TA Gaming Stats - November 4th to 10th 2013

By Chewie, 2 years ago
This report is for the period November 4th to November 10th 2013.

Hello and welcome to this decidedly chillier instalment of Stats from the beginning of November here on TA. My Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, should all be going into hibernation around about now but I've had to persuade them to stay awake for at least a month longer due to the impending release of the One and what it may potentially do to our numbers here. Your guess is as good as mine. The important thing is not to panic. Luckily, the Statisticles are so tired they lack the energy to panic. Unluckily, the fact that they probably won't be hibernating means they'll be unlikely to survive the winter (something this "heart-warming" festive advert neglects to mention).

Games Started
29,005 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 38,837 games between them (1,819 different games).

Halloween may be over now, but my tables are still full of Ghosts. SEE WHAT I DID THERE!?!? HAHAHAHAHAH...*sigh* The encroaching winter is really making things dull around here.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360) takes the top spot easily in its release week, pummelling the number of last week's Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360) into submission. It gets over 11,000 starters to Battlefield's 4,500, proving who the king of the shooter is this year in terms of shifting units. That being said, its numbers are way down on last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which took 21,500 big ones. And they're also way, way, way below this year's biggie, Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360), which claimed over 46,000. Then again, a lot of that can be put down to those who are holding off for the imminent next-gen iteration.

With no other major title daring to release against CoD, we're left with the other recently released titles on the list. Last week's new releases all take a tumble in numbers this week, with Battlefield and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360) both dropping from over 4,600 to under 2,000 in second and third, and WWE 2K14 piledriving from fourth to sixth with a drop of nearly 800 starters.

Top Retail Games Started

This fortnight's "Games with Gold" freebie, A World of Keflings, continues to prove popular in first with over 2,700 starters. With no new releases making the table, we're left with sales to make the biggest impact. Firstly, the half price tower-defense title CastleStorm takes second with almost 340 starters. Next up, thanks to a super special Serious Sam sale, three Sam games make appearances, with Serious Sam 3: BFE proving most popular in third, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter in seventh and Serious Sam: Double D XXL in tenth.

Top Arcade Games Started

Deals also give decent boosts in the Windows Phone table, with Rayman Jungle Run (WP) benefiting in first thanks to Deal of the Week and Skulls of the Shogun (WP) appearing in fifth thanks to last week's Deal of the Week (despite not actually appearing last week). New release Kingdoms & Lords (WP) does ok in fourth with nearly 60 starters. Not amazing numbers, considering it is yet another free-to-play title. Maybe people are feeling a little over-saturated by them recently (six of the ten games on here qualify)

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
4,880 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 6,707 games between them (1,198 different games).

With numbers continuing to slowly trail off, GTA still manages to cling to the top spot. Although Ghosts wins on games started, Battlefield wins(?) on completions. Over 90 players wrapped up Battlefield in third to Ghosts' 75 in fifth. Black Flag also makes its first appearance on the table as enough players (nearly 60) gain full sync and level 55.

Top Retail Games Completed

The "400 Days" DLC for The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) continues to give it the completions it needs to retain first place, despite cutting 200 from its total to 250. Keflings takes a big step up the table from seventh to third, adding 100 completions to hit 130 this week.

Top Arcade Games Completed

The easy completion of recently accidentally free title Cut the Rope: Experiments (WP) continues to remain in first with 30 completions above a mix of the usual easy games and a few other recent sale titles (Rocket Riot (WP), Dream Track Nation (WP) and Mirror's Edge (WP))

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
65,125 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 691,273 achievements online between them (48,314 different achievements).

Pac-Man wouldn't stand a chance on this table, as all the spaces are filled with Ghosts. All but three of these achievements are for standard story progression: two for doing certain things in missions (Liberty Wall & Go Ugly Early) and one for the new Extinction mode (City Dweller).

Top Retail Achievements Won

Not wanting to be outdone by Ghosts, Arcade sees all the spaces filled up with Keflings and ten of its twelve achievements.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Four Rayman achievements make the list in first, second, fifth and ninth. The rest? Bloomin' Blitz.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

For the first time in a long time, Shooter takes the lead over Action-Adventure, almost doubling its numbers to nearly 9 million. It doesn't help that Action-Adventure continues to slide down the numbers, this time slipping by 1.5 million to less than 7.5 million. Role-Playing resumes its position over Sports now that WWE has slipped. A Kefling shaped boot boosts Simulation up from tenth to seventh.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Shooter8,918,371
  • Action-Adventure7,373,497
  • Role-Playing1,353,495
  • Sports1,353,091
  • Action1,137,546
  • Racing609,897
  • Simulation516,122
  • Platformer373,468
  • Adventure318,788
  • Puzzle318,539

Say what you like about the derivative, annual release nature of Activision's Call of Duty franchise; it knows how to shift numbers. And numbers are what we care about here on Stats. Want some evidence of the franchise's overall success? The top five games on the below table are also on the top ten most played First Person Shooters on the whole site, with the following three in the top 25. Those are the kinds of figures that get the Statisticles all hot and sweaty; not hot enough to survive the winter though.

Call of Duty Games Started (as of 17/11/13)

Unlike last week's Assassin's Creed table, chronology goes out the window when it comes to the CoD games. The oldest game (discounting the 2009 Arcade re-release of 2003's Call of Duty Classic) is 2005's Call of Duty 2 and sits in seventh place, with its direct sequel slightly worse off in eighth. The fourth in the series and its first dalliance outside the fields of World War II, 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, does much much better, claiming second place with well over two times as many starters as its predecessor. From there, the chronology continues to be up and down, with 2008's Call of Duty: World at War in fifth, and 2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 proving most popular in first. We then see diminishing returns with 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops in third, 2011's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in fourth and 2012's http://www.trueachievements.com/Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops-....htm in sixth. It's not really fair to compare the new release of Call of Duty: Ghosts and its diminutive ninth place numbers, but judging by the release week figures at the top of the article, it looks like it could stay behind its predecessors. The big question is, will next-gen give the franchise the kick up the bum it needs to continue those top figures.

On the completion side of things, the easiest to complete also happens to be the oldest, with CoD 2 claiming a big old 36% completion percentage. The first two Modern Warfare titles also prove relatively easy at 23% and almost 22% respectively. We then see a bit of a drop with the Arcade Classic at less than 10%, Modern Warfare 3 at 8%, BlOps at 5%, WaW at 4%, 3 at 3.5% and BlOps 2 at the lowest with 1.5% (lower even than Ghosts, which is currently at almost 2% - a number that will surely continue to rise). All of these figures are based on the core game, but when we introduce DLC figures, which started with WaW, the differences at the bottom end of things are marginal, especially considering that most of the DLC is fairly easy. Not including anything in Ghosts (it's too soon to tell), the single CoD achievement with the highest TA Ratio is Giant Accomplishment in BlOps 2 (5.6 TA Ratio), so if anyone has that one and is reading this, I applaud you. It is indeed a giant accomplishment.

Chewie, out.
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.