Red Dead, Call of Duty top GameFly's 2010 charts

Blockbuster hits also online rental service's most requested games of the year; Splinter Cell: Conviction, God of War III, Super Mario Galaxy 2 top platform-exclusive titles.


Last month, it was determined that Call of Duty: Black Ops has sold more copies in the US alone than Red Dead Redemption has shipped around the world. So while Black Ops is a cinch to be all alone in front on the NPD Group's best-selling games of 2010 chart, the Treyarch-developed first-person shooter took a backseat to Red Dead Redemption when it came to gamers interested in borrowing rather than buying. GameFly today released its top 10 most requested rental lists for all major platforms, showing Rockstar San Diego's open-world Western riding high in the saddle in the top spot for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and cross-platform charts.

Red Dead Redemption was in high demand at GameFly.
Red Dead Redemption was in high demand at GameFly.

Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty: Black Ops also placed first and second on the Xbox 360-specific top 10 list, while the PS3's top spots went to system exclusives God of War III and Heavy Rain. While the remainder of the PS3 list was occupied by multiplatform titles, the Wii's chart was thoroughly dominated by system exclusives, with Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Donkey Kong Country Returns taking the top two spots.

On the portable front, DS-owning GameFly subscribers lined up for Nintendo-published titles like Pokemon SoulSilver and HeartGold, with a sprinkling of third-party options like Super Scribblenauts and Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. Meanwhile, PSP players' most requested titles were the Disney-Square Enix crossover Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Konami's Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

GameFly compiled its lists based on the titles in its customers' GameQs, prioritized queues of the titles they would like sent to them. According to the rental service, more than 400,000 members' preferences were taken into account.

Most Requested Rentals of 2010--All Platforms
1. Red Dead Redemption--Take-Two
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops--Activision
3. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood--Ubisoft
4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II--LucasArts
5. Battlefield: Bad Company 2--Electronic Arts
6. Mafia II--Take-Two
7. Medal of Honor--Electronic Arts
8. God of War III--Sony
9. Fallout: New Vegas--Bethesda
10: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction--Ubisoft

Most Requested Rentals of 2010--Xbox 360
1. Red Dead Redemption--Take-Two
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops--Activision
3. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction--Ubisoft
4. Halo: Reach--Microsoft
5. Battlefield: Bad Company 2--Electronic Arts
6. Mass Effect 2--Electronic Arts
7. Alan Wake--Microsoft
8. BioShock 2--Take-Two
9. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood--Ubisoft
10: Fable III--Microsoft

Most Requested Rentals of 2010--PS3
1. God of War III--Sony
2. Heavy Rain--Sony
3. Red Dead Redemption--Take-Two
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops--Activision
5. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood--Ubisoft
6. Dante's Inferno Divine Edition--Electronic Arts
7. Battlefield: Bad Company 2--Electronic Arts
8. Mafia II--Take-Two
9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II--LucasArts
10. Medal of Honor--Electronic Arts

Most Requested Rentals of 2010--Wii
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2--Nintendo
2. Donkey Kong Country Returns--Nintendo
3. Disney Epic Mickey--Disney Interactive
4. Metroid: Other M--Nintendo
5. Red Steel 2--Ubisoft
6. Monster Hunter Tri--Capcom
7. Kirby's Epic Yarn--Nintendo
8. GoldenEye 007--Activision
9. Wipeout--Activision
10. Just Dance 2--Ubisoft

Most Requested Rentals of 2010--DS
1. Pokemon: SoulSilver--Nintendo
2. Pokemon: HeartGold--Nintendo
3. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies--Nintendo
4. Super Scribblenauts--WB Games
5. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future--Nintendo
6. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn--Nintendo
7. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem--Nintendo
8. Picross 3D--Nintendo
9. Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth--Capcom
10. Toy Story 3--Disney Interactive

Most Requested Rentals of 2010--PSP
1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep--Square Enix
2. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker--Konami
3. God of War: Ghost of Sparta--Sony
4. Valkyria Chronicles 2--Sega
5. Dante's Inferno--Electronic Arts
6. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3--Namco Bandai
7. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable--Atlus
8. Lunar: Silver Star Harmony--Xseed Games
9. SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3--Sony
10. Army of Two: The 40th Day--Electronic Arts

Most Requested Rentals of 2010--PlayStation 2
1. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories--Konami
2. Madden NFL 11--Electronic Arts
3. MLB 10: The Show--Sony
4. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011--THQ
5. NCAA Football 11--Electronic Arts
6. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love--Koei
7. Despicable Me--D3 Publisher
8. NBA 2K11--Take-Two
9. Toy Story 3--Disney Interactive
10. Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest--WB Games

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I didnt know you could rent PSP games

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I should have rented CoD Black Ops and not wasted my money buying an over-hyped-camp-fest... live and learn.. no more CoD for this fellow gamer! :)

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i have read a few comments on here about people not liking fps games an call of duty,,,,,,,,,,, THANK GOD! im starting to think im the only sane person left in america, i mean i will play sum multiplayer fps matches on occasions wen im at freinds houses or wutever, but i just thank god i grew up in the good ole days playing nintendo, sega an playstaion, where fps games were few an rather unheard of, maybe thats why i dont prefer fps games, cuz i didnt play them growing up, an now thats all these kids have is floods an floods of mediocre first person shooters, its a shame really, but i didnt mean to rant, so ima shut up now!

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@TheTrueMagusX1 I am indeed aware of RDR's excellent multiplayer - I was simply making the point what most people got out of the two games. Just for the record, RDR is part of my permanent game collection, Black Ops I sold a week after I bought it.

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Gamefly never sent me EVER the top games in these lists. I always got - Long wait, not available at present or such. Always got item #14 or such in my queue. Thus I canceled gamefly. It was useless.

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haha i got black ops the day it went up ongamefly its geting harder tghough i didnt get new vegas red dead or star wars

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@gerhardtscriven So you play Red Dead Redemption Once and its all over? That game is not a one time game by anymeans. and its funny that you bring up that Call of Duty Black Ops has a multiplayer but neglect the fact that RDR has a very active and unique Online Multiplayer in its own right. Also add to the fact the DLC, specifically the Undead Nightmare add on, and you have a game that is not a one time thing by anymeans...

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Duh, of course black ops would be less of a rental candidate than rdr... the attractions of bo is, for most people, in the multi-player experience, whereas, for rdr, it is for the single player. This being the case, rdr is far more suitable for rental. You play the game once and u r done.

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Some games i would rather rent then buy Like Vanquish, or games with an 8-11 hour long campaign but no MP. However the last movie store in my town closed down so i either buy or nothing.

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This is just dumb. How can you compare games from different genres and then claim one more successful/popular than the other? COD is a FPS, RDR is a third-person open-world action game - so they will not necessarily be played by the same audience. Some gamers love FPS's. Some (like me) hate them. It's stupid to compare. The stats above are meaningless.

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@Pooria_Madadi you can't rent pc games....

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where is top 10 for pc?

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Uh, these stats are flawed. Red Dead came out like 7 months earlier, so it kind of had a head start.

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Superb list, i think we should play at least these games on each console... Good day people!

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I'm impressed with the list. It makes sense.

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@deesnutts25 No offense, but you really need to ger your facts straight about when a game has been released man. Battlefield Bad Company 2 came out on March 2, 2010. Last I recall, that was barely about ten months ago. Really, come on....

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@M-S-M-S Why would anybody rent PC games?

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if i wanted 2 see what a game was like i would rent it first but the games i get i know are good because i check this website

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@ shani_boy101 I do, I don't want to fork out money for a game every single month. I would rather pay 15 dollars for a game that I could borrow till I get bored of it, then paying 60 dollars for a game until I get bored of it and then get ripped off by these big corporations when I attempt to trade in games.

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Who rents games?

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Renting DS games? Now I've heard it all.

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That's right. Keep renting Birth by Sleep people.

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People actually still rent games? I stopped renting games and movies 8 years ago. I buy all my games and movies now.

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Tried gamefly and hated it... had to wait 2 weeks for a game to even get to my residence...

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Birth by Sleep is the most requested PSP rental? Awesome.

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Didn't think this would be news to anyone.

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gamefly is must if you own all systems like i do. its really good for good games that aint quite worth owning... like most ps3 exclusives, sure they have some great single player modes to them. but nothing you wont play and beat in a week then be sick of it and only get 20 bucks trade in credit for. its better just to rent it imo.

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Black Ops is a horrible game, shows how bad times have come If people consider It as a good game Im not annoyed nor angry about it more upset to see how bad times have changed.

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lol BFBC 2 is no where near 2 years. In fact I thought it came out a pretty short time ago. (10 months isn't exactly that short but still).

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@deesnutts25 BFBC2 hasn't been out for 2 years, it's only been out about 10 months

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I like how BFBC2 is still highly rentable, yet has been out for 2 years, where CoD:BO is only a few months old, just goes to show who makes a better game.

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"Splinter Cell: Conviction, God of War III, Super Mario Galaxy 2 top platform-exclusive titles" . Since when is Splinter Cell: Conviction a platform exclusive? PC and 360 anyone? Epic editorial FAIL by Brendan Sinclair. I know Gamefly is for consoles only but that doesn't change the fact that Splinter Cell: Conviction isn't an exclusive to a particular platform. I'm just saying.

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Not to seem negative, but don't people tend to rent games they aren't sure will be good? So....these sales figures as they call them really tell nothing about the games.

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I tried to rent Black Ops but it's always "Very Low Aailability" Might as well cancel the thing

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im glad i have those games.

Avatar image for youngsexynerd

okay maybe i can understand sum new titles, but there r so many games under $20 bucks now, that renting them should be obsolete! thats just my oppinion an i usualy wait for prices to come down on the new titles before i buy them

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I got a better deal than a rent for GOW3. ebagmes was offering a full refund after a week of purchase so I technically played and finished it for free within that week. Doesn't get any better than that.

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No PC numbers?

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notice how most of these 'Exclusives' were also on PC.

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notice the multiplats under the 360

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@youngsexynerd Some gamers, like me want to rent some games to see if they will like it.

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@youngsexynerd Because games are only 10 hours long, so why pay 60$ when you can pay 5$ and finish them in few days

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@youngsexynerd Because some gamers feel that paying $60 for a game is ludicrous and some gamers don't like to play the same game twice. I own all the consoles and handhelds so it's difficult for me to justify re-playing a game I've already beaten when I could be enjoying a new experience.

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i dont get why people want to rent games an not by them? idk maybe its just me that likes to watch my collection pile up

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Wow KH Birth By Sleep at Number 1 for PSP

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I gotta start renting games more often.

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Thought I'd see Vanquish on that list. Wasn't available at any Blockbuster in my area. Had to wait a while for it to show up from Gamefly