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‘Skyrim’ sells millions

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Critics aren't the only people falling in love with the latest installment of The Elder Scrolls.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)

Bethesda Softworks says it has shipped 7 million copies of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to retailers, with about 3.5 million copies being sold through in the first 48 hours. Making that number even more impressive? That was just for the Xbox 360 version.

The game, of course, was also released for the PlayStation 3 and PC -- and while Bethesda didn't address sales for Sony's platform, it did note that within the first 24 hours of release, Skyrim set a record on Steam with more than 280,000 concurrent players.

"We are grateful for the fans' response to Skyrim," said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, Bethesda's parent company. "Todd Howard and his team at Bethesda Game Studios have crafted a very special game. Anticipation for Skyrim has surpassed any game in our company's history."

Bethesda spent more than three years putting Skyrim together and that dedication has made it a critical darling. To date, the game has earned more than 50 perfect review scores.

The sales success puts Skyrim in an elite club of titles this year. It had a stronger launch than Microsoft's Gears of War 3, which took an entire week to sell 3 million copies. And it appears to be running at about the same pace as Batman: Arkham City, which sold 4.6 million units in its first week.

Naturally, it didn't touch the numbers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (4.7 million copies in 24 hours), but no one expected it to. Selling 3.5 million copies in just a few days puts it in the running for the third best-selling game of the year (locked in a three-way fight with Arkham City and Assassin's Creed: Revelations), which isn't bad for a role-playing game that can easily devour 100 hours of your life without you realizing it.

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