TA Gaming Stats - March 3rd to 9th 2014

By Chewie, 2 years ago
This report is for the period March 3rd to March 9th 2014.

Welcome to part two of this epic Stats double bill, with this article covering the first full week of March. Explanation (excuse) for the delay can be found in the article for the previous week, which should be below this one on the homepage if the editing robots have had their gears oiled.

Games Started
30,479 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 43,139 games between them (1,886 different games).

A week after their release and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox One) and THIEF (Xbox One) both see a significant drop in numbers. PvZ slips from almost 4,700 starters to 1,200 and Thief stumbles from 3,100 to under 850. In fact, those are very similar numbers as the 360 versions of the games got in their release week.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One) sees a slight increase in numbers from 220 to 250, pushing it up from ninth to fourth, thanks to a Deal of the Week discount.

The rest of the table sees a steady decline in numbers with titles reaching below 200 starters at the bottom end. We really need a major new release to two kick the numbers up the jacksie. Maybe this "fall of titans" I'm hearing about? Who knows.

Top Xbox One Games Started

The previous week's new releases get completely overshadowed by this week's as Cartman and co. lay a big fat number dump on the likes of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, THIEF and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. With over 6,000 starters, the highly anticipated, much delayed, RPG even beats out the "Games with Gold" freebie Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Started

Now not free, previous "Games with Gold" title Toy Soldiers: Cold War slips below still (and always) free World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, although both slip in numbers to under 700 starters.

The Deal of the Week tempts a few people to part with their coin, with Galaga Legions DX proving the most popular sales title in fourth with almost 290 starters, followed by Call of Juarez: Gunslinger in fifth with nearly 270 and I Am Alive in seventh with under 190. Other sales titles Bang Bang Racing, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game don't quite cut the mustard.

Top Arcade Games Started

New free-to-play release (aren't they all now?) Throne Together (WP) easily claims the top spot with 670 starters. Considerably more than last week's new release, the also free FIFA 14 (WP) managed. The footie game remains close to 250 starters in second, with previous Deal title Shoot 1UP (WP) taking third with 100 starters. This week's sale title, Real Racing 2 (WP), on the other hand, is nowhere to be seen.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
9,054 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 12,168 games between them (1,336 different games).

Although it didn't appear in its debut week, PvZ shoots to the top of the table this week with almost 240 completions. Currently 6% of players have finished it though, so that's not to say it's particularly easy.

The "Mars' Chosen" DLC for Ryse: Son of Rome continues to boost its completions, this time increasing from 180 to nearly 200 in second.

Thief also creeps onto the table in ninth with just over 30 completions. With less than 2% of players having finished it, it's definitely not an easy one to crack.

Top Xbox One Games Completed

With so many people playing it, Civilization was bound to make the table. It leaps into first place with nearly 200 completions, stealing the limelight from South Park, which takes over 140 completions in second. Like its One iteration, PvZ appears, but with a much lower place and number of completions, in ninth with just over 60. Like the One version, almost 6% of players have finished it though, so it's just that fewer players are on the 360 version.

Surprisingly, notoriously tough RPG Dark Souls pops up in fifth with almost 70 completions. The reason for this would be two-fold. One: the recent sale. Two: the imminent release of sequel Dark Souls II luring people to finish the original before its release.

For the third week running, the two LEGO games sit side by side despite moving around the table. This week they slip to seventh and eighth with both getting exactly 65 completions. Creeeeeepy.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Completed

Last week The Walking Dead: Season Two vanished from the table because the achievements were Live for "Episode 2: A House Divided" but no one had been able to start it. Well, now they have. Over 3,300 players wrapped up the second episode within a few days of its release, putting it in first place by a zombie-filled mile.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Despite its free-to-play status, FIFA 14 manages to make the table in fourth with 25 completions. Last week's absent deal title Shoot 1Up also pops up at the bottom with fewer than 20 completions. The rest? Same old.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
67,953 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 847,354 achievements online between them (50,355 different achievements).

It's a 50/50 split between South Park and Civilization (lol) with the cartoon capers taking the top three spots. Unfortunately, none of the achievements here involve such fun things as farting, throwing crap or dressing up like David Hasselhoff, like the others do.

Top Retail Achievements Won

All eight of the "House Divided" achievements for Walking Dead S2 take the top spots, with World of Tanks and Toy Soldiers settling with one apiece at the bottom after two weeks dominating the table between them.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

The two by far easiest achievements for Throne Together take the top spots, with a third popping up in eighth. FIFA scores the other seven places.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

After slipping in numbers considerably last week, Role-Playing attempts to claw things back with South Park, going from under 3 to over 5 million. However, it's not enough to get above third place, with Shooter at 5.5 million. Elsewhere, Strategy leaps up from eighth to fifth thanks to Civilisation and Adventure gets a bump onto the table into ninth with 760,000 thanks solely to Walking Dead S2

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure6,217,037
  • Shooter5,520,004
  • Role-Playing5,065,872
  • Action2,155,038
  • Strategy1,993,315
  • Sports1,124,130
  • Racing996,928
  • Platformer903,577
  • Adventure761,366
  • Puzzle458,424
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.