This report is for the period November 12th to November 18th 2012
Last week saw a AAA retail title storm the charts, a Windows Phone title perform way better than anything else on that platform and Arcade continue to disappoint.
It looks like this week will see a new AAA retail title storm the chart and another Windows Phone title outperform the rest by a significant margin. Arcade? What do you think?
My Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, have been so down about the Arcade titles this last month, that they've taken to purchasing everything and anything that they can find, just to make the numbers look a little interesting. Unfortunately, what they don't realise is that they won't have any impact on these stats, as they've had all their TA tracking blocked for modding the heck out of Call of Duty: World at War
38,042 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 51,538 games between them (1,647 different games).
Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops II
takes a dominant lead on Retail Games Started. However, despite pushing over 20,000, the numbers are down by over 6,000 on those achieved by Halo 4
last week. Speaking of the Spartan sequel, Halo 4
gets a strong second place with over 3,500 starters. However, with less than an 1/8th of the starters of last week, it's quite a significant drop off. Will CoD: BlOps 2
see a similar drop off next week or retain high numbers?Assassin's Creed III
pretty much halves it starters to a little over 1,000, slipping into third place. However, it's still far and above any other retail titles.
For the third week running we get a game get enough starters to put it on the table, despite not technically being released yet. This week, the honour falls to LEGO The Lord of the Rings
, which gets almost 500 early starters, landing it in a respectable fourth place.
New release, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
may seem quite low down the table at ninth place, with around 350 starters, but this only accounts for the Europe release. The game was released in the US in the following week, so expect it to get a bump in the numbers in next week's stats.Top Retail Games Started
Last week I may have sounded a little miserable as I bemoaned the poor state of Arcade releases over the last few weeks, despite this being the 'blockbuster' season for retail. Well, unfortunately, this week does little to lift my spirits.
After five weeks on the top, Happy Wars (Xbox 360)
finally steps down to another title. Is this some new, exciting Arcade release? No - it's simply a six month old Kinect title that was released six months ago and has been boosted in popularity thanks to dropping down to the price of free in the 10th Anniversary Sale
Not that Wreckateer
isn't a great game that deserves to be played, it just would've been nice to see something new at the top.
Sales take over most of the rest of the table with Bastion
in third also coming from the Anniversary sale. Joy Ride Turbo
and Guardian Heroes
retain places thanks to a popular Deal of the Week the previous week, with Puzzle Quest 2
being the only title from this week's Deal of the Week to make an appearance.
Get used to Sales dominating as next week's Stats will see all the Black Friday deals leaving Turkey smears all over the table. Especially when you look at the continuously dismal release schedule. Top Arcade Games StartedCut The Rope (WP)
retains decent numbers for a Windows Phone title in its second week on the table, but slips into second place under the Deal of the Week title, UNO (WP)
As more people upgrade to WP8, exclusive titles will start working their way up the chart. In this case, Angry Birds Star Wars (WP)
doubles its starters and jumps from fifth to third. However, Angry Birds Space (WP)
proves a little less popular and drops off the table.
A smattering of new releases litter the rest of the chart, with Sonic CD (WP)
in fourth and the Nokia exclusives The Game of Life (WP)
and Jet Set Go (WP)
in eighth and tenth.Top Windows Phone Games StartedGames Completed
5,139 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 7,337 games between them (1,133 different games).AC:3
leaps up to the top of Retail Games Completed, securing over 200 completions. However, it still sits at a pretty low overall completion percentage, with only a little over 2% of players having completed it so far. It's just that so damn many of you are playing it.
The two racing titles Forza Horizon
and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)
pull up next to each other, with Forza
still proving to be the easier completion with over 10% of players having completed it so far, compared to under 5% for NFS
.Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360)
drops down a little to fourth, but it'll jump up again next week thanks to the "Mr Torgue" DLC.
Despite not being popular enough to appear on the games started charts and containing two full games, Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection
is an easy enough completion (over 20% of players completed it so far) to give it an appearance in ninth on this week's table.Top Retail Games Completed
Well, that's a little weird. Did everyone just stop playing The Walking Dead (Xbox 360)
before the new episode got released? After weeks at the top it just vanishes entirely? I think there's something fishy going on here. Maybe the Statisticles thought I was becoming a bit of a humbug, complaining about the same old titles sitting at the top, and just decided to wipe it from the chart entirely. Now, whilst I appreciate the sentiment, accurate numbers are more important, so someone's probably going to get punished. Probably, Johnston. He's always too eager to please.
Of course, barring any further shenanigans, with the release of Episode 5, we'll expect to see it jump straight to the top with a bullet. Especially, as the numbers will be bolstered by some of the hold-outs who were waiting for the final episode to release before picking up the other later ones.
In the meantime, with the conspicuous absence of The Walking Dead
, Happy Wars
jumps into first, with Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
and A World of Keflings
following shortly after.
Despite the original Mega Drive/Genesis game being notoriously obtuse and hard to fathom exactly what to do, SEGA Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl
attains a selection of completions a week after its release, probably thanks to internet guides, landing it in fourth.
Thanks to the combination of the sale and a title update
from a few months ago, Joy Ride Turbo
picks up some completions and makes it into fifth.
However, overall, the numbers on completed are pretty low and continue to demonstrate the poor Arcade period at the moment. So low, that both freebies Harms Way and Doritos Crash Course
make an appearance. Yuk.Top Arcade Games Completed
Windows Games Completed looks a lot like Windows Games Started this week, with both UNO
and Cut the Rope
heading up the numbers by a considerable margin. In fact, if you add all the completions for the other games together, you still get less than half the completions of Cut the Rope
. This will be due to a mix of those two games being ridiculously popular and ridiculously easy. UNO
in particular currently sits at a massive 82% of players having completed it.Top Windows Phone Games CompletedAchievements Won
72,374 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 829,636 achievements online between them (43,680 different achievements).
I was beginning to tire of each week being full of clean sweeps in the Achievements Won tables. This week finally bucks the trend as, despite being a lot higher in Retail Games Started, the amount of players working their way through Halo 4
means that CoD: BlOps 2
only manages eight of the ten achievements on the table.
Interestingly enough, the most popular Halo 4
achievement this week is from the second episode of the Spartan Ops content, showing how popular the episodic co-operative series is.Top Retail Achievements Won
I begged for it last week and now my prayers are answered. With how popular the free title was this week, it's no surprise that Wreckateer
achievements finally wreck Happy Wars
' weekly clean sweep.Top Arcade Achievements Won
Well two out of three ain't bad. UNO
lands the fourth clean sweep running in Windows Phone Achievements Won, in spite of Cut the Rope
's continuing popularity. The achievements in the card game are just so darned easy.Top Windows Phone Achievements Won
Whilst CoD BlOps
does give Shooter a bit of bolster this week, it's probably not by as much as we thought it might be, pushing it up from 14 to 15 million.
The rest of Genre looks very similar to last week, with the only major difference being the introduction of Card & Board in tenth, thanks to the popularity of UNO
.Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
Some big numbers again this week in Retail and Windows Phone and disappointments in Arcade. I think some of you may be shocked to see that Halo 4
dropped so much, so it'll be interesting next week to see if CoD
does the same and I wonder which of the two will ultimately pull in the bigger numbers over all.
Next week will see Hitman: Absolution
and LEGO The Lord of the Rings
trying to make a dent, but I think they'll struggle against the last few weeks' big releases.
Now I've got to go and have a word with Johnston about where The Walking Dead