TA Gaming Stats - August 12th to 18th 2013

By Chewie, 3 years ago
This report is for the period August 12th to August 18th 2013.

All right chaps and chapesses, after the drama of last week, things return to normal here at the Stats office. And by normal, I mean I forgot to leave food out for my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, while I was away, so many of them have resorted to eating their own fingers off, which isn't very good for a statistician, really. How are you supposed to do head maths if you don't have fingers to count with?!

Games Started
26,457 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 38,758 games between them (1,897 different games).

Free for just three days on this table as part of the "Games with Gold" scheme, zombie-slaying sequel Dead Rising 2 (Xbox 360) storms to the top of the chart with over 3,500 starters with the previously free game (still free for four days of this chart), Crackdown, slipping into third.

After a barren few weeks, we finally get some new release goodness in the form of Payday 2. The four player co-op heist title manages to steal over 1,700 starters for second place, which is nowhere near enough to crack the top spot. Free always wins.

Further down, we continue to see the biggest titles of the last 12 months or so. Hopefully, as we gear up towards the busy Fall release schedule, we'll begin to see the dust shaken up on these.

Top Retail Games Started

You lucky zombie killers didn't just get one Dead Rising title for free this week; you got two. The other comes in the form of Arcade prequel, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, which is the perfect companion piece to lead you into the full on madness of Dead Rising 2. Although it was also 50% off, the other Arcade spin-off from the game, Dead Rising 2: Case West, fails to make the table.

The second game in this year's "Summer of Arcade", the uniquely styled music-based beat-em-up, Charlie Murder, almost manages to break 1,000 starters on its release week in second place. It proves a lot more popular than the last game in the promotion, Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons (Xbox 360), which only managed 500 starters last week. However, some positive buzz on that one has kept it afloat in third place with over 530 starters this week.

Top Arcade Games Started

Cheap and easy gamerscore again proves irresistible here on TA with the 10-minute completion of Collapse! (WP) getting over 670 starters this week thanks to a Deal of the Week discount. It leads the way well above any other titles, including the recent releases of UNO & Friends (WP), Fruit Ninja (2013) (WP) and Halo: Spartan Assault (WP).

When a game is delisted on the marketplace, it frequently comes with absolutely no warning, much to the chagrin of our community, many of whom claim that, had they known that the game was to be removed, they would have picked it up in preparation. The argument frequently suggests that if developers or publishers were to provide notice of such delistings, it would be a win-win situation as they would see a final surge of revenue on the product and gamers would have the opportunity to get the "get it before it's gone" game before it's, well, gone. The recent announcement by a Microsoft representative that strategy title Galactic Reign (WP) would be suffering the fate of delisting on August 15th and server shutdown at the end of the year not only bucked the trend of company non-communication, but also seems to have lent support to the argument in favour of making such communications. A small rush of TAers who saw the news promptly picked up the game, placing it on the table in fifth with over 120 starters. Granted, these aren't huge numbers, but those are probably 120 people who may not have gotten their hands on the game had they not seen the news. Win-win, right?

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
7,510 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 10,788 games between them (1,318 different games).

We're still mostly in the land of endless repeats on Retail Games Completed with the only notable change being Assassin's Creed II slipping down to second, below Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360), which continues to rake in the completions like nobody's business.

Last week, I made the bold claim that I didn't expect Crackdown to break onto the table, despite its massive boost in starters, due to the low percentage of its completions. Turns out, it wasn't just a bold claim, it was an incorrect one. There Crackdown was, staring me in the face. And here it is again, getting nearly 80 completions in fifth. Thinking about it, I don't know why I was so sure it wouldn't appear. With the thousands of new starters for the game, even if only a small percentage completed it, it would still be enough to put it on this low scoring table. I'm presuming we should expect to see Dead Rising 2 soon, too.

In preparation for the release of the newest iteration in the series, it looks like a few of you revisited Saints Row: The Third to mop it up, putting the game in ninth place with 60 completions.

Top Retail Games Completed

Even if we don't get Dead Rising 2 on completions yet, the Arcade prequel is a pretty easy completion, so it easily takes the top spot here, with over 650 TAers finishing it up. Brothers slips into second with over 420 completions, whereas the domination of The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) thanks to "400 Days" starts to slow down and bring the title to normal numbers again.

Although the game was initially released almost a year ago, those nice folks at Klei Entertainment decided to furnish their sneaky platformer Mark of the Ninja with some extra content in a new "Special Edition" DLC. Although only quite a small percentage of the game's players have picked up the DLC so far, its ease of completion manages to sit the game onto the table in fourth with almost 150 completions.

Top Arcade Games Completed

When the legendary Dog of Thunder used to run these articles, he had a regular feature known as "Collapse! Watch", in which he would keep track of the completion percentage of the super easy game in the hope that one day it would reach that magical 100% mark. When I joined the team almost a year ago, only around 170 people needed to complete the title for it to hit that magic number. Now, with an extra boost of players comes and extra boost of completions, and I'm happy to announce that to hit 100% of players having completed Collapse!, it now needs to be finished by...*drum roll please*...305 people... Well, that was disappointing. I'm hoping that by next week all those lazies who couldn't spare the 10 minutes to complete it will have gotten round to it and that number will have significantly gone down. Or else I'll be forcing the all Statisticles to start it and complete it just to skew the numbers, and they hate skewing numbers.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
59,879 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 664,553 achievements online between them (51,652 different achievements).

Although previous "Games with Gold" titles have dominated the Achievements Won tables, Dead Rising 2 can't quite manage it with a much lower number of achievements being able to be picked up early in the game. This leaves Payday 2 and Crackdown to mop up.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero does manage a fair amount of domination, cleaning up nine spots on the table, but Charlie Murder denies it a clean sweep, popping up in tenth,

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Collapse! Nothing else to say.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Genre continues to play it safe by refusing to do anything interesting in the slightest. Come on Genre! Let's see you shake things up a bit. For me. Please?

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure6,850,257
  • Shooter4,630,644
  • Role-Playing2,268,677
  • Action2,157,145
  • Sports1,048,556
  • Racing914,956
  • Platformer566,603
  • Puzzle365,708
  • Card & Board351,718
  • Adventure338,961

If it weren't for these "Games with Gold" titles, these would be some seriously duff weeks for the Stats. I'm sorry I can't make things more exciting for you. If only you could watch me fire Statisticles out of cannons for some kicks.

You know what? Just to get things interesting, I'm going to throw in some extra Stats next week. I'll put a crack squad of Statisticles on the case and see what they come up with. I know that probably doesn't fill you full of hope, and it probably shouldn't, but still, it's something.
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.