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FIFA 12 smashes records with 3.2 million sales

Biggest release of the year and best sports game launch in history

FIFA 12 is off to a storming start at retail, selling 3.2 million copies in its first week of availability, up 23 percent over FIFA 11's performance.

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That makes it the No.1 global game launch of 2011 and the biggest release in the history of sports games, according to publisher EA.

The firm also reckons FIFA 12 is the highest-rated sports game this console generation, based on Metacritic data from October 3, when the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions held ratings of 92 and 91 respectively (both have since dropped a point).

The publisher said October 1 was EA Sports' busiest day for online gaming ever, with fans playing over ten million game sessions, including nearly eight million games of FIFA 12. Online FIFA 12 players have clocked over 200 million minutes of game time already.

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"FIFA 12 is a stunning achievement by our team at EA Canada," said Andrew Wilson, executive vice president of EA Sports.

"The massive FIFA online community has overwhelmingly connected to the new live services in the game, including EA Sports Football Club, and we intend to keep them engaged all season long as FIFA 12 follows the heartbeat of the football season."

UK chart-topper FIFA 12 enjoyed the third-biggest UK All Formats launch week in history, ahead of Grand Theft Auto IV and only behind Call of Duty titles Black Ops at No.1 and Modern Warfare 2 at No.2.

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