TA Gaming Stats - Nov 26th to Dec 2nd 2012

By Chewie, 6 years ago
This report is for the period November 26th 2012 to December 2nd 2012.

What Ho, fellow achievement hunters.

It was my birthday this weekend so consequently this is going out a tad later than normal and I am currently nursing a killer hangover. It feels like there's a small angry man inside my head, dragging a rake across my brain.

I was given a couple of games for my birthday and the gifters were very proud of the fact they'd looked here on TA to check that I didn't already have any of the games they got for me. Unfortunately, their plan backfired slightly as I have a whole pile of unstarted games that I've vowed not to start until I complete some more of my backlog. Consequently, all the games I was given, I already had but hadn't started. Embarrassment all round: but mostly with me and my stupid backlog.

Now the busy release schedule has passed and we're beginning to settle down on the numbers front, I'm considering forcing some of my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, to play through some of the crappier games on my backlog so I can focus on the good stuff. For now though, it's on with the numbers.

After weeks of moaning, this week finally sees some new titles on the Arcade. Except that they're actually 15 years old. Sad face.

Games Started
23,894 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 38,915 games between them (1,700 different games).

One of my most anticipated games (and one that I didn't already have but also wasn't given for my B-Day *hint hint*) Far Cry 3 lands itself at the top of Retail Games Started this week. On the surface, however, the numbers don't look that great, with around 1,000 less starters than last week's number one title, Hitman: Absolution. Look beneath the surface though and you'll see that the reason for this is probably because the dates for these Stats reflect the game's earlier European and Australian release, but not its later North American release, which will be reflected in next week's numbers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Halo 4 continue to battle it out in second and third, with CoD: BlOps 2 again winning out over Halo 4. However, the drop off in numbers from last week is much greater for CoD than it is for Halo, with the earth-bound FPS dropping by over 1,200 starters and the alien-bound FPS dropping by around 400. However, considering it was released a week later, it's still more starters overall than Halo achieved last week. This brings the two games much closer in line and it'll be interesting to see if CoD maintains its hold in these numbers over its rival in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, Hitman: Absolution more than halves its starters, dropping from first to fourth. Assassin's Creed III proves to have a strong tail, maintaining sub-1,000 starters and only dropping by 50 starters from last week. However, that being said, Forza Horizon, Dishonored, Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) and Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360) prove to have a tail that has a pleasing upward curve, as they all actually improve on their starter numbers. I guess it's a mix of everyone tearing into the games that were sitting on their shelves now they have some holiday time and people picking up this year's big name releases in the recent Black Friday and pre-Christmas sales that have been floating around. Dishonored and Forza in particular grow their numbers impressively by 200 and 300 starters respectively, with the Forza rise proving conclusively which open world racer is the most popular this year as NfS slips into tenth (albeit with nine more starters).

Top Retail Games Started

Yay! New releases breaking into Arcade! Well...sort of.

Vintage SEGA releases Sonic the Fighters, Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers conclusively steal the top three spots, despite some rather lacklustre reviews (our reviewer gave them lowly scores of one star, two stars and three stars). I wonder if these games' popularity on this site has as much to do with their ridiculously easy achievements (Sonic the Fighters currently sits at 95% of players having completed it!) as it has to do with nostalgia.

After a steady decline from admittedly very high numbers over the last few weeks since its release, the free-to-play title, Happy Wars (Xbox 360), has finally plateaued at around the 400 starter mark, growing its numbers slightly over last week. How much longer will the title continue to pull in these numbers though, before it begins to slide further down the charts? Then again, if it weren't for those SEGA Vintage releases, it would still sit in first place and, with no interesting Arcade releases due in the coming weeks, it will probably continue to stay quite high up, barring some decent seasonal sales.

Elsewhere, it's still all about the sales. In face, the previous week's sales still have an impact on these numbers as people find the time to start all the games they downloaded. Despite not being free any more, people are still getting round to starting Wreckateer, landing it in fifth. Other previous sale titles Spelunky and Rock Band Blitz maintain places on the list. The Expendables 2 Videogame pops up in eighth thanks to a significant one day discount and ARCADE GAME SERIES: Pac-Man makes an appearance in ninth, thanks to the Scratch & Match portion of the Sales & Specials+ feature -- the first time we get an appearance from a game from the discounts App, so far as I can tell.

Top Arcade Games Started

This week's Windows Phone Games Started has three titles far and above the rest of the table. First up, a price cut for the Mush (WP) -a-like, Spider Jack (WP) means it lands a decent top spot place with just shy of 250 starters. Speaking of Cut the Rope, it continues to prove the popularity of its brand, maintaining decent numbers (almost twice as much of its nearest rival) and a third place position. Last week's new release Turn N Run (WP) also proves continuously popular, maintaining decent numbers of over 200 starters and landing a second place spot.

Similar to Arcade, the rest of the table sees the previous weeks' sales continuing to show their impact, with titles such as Mush (WP) and Carcassonne (WP) hanging around because of them. Now that the Windows Phone Deal of the Week is taking a break, expect the chart for the foreseeable future to take a dip in numbers, apart from new releases and random price-cuts.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
7,974 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 13,088 games between them (1,140 different games).

Just as the "Mr Torgue" DLC boosted Borderlands 2 to the top of Retail Games Completed last week (and keeps it at second this week), we now see the "Omega" DLC do the same for Mass Effect 3. Last week, we got quite a few comments about the fact that it's a little frustrating to see these games appear again and that maybe DLC completions should not be bundled in with the main game. This is definitely something we're taking into consideration, but I'm not sure the Statisticles would agree. They love boasting about the fact that they've 'completed' L.A. Noire five times. Personally, I'd like to see some more DLCs that provide a bit of a challenge and some more bang for their buck. Too many nowadays seem to be completable really easily.

Just like it does in Retail Games Started, Assassin's Creed III keeps its numbers steady this week, with around 200 completions and a third place spot. The completions for Hitman: Absolution and LEGO The Lord of the Rings grow considerably, pushing them into fourth and fifth place as people power their way through them.

Top Retail Games Completed

If it wasn't for those super easy SEGA Vintage games, The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) would have continued its extreme dominance over Arcade Games completed. Despite halving its number of completions, it still lands at over 1,000 and a second place spot, behind Sonic the Fighters. With that 95% completion rate, is it really surprising? With that percentage, Sonic the Fighters now has the dubious honour of having the highest completion percentage for an Arcade game, and is only slightly down on the notorious retail title, Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Burning Earth. The other two Vintage titles don't have quite the same ludicrously high level of completions, but at 83% and 73% of players having completed them, they're still pretty darn high.

Like Pac Man does in Arcade Games Started, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX represents the Sales and Specials+ App for the first time (that I can tell) in Arcade Games Completed, with a seventh place position thanks to another easy completion.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Windows Games Completed is dominated by the same three titles as Windows Games Started, with Cut the Rope continuing its perennial domination of both, pulling in over 160 completions, but around 40 less than last week. The easy completion of last week's new release, Turn N Run (50% completion percentage) also means that it maintains decent numbers and a second place spot, actually increasing its completions by 20 this week. With an 80% completion percentage - high, even for a mobile game - Spider Jack creeps its way up to third.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
60,917 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 731,414 achievements online between them (44,881 different achievements).

The achievements in Retail Achievements Won continue to mostly be dominated by those from CoD: BlOps 2, with many of these ones being from towards the end of the campaign, which suggests that we may not see as many next week.

The two easiest achievements from Far Cry 3 pop up in second and fourth place. Whilst less than 300 of the game's 6,000+ players (at the time of writing) have finished it (roughly 4%), the fact that none of the achievements are tied to the competitive multiplayer portion of the game means that it has already ended up being a much easier completion than its notoriously difficult precursor, Far Cry 2. The 2008 game currently has only 158 completions from 48,000 players (0.33%). So, within weeks of its release, the new game has 8% of its predecessor's players, but almost double its completions.

The moment that the 25th challenge was released for Halo 4, over 2,000 of you fulfilled the requirements for The Challenger achievement, easily landing it in the top spot. We'll probably get a similar story next week with the relevant achievements, since the 5th Spartan Ops episode was released the day after these stats. They will also no doubt shoot the game to the top of Retail Games Completed as, before that point, it was impossible to finish the game and loads of people will have done it at once.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Most popular game started + easiest game on the whole of Arcade = clean sweep in Arcade Achievements Won for Sonic the Fighters, completely wiping away all the achievements probably being won for The Walking Dead, not to mention the other SEGA Vintage games.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Even though it's the most popular game started and one of the top games completed this week, Spider Jack only manages to turn in two achievements in Windows Phone Achievements Won, albeit in first and third places. Most of the rest of the table is made up of Turn N Run achievements again.

Last week, the sole Cut the Rope achievement was Rope Cutter Maniac, sitting in tenth place. This week, the sole Cut the Rope achievement is Bubble Master, also sitting in tenth place and again showing that most people are now quite far into the game. This suggests that the completions will also begin to drop rapidly.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Shooter continues its tumble in Genre, dropping a further 2 million, despite also being bolstered by Far Cry 3. Action-Adventure also sees a slight dip however, so the gap between the two genres still remains fairly significant.

The numbers for all other Genres are slightly up on last week, suggesting that people are settling into playing more over the holiday period.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Shooter7,109,676
  • Action-Adventure5,704,832
  • Action2,751,443
  • Role-Playing1,953,479
  • Racing1,550,171
  • Sports1,219,260
  • Adventure417,172
  • Puzzle391,842
  • Music & Rhythm337,376
  • Platformer330,111

There we have it. Apart from that SEGA shaped Arcade spike, the numbers are mostly settling back down after a few weeks of pretty big releases. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some ebay listings to put up...
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.