Sometimes, international perception of Australia has us so backwards that we’re thought to ride kangaroos down the street and consider that hat with the corks as the height of fashion. But according to figures detailing Australian and New Zealand game sales for the first half of 2012, the notion of the contrary antipode might be more fact than fiction.
The NPD Group, as reported by MCV Pacific, has unveiled the ten best selling games of 2012, where only three of which were actually released in that year. The remaining seven were all games of 2011, leaving only Max Payne 3, Mass Effect 3 and Diablo III to represent 2012’s current releases.
The full list:
1. Diablo III
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
3. Mass Effect 3
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
6. Battlefield 3
7. Max Payne 3
8. Assassin’s Creed Revelations
9. Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
10. Saints Row: The Third
Keep in mind there’s a bunch of things this list doesn’t factor in, such as Collectors Editions, Game of the Year re-releases, and digital downloads. Still, when Australian gamers are reaching backwards for their next gaming fix, it’s either an interesting indictment on their tastes, or on the standard of games released in 2012. What’s your take?