TA Gaming Stats - October 7th to 13th 2013

By Chewie, 3 years ago
This report is for the period October 7th to 13th 2013.

Hello there TA folk. Hello and welcome to this week's stats, bringing you all the biggest and best numbers from around TA. As promised, I've added another special table in at the bottom, so why don't you *point* and *click* your way down there when you get a chance. wink

This week I'm not going to be mentioning my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, unfortunately. They are all grounded for being naughty little boys, girls and indeterminates. They all decided to set up a crew in GTA V and I wasn't invited. The cheek! I mean, I don't even have the game or anything, but an invite would still have been nice. As punishment, I won't be giving them the attention they so crave by not mentioning them in the article. Well...after this paragraph anyway.

Games Started
18,428 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 25,946 games between them (1,794 different games).

With no new releases this week, Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360) easily continues its !dominashun! on the tables. Next week will probably be a similar story, apart from the "Games with Gold" Halo 3 shaped freeness. It's like all the other game makers just decided to step back and let Rockstar have this one for a few weeks. It won't be until Batman: Arkham Origins is released that we may see a new retail title take the crown.

Aside from his GTA-ness, the rest of the table is made up of the recent sports releases, FIFA 14 (Xbox 360), NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360) and F1 2013, mixed up with some of the other biggest titles of the year so far.

Top Retail Games Started

This fortnight's "Games with Gold" freebie still claims the top spot on Arcade Games Started, despite slicing its number of starters in half to just over 1,500.

This week's major new release was , The Wolf Among Us (Xbox 360), the first chapter of Telltale's episodic follow up to The Walking Dead (Xbox 360), but this time based in the "fairy tales in the real world" comic series Fables. It manages to break the 1,000 starters mark in second place. However, with The Walking Dead hitting the lofty heights of nearly 2,500 in its release week, it looks like this game will struggle to challenge that title's smash hit numbers. Only time will tell. Over all though, popular comic series < popular comic series + popular TV series + zombies.

I'm a bit disappointed not to see the week's other new releases, Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion and Let's Sing and Dance, on the table. Maybe the two games should merge to share their combined numbers in a flatulence-based karaoke title. Now I'd buy that in fartbeart.

Although none of the five discounted titles from this week's Deal of the Week manage to make the table, last week's reduced Terraria (Xbox 360) proves popular enough to take fifth, down from last week's third place position.

Top Arcade Games Started

Although it almost halves its numbers, the free-to-play Tetris Blitz (WP) continues to storm the table with over 250 starters. It's the Windows Phone verison of GTA V...sort of.

The Dark Knight Rises (WP) slightly up to ninth place (see what I did there) thanks to its Deal of the Week reduction. Compared to how well most other deal titles do on the tables (see last week's Parking Mania (WP) in second), the Windows Phone 8 actioner doesn't exactly pull in big numbers, only claiming 50 new starters.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
5,113 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 7,107 games between them (1,148 different games).

As reported last week, those kind folks over at Epic have recently made the least attained achievement in Gears of War: Judgment, Sybarite in Gears of War: Judgment, now a lot easier to attain by changing the ribbons needed to attain it on a daily basis. I said attain three times then. Attain. Att-ain. Now it sounds weird. Anyway, the easier to attain achievement has now given over 500 players the completion they'd been waiting for this week, putting it in first place.

After being disappointed at not seeing GTA V last week, it now appears here in second place with 130 completions. That's still less than 0.2% of the games over 75,000 players though so shouldn't be indicative of an easy completion by any stretch.

A quick scan down the table doesn't reveal anything all that interesting, apart from the sight of seeing the two most recent LEGO titles, LEGO The Lord of the Rings and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, side by side in ninth and tenth.

Top Retail Games Completed

True to The Walking Dead's form, The Wolf Among Us also boasts a very easy completion, with all but one of the game's seven achievements being tied to story progression. Almost 500 TA'ers completed it, representing roughly half of the game's players, but I'm sure most of the non-completers will get round to it soon enough. In a nice twist, the game's spiritual precursor sits beside it in second place.

Recent free-to-play RPG title Ascend: Hand of Kul makes the table in eighth, a fairly rare sight for titles with the pricing model.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Nothing to see here. Nothing except some recent easy deal titles and the usual suspects. Move along please.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
68,600 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 482,128 achievements online between them (46,923 different achievements).

After last week's hugely top heavy table, things get evened out a little now, although it's still a clean sweep for GTA V, which is great considering one of the achievements is called Clean Sweep. Unlike last week's single player heavy table, all but one of these achievements come from the online mode, with that lonesome single player one being for completing that portion of the game.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Like last week, only the first achievement is taken up by the most started arcade title, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes. Unlike last week, the rest of the table is mostly made up of achievements from The Wolf Among Us, although Ascend does manage to steal a few places at the bottom.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

I refer you to last week and the previous week's comments re: Tetris Blitz and blitzing the table.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Action-Adventure skims a further 1-million off its number in Genre, although that doesn't really make too much difference. With Role-Playing, Sports and Shooter neck and neck last week, they spread out a little now, with Shooter taking second place and Sports slipping into fourth. Although Adventure sees a jump in numbers thanks to The Wolf Among Us, it's only enough to take it from tenth to ninth place.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure8,024,364
  • Shooter2,572,237
  • Role-Playing1,769,338
  • Sports1,591,622
  • Action1,056,342
  • Racing567,003
  • Platformer405,385
  • Puzzle401,071
  • Adventure347,924
  • Card & Board222,861

To celebrate the release of The Wolf Among Us, I thought I'd shine the stats torch on one of the most under represented (in my opinion) sub-genres on the Xbox: the point and click adventure. There are only 25 games on the site filed under Point & Click Adventure (not including stackable regional variations). I know, I know, the console and its controllers aren't exactly the most natural fit for the cursor style play involved in these titles. However, when you consider there are only two Windows 8 titles (Adera (Win 8) and Disney Fairies Hidden Treasures (Win 8)), I think that's pretty bad going. Heck, there are only two Windows Phone titles too (Ghostscape (WP) and Women's Murder Club (WP)) and you'd think that touch phones would be the ideal format for games of this ilk. You literally point and click! With your finger! Anyway, here's a look at the top ten most popular games on the site across all platforms.

Top 10 Most Started Point & Click Adventure Games (as of 21/10/13)

The number one game by a large margin (over three times more than the number two) is, naturally, The Walking Dead with almost 64,000 starters. This is no surprise considering the popularity of the source material, the numerous critical plaudits the game has received and the fact the the first episode has been made free on a few occasions.

With so few titles to choose from and so few developers making point & click titles, it's no surprise to see the same series appear multiple times on the table. The franchise with the most entries is CSI, with three crime solving mystery titles in third, fourth and sixth. Although not technically from the same franchise, the very similar and also TV show based NCIS follows up in seventh. The two excellent Monkey Island HD remakes, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge do well in second and fifth. Although not all entries make the top ten, other franchises with multiple representation on the list of all games include Wallace & Gromit, Sam & Max and Sherlock Holmes.

As well as the same franchises making multiple appearances, there's one developer that appears time and time again. Telltale Games have developed a whopping 12 of the 25 games on the list; 5 from the top ten. This includes The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, the Sam & Max titles, the Wallace & Gromit titles, Jurassic Park: The Game and CSI titles. I was surprised to learn that they did not develop NCIS despite its striking similarity to the CSI games. That dubious honour is laid at the feet of Ubisoft.

As well as hours of endless fun pointing and clicking, these games also tend to be known for their easy gamerscore. There's not much that can go wrong when you've got a thorough guide showing you the way and only a couple have anything resembling missable, luck-based or skill-based achievements. The majority of titles have a completion percentage of over 40%. On the surface, a couple seem to have low completion percentages, but that's usually only because they have DLC which not many players have got (Adera) but the base game (and usually the DLC) is still super easy.

Apart from Telltale's recent successes and the promise of The Walking Dead Season 2, I'm not sure we're going to see much more in the way of achievement carrying point & click titles. The only two currently confirmed in the pipeline are The Raven and http://www.trueachievements.com/Sherlock-Holmes-Crimes-....htm. Sad face.

That's all for now folksies. I'm off to go and make an awesome Bounty Hunter gang in Star Wars Galaxies and you're all invited. No Ewoks though.
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.