TA Gaming Stats - May 27th to June 2nd 2013

By Chewie, 5 years ago
This report is for the period May 27th to June 2nd 2013.

Guess who's back, back again.
Chewie's back, tell a friend.
(Seriously, tell some friends. I need to boost my numbers a bit.)

After two weeks away enjoying sun, sea, sand and spirits (of the alcoholic variety - no ghost Kenobis to bum me out), I have now returned reinvigorated and ready to deliver you some Stats again. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask someone to water my plants and Statisticles before I left, so they've all wilted and died now, meaning this first article will be a solo affair. I'll try my best to get the Stats together you need though, including a few numbers for the weeks that were missed.

What else did I miss? New console announcement? Meh. EA making Online Passes free? Whatevs. Original Fable coming to 360? Yawn. Zumba Fitness World Party announced? Yeh buddy!

Games Started
25,658 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 37,315 games between them (1,876 different games).

Two new releases take the top two spots on Retail Games Started. The first, drifty racer GRID 2, does considerably better than the other, taking over 1,800 starters. The second, co-op focused shooter Fuse gets less than half that number, not even cracking 1,000 in second with 780. I'd say that was a disappointing release week for EA.

The two main new releases from the weeks I was away, Resident Evil Revelations and Metro: Last Light take their spots in fifth with 650 starters and sixth with 560. These are fairly large drop offs from both titles release week numbers, with Metro taking 2,000 starters two weeks ago and RE Revelations grabbing 1,500 last week. The drops in starters put these titles behind the biggest release of the last few months, BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360), in third, as well as Dark Souls in fourth. The 2011, hard-as-nails, RPG fares well in its Games on Demand DotW sale, taking in 650 victims for an impressive fourth place spot. Discounted in a random Disney & Alan Wake sale (a strange pairing I have to say), 2010 title Alan Wake also crops up in tenth with nearly 315 starters, behind the other fairly recent popular releases of Tomb Raider, Injustice: Gods Among Us and the ever-present Far Cry 3.

Top Retail Games Started

When it was released three weeks ago, the free-to-play sequel Doritos Crash Course 2, smashed the numbers on Arcade Games Started, pulling in a whopping 12,000 starters. Since then, its been on a steady decline in numbers but is still taking in more than most other titles on the table combined and a safe first place position. Over the last few weeks, it's gone from 5,000 to 2,700 to 1,700, which is where it stands this week. The big question is, will the hotly anticipated zombie survival title, State of Decay, topple it next week, or will the new game's hefty 1600MSP price tag keep it from taking pole position?

The only new release this week is tower defence title CastleStorm, in third with 580 starters. This puts it behind last week's new release, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, which drops from 960 to 600 starters, but just manages to retain its second place position.

Like the Game on Demand original, Alan Wake's American Nightmare appears courtesy of the special sale after being discounted for the fourth time since its release last year. It takes fifth place with 280 starters, above table standards Happy Wars (Xbox 360), Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and The Walking Dead (Xbox 360).

Top Arcade Games Started

New releases take the top two spots on Windows Phone Games Started, with Rabbids Go Phone (WP) proving popular and taking 480 starters in first, whilst Rayman Jungle Run (WP) chases in second with 290. If anyone is curious what it's like spending time with the Statisticles, I highly recommend playing Rabbids Go Phone, but take away some of the intelligence, crank up the annoyance levels, add a love of numbers and times it by a couple of hundred. Oh, and they burp when you jab them in the belly too.

This week's Deal of the Week title, Let's Golf 2 (WP), proves popular enough to give it a fourth place position with 75 starters, despite it containing one of those pesky unobtainables, preventing anyone from completing it. Last week's Deal of the Week title, Puzzle Quest 2 (WP), also appears in ninth with 55 starters, amidst perennial favourites, such as Wordament (WP), and some recent releases, such as Ice Age Village (WP).

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
6,839 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 9,650 games between them (1,294 different games).

The only new release from the last few weeks that gets enough completions to put it on Retail Games Completed is Metro Last Light, which debuts this week in third with 115 completions. The rest of the table is made up of the biggest releases of the last few months, such as Bioshock Infinite (which have their numbers boosted more by virtue of the volume of players than ease of completions), games with recent DLC and some of the easiest to complete games, such as the most recent LEGO titles.

Top Retail Games Completed

With so many people playing Doritos CC2, it's pretty much a given that it would do well on Arcade Games Completed. It's been at the top of the table since release, although with only 6.5% of players having completed it, the high numbers disguise a potentially more difficult completion than it would seem. With its numbers now descending close to its nearest competitors, I'd say that it could lose its first place position next week.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Many of those who started it have easily burped, screamed and bounced their way to an easy completion (currently at 67% of players having finished it) on Rabbids Go Phone, with 300 completions giving it first place in its debut week. That number is well ahead of all the other titles on the table, which includes the recent release of Monster Burner (WP) in third. How!?! I can't three orb all the levels and I'm a creature burning pro. Just ask the charred Statisticles.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
63,419 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 731,688 achievements online between them (50,558 different achievements).

GRID 2 easily fills the table for Retails Achievements Won, taking the clean sweep and not giving Fuse so much of a look in.

Top Retail Achievements Won

For the fourth week running, Doritos Crash Course 2 takes the clean sweep on Arcade Achievements Won, with the greedy game taking gold, silver and...hold on just one second! I'm wrong, there's an interloper! Happy Wars manages to sneak in the Beginning of a Quest achievement mid-table thanks to a free achievement-bearing title update for the game.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Rabbids, Rabbids everywhere and not a Rayman in sight. With such easy achievements, Rabbids Go Phone easily sweeps Windows Phone Achievements Won clean.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

With most recent retail titles not exactly setting the numbers on fire, much of Genre has seen little over the last few weeks. Shooter still takes the lead over Action-Adventure in first, but the lead between the two is negligible. It will take one popular Action-Adventure title to grab first place from under Shooter's big fat nose. Thanks to GRID 2, Racing makes a leap from sixth to fourth, almost hitting the 2 million mark. Strategy makes an appearance at eighth thanks to CastleStorm.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Shooter5,849,336
  • Action-Adventure5,712,316
  • Role-Playing2,682,456
  • Racing1,998,675
  • Action1,948,008
  • Sports1,167,240
  • Platformer970,706
  • Strategy384,401
  • Puzzle356,846
  • Adventure330,552

That's all for now folks. Not exactly the most epic week to return to. Tune in next week to see if Capcom's memory based action-adventure title, Remember Me, does well on the numbers or suffers a similar fate to Fuse, and to see if State of Decay can topple Doritos CC2.
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.