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PSN's best selling games of 2011 list dominated by games not from 2011

Jordan Mallory

We're practically knee deep in 2012 at this point, and yet 2011 still refuses to give up the limelight, dropping financial data and sales reports on its way out the door in a desperate final attempt at relevance. So here we are, with a list of 2011's top sellers on the PlayStation Network ... and we've got two lists dominated by one game from 1985, and one from 2010.

Speaking only in terms of full games, not "paid downloads" (like DLC packs for Black Ops) and PS Minis, the list is a hodgepodge of nostalgia-fueled favorites from yesteryear (like Tetris in its curiously lofty number one spot), and digitally distributed future-classics like Castle Crashers and Limbo, which ranked in at six and seven respectively. There's on important thread tying those together: none of those games launched in 2011.

When all digital sales are taken into account, however, the list becomes an entirely different beast, and the only actual game present within the top 10 is Angry Birds, of all things (a PS Mini). In fact, the three best-selling anythings on the PlayStation Network in 2011 were Black Ops DLC packs, followed closely by a cavalcade of FIFA Soccer 12 and MLB 11 sundries. At least the DLC came out in 2011! Hop past the break for the full breakdown of both lists, care of Game Informer.

Best-selling PSN titles (games only, excludes Minis):

  1. Tetris
  2. Resident Evil 4
  3. Infamous: Festival of Blood
  4. Back to the Future: The Game - Full Series
  5. Dungeon Hunter: Alliance
  6. Castle Crashers
  7. Limbo
  8. Battlefield 1943
  9. Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
  10. Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
Overall PSN downloads (all items purchased on thed PlayStation Store):
  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation: Content Pack 2
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation: Content Pack 3
  4. MLB 11 The Show Road to the Show Training Points
  5. FIFA Soccer 12 Premium Gold Pack
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection: Content Pack 4
  7. Angry Birds
  8. FUT - Premium Gold Pack
  9. MLB 10 The Show Road to the Show Training Points
  10. FIFA Soccer 12 Premium Gold Jumbo

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