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The Most Rented Games of 2008 Revealed, Xbox 360 Doubles Wii Rentals

by Nick Breckon, Jan 14, 2009 11:54am PST
Related Topics – xbox 360, Software Sales, PC

The top rented game in 2008--and therefore the disc most likely to be scratched and thumb-printed--was the Xbox 360 version of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV, according to rental tracker Rentrak.

Rentrak records its data from both online and brick-and-mortar rental shops on a weekly basis.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Halo 3 rounded out the top three, while Fallout 3 squeezed into eight position despite its late third quarter release.

Rentrak points out that the Xbox 360's overall rental market share increased from 26.1% to 36.8% in 2008, while Wii game rentals jumped from 7.3% in 2007 to 17.1% in 2008. Seven of the top-ten 2008 titles were rated Mature, compared to four in 2007.

The full list of 2008's most rented games follows:

  1. Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360)

  2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)

  3. Halo 3 (Xbox 360)

  4. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (Xbox 360)

  5. Army of Two (Xbox 360)

  6. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

  7. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

  8. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)

  9. Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)

  10. Mario Party 8 (Wii)




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