TA Gaming Stats - June 3rd to June 9th 2013

By Chewie, 3 years ago
This report is for the period June 3rd to June 9th 2013.

Hello all and welcome to this slightly belated Stats article, covering the numbers here at TA for the first full week of June. I'm sure many of you are still recovering from the whirlwind that was E3 this year and the various console and game announcements and clarifications. With the way some of you have been violently reacting in the forums, it would seem that the whirlwind has cut a path directly through your lives, destroying and disfiguring them forever, whilst others attempt to ride the whirlwind, much to the chagrin of those who have decided they prefer tornados. Here endeth the (tenuous) analogy.

Personally, I'm keeping an open mind about what to take from the event, whilst my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, are also keeping an open mind; although that may have more to do with the experimental brain surgery I'm exposing some of them to. I am very much looking forward to Battlefront though, if only to see myself rendered in super duper high-defs. Do my fur proud, DICE.

Games Started
25,731 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 37,217 games between them (1,840 different games).

Remember Me is this week's new release and manages to break 1,000 new starters in first place on Retail Games Started. However, Capcom's risk of trying to break-in a new IP doesn't seem to have quite paid off as the memory-based shooter doesn't exactly set the numbers on fire. For instance, it pulls in around 700 starters less than last week's new release, GRID 2. Let's hope that positive word of mouth gives the game a good long tail, much like the continuously popular Far Cry 3, otherwise the game may just end up being this year's Mirror's Edge. Having said that, it's doing better than the other new IP of the last couple of weeks, Fuse, which couldn't even crack 1,000 on last week's release and this week slips to ninth place, level-pegging with the aforementioned Far Cry 3 with 290 starters.

GRID 2 sees a fairly significant drop in numbers, losing two thirds of last week's starters. However, with such a slow release calendar at the moment, its 600 starters are enough to secure it a number two slot.

The rest of the table sees BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360) and Tomb Raider claiming the lead over much more recent releases Metro: Last Light and Resident Evil Revelations in third and fourth. Dark Souls also continues to make a showing after popping up last week, presumably thanks to that week's Games on Demand Deal of the Week.

Top Retail Games Started

In what might be a telling indication of the rise of digital distribution and independent development over retail discs and major developers, this week sees Undead Labs' open-world zombie survival title, State of Decay, dominating with over 5,500 starters at the top of Arcade Games started. That's more starters than any retail title since Injustice: Gods Among Us in April. Then again, it could just be that people love zombies. With more than twice the number of starters of the rest of the table combined, I think it's safe to call this one a hit.

After weeks dominating the table, Doritos Crash Course 2 slips into second with 840 starters, over halving last week's numbers. Last week's new release, CastleStorm, slips down from third to fifth, placing it just ahead of the previous week's Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and behind perennial favourites The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.

In a bit of a numbers twist that is probably unique to places like TA, Wolfenstein 3D appears in tenth place with 100 starters. This comes after the game reappeared on the marketplace following an absence, no doubt thanks to the recent Wolfenstein: New Order announcement. This led to the eventual rush of achievement hunters downloading the game in case it gets removed again.

Top Arcade Games Started

This week's new release for Windows Phone is a title familiar to iOS and Windows 8 owners. Thanks to this name recognition and a healthy dose of freeness, Jetpack Joyride (WP), blasts into the top spot on Windows Phone Games Started with over 1,100 starters. In an effort to see what all the fuss is about, I went on a jetpack joyride myself recently. I say "I"; I of course mean "I tied a Statisticle or two to a jetpack and set it going in the Statisticle offices". Needless to say, the reek of charred fur is one I'll be smelling for weeks to come.

This week's Deal of the Week title, BulletAsylum (WP), proves a lot more popular than in previous weeks, probably thanks to an easy completion percentage (38% of players have completed it). It takes the number two spot with 250 starters.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
6,513 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 9,251 games between them (1,302 different games).

With no particularly big or easy new games out recently, Retail Games Completed has a whiff of staleness about it this week and is mostly filled with the last few months biggest releases, but with pretty low numbers. The only real shake-up is Sleeping Dogs landing in the top spot with 170 completions thanks to it and its DLC all appearing in the Deal of the Week.

Thanks to an unexpected bit of easy DLC appearing without warning, Crysis 3 manages to crack onto the bottom of the table in ninth with 70 completions. On the very recent release front, GRID 2 gets enough early completions to take fifth place with almost 90 and Metro: Last Light takes eighth with 70.

Top Retail Games Completed

Arcade Games Completed is even more stale than retail this week with State of Decay the only new title to make the table in fifth with 145 completions. Currently 6% of players have completed it but, with that number steadily rising, the open world title deoesn't seem to present too much of a challenge. Elsewhere, Doritos Crash Course 2 loses its lead to The Walking Dead as I predicted last week.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Last week's biggest new Windows Phone starter and completer, Rabbids Go Phone (WP), continues its run at the top of Windows Phone Games Completed with 170 completions. It's joined by newcomer Jetpack Joyride, which lands in second with almost 110. The rest of the chart is basically a shuffle of last week's, which is good considering Shuffle Party (WP) is in seventh place and I get to recycle my joke about its relevance on the table.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
59,214 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 686,558 achievements online between them (49,794 different achievements).

Remember Me makes a claim for the top of the table in Retail Games Achievements Won with its five easiest achievements, but last week's clean sweeper, GRID 2 continues to cling onto the bottom half of the table.

Top Retail Achievements Won

With its dominance over Arcade Games Started, it's no surprise that State of Decay makes a rotting grab for every place on Arcade Achievements Won and manages to zombify every single one, knocking Doritos Crash Course 2 down to size.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Jetpack Joyride also manages the clean sweep on Windows Phone Achievements Won. I've been wondering: in the UK and the US, "joyride" tends to have a bit of a different meaning. In the States, it tends to mean to go out for a pleasant spin in a vehicle (usually your own); a literal ride for joy. In Britain, it tends to mean to steal a car (usually not your own) and ride it around like a loony before dumping it unceremoniously in a ditch somewhere. I wonder if this differing interpretation means that Brits and Yanks have a different way of approaching the game. On Kashyyyk, "joyride" means to strap small creatures to a larger object and propel it long distances and into many obstacles, just for the lols. So you see, my treatment of the Statisticles with our experimental jetpack, as described earlier, was entirely justified. Entirely.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

State of Decay manages to push Action-Adventure ahead of Shooter for the first time in a while in Genre this week. Elsewhere, nothing really changes. Oh how I long for a massively popular Party game to shoot up the charts and give Genre a real shake-up.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure5,259,420
  • Shooter4,852,320
  • Role-Playing2,233,329
  • Action1,870,098
  • Racing1,678,424
  • Sports1,008,201
  • Platformer637,028
  • Adventure382,753
  • Strategy304,217

That's all for this week chaps and chapesses. Next week we'll be seeing the hotly anticpated Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition clearly dominating all of the numbers...
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.