This report is for the period September 16th to September 22nd 2013
'Ello there gamers the TAnniverse over. Welcome to the Stats from the middle of September, the seventh of all the embers. After a flurry of new releases over the last few weeks got me and my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, all excited (they've been quivering in their little booties), this week one game comes along and shoves those other ones aside like a seven foot jock bully clearing his way past all the hoeful nerdlingers to the front of the Karen Gillan autograph queue. That one game is probably the most anticipated title of the last few years. That one game has some big shoes to fill and a lot riding on its success. That one game pushes the current-gen technology to its limits and will probably represent the final major high point of this generation. That one game is Hot Wheels World's Best Driver
59,564 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 72,664 games between them (1,799 different games).
Of course it isn't. It's Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360)
. it comes as no surprise that Rockstar's latest lays a big fat steaming pile of starters onto the table this week. Of note though is that this is by far the biggest release week numbers I've seen since I picked up the Stats baton last year (and probably long before that - I couldn't be bothered to check). In fact they're the biggest numbers some of the Statisticles have ever seen; big enough to fry their brains. Literally. As a point of comparison, let's look at four of the biggest new releases of the past 12 months and their release week numbers:Halo 4
- 28,000Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- 21,500Gears of War: Judgment
- 14,500BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360)
And now GTA V
dumps all over them with over 46,000 bad boys. Something tells me that the critically lauded sandbox sequel is going to be hanging around on this table for a good long while. The question is, when will a new release finally manage to overtake it and what will that game be? Batman: Arkham Origins
? Battlefield 4
? Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
? Just Dance Kids 2014
The numbers at the top are so big it almost overshadows everything else into insignificance. But I've got to talk about them anyway. The numbers just seem so small after seeing that top one. The new "Games with Gold" title, squad shooter Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
, takes a piddling 1,500 starters in second, which is pretty much the worst debut week so far for these bi-monthly freebies. The third to sixth spots (and eighth) are taken by the last couple of months' biggest releases, ranging from Diablo III
with a paltry 1,100 to Payday 2
with a laughable 280.
Recent sale title (and freebie for some...) Injustice: Gods Among Us
takes 300 starters in seventh, whereas the bottom two spots see two recent sport titles, NHL 14
and Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360)
sit side by side. Looking at that, it might seem that Hockey beats Football, but NHL
is the more recent release and has seen a much bigger drop in numbers.Top Retail Games Started
Although it lost its free status to Rainbow Six
, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013
continues to stay in second place, despite losing over half its starters. The top spot still belongs to free-to-play title, World Series of Poker: Full House Pro
, although it also sees a considerable drop in numbers, slicing off almost exactly 1,000 starters to 870.
The previous week's sale titles, continue to prove popular with Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
both still claiming places. 170 more players joined in on the beta for free-to-play action RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul
, which will see proper release numbers the following week.
slips off the table, Scrooge McDuck continues to secure a place, with DuckTales Remastered (Arcade)
holding onto fourth with 250 starters.Top Arcade Games Started
Taking first place on Windows Phone are the always popular and always angry feathered fiends and their second mash up with a supposedly massive franchise. Star War? Or something? Never heard of it. The simple-minded Statisticles are fans, though. Especially Drubert. He's three-starred every level already, whatever that means.
Deal of the Week title Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (WP)
proves a lot less popular than previous offerings, sandwiched in the middle of the table with 75 starters, between a whole heap of freeness. Top Windows Phone Games StartedGames Completed
5,025 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 6,937 games between them (1,220 different games).
The top two most completed retail titles remain Saints Row IV
and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist
, with recent sales titles Nicktoons MLB
and Bully: Scholarship Edition
Despite a notorious difficulty and some grindy achievements, the popularity of Diablo III
means that enough players completed it to put on the table for the first time this week, in fourth with 80 completions.
Elsewhere, the fairly recent vampire stealth title, Dark
takes seventh. But the less said about the possible reasons for that the better. The time-specific achievement
and maybe the recent TA editorial feature
sees Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
pick up 60 completions in eighth. A new, easy and pretty unique DLC pack for Metro: Last Light
, "The Developer Pack
" puts the game in ninth place.Top Retail Games CompletedFar Cry 3 Blood Dragon
continues to pull in the completions in first, raising its numbers by over 40 this week. This is above most of the same titles as the last few weeks, Justin a slightly shuffled order. Oh, and WRC Powerslide
, which I also don't want to talk too much about. Put it this way, over two-thirds of the Statisticles got some bad news when they signed onto LIVE recently.Top Arcade Games Completed
The easy completion of last week's sale title, BulletAsylum (WP)
, puts it easily on first place, above the usual lineup. The new Angry Birds Space Fight Something or Other
also sneaks into tenth place in its debut week, with 13 completions. Drubert was probably unlucky number 13 (he was one of the console banned ones).Top Windows Phone Games CompletedAchievements Won
81,950 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 704,069 achievements online between them (46,696 different achievements).
Well that's not exactly shocking. Although the game doesn't exactly dish out achievements at the beginning (look at the drop in numbers between the top and bottom), so it could've been possible that it wouldn't get the clean sweep. Unlikely, but possible.Top Retail Achievements Won
It's a game of two decks here as Magic
get a full house after laying down all their cards and shuffling the spaces between themselves...some other rubbish card game metaphor.Top Arcade Achievements Won
Not one Wookiee based achievement name in all ten places. I am disappoint.Top Windows Phone Achievements Won
For some reason Action-Adventure nails it to the wall in Genre, inflating its numbers by 5million, whereas every other genre sees a dip in numbers. It's almost as though one game was hugely successful and loads of people were playing just that... Elsewhere, Role-Playing slips back under Shooter after its temporary bump up to second last week.Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
That's all I've got for you this week unfortunately. Life's been too hectic to put together a special table for you. I promise I'll get you one for next week though. Who wants to put money down on what'll be number one then? Will FIFA 14
make it? Any takers?