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Crysis 2, Call of Duty, Battlefield… most pirated games of 2011 revealed

First we had the most pirated films of last year, with some slightly dubious movies making it into the top ten, and now we have the most pirated PC games of the year.

And the number one spot was again taken by a slightly surprising title. Crysis 2 – the first-person sci-fi shooter from EA – took the top spot.

According to torrent website Torrent Freak, Crysis 2 was downloaded almost four million times over the course of 2011.

It is quite an impressive feat, beating popular titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. Although it is unlikely that EA will be too proud of the accomplishment.

That is not to say that the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield did not feature – both made it into the top five.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pirated

Modern Warfare 3 came a close second behind Crysis 2, with 3.6 million illegal downloads. And Battlefield was not far behind that, with 3.5 million downloads.

The reason for Crysis 2’s ‘success’ is down to the fact that it was released a good six months before most of the other titles in the top five.

Released in March, Crysis 2 got a pretty big head start on the others, with the exception of Portal 2, which was released in April.

The critically acclaimed Portal 2 came in fifth place, with 3.2 million illegal downloads. It was beaten to fourth place by FIFA 12 – which racked up 3.3 million downloads.

Torrent Freak also released details of the most pirates Xbox and Nintendo Wii, which threw up some slightly different results.

Mario dominated the illegal Wii downloads. The iconic plumber took the top two spots, with Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Sports Mix racking up 1.2 and 1 million illegal downloads respectively.

As for the Xbox, it was a surprise entry for Gears of War 3 in the top spot, beating the likes of Call of Duty and Forza Motorsport 4.