TA Gaming Stats - September 23rd to 29th 2013

By Chewie, 3 years ago
This report is for the period September 23rd to September 29th 2013.

Welcome, welcome, welcome to this, the Stats for the final week of September. This week we'll see how well 'that game' continues to fare in its second week of release and my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, have been hard at work to bring you a new special table in honour of one of the week's new releases.

Games Started
26,988 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 36,712 games between them (1,751 different games).

Last week Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360) swept in and laid a big ol' deuce of numbers on the table; bigger than I have ever seen. This week, the insanely popular drive-shoot-steal-golf-em-up still rules the roost by a large margin, but also sees a significant drop in numbers. Then again, that was pretty much a given. The higher you are, the further you have to fall. As Jeffaniel the Statisticle discovered when he stumbled out of the top of the window of the TA treehouse recently. GTA V loses almost 40,000 of its 46,000 starters (around six sevenths), but the remaining 6,000 starters is still enough to beat this weeks new release, FIFA 14 (Xbox 360), which scores a not unhealthy 4,000 starters. FLASHBACK: It takes in very similar numbers as its predecessor did last year (around 200 more).

Elsewhere, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas continues to do relatively poorly compared to other free "Games with Gold" titles in fourth place with just 500 starters. With a special Games on Demand 2K Sale seeing all the Bioshock's discounted, a few hundred new starters took the skies with BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360), putting it at sixth place.

Top Retail Games Started

After appearing on the table for the last two weeks thanks to a beta period, free-to-play action-RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul got a proper release this week, shooting it easily up to first with over 5,000 starters; more than FIFA and almost as much as GTA. Free is free. The other new release of the week, Girl Fight, only manages to take in 130 starters, putting it in sixth. Judging by these poor numbers for a single-sex fighter title I'm starting to wonder that maybe my planned single-species fighter title Ewok Fight doesn't have legs.

Top Arcade Games Started

So many recent titles on both Arcade and Windows Phone have been free-to-play recently, the stuck-in-the-past cynic in me could say that the pricing model is getting a little out of hand. At the very least, "free" titles are completely dominating the stats tables. I wonder when there'll be a day when every single entry on one of the tables is a freebie. Probably not long for Windows Phone. This week's new free-to-play release, Tetris Blitz (WP) proves the rule with over 1,200 starters; twice as many as new release Angry Birds Star Wars II (WP) managed last week. Also representing the zero cost club are Six-Guns (WP), The Sims FreePlay (WP), Jetpack Joyride (WP), Sudoku (WP) and UNO & Friends (WP).

One thing stopping the tables filling up with freebies is sales and this week sees iBlast Moki (WP), UNO (WP) and Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles HD (WP) all appearing thanks to deals. Interestingly enough, the also reduced but unobtainable-ridden Brain Challenge HD (WP) didn't appeal as much.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
4,157 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 5,791 games between them (1,168 different games).

Although not actually improving on its completions that much, Diablo III jumps from fourth to first place after Saints Row IV, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist and Nicktoons MLB all saw big drops in numbers.

Without the release of GTA Online no one was able to claim the completion for GTA V yet. That's all due to change in the coming weeks, but will enough people complete it to see it appear on these tables? With numbers this low, I'd say it's a strong possibility.

Top Retail Games Completed

Arcade games completed tells a similar story as previous weeks, apart from one entry. Although it didn't pull in high starter numbers, an easy completion also gives Girl Fight a place on completions. In fifth place with 45 completions, the gender-based girl-basher currently stands at an almost 39% completion percentage.

Top Arcade Games Completed

With one of the easiest completions on the site (nearly 85% completion percentage), it's no wonder that the discounted UNO easily steals first place with 76 completions. iBlast Moki also appears in eighth with its own relative easiness (nearly 40% completion percentage).

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
77,836 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 670,564 achievements online between them (45,914 different achievements).

After last week's very top heavy list of Retail Achievements Won, this week things get spread out a little more on the GTA V clean sweep. Most people are around the mid-way point on the campaign with the likes of A Fair Day's Pay and Blitzed, but To Live or Die in Los Santos also appears right at the bottom for finishing the main story.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Ascend also claims a clean sweep on Arcade thanks to its free achievements.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

In the third clean sweep of the week, Tetris Blitz fills up all the lines on Windows Phone Games Started. What was I saying earlier about the domination of free-to-play?

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

After last week's GTA shaped boot kicked Action-Adventure way up into the stratosphere, it continues to exert its influence this week, maintaining it above the massive 11million mark in first. Just like it did last year, FIFA kicks Sports all the way up to second place, over doubling the genre's numbers, although it only just manages to beat the following genres. Meanwhile, Role-Playing Ascends above Shooter into third place.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure11,137,454
  • Sports2,833,270
  • Role-Playing2,802,948
  • Shooter2,480,442
  • Action1,126,294
  • Platformer516,587
  • Racing506,292
  • Puzzle349,437
  • Card & Board328,369
  • Adventure210,686

Full disclosure: I'm not the biggest sports fan. I think I mentioned early on in my time doing Stats that the only real sport I follow is Bataoshi. I also resent the idea that game companies milk players dry by releasing annual titles with very little separating them apart from a new roster and (maybe) very slightly improved graphics and mechanics. Then again, that practise can be pointed at plenty of non-sports titles of recent years too. The Statisticles bloomin' love sports games though. They just can't resist the opportunity to play with their balls. So, regardless of my feelings on the genre in general, for the Statisticles and sports fans the world over, let's look at some sporty numbers.

Top 10 Most Started Sports Games (as of 06/10/13)

Five individual sports are represented as the most popular on TA: Boxing, Football (Soccer), Mixed Martial Arts, American Football and Skate Boarding, with another spot being taken by a multi-discipline title. Notable omissions include Wrestling (WWE series), Golf, Basketball and Equestrian Sports, among others.

One franchise clearly dominates the table and, handily, it's the one that inspired me to look at the Genre in the first place. FIFAs 09 through 12 sit happily side by side in third through to sixth place with between 30,000 and 33,000 players. Interestingly enough, age doesn't help the series as it's the newest of the four, FIFA 12, which performs the best, whilst the oldest, FIFA 09, takes the lowest spot. Having said that thoug, strangely enough, the second most popular one is FIFA 10, above its successor, FIFA 11. For those interested to know where FIFA 13 sits, it's currently just off the table in twelfth.

Despite the wedge of FIFA titles, the popular footie franchise can't claim the top spot. That place is reserved for aged boxing title Fight Night Round 3, which delivers a solid right hook of over 46,000 players. The game's position may surprise some but, when you look at it, it brings the perfect storm of age, an established franchise, a very easy completion and slow-motion face-pummelling, making it a consistently popular choice over the years.

Speaking of ease of completion, Fight Night is by far the easiest on the table with almost 71% of players having finished it, whilst the next selection in the table, Kinect Sports, represents one of the 'hardest' with only 0.47% of its 37,000 players having claimed the completion, a common theme for many Kinect titles. Indeed, the majority of these titles sit below the 3% completion mark and, for many of them, that number is only due to get smaller. Another unfortunate feature of annual sports games is the regularly swinging pendulum of server closures and 'event' or 'special feature' achievements that can only be obtained at certain times. FIFA 12, FIFA 09 and UFC Undisputed 2009 all contain discontinued achievements making an increase in their completion percentages an impossibility.

FIFA isn't the only franchise to be represented more than once, with Madden NFL taking two spots on the table: 09 in eighth and 08 in tenth. I don't know anything about the series so can't say what make the later iteration more popular or why the later outings aren't more popular, as in FIFA's case. Maybe 2009 was just a really good year for American Football.

skate. represents the skateboarding corner in ninth place. I'm sure if we looked at the numbers for the last generation(s), we'd also see skateboarding very well represented by the previous king of the sub-genre, Tony Hawk. Those days are gone, however, and Tony's outings this generation are nowhere near good enough to put him on the table.

That's all I've got for you this week guys. Tune in next week to find out if another sports title, NBA 2K14, manages to topple GTA. Doubtful.
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.