Well, maybe not so shocking to some of you who need their Sims fix on the daily (hey, I'm not hating, just sayin'), but when I read over Next-Gen's list of the top 100 games sold in the past 12 months throughout the US and Europe, I was a little surprised. Why? Well, because if you were one of the fans of Heavenly Sword or even Burnout Paradise that made numbers 78 and 71 respectively, then you will be shaking your head to know that games like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End made the top 20 in sales for the past year. Not that I'm totally offended, just very sad for those gamers who did not get to experience the joy of crashing through gates and running amuck through Paradise City!

I like to think I have a very open mind when it comes to games, so I suppose games based on movies are just big sellers. . . despite the fact that they usually are sub par when it comes to story. Although, I'm not surprised to see Super Mario Galaxy and Assassin's Creed bringing in high rankings, since SMG was one of my fave games of the year, and Assassin's Creed was an innovative game to spend loads of free time on. But yet another surprise being BioShock — easily one of the best games of last year — down at number 29. Again, just sad for the folks who didn't drop some cash on a totally worthy game.

Where are America's and Europe's gaming priorities? The entire list is available now, but to check out the top ten and give me your opinions on the list, just

Top Ten Games Sold in the Past 12 Months:

  1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  2. Halo 3
  3. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
  4. FIFA Soccer 08
  5. Madden NFL 08
  6. Need for Speed: ProStreet
  7. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
  8. Assassin’s Creed
  9. Super Mario Galaxy
  10. Brain Age 2: More Brain Training in Minutes a Day