TA Gaming Stats - October 15th to 21st 2012

By Chewie, 4 years ago
Please try not to talk too loudly guys, I've got a cracking headache.

After hiring someone to help me with my little recruitment problems of the last couple of weeks (Boba Fett is my new BFF), I now have a full contingent of Statiscles, my Ewok helpers, again.

To celebrate, I threw a little Halloween-themed shin-dig with my nearest and dearest. It's difficult picking out a suitable costume when you're over 7' tall and covered in fur, but I think I pulled off a convincing 'Slave Leia', regardless.

Needless to say, Juri Juice was drunk by the bucketload, things happened (why did Lando think that dressing as a female Wookiee would be a good idea; especially during mating season?!?), and today I feel rather the worse for wear.

However, I shall crack on regardless, as Stats come first and the new Statisticles are scarily eager to prove their worth.

This report is for the period October 15th to October 21st 2012.

Games Started
17,137 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 26,379 games between them (1,625 different games).

After a deliriously interesting few weeks of big new releases, this week sees a bit of a lull as we gear up for heavy hitters like Assassin's Creed III, Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Retail Games Started this week looks a lot like last week, just with some dips in the numbers. Recent releases Dishonored, Resident Evil 6 (Xbox 360) and XCOM: Enemy Unknown lead the pack, with Dishonored in particular striding ahead with over double the numbers of its nearest rival (although it's still less than half the starters of last week).

This week's new titles include Doom 3: BFG Edition and 007 Legends. Bond loses out to the Hellspawn as the British secret agent settles with a lowly sixth place, whilst the Imps and co. land in at fourth with over twice the amount of starters.

Despite Just Dance 4 not making an entry last week during its release week, its big rival Dance Central 3 does make an appearance this week in its release week, albeit in 8th place. Maybe this is in part due to the better reviews on the whole for the latter title, which our own site reviews (here and here) also reflected.

Thanks to a THQ sale knocking 50% off the price, the appropriately-spooky-for-this-time-of-year Metro 2033 edges into the bottom of the chart.

Top Retail Games Started

After last week's almost 3,000 strong domination of Arcade Games Started, this week sees Happy Wars (Xbox 360) building steam and growing the numbers by another thousand. Judging by these numbers, free-to-play is here to stay. It would be interesting to find out how many of the now almost 17,000 players of the game here on TA have purchased content for the game and how many are just in it for the free achievements.

New releases on Arcade that show up on the chart include Intel Discovered, Zombie Driver HD and Serious Sam 3: BFE. Considering the game is also free (completely and utterly free, not just free-to-play), you might expect Intel Discovered in particular to pick up a few more starters, but then you remember that it's a US only release and a Kinect only release (and basically just a cutscene) so you realise that the potential numbers are limited somewhat.

Thanks to being bundled with Doom 3: BFG Edition, Doom (Arcade) and Doom II: Hell on Earth also show up. Interestingly, Doom II is the more popular starter, landing in fourth with over 150 starters, whereas the original slips into sixth (although with only ten less starters).

Last week saw Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition languishing in the bottom spot and I wondered if this week would see it drop off the chart for the first time. I was wrong, as around 50 more people started it this week than they did last week, bumping it back up into seventh place.

As predicted, the Deal of the Week and double dip DLC for A World of Keflings lure more players in, landing it in the final spot.

Top Arcade Games Started

After shaking up Windows Phone Games Started last week, the recently reduced Little Acorns (WP) settles into third place to allow the new release and deal of the week titles to resume their usual places at the top. This week sees Cracking Sands (WP) as the new release and Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (WP) as the deal title. Over 100 people have been enjoying getting sand in their cracks, whilst almost 100 have been attempting a civilised revolution.

Despite being released at the very end of the week and being Nokia exclusives, popular tabletop titles Connect 4 (WP) and RISK (WP) also make an appearance.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
6,685 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 8,965 games between them (1,113 different games).

Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360) again not only proves its mettle on Retail Games Completed, but also actually increases the number of completions for the week. This is probably in no small part thanks to the general release of "Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty", meaning that many of these completions may be for people who had already finished the main game in previous weeks.

Dishonored and Resident Evil 6 also grow their completion numbers over last week, landing in second and third. However, unlike Borderlands 2, I doubt this trend will continue into the next few weeks for these games.

With the aforementioned THQ sale knocking points off the cost of the DLCs and Season Pass, a bunch of holdouts seem to have purchased and wrapped up the extra bits in Saints Row: The Third, landing it in a respectable fourth place.

Last week saw Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary turning up, which people astutely put down to those who are eager to wrap up the previous titles before Halo 4 lands. This week sees Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Xbox 360) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 make appearances, probably for the same reason.

Top Retail Games Completed

The Walking Dead blah blah...new episode blah blah...super popular blah blah...easy to finish blah blah... Interestingly, despite the series overall popularity, each episode has seen quite a few players less than the previous one, so maybe the legacy of this episode on the chart will last less time than the previous ones.

A World of Keflings retains its number two place with unusually exactly the same amount of completions as last week. The Double Fine titles Costume Quest and Stacking also linger thanks to easy completions and last week's sale on the main titles and DLCs, meaning there was little excuse not to wrap them up.

Top Arcade Games Completed

The chart for Windows Phone Games Completed looks very pleasing on the eyes today with a steady, gradual descent down the titles.

Roll in the Hole (WP) finally gets rolled off the top spot thanks to some rioting rockets, sandy cracks and an outbreak of some kind. It has also held firm on its 71% of completions, meaning that this particular roll is finally slowing down to a crawl.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
48,348 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 543,191 achievements online between them (43,734 different achievements).

Borderlands 2 and Dishonored swap positions on this week's Retail Achievements Won, mostly thanks to that Borderlands DLC, with the "Pirate Booty" achievements Treasure Hunter and Gadabout easily nabbing the top two spots. Like last week, the final story achievements also prove popular as people wrap the whole thing up. This proves the opposite to Dishonored, which only presents the early game achievements.

Top Retail Achievements Won

I suppose I should be happy that The Walking Dead doesn't show on Arcade Achievements Won after weeks, nay months, of its presence, but when it's replaced by something I think may be even more ever-present, I'm not sure that's necessarily a reason to celebrate. With Happy Wars dominating like this, I wonder what games will have popular or easy enough achievements to shake it loose.

The only outsider is Leader Of The Pack in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Can any Minecrafters out there explain why this achievement in particular jumped up to becoming so easy or popular all of a sudden?

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Now that the cold weather has caused Little Acorns' nuts to shrink, it's a pretty balanced affair between Cracking Sands and Civilization Revolution on Windows Phone Achievements Won.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

The top of Genre this week is almost a mirror image of last week, with Action-Adventure dominating over Role-Playing and Shooter.

The only really notable changes are the drop of Music & Rhythm from sixth to ninth place, despite the recent dance game releases, and Sports slipping below Action now that the majority of the summer sports releases have now passed. However, the impending release of WWE '13 may see the latter sneak back up a bit.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure5,011,056
  • Role-Playing3,076,165
  • Shooter2,444,555
  • Action2,214,978
  • Sports1,469,066
  • Racing695,959
  • Strategy666,555
  • Adventure430,052
  • Music & Rhythm393,212
  • Simulation350,303

That's it for this week, folks. Now, I'm going to drink down a gallon of aspirin water and go and lie down.

Oh, does anyone know how to remove an Astromech Droid's Computer Interface Arm from inside your...never mind.
Written by Chewie
Chewie is a Wookiee from Kashyyyk. Since helping the Rebel Alliance defeat the Emperor, he has taken up Achievement-Hunting and Newshoundery on TA. Also, ice-skating.