TA Gaming Stats - Oct 29th to Nov 4th 2012

By Chewie, 4 years ago
This report is for the period October 29th to November 4th 2012.

After complaining last week about the nights getting longer and the temperature dropping off significantly, a bug has now begun to creep its way around the Stats office this week and I'm currently nursing a pretty bad head cold. It's already claimed the lives of a couple of my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles as they have weaker constitutions than Wookiees. Also, I don't really feed them. I've been trying to find the source, but my illegally imported capuchin monkey hasn't bitten anyone lately and my collection of fruit bats know to stay away from bananas.

Anyway, I'm not using this as an excuse, but I must confess that the numbers and comments in this article may not be entirely accurate due to them being obscured by a variety of bodily expulsions when they were handed to me and me subsequently looking at them whilst dosed up with all manner of high-grade, way behind the counter, medicine.

Games Started
30,346 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 43,914 games between them (1,666 different games).

Is it really a surprise that Assassin's Creed III is as popular as it is? A lot of people having been getting increasingly excited for this tree-top tussler, putting their hopes and expectations on it being a classic, as the 'true' sequel to 2009's Assassin's Creed II.

With almost 13,000 starters, this is by far the biggest opening week for a title since Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360) two months ago. Compare this to the debut week for http://www.trueachievements.com/AC-Revelations/achievem....htm around this time last year, which pulled in less than half these starters, according to our Stats at the time. Speaking of the last game in the Ezio and Altair storylines, Assassin's Creed: Revelations slips into the number ten spot, despite disappearing from the chart two months ago. This will be because of all those who've decided to work their way through this one before embarking on the new instalment. I'd be there too, but my copy only just arrived in the post.

With significantly lower figures, other new releases, Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) and WWE '13, manage to break 2,000 and 1,000 starters, landing in second and third, respectively.

Interestingly enough, the starters for Need for Speed: Most Wanted are down over 1,000 when compared to Forza Horizon (now in fourth place) last week. Does this mean that, over-all, people are choosing the relatively new series over the classic franchise? Both are open-world racers and both have been reviewed very highly, but I suppose only time will tell which one gets to the finish first.

Over 500 people managed to pick up Halo 4 before its official release date. I have a funny feeling that those numbers may be a smidgen higher in next week's stats.

Top Retail Games Started

Happy Wars (Xbox 360) dominates significantly for the fourth week running. Last week I noted that the numbers had dropped below half of its previous total and, whilst the drop off is nowhere near as significant, it almost halves the starters again, dropping from a little under 2,000 to just over 1,000. A big release on the arcade could topple it in the next couple of weeks but, looking at the release schedule, it's unlikely to happen for a little while.

The new releases we have this week are Pool Nation and Pid. Pool Nation is a well-reviewed title that's slipped under the news radar somewhat and grabs 190 starters, landing it in second place. Pid is a charming indie platformer that's had some very sweet trailers, but has slipped under everyone's radar, with only 60 starters and a ninth place spot.

The rest of the table is made up of the same titles from the last few weeks. Whilst it may be 'blockbuster' season for retail games, arcade is seeing a bit of a slump. Free title, Intel Discovered, as well as Doom (Arcade) and Doom II: Hell on Earth, which come bundled with Doom 3: BFG Edition, all keep spots on the table. Also, the longer than normal Shocktober sale keeps Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon on the table.

Top Arcade Games Started

New release, Big Buck Hunter Pro (WP), claims the top spot on Windows Phone Games Started this week. Don't expect to see the arcade port hang around much longer, however, as it was unexpectedly pulled from the marketplace due to some compatibility issues with Windows Phone 8.

Last week's popular new release, Carcassonne (WP), settles into a solid second place. You may be wondering why the Deal of the Week title isn't any higher. Well, this week it was Sid Meier's Pirates! (WP) and it languishes in eighth place. Why's that? Well, apparently, that game has also been mysteriously pulled from the marketplace. There's been no official confirmation why, but I can only presume it's also due to compatibility issues.

There'll probably be a bump in next week's numbers with the joint releases of Angry Birds Space (WP) and Angry Birds Star Wars (WP)

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
6,658 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 9,545 games between them (1,141 different games).

Borderlands 2 gets usurped on the top spot of Retail Games Completed this week by Forza Horizon. Last week, I put its early appearance down to hardcore racing fans, but its top spot position this week makes me think that maybe it's not too difficult a completion. The completion percentage currently stands at just shy of 8%, a rise of 3% over this time last week. As the casual racers plough their way through the game, these numbers may continue to grow steadily; that, or everyone will shelve it as they focus on the other big releases of the next few months.

Thanks to some new DLC for Sleeping Dogs, it reappears on the table in third place. Like the core game, the DLC proves to be easy to finish, with over two-thirds of players having wrapped it up already.

Much of the bottom half of the table is thanks to people trying to finish up those previous entries in a series before the new one comes out. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo: Reach make a nice pairing in sixth and seventh, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 lands in ninth and Assassin's Creed: Revelations matches its number ten spot from Retail Games Started.

Top Retail Games Completed

Whilst still wildly popular and easy to complete, the latest episode of The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) continues its steeper drop off of completions than previous episodes, cutting its completions by about a third again this week, to just under 400.

Apart from that numbers drop off, the rest of the chart looks a lot like last week's, again showing that the most recent Arcade titles aren't exactly holding people's attention.

Top Arcade Games Completed

With Big Buck Hunter Pro and Sid Meier's Pirates! both being pulled from the marketplace, this week's Windows Phone Games Completed looks a lot like last week, with the Deal of the Week title from two weeks before, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (WP), retaining the top spot with over 40% of players having now completed it.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
56,872 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 736,776 achievements online between them (44,866 different achievements).

Assassin's Creed III gives us a clean sweep this week with story-based achievements from the first half of the game proving the most popular. I wonder if, like Borderlands 2 in the last few weeks, we'll see peoples' progression of the story reflected on this chart. Well, we probably would, if Halo 4 wasn't turning up to spoil the (Boston) Tea Party.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Happy Wars gets its second clean sweep this week with the exact same achievements as last week in only a slightly different order, albeit with around half the numbers. These are still way more than your average Arcade release gets though and, as I said before, with no stand-out releases coming in the next few weeks, expect them to stick around for a while.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

For the second week in a row, we get three clean sweeps, with Big Buck Hunter Pro cleaning up on Windows Phone Games Completed with a selection of easy achievements. I wonder if it getting pulled from the marketplace will affect whether it will appear at all on next week's chart if enough people who already downloaded it will still be playing it.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Action-Adventure extends its lead significantly in Genre thanks to Assassin's Creed III, over doubling its numbers from last week and pushing it over the impressive 10,000,000 mark.

After last week's significant bump up, having Forza and NFS sharing a table also pushes Racing up from fourth to second.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure10,330,255
  • Racing3,695,661
  • Shooter3,685,569
  • Role-Playing2,232,323
  • Sports1,951,391
  • Action1,619,922
  • Strategy400,892
  • Adventure358,060
  • Music & Rhythm345,298
  • Platformer285,768

That's it for Stats this week. Next week we'll see if the Spartans can outdo the Assassins.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to drink down a gallon of Lemsip, followed by a litre of Calpol and chew on a few packs of Superted vitamin tablets.

I'd stay away if I were you: you do not want to be caught in the line of fire of a Wookiee sneeze.
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.