TA Gaming Stats - December 9th to 15th 2013

By Chewie, 2 years ago
This report is for the period December 9th to December 15th 2013.

After last week's complete staff turnover, I'm now back to capacity with a whole new batch of fresh-faced Statisticles, my accident-prone Ewok helpers. To start with, we had a few teething problems with the new recruits. Literally. Their teeth just started falling out randomly. But they've started to settle in better now.

Like I said last week, it's continuing to be pretty quiet in terms of numbers, despite the recent console launch. Everybody's settling into the games that are already out and there aren't really any titles coming out before the new year, barring the One notable exception this week. Hopefully the "Countdown to 2014" sales can give us more to look at next week.

Games Started
28,042 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 42,398 games between them (1,801 different games).

The first major release since the console's launch lands this week with popular puzzler Peggle 2 storming in with almost 5,200 starters. That's more than the next seven titles combined! I can't comment much on the quality of the game, nor what it actually involves, as I am a complete Peggle virgin. Because I am too lazy to Google it, please tell me: what exactly is a Peggle?

Following down the rest of the table and quite closely clumped together in numbers (less than 500 starters separating the top and bottom) are the most popular launch titles, pulling in between 350 and 820 starters. Dead Rising 3 continues to prove the most popular, with Ryse: Son of Rome stepping up above the two shooters Battlefield 4 (Xbox One) and Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One).

Top Xbox One Games Started

Last week's surge of starters wanes considerably this week for free "Games with Gold" title Gears of War, which drops from almost 1,300 starters to under 420, slipping below Call of Duty: Ghosts into second.

The rest of the table is filled with the biggest recent releases with lowly numbers between 180 and 400, with Saints Row IV continuing to hang on in tenth thanks to the previous week's discount.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Started

Last week's hugely popular discount title, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, is replaced in first this week by a new popular discount title, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, courtesy of a special Ubisoft sale. However, Call of Juarez's 400 starters is considerably lower than Blood Dragon's 1,700 starters of last week. From Dust, CloudBerry Kingdom and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game also appear in fourth, sixth and tenth thanks to the same sale. A special McDonalds promotion with free games on offer leads to The Maw and Ms. Splosion Man taking seventh and eighth places. When I heard about the offer I sent all my Statisticles out to as many McDonalds as I could find and force fed them burgers until they went blue in the face to try and get my hands on some of these codes. Then I realised the offer was only in the U.S., so now all my Statisticles are super-sized. Their fat little fingers can't even press the buttons on their calculators.

Top Arcade Games Started

A moment of silence please for Galactic Reign (WP), which has now been removed from the marketplace for the second, and final, time.

Right up until it was taken down, people were still downloading it in the hope they could finish it before the servers are turned off at the end of the year. This keeps the game in first place this week with over 120 starters, but it'll surely begin to dip from next week as it was removed from the marketplace around the 18th.

As well as the big Arcade and Games on Demand sales going on, Windows Phone has seen a series of discounts. Six of the ten titles this week were on sale, including SPY Mouse (WP), Contre Jour (WP), Gravity Guy 2 (WP), MONOPOLY Millionaire (WP), Zuma's Revenge! (WP) and Bejeweled Live (WP), with all getting between 60 and 90 starters. The previous week's Deal of the Week title, Final Fantasy (WP), also manages to stick around in seventh with almost 80 starters.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
5,350 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 7,274 games between them (1,192 different games).

The Dead Rising completions keep on chugging this week, pushing up over the 150 mark in first, over twice as many completions as the next game in the list, Ryse with almost 75. Don't be fooled into thinking this means Dead Rising is an easy completion as only 3.5% of almost 16,000 tracked gamers have finished it thus far.

Ryse and LocoCycle (Xbox One) swap places in second and third, as well as completion numbers, with Ryse taking Loco's 73 and Loco claiming Ryse's 65. Now that is loco.

18 hardcore Pegglers (is that right?) manage to finish Peggle 2 in its release week in eighth, whilst 7 hardcore animal lovers (that's definitely not right) finish Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One) in tenth.

Top Xbox One Games Completed

The seasonally appropriate "How the Saints Save Christmas" DLC for Saints Row IV and its easy completion gives the game a kick up the table into first with over 320 completions. The rest of the table sees a mix of the biggest and easiest titles of the past year, competing for lowly numbers between 35 and 85.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Completed

The massive boost in Blood Dragon numbers, its easy completion and its overall awesomeness (seriously, get the damn game) keep it securely in first place with almost 200 completions, with the rest of the table made up of TellTale simplicity and recent easy sale titles.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Over 50 lucky people reign the galaxy this week, down from last week's 75, with easy sales completions filling up the rest of the table such as the The Game of Life (WP), MONOPOLY Millionaire (WP) and Trivial Pursuit (WP) board game triple threat.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
66,826 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 748,166 achievements online between them (48,199 different achievements).

The brilliantly named festive DLC achievements for Saint's Row take seven spots on the table, including the top six.

A single achievement, American Dream for Grand Theft Auto V, takes seventh place. Interestingly, this achievement is for owning an Apartment, Garage and an Insured Vehicle and it shows up on the table at the same time as the Deathmatch and Race Creator update landed. Is there a connection? I wouldn't know as I'm one of the seven people who doesn't have the game yet.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Five games make the table this week, with Call of Juarez claiming the top two spots, Iron Brigade taking third and seventh, a single From Dust achievement in fifth, Ascend: Hand of Kul in sixth and eight and Blood Dragon filling up all the rest.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Much like the last few weeks, Galactic Reign continues to dominate the table, with free-to-play title Kingdoms & Lords (WP) sneaking in three places and Gravity Guy 2 taking two near the bottom

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Not much to see on Genre this week as most stay pretty stable. That is, of course, with the exception of Puzzle, which gets launched from tenth to third as its numbers grow tenfold from 300,000 to almost 3 million thanks to Peggle 2

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure7,064,975
  • Shooter5,146,553
  • Puzzle2,937,151
  • Action2,762,937
  • Sports1,959,098
  • Racing1,626,253
  • Role-Playing1,594,245
  • Platformer481,672
  • Strategy338,969
  • Simulation293,426

I know I said last week that I'd have a special table for you this week. Unfortunately, the super-sized Statisticles sat on the table I had planned for you, so it's all squashed and unusable. My apologies, but I'll definitely have one for you next week. That is, unless you're all too busy with whatever holidays you'll be celebrating.
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.