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Top Five Game Sales According to Amazon (3/25)

This week's Amazon top five should be inspiring to those tired of Pokemon and dance games topping the charts. Not that they're absent, but the big surprise this week is Crysis 2, which has topped both the US and UK charts on Xbox 360 and charted within the top five on PS3.

EA and Crytek must be ecstatic because I don't think anyone knew for sure how this game was going to fare. Reviews have been great all around (with our review giving the game an 8.5), so the positive buzz must be helping sales. Still, even with some good reviews, I didn't expect the sequel to Crysis (which initially sold quite poorly) to overtake Pokemon.

So what does the initial success of Crysis 2 indicate? Well, for one, the benefits of a solid demo are once again reinforced. I also think people are looking for something a little different in their shooters. Not that Crysis is incredibly original, but I suspect some gamers are sick of the modern, realistic setting and are ready to explore more shooters featuring super humans in robot suits.

This must also be a nice victory for EA, which seems poised to beat out Homefront with Crysis 2. It's not quite the victory that will make amends for last year's Medal of Honor, but then again, the game was pretty bad.

As always, you can see the full top five lists for each region below:

North America: 1. Crysis 2 (EA, 360) 2. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo, DS) 3. Pokemon Black Version (Nintendo, DS) 4. Crysis 2 (EA, PS3) 5. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii)

UK: 1. Crysis 2 (EA, 360) 2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft, Wii) 3. Pokemon White Version (Nintendo, DS) 4. LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars (Activision, Wii) 5. Crysis 2 (EA, PS3)

Japan: 1. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection (Square Enix, PSP) 2. Dynasty Warriors 6 (Koei, PS3) 3. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP) 4. Final Fantasy Dissidia Dyuodeshimu (Square Enix, PSP) 5. World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2011 (Konami, PS3)

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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