TA Gaming Stats - November 2012

By Chewie, 6 years ago
This report is for the period November 1st 2012 to November 20th 2012.

Welcome to the Stats collated for the site over the month of November. Whilst the days have got shorter and colder, and the nights have got longer and...also colder...you've all been busy with some of this year's biggest releases, most of which fall solidly into the Shooter category. In particular, this month sees a war fought between two big name sequels, but they both pull in such huge numbers, does it really matter who wins?

Games Started
114,046 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 276,445 games between them (2,008 different games).

The battle of the big-name shooters commenced this month, with Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II going head to head and pulling in some massive numbers. Halo 4 takes the crown for most starters this month, though it was released a week earlier than CoD: BlOps 2 so does have a slight time advantage. Regardless, for both games, these are pretty huge figures. How huge you ask? Let's try and put it in perspective.

Assassin's Creed III lands appropriately in third. Despite this decent position, the numbers may seem relatively low at almost 16,000. However, the game has the disadvantage of being released on the last day of October so a hefty amount of starters (about 5,000) from the launch day aren't on this table. Even with these though, it would have still been about half the amount of starters as CoD: BlOps 2 and a third of Halo 4.

Pulling up in fourth is Hitman: Absolution with some decent numbers (around 6,000 starters) and some very good reviews, including our own.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) manages to overtake Forza Horizon in fifth place, thanks to being released on the right side of this month's numbers. Over all though, Forza has pulled in much more starters than its rival. It currently currently sits at 13,000, compared to NfS's 7,500.

Other new releases this month include WWE '13, LEGO The Lord of the Rings and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. However, none pull in extraordinary numbers, with most averaging around 1,000-2,000 starters and being mixed in with the other big releases of the last couple of months.

Far Cry 3 manages to break onto the list thanks to a late November release in Europe and Australia. However, the US release was at the beginning of December, so expect it to appear in next month's article.

With the releases of such big sequels, this month also saw players picking up earlier iterations in the franchises. Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary prove the most popular titles from this trend, with interestingly no Call of Duty games making the list.

On a tangent, seeing so many different sequels on the chart and thinking about Assassin's Creed III in third, I would've had a stats-gasm if the table had read like this:

1 - New IP (Dishonored)
2 - CoD: BlOps 2
3 - Assassin's Creed III
4 - Halo 4
5 - Hitman: Absolution (the fifth in the series)
6 - Resident Evil 6 (Xbox 360)

Oh goodness, I'm such a nerd.

Top Retail Games Started

In the last few weekly Stats articles, I've been really moany about the poor state of Arcade releases this month and this monthly round-up just solidifies those opinions into one big horrible lumpy turd.

Just as the majority of Retail titles are sequels, the majority of Arcade titles on this list are thanks to the numerous sales from this month, the Black Friday sale and the Xbox Live Anniversary sale in particular. Now, I don't have anything against a good sale. Heck, I'm a sucker for a good bargain. But when it comes to compiling these Stats, it's just a sad reflection that the marketplace hasn't been the nurturing ground for new talent and fresh IPs that it could have been this last month. Wreckateer, Rock Band Blitz, Spelunky, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, Guardian Heroes, Bastion (Xbox 360), Daytona USA and Full House Poker, whilst all great games that deserve to be played, all appear thanks to sales.

If a title on this chart isn't a sales title, it's likely one of the SEGA Vintage releases. In fact, in most cases, it's both. Again, I don't have a problem with companies releasing classic games to the Arcade with our beloved achievements attached. I'm looking forward to the day when I can play my old Amiga favourites, Pushover and Putty, on the Xbox. I just really want to see some new, exciting stuff mixed in there too. Instead, we get Sonic the Fighters, SEGA Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl, Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers, SEGA Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage, SEGA Vintage Collection: Golden Axe and SEGA Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co..

That leaves us with the only titles that are original IPs and weren't on sale: Happy Wars (Xbox 360) (which doesn't count because...well...because it's free), the perennially popular The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, and Pool Nation, the only brand new IP release from this month to make the table. Actually, you know what, that didn't even technically come out in November; it was released at the end of October.

Top Arcade Games Started

The release of the popular mobile game, Cut The Rope (WP), to the Windows Phone after over 2 years on iOS gives us some of the biggest starter number that we've seen for the platform with over 2,000 starters.

Thanks to a very popular Deal of the Week in the middle of the month, UNO (WP) shoots up to second place with almost 1,000 starters.

Price cuts and sales put a lot of other titles on the table, including Connect 4 (WP), Breeze (WP), Mush (WP), Spider Jack (WP) and, the accidentally free for a few hours, Mirror's Edge (WP)

There aren't many new releases that do all that well this month. Turn N Run (WP) lands in third with 500 starters and Angry Birds Star Wars (WP) pulls in at fourth, which I guess isn't bad considering it's only available on Windows 8 devices, with the similarly restricted Angry Birds Space (WP) a lot further down the table. The only other new release is The Game of Life (WP) at 16th, which isn't too bad considering it's a Nokia exclusive.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
19,883 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 43,063 games between them (1,610 different games).

The "Mr Torgue" DLC released for Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360) ensures it stays securely at the top of Retail Games Completed this month with over 1,000 completions. DLC also had an impact on Mass Effect 3, with "Omega" bringing it up on the chart into fifth.

One game I was kind of surprised to see so high up on the table was Forza Horizon in second place. For a large, open-world racing game, it does seem to be a relatively easy completion, with a currently higher completion percentage (at 11%) than any of the its predecessors.

Assassin's Creed III is the highest new release completion, despite being a bigger game than its predecessors and also being pretty buggy, thanks to being so popular and having a relative dearth of multiplayer achievements.

Quite a few of those earlier iterations for new release sequels also crop up here as people eagerly wrap them up before embarking on the newest chapter, with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo: Reach, Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed all making the list. I guess you could count Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 among those too, but that was probably less to do with people finishing it in anticipation of BlOps 2 and more to do with people wrapping up the "Chaos Pack" DLC that was released the previous month.

Top Retail Games Completed

Thanks to the release of the final episode of the series, The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) maintains its significant lead in Arcade Games Completed this month. With no more episodes to come out, we can expect this to finally start moving down the table. Then again, with the release of the retail collection that I know was on a lot of people's Christmas lists this month, maybe it'll stick around on top for quite a while.

The insanely high completion percentage for the three SEGA Vintage beat-em-ups released this month puts them all in high spots at second, third and sixth. Sonic the Fighters, in particular, impresses with over 1,000 completions and currently sits at a 95% completion percentage. The highest for an Arcade game.

The rest of the table reads very similar to previous months, again confirming the lack of exciting recent releases, with many of this aforementioned sales titles in particular making their presence felt and representing almost all of the rest of the table.

Top Arcade Games Completed

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the table for Windows Games Completed is just a copy of Windows Games Started. The two look very similar.

As well as being supremely popular this month, like many Windows Phone titles, Cut the Rope proves an easy completion, with over 1,000 and a top place spot. The Deal title, UNO, follows behind in second with an impressive 700 completions. These are both pretty high numbers, even for Windows Phone, which averages around 200-300 for the biggest completions per month.

The rest of the table reflects the most popular games started closely as most of them are also easy completions and, like Arcade, is mostly made up of sale titles.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
133,260 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 5,156,604 achievements online between them (58,820 different achievements).

Thanks to having a week's edge on its rival and more starters overall, Halo 4 almost sweeps the table for Retail achievements won this month. An impressive feat considering all the big releases of the month. The sole outsider is the easiest achievement for CoD: BlOps 2, Welcome to the Club, which is for reaching level 10 in multiplayer. This clearly indicates that the majority of CoD players are in it for the MP over the campaign, whereas many of the Halo achievements are related to the story missions. However, I guess these can also be played in co-op, so it's not really an argument of single player vs multiplayer.

Top Retail Achievements Won

It's a Walking Dead sandwich this month on Arcade Achievements Won, with Happy Wars acting as a very thick bit of meat after the number of achievements picked up in the free-to-play title dropped considerably. All the achievements for the final episode of the undead saga take the top spots, with achievements for the previous episode filling in the bottom. There's also a sole achievement for Wreckateer there to remind us of the sheer number of people who picked it up when it was free.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Like Halo did for Retail Achievements Won, Cut the Rope loses out on a clean sweep in Windows Phone Achievements Won thanks to a solitary achievement for UNO at the bottom. But, then again, when the 19 achievements on the table are all of the achievements that are available for the game, I'm sure there are no hard feelings.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Shooter month unsurprisingly puts Puzzle to the top of the table in Genre...

Of course not: it's Shooter by a mile. The genre quadruples its numbers from the previous month and grabs a considerable lead thanks to the numerous and hugely popular titles related to pumping lead into people's faces.

Action-Adventure maintains a solid second, but Role-Playing suffers a considerable dip in numbers now that the popularity of Borderlands 2 has begun to wane, over halving its numbers and slipping from second to fourth.

The popularity of both Forza and NfS has seen Racing growing its numbers and pushing its way up the table into third.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Shooter62,245,924
  • Action-Adventure35,851,884
  • Racing10,746,985
  • Role-Playing9,886,032
  • Action8,404,298
  • Sports7,287,754
  • Adventure2,105,212
  • Puzzle1,859,974
  • Music & Rhythm1,561,679
  • Platformer1,427,166
  • Strategy1,401,237
  • Party1,148,789
  • Card & Board1,079,837
  • Simulation730,819
  • Special421,480
  • Vehicular Combat270,602

That's all for November. Tune in next month to see how well these big name titles continue to fare and what prezzies we get and how they affect the numbers. No doubt, the Countdown to 2013 sales will also have a major impact.
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.