TA Gaming Stats - August 19th to 25th 2013

By Chewie, 5 years ago
This report is for the period August 19th to August 25th 2013.

Howdy folks. My hands are a little full at the moment as my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, are literally bouncing off the ceiling right now. Why are they so full of joy and energy? Well, there are three good reasons. The first reason is because of an experimental serum I injected them with. No idea what the serum is or what it does, but I just couldn't resist a mysterious glowing goo at a bargain price. The second reason is because of a little something extra I got them to make for me (you'll find out more when you reach the end of our regularly featured content). The third reason you'll see in about three seconds.

Games Started
33,666 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 46,851 games between them (1,871 different games).


It's been so long since I've seen so many new releases on the table, I've almost forgotten what they look like. Last week gave us Payday 2 (which slips from second to fourth this week ), but this week we're treated to not one, not two, not three, but four whole new games. Quadruple threat!

The most popular new release of the week by a margin of nearly 3,000 starters is Saints Row IV. The insane open-world action title pulls in over 7,500 starters, which is a whole buttload (official Stats term) more than anything on the table for quite a while. Following up in second is Sam Fisher, but not quite how we know him. The grizzled, Ironside-voiced special operative has been replaced by a younger, smoother, non-throat cancer version, but, despite the switcheroo, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist manages to pull in 4,800 starters amidst positive reviews. Those numbers manage to edge the game just (just!) into second place above "Games with Gold" freebie Dead Rising 2 (Xbox 360).

The other two new releases don't quite make it over the 1,000 mark, pulling in significantly lower numbers than the top three. In fifth with 740 starters is toy-tie-in Disney Infinity, whereas The Bureau: XCOM Declassified only manages just over 500 starters in sixth. This comes after years of delay and controversy after the game shifted the usual XCOM template from turn-based strategy to third-person shooter. It's worth noting that these numbers are considerably lower than last year's XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which sticks closer to the traditional strategy gameplay the series is known for and managed over 1,300 starters in its release week.

Top Retail Games Started

"Games with Gold" companion freebie Dead Rising 2: Case Zero continues to pull in the biggest numbers on Arcade by a very long way despite a new release also appearing on the table. Classic platformer remake Flashback doesn't quite lure everyone into its web of nostalgia, but it does manage nearly 500 starters, enough to grab second place. Recent Summer of Arcade releases Charlie Murder and Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons (Xbox 360) retain decent positions in third and fifth despite only managing 250-300 starters.

Last week, I noted that the other companion Arcade title to Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: Case West, didn't make the table despite a 50% discount. This week, the TA community manage to pull it up into tenth place with nearly 100 starters.

Top Arcade Games Started

You guys just can't get enough cheap easy gamerscore. Last week's Deal of the Week, the notoriously easy puzzle title Collapse! (WP), continues to reign at the top of Windows Phone Games Started despite dropping by 500 starters. This week's Deal of the Week title also proves popular with Pocket God (WP) taking second place with over 150 starters. I picked up the game myself, but I don't really see the fun in mindlessly torturing and killing numerous inferior beings just for the hell of it. What? What?!?

We're also treated to three whole new releases on the Windows Phone table although the numbers are so low for them that they're lucky to appear to be honest. The classic trio of Bejeweled Live + (WP), Yahtzee (WP) and Zuma's Revenge! (WP) take seventh, eighth and tenth places with between 40 and 50 starters.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
7,565 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 10,504 games between them (1,289 different games).

It's been a little while since a game completely dominated on Retail Games Completed, but this week Halo 4 easily manages to quash the competition thanks to the "Champions Bundle", which includes the double dip achievements of the "Bullseye Pack" DLC and the "Champions" Title Update.

Almost 90 Saint's Row addicts managed to blast through the open-world game sharpish in its release week, putting it in fifth place. Its prequel, Saints Row: The Third, also makes the table in eighth with 58 completions, one less completion than last week but one higher place on the table.

Top Retail Games Completed

Dead Rising fans got to some serious zombie slaying this week, putting Case Zero in first place again on Arcade Games Completed but also doubling the number of completions from 600 to nearly 1,200. Case West also makes an appearance in ninth with nearly 40 completions. The lower number is probably due to the added co-op requirement for completion. I'm on the verge of completion myself, but I just need a partner to complete the ending with, and all the Statisticles have an irrational fear of Motocross racers so won't play it with me.

The "Special Edition" DLC for Mark of the Ninja continues to give the game new life on the tables as it continues to sit happily in fourth place with nearly 100 completions.

Thanks to a long-awaited patch for the original game and some new levels for its sequel, both Doritos Crash Course and Doritos Crash Course 2 sit side-by-side in sixth and seventh places.

Top Arcade Games Completed

"Collapse! Watch" - The number of players needed to complete the game has dipped slightly from 305 to 298. Come on, guys! At the very least I want to see the number drop to the 150ish from before the game went on sale. The dip in completions from 580 to 200 this week doesn't fill me full of hope.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
65,710 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 779,459 achievements online between them (50,531 different achievements).

Retail Achievements Won is bursting full of Saints, including achievements for completing the first four missions of the game. It's denied a clean sweep, however, by the first achievement most people get in Dead Rising 2, Needs more chainsaw, for creating a combo weapon (like strapping a Statisticle to a grenade belt sans pins) in ninth place, and the first achievement most people get in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, ShadowNet Online, for checking Sam's emails or something in tenth.

Interestingly enough, none of the new Halo 4 achievements make it onto the table. New game>older game DLC.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Like last week, it's a Case Zero fest on Arcade Achievements Won. Unlike last week, it manages the clean sweep, knocking Charlie Murder off the bottom spot with Still Creek Savior for saving all the survivors.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Collapse! clean sweep, baby. Two weeks running.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

With the likes of Saints Row IV, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Disney Infinity all falling under Action-Adventure and its various sub-genres, it's no surprise that the genre extends its lead significantly this week, adding another 5 million to its total. Shooter also sees a slight increase thanks to Payday 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, but it's negligible in comparison. With so many people jumping all over these new releases, every other genre sees a slight dip in numbers.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure11,840,434
  • Shooter6,178,587
  • Role-Playing1,994,366
  • Action1,685,597
  • Sports894,167
  • Racing783,928
  • Platformer492,093
  • Adventure310,961
  • Strategy269,778
  • Card & Board262,260

Bonus Stats

As promised last week, here's a little something extra for you. I asked the Statisticles to produce a super exciting and extremely interesting table of stats for you to wrap your number-loving eyeballs around, and this is what they came up with: the Top 10 Most Started Retail Games across the whole site... Ok, so it's maybe not as exciting or original as I was hoping, but it'll give you something extra to chew over.

Top 10 Most Started Retail Games (as of 01/09/13)

"Oh, Chewie, it's nothing but the big crappy series that always get the spotlight around here. I'm sick of seeing Halo, CoD and Gears all the blinking time! They're just the same game again and again."

Well, don't blame me, angry forum poster, this is the masses' fault for buying into these series in such massive numbers. Regardless of your feelings on the titles, let's take a closer look at the numbers.

Only three of the ten games are completely new IPs (Gears of War, Assassin's Creed and Red Dead Redemption), unless you count Call of Duty: Black Ops (which I don't). The rest are sequels from well established franchises, with Gears represented twice, Halo twice and CoD a grand total of three times.

There's a whole 30,000 people separating the top and bottom titles, which represents just under a fifth of the total amount of Halo 3 players. The number of Halo 3 players (157,700) represents just under three-quarters of the entire number of players being tracked on TA! Now that's impressive.

The oldest title on the list is Gears of War (November 2006) and the newest is CoD: Black Ops (November 2010). In fact, three of the games, CoD: Black Ops, Red Dead and Halo: Reach, are from 2010. Must've been a good year. No games since 2010 have broken onto the top ten yet. The closest is Gears of War 3 (2011), down in fifteenth. Surprise, surprise.

Out of all these games, the one that is completed the easiest is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with 21.75% of players having completed it, whereas the one which causes the biggest headache to completionists is Grand Theft Auto IV with only 0.87% of players having finished it including the DLC. So if you count yourself amongst those 1,272 people, then good for you.

That's all I can squeeze out this week, but I'll be bringing these Bonus Tables into the Stats as and when I can though not necessarily every week (I'm only humanish after all). If there's anything you'd particularly like to see highlighted, then let me know.

See you next week, when we get treated to even more new releases, including Rayman Legends, Killer is Dead and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Boss!

Final note: I just realised that I've been crapping these out for exactly a year now! So, Happy Statsiversary to me.
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.