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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim closes in on second-place spot with 3.4 million sales

Video game sales continue to rack up huge numbers this year, and last week’s release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim did nothing to change that trend.

The fantasy RPG sold over 3.4 million units in its first two days of release according to industry sales site VGChartz.While it’s still well short of the 6.5 million units of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that sold in the first 24 hours of that game’s release, Skyrim is on track to take over the second-place spot on the sales charts.

While Skyrim has already outsold previous — albeit brief — first-week champions Gears of War 3 and FIFA Soccer 12, it has to sell a few million more copies in the next few days to beat current second-place title Battlefield 3. With 3.4 million copies already accounted for, Skyrim is well on its way to exceeding Battlefield 3‘s first-week benchmark of 5 million units.

Still, all of the numbers continue to pale in comparison to Modern Warfare 3, which continues to set records with every copy of the game sold. Given Skyrim‘s fantasy RPG setting, though, the game’s success is pretty phenomenal.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out our review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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