TA Gaming Stats - July 2012

By Dog of Thunder, 4 years ago
Welcome to July!

Late of course, but it's July. Everyone is too busy going on vacation, heading outside for various beach related activities or stuck inside at work covering for those jerks that took time off to go to the beach. In a nutshell, the following stats are not all that interesting.

This report is for the period July 1st to July 31st 2012.

Games Started
71,459 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 185,616 games between them (1,898 different games).

Spec Ops: The Line was released towards the tail end of June, which combined with the fact that it's earned a good reputation, means it takes the top spot. Fellow late June release, The Amazing Spider-Man, falls just short perhaps because once the movie was released, everyone began caring more about Batman. Oh right, TA's 2011 Action-Adventure Game of the Year Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360) is again, on the top retail chart. It feels like Batman will never, ever leave us.

Just in case the Rocksteady Batman does leave us, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is here to pick up the slack. Coming in at #3, Lego Batman 2 is also a June release. Wonder where all the July retail releases went off to?

NCAA Football 13 is at #4, so we didn't need to look for the top release of July. It's not the only release, as http://www.trueachievements.com/Ice-Age-Continental-Dri....htm came out the same day (in North America) and http://www.trueachievements.com/miCoach-xbox-360.htm saw a world-wide release this past month. miCoach did set one record, though not one it should be proud of: 33 gamers. That is how many people started up miCoach since it released nearly a month ago.

Top Retail Games Started

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is not only the flagbearer for the Summer of Arcade this year, but it's a title that has been requested over and over by the community. While it may not be the Tony Hawk Pro Skater we deserve, it is the Tony Hawk Pro Skater that we need right now. After all, how can we fully appreciate the upcoming DLC bundles and/or future iteration that gives us back the revert without remembering how rough it was to chain combos without that simple move?

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) continue to dominate, while Spelunky enjoys an impressive run towards the top. 3rd place is not bad for the quirky platformer that actively hates everyone attempting to play it.

Haunt has been granted a second life thanks to the "here, take this game for free" promotion. Kinect PlayFit is the first app to award achievements for working towards achievements in other games. As for regular XBLA titles, Quantum Conundrum, Zuma's Revenge! and Dungeon Fighter LIVE: Fall of Hendon Myre all had solid performances this month. Wreckateer has actually done better then its performance here would make you think, as it has a limited audience and was released towards the end of the month.

Top Arcade Games Started

This was a strange month for the Windows Phone. Gun Bros (WP) and Contract Killer (WP) join the growing list of "free-to-play" titles but well, how to put this delicately, the public is less then happy with both of those games. Mush (WP) started the month off great with a well-received, quirky platformer. Mirror's Edge (WP) kept that going despite being limited to Nokia phones. Such a shame Glu Mobile had to come in and ruin the good run.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
24,386 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 51,013 games between them (1,587 different games).

What I love about the monthly stats being a top 20 instead of a top 10 is all the weird stuff we don't see on a weekly basis. Like last year's LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean still remaining popular or NCIS continuing the quest for a 100% completion rate. The fairly recent Games on Demand sale gave us a few oddballs that would otherwise not be on the chart: Open Season, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

As expected, the recent DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pushed their completions towards the top for this month. Borderlands retains a grand tradition of gamers scrambling to finish the first game in a franchise before the bigger, badder sequel hits store shelves.

I'm glad to see a few decent number for Dragon's Dogma, a game that friends and co-workers have been saying is "better then I expected." With a 4.5 TA Community Rating it seems like Capcom's Action-RPG is a bit of a sleeper hit this year.

Top Retail Games Completed

Of course The Walking Dead, Minecraft and Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 are on top. By quite a bit thanks to the simple "Episode 2" DLC with only 8 achievements. Visiting us from the magical land of "Duh", we have 9 Kinect Fun Labs titles since despite the title, Voice Studio is basically a Fun Labs app.

Shoot Many Robots, Haunt and Trine 2 benefitted from recent sales. That's also a very diverse trio of games and I prefer seeing any one of those over another Kinect Fun Labs title.

For the curious, my burning hatred of "The game that shall not be named" has not abated, nor will it ever.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Collapse! (WP) watch 2012 update! 180 gamers away from achieveing a completion rate of 100%! At this point, I am convinced some people simply started the game then never played it again, just to mess with me.

It's amazing that this list of completions is strikingly similar to those from May 2012. Mush is of course going to be on top, as it is the most recent game that does not actively drive people insane. The original "free-to-play" WP title, Bug Village (WP), is still on the chart but we all remember the hassle that title was when it first released. How many other games have been forced by Microsoft to revise achievements due to breaking policy?

Just like the first time, seeing both geoDefense (WP) and geoDefense Swarm (WP) on the list makes me wish I had a WP. I love Tower Defense and those two games seem to be pretty good games. I feel like I'm missing out on something not having them on my card.

That and I have a flip phone with no texting capability, Dog needs an upgrade.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
110,187 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 3,481,903 achievements online between them (57,307 different achievements).

The prevelance of "Dawnguard" achievements does not shock anyone reading this, except for perhaps Electro, but let's dig a bit deeper. You will note that "Vampire Mastered" is one spot above "Werewolf Mastered", therefore we can prove that Vampires>Werewolves. Sure, the difference is under 20 gamers, but the facts are the (grossly exaggerated) facts.

I'll also admit that seeing Spec Ops: The Line appear over and over again is making me want to play it and experience the story for myself.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Every single "Episode 2" achievement from The Walking Dead is on this chart. The only achievement here that impresses me is "Da Jam" from Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD. I'm having the toughest time at my advanced age completing those goals in Venice Beach. That means I hate 2,881 of you.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

A mix of Gun Bros., Mush and then two games with one achievement apiece: Plants vs. Zombies (WP) (benefitting from a sale) and Wordament (WP) (which is still free, so it's being given away). I'm wondering at what point does the "free-to-play" aspect of Gun Bros. start interfering with your achievement progress? Judging by this list, it has to be fairly early on in the game.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre

Shooter and Action-Adventure continue the grudge match. Only one can emerge victorious!

Oh and before anyone asks, Special makes it onto the chart because the Kinect Playfit was categorized as a Special "game" since it's so very unique. After all, it is not a game itself but rather an app.

  • Shooter25,718,110
  • Action-Adventure25,440,941
  • Role-Playing15,081,061
  • Sports9,743,690
  • Action9,410,857
  • Racing4,847,880
  • Platformer2,961,160
  • Simulation2,020,155
  • Adventure2,008,427
  • Puzzle1,795,744
  • Music & Rhythm1,784,507
  • Party1,316,645
  • Strategy1,233,392
  • Card & Board1,169,101
  • Vehicular Combat478,435
  • Special469,798
  • 16,449

That brings us to the end of July, Julius Ceaser's second favorite month after March. Join me next month when we finally get new retail games and I present the stats entirely in Grimlock speech to celebrate the release of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.