TA Gaming Stats - March 11th to March 17th 2013

By Chewie, 5 years ago
This report is for the period March 11th to March 17th 2013.

Apologies for this Stats going out slightly later than normal. I was working my heart out on it yesterday, along with my loyal Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, when the site decided to wig out on me. Unfortunately, the site going down at such a crucial point in Stats development led my Statisticles to spontaneously combust and all hell to break loose in the Stats office. Amidst the chaos, I sat back and smoked my pipe, giving it until the contents of the pipe or my Ewoks burned away to nothing to figure out what to do. After some time, a fair few ash piles, a woozy pipe-head and my approaching bed time signalled that the final article would have to wait until the next day. It shouldn't be too much of an issue though; I'd describe this week as a quiet one, with no major releases, after the last month or so's flurry or activity.

Disclaimer: The outage may or may not have been caused by me banging my head on the SITE ON/OFF switch (why is it above a doorway anyway?!?) and the Statisticles being on fire may or may not have been due to them being used as kindling to light my pipe

Games Started
22,558 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 32,747 games between them (1,793 different games).

Lara continues to reign at the top of the temple of Retail Games Started with Tomb Raider, despite losing over two thirds of last week's starters. Still, she pulls in over 2,500 week in her second week, which is more than many recent new releases have got on their release week.

Head-popping sequel, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, is the only new release of the week and only pulls in 700 starters. However, with no other new releases and the other ones from the last few weeks seeing significant drop-offs in numbers, it still manages a number two spot. It would have to triple its number of starters to get anywhere near to sniping Lara from her perch. Those now lacklustre new releases include Crysis 3, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, Dead Space 3 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. All of these have now dropped below Far Cry 3 in fourth, which holds what must be one of the longest mid-table reigns in a long time. Big names come and go, but Far Cry 3 remains strong.

A large Square Enix sale in the week saw a selection of Games on Demand titles reduced. However, by far the most popular game in the sale, and the only one to appear on the chart, is last year's well-received open-world Hong Kong crime title, Sleeping Dogs, which manages a third place spot and over 600 starters. The game is also known for being easy to finish so I wonder if this boost in numbers will also see it jump up on Retail Games Completed.

Overall low numbers means that a couple of slightly older big names reappear at the bottom of the table, Assassin's Creed III and Call of Duty: Black Ops II in ninth and tenth, with only just under 300 new starters.

Top Retail Games Started

It's a beat-em-up fest on Arcade Games Started this week. Well, I mean, it has actually been for a little while now, what with the ongoing presence of the SEGA Vintage fighters, Sonic the Fighters, Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers, all of which were part of the previous week's Deal of the Week along with Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, which appears in eighth. This week's new release is also an HD remastering of classic beat-em-up titles, Darkstalkers Resurrection. However, with a 1200MSP price tag and 380 new starters, it still has to settle with second place behind Sonic's cheap fisting.

Along with perennial favourites, The Walking Dead (Xbox 360), Happy Wars (Xbox 360), Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Karaoke (all of which I think will always be on these tables in some form or another), Mensa Academy pops up in ninth place with 150 starters after being featured in the aforementioned Square Enix sale. You don't have to be a Mensa genius to know that it won't be around next week. One of my Statisticles, Rojbert, claims to be a member of Mensa. I don't have the heart to tell him that it's just the Moronic Ewok and Numskull Statisticle Association.

Top Arcade Games Started

New cross-platform release (Windows Phone 7.5+ and Windows 8), Galactic Reign (WP), takes the top spot on Windows Phone Games Started with over 120 starters. Before you ask, no it wasn't on the top of Windows 8, those spots are still reserved for the free and very popular, Microsoft Solitaire Collection (Win 8), Microsoft Minesweeper (Win 8), Microsoft Mahjong (Win 8), Jetpack Joyride (Win 8), Wordament (Win 8), Adera (Win 8) and Taptiles (Win 8), as they probably will be...forever.

After being made available for Windows Phone 8 devices, Trivial Pursuit (WP) takes the cake (or is it pie? or cheese? or lies?) in second place with nearly 80 starters.

The rest of the table reads like a what's what in free Windows Phone titles, including last week's new release Real Soccer 2013 (WP), which actually outperforms its European counterpart and last week's number one, Real Soccer 2013 (EU) (WP), despite only being in eighth place last week.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
8,461 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 12,335 games between them (1,267 different games).

It's big name DLC week this week on Retail Games Completed with the top four titles all being there by virtue of a lot of players who have completed the main games also finishing the new DLC quickly.

The easily finished "End Game" DLC shoots Battlefield 3 to the top of the table with nearly 1,000 completions. The DLC was also released alongside a fairly substantial patch for the title. Say what you want about extra content and DLC and what-not, but I personally think it's nice to see a game supported and patches being released to make improvements to an over 18 month old title.

Although not enough people completed the main game in any one of the previous five weeks since its release, the "Awakened" DLC for Dead Space 3 is an easy enough completion to see over 440 UniTAlogists complete the whole thing this week, allowing the game to claw its way up to second place.

In third, last week's new and easy "Citadel" DLC for Mass Effect 3 sees it continue to pull in high completions in third.

Oh look, just as I was postulating earlier, Sleeping Dogs, jumps into fourth with 400 completions. I'd be interested to see how many of these were down to the new starters for the game thanks to sale and how many were for the (guess what) easy "Year of the Snake" DLC.

I think my biggest take away from all this DLC isn't how prevalent it is (it's a retail strategy, I get that), it's how easy all of them are to finish. I'd like to see some more challenging DLC that doesn't mean everyone finishes it 10 minutes after laying down the MSPs.

Anyhow, last week's new release, Naruto Shippuden: UNS3 continues to pull in high completions, jumping from 80 to over 200 and eighth to sixth place this week.

Despite a missable achievement in the campaign and some serious grinding in the multplayer, almost 80 TAers managed to finish Tomb Raider a week after release, giving it a tenth place position.

Top Retail Games Completed

Those SEGA Vintage fighters continue to reign supreme on Arcade Games Completed this week, despite dropping by between a whopping 600 and 900 completions, with The Walking Dead nuzzled in between them in third.

Recent new release, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds (yet another beat-em-up!) manages to grow its completions by 50 to 125 and sixth place spot, right behind...wait a sec...what's that?!?! Is that? No, it can't be. But it is! After numerous delays over seven months, the "Online Multiplayer and Wallace Pack" for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game was finally released and, guess what, it's an easy completion.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Windows Phone Games Completed reads very similarly to the past few weeks, except for the newly popular Trivial Pursuit popping up in fourth with an easy completion. That's strange because I always remember sucking at the actual board game and never actually finishing one before flipping the board in rage and flinging the pies in everyone's faces (I'm sticking with pies here; cheese doesn't really work for the analogy).

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
65,717 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 765,931 achievements online between them (49,832 different achievements).

Three of the five "End Game" Battlefield 3 achievements steal the top spots from Lara this week, interrupting her clean sweep and sending her down the table. It probably doesn't help her cause that there are so few story-based achievements in Tomb Raider, with most of the ones being picked up after a good few hours of play.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Wallace manages to punch Sonic in his stupid blue face and take the top spot for Arcade Achievements Won with the Wallace the novice! achievement for Scott Pilgrim, successfully disrupting what would have otherwise been another clean sweep for Sonic the Fighters.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

The two top Windows Phone titles, Galactic Reign and Trivial Pursuit share the spots on Windows Phone Achievements Won, but it's the former that claims the glory with the top three spots.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

After shooting ahead significantly last week, the gap between Action-Adventure and Shooter reduces again this week on Genre. The gap drops from over 5million to just over 3.6million, as Action-Adventure makes a small drop of nearly 400,000 to 9.7 million and Shooter makes a jump of over 1million thanks in no small part to the Battlefield 3 DLC.

Action loses some footing and 1.5 million, remaining in third place, but with only just over 100,000 now separating it and Role-Playing. After jumping onto the chart into eighth place last week thanks to the boost in Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution players, Strategy slips down to tenth this week.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure9,704,008
  • Shooter6,064,204
  • Action2,654,303
  • Role-Playing2,527,440
  • Racing1,172,341
  • Sports1,113,336
  • Platformer390,259
  • Adventure363,138
  • Puzzle349,717
  • Strategy340,883

That's all for Stats for now, folks. I'm going to go and look into how to make fur fire-retardant and also have a word with the boss man about the location of that switch. Tune in next week to see if The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct has anywhere near an impact on the charts as its Arcade cousin (it won't) or if this strangely spelled game, Gears of War: Judgment, goes anywhere. Never heard of it.
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.