and third most pirated PC games of the year, it appears that Crysis 2 tops the dubious charts with a whopping 3,920,000 estimated downloads. Well, it does have a bit of a head start.

On the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Sports Mix dominate the BitTorrent downloads. Xenoblade Chronicles clocked in at a close third, which was to be expected since many disgruntled US gamers will have probably downloaded it after NoA refused to simultaneously port the localised version to both European and American regions.

In terms of pirated Xbox 360 games, Gears Of War 3 unsurprisingly took the lead with 890,000 downloads, followed (again unsurprisingly) by Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefeld 3. The PS3 has not been included in the report since its Blu-Ray disc format and constantly-evolving firmware suffers from "considerably less" piracy. Full report through the link.

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DivideByZero  Jan. 3, 2012 at 15:40

I am glad Crysis 2 tops the chart as I thought it was lame and a waste of my money.

Also, didn't Crysis 2 on the PC have some origin issues at launch? This would mean legit owners would be hitting the hacks found on torrents to play what they paid for.

DRM is all well and good, but it needs to not send people in to the world of piracy!

hurrakan  Jan. 3, 2012 at 16:47

I don't pirate games but I would quite like to play "Batman: Arkham City".

However the amount of DRM makes it unplayable.

So is it OK for me to pirate it, if I buy a legal copy first?

DivideByZero  Jan. 3, 2012 at 16:53

NO... sadly it is not.

But is it really legal for them to limit the installs of something you bought legally and own the usage rights to.

It's all grey areas.

I am down to 3 installs left on Arkham City, having not even completed it yet.

If you think that it bad, to prevent save game copying, they encrypt your save games... so you backup your saves, you also have to backup your games for windows live folder to get the encryption key. If you change your GFWL name, it will gena new key and render your saves unreadable.

This is why some people resort to piracy.

hurrakan  Jan. 3, 2012 at 17:15

It may not be legal - but it would be difficult to end up in a court of law over anything relating to that. No way to prove how someone did or did not play a game.

Personally I consider limited installs to be highly illegal. Once again I look at the movie industry. I can purchase a blu-ray and watch it as many times as I want. I can even sell it to someone else and then THEY can watch it as much they want!

I think the only way to tell games publishers that this is not acceptable is to just not buy their games.

Hmm I'm starting to see the appeal of services like OnLive - I'm guessing no DRM and no limitations.

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