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Online rental service GameFly has compiled its statistics for 2008 video game rentals and released a list of the top ten most wanted titles among its subscribers (thanks, Joystiq). The results are based on total number of times a game was added to users' queues:

  1. Assassin's Creed - PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS
  2. Army of Two - PS3, Xbox 360
  3. Grand Theft Auto IV - PS3, Xbox 360
  4. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - PS3, Xbox 360
  5. Devil May Cry 4 - PS3, Xbox 360
  6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS
  7. Call of Duty: World at War - PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS
  8. Burnout Paradise - PS3, Xbox 360
  9. Dead Space - PS3, Xbox 360
  10. Prince of Persia - PS3, Xbox 360


As you might suspect, the list is dominated by late 2007 or early 2008 games. Dead Space, Call of Duty: World At War, and Prince of Persia were released in October, November, and December 2008 respectively, though - I suppose that's a result of many users adding it to their queue way in advance? World At War and Prince of Persia are installments in well-established franchises so it shouldn't be surprising to see that level of anticipation among gamers but Dead Space was an all-new intellectual property. Maybe the newness of the game made people think, "Well, maybe I'll just rent this one in case it turns out crappy." Given the less-than-stellar sales of Dead Space, EA probably considers the game's inclusion on this list to be a mixed blessing: it shows gamers were excited about the game but it's too bad they weren't "buy a copy for $60" excited.

It seems like GameFly just added up rental figures from all the different versions of a game, which would explain why there aren't any exclusives on the list. Would've been interesting to see a list that listed individual versions separately, if only to encourage more fanboy trash-talking.
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