Google Crysis torrent and look at the various sites hosting it + seeders + times downloaded. Crazy. Goes for most games, but that ones a biggy.
As far as UT3 goes, maybe that type of online game play is not as appealing as it once was? It seems team based warfare online games are the hot thing these days. I could be totally wrong, but that's what I'm personally drawn too. COD4 for example.
I keep holding off on UT3. One of the games I've yet to play, and I'm dying for a new MP to sweep me away, but I just dont see this as being the "one". As far as the UT3 engine itself goes, well, it certainly doesnt seem to be bad since so many games seem to be licensed on it. The engine itself, is hardly a failure. Personally I think it's pretty damn cool.
I think X-mas will give a lot of these games a boost. But what ones...