TA Gaming Stats - September 2nd to 8th 2013

By Chewie, 5 years ago
This report is for the period September 2nd to September 8th 2013.

Good day and welcome to the Stats for the first full week of September. We've got the usual round up of numbers from TA here for you, plus my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, and I have rustled up a dungeony treat for you at the bottom. Make sure to put on some legendary armour and lay your hands on a whopping great bastard sword; things are sure to get messy.

Games Started
33,429 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 47,648 games between them (1,825 different games).

The surge of new releases from the last couple of weeks slows down a little this week, but what a new release we get. Taking almost 6,000 starters, the Xbox port of the latest instalment of the hugely popular dungeon-crawler series, Diablo III easily outdoes anything else on the table. Although it's worth noting that it takes in almost 2,000 starters less than Saints Row IV did two weeks ago, which surprises me a little. Although, I guess some people got their fill from the PC version and don't see it translating well to consoles. The only other new release to make the table is Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate all the way down in tenth place with only 340 starters. I am extremely disappointed not to see the one game that I have been most looking forward to this year: Farming Simulator. I guess that's down to the game not yet being released in America. Otherwise, I'm sure it would storm the charts. I mean, come on, why would you play anything else?

Recent releases fill up the rest of the table, with Saints Row IV doing the best in second, above the likes of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, Payday 2, Rayman Legends (Xbox 360) and Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360). Scattered in the other spots are sales titles, including the previous month's "Game's with Gold" freebie, Dead Rising 2 (Xbox 360) and Deal of the Week goody, Bully: Scholarship Edition. Angry Birds Trilogy also proves one of the most popular hauls from the massive Back to School Sale, sitting on the table in ninth place with over 400 starters. Although the numbers will also have been bolstered thanks to some unfortunate Microsoft marketplace mishaps and some not entirely legitimate Russian citizenships, allowing a few people to get their hands on the title for free. From what I hear, this wasn't the last of the international hopping freebie wangling to occur, so expect to see more unexpected titles on the chart next week.

Top Retail Games Started

Cards and nostalgia are the name of the game this week in Arcade. First up, the "Games with Gold" freebie, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, gathers some serious steam, jumping from 1,500 to almost 6,500 starters. I wonder how many of those players will be disappointed to find out how little actual magic they get to do in the game. Following in second is another card-based game as, after hanging around on the table for quite some time thanks to people partaking in the Beta program, World Series of Poker: Full House Pro stops teasing us and bursts onto the table for real this week, collecting over 3,500 card sharks. The other new release, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, fares considerably less well, only pulling in 600 starters for the nostalgia filled platformer remake. I wonder if next week's similarly nostalgic platformer, DuckTales Remastered, will fare any better.

The Back to School sale also proves popular for the Arcade, with four discounted titles, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, Motocross Madness and Mercury Hg, sitting in sixth, seventh, eighth and tenth.

Top Arcade Games Started

Free to play always leads to big numbers on these here tables, and Gameloft's Six-Guns (WP) is no different, pulling in over 700 starters in its release week. Another Gameloft title also makes an appearance in fifth, with Modern Combat 4 (WP) taking 66 starters thanks to a Deal of the Week reduction, despite the game containing an unobtainable; something Gameloft seem to be fairly notorious at. Forget unobtainables, I'm also not sure on their game titling. Killing someone with six guns just seems impractical. Surely one would do the trick. Two at most. Even General Grievous would only be able to manage with four. And how can you call a game "Modern Combat" when, in a year, it won't be modern any more. That would be like calling a new iPad the "New iPad". Oh wait, they did that. For clarity's sake, this game should be called Modern Combat 4: Moderner Combat Than Before But Not As Modern As The Next One

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
6,389 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 8,599 games between them (1,249 different games).

Saints Row IV continues to pile on the completions in first place, despite dropping slightly from around 590 to 490 this week. Splinter Cell: Blacklist also manages to stick around near the top, increasing its own completions slightly in third, behind Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which jumps up from fourth to second as more people complete the "Apocalypse" DLC.

Bully also makes a solid appearance in fourth with 150 completions thanks to the recent boost in deal hungry players who got it for a bargain and couldn't resist ploughing through the game's school-based shenanigans.

Top Retail Games Completed

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero and The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) continue to dominate the Arcade completion chart, although their numbers continue to drop. All it would take now is a very popular and easy game to crop up as a new release or sale, and they'd finally be toppled. Unfortunately, Castle of Illusion wasn't that game, although with almost 90 completions in third, it doesn't do too badly.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Windows Phone Games Completed continues its pattern of ignorance to the changes on all the other tables, stubbornly refusing to give us any love and showing the same titles as the last few weeks. Even Collapse! (WP) Watch disappoints as we only see a dip of two for the number of players needed for the game to reach 100% completion percentage. And then last week I found out about at least one person who's sold their WP with Collapse! uncompleted. I despair.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
68,698 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 759,718 achievements online between them (49,312 different achievements).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, despite the continuing success of recent retail releases, Diablo III clears the entire dungeon of Retail Achievements Won and grabs all the available loot. With not a huge amount of story-based achievements, many of these are for doing something for the first time, including equipping legendary and rare items, and repairing and crafting equipment,

Top Retail Achievements Won

After a mix of titles last week, free wins out on Arcade Achievements Won this week, as Magic claims the clean sweep.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Six-Guns sets its sights on the top five Windows Phone achievements this week. It would've been better if it had managed to get six. Maybe that last one is unobtainable... wink

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre

Diablo III gives Role-Playing a big boost on Genre, although it's not enough to kick it up from third place due to most of the other new releases recently being either Shooter or Action-Adventure. Card & Board also shoots up from ninth to fifth thanks to the combined effort of Magic and WSOP

  • Action-Adventure7,878,290
  • Shooter4,985,327
  • Role-Playing3,716,567
  • Action1,867,219
  • Sports1,394,370
  • Card & Board1,000,422
  • Platformer994,122
  • Racing820,778
  • Puzzle320,510
  • Adventure273,914

For the last two weeks, the Statisticles and I have brought you lucky folks a new featured table here on Stats. We started with some standard stuff, with Top 10 Most Started Retail Games and Top 10 Most Started Arcade Games. Today, we're going to do something a little bit different, No, it's not Top 10 Most Started Windows Phone Games... Celebrating the release of Diablo III to consoles, we're going to take a look at the Dungeon-Crawler genre in more detail.

Top 10 Most Started Role Playing - Dungeon Crawler Games (as of 15/09/13)

I know the table has eleven spots rather than the traditional ten, but I thought it would be good to extend it to allow Diablo III to make its appearance.

So, let's see what this dungeon holds for us.

Discounting unreleased titles and regional variations, there are fifteen titles on the site that are classed under the Dungeon Crawler genre. Two series are represented twice on the table, with the Borderlands and Dead Island games both getting a double mention. Borderlands proves by far the most popular, however, with both titles claiming the top two spots. The original Borderlands pulls in over 113,000 starters, almost 36,000 more than its sequel, Borderlands 2. However, with three years separating the two, that gap could close over time. Dead Island (Xbox 360) gets its first look in at third, with its recent sequel/spin-off, Dead Island Riptide (Xbox 360), claiming ninth place.

The makers of two of the titles on the table are probably almost as well known in recent times for their legal and financial problems as they are for their games. The now pretty much shut down Silicon Knights lost a legal battle with Epic last year that resulted in them having to destroy any unsold copies of their 2008 RPG, Too Human, which appears here in fourth place (no doubt the numbers for that title are unlikely to rise much as a result of that little debacle). Despite what seemed like good early sales figures for their RPG, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy last year amid layoffs and unpaid loans. At least their game can continue to be sold, though.

In sixth, Torchlight represents the only Arcade game on the table and the one that many would same most closely represents the "Diablo experience" on the Xbox...until Diablo II came out, of course.

Two other titles, Sacred 2: Fallen Angel in seventh and Dungeon Siege III in tenth represent console sequels to popular PC titles (much like Diablo III). Whereas the final game on the list, Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom is the fourth in a series whose previous iterations appeared exclusively on the original Xbox. It also represents the oldest title on the list (February 2008 release), the lowest rated by the community (2.7 from 1588 votes) and the only one I had never heard of.

Currently, Diablo shows as the least completed of the titles with a lowly 0.44% of players having finished. Don't forget though, that these numbers are always low with new releases and this one could rise significantly over the next few months. Then again, it is Diablo, a series not known for its ease of completion at the hardest difficulty levels. On the other end of the scale, the easiest completion is represented by Torchlight, with a high 38% completion percentage.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour through the dungeons of TA. On the way we've collected plenty of loot in the form of tasty tables with juicy stats. We've also taken a few moments to slay some of the resident beasties, the vicious hordes of the Statisticles. Forget about being able to defeat the boss though, he's really cheap and will just tear your arms off in the first few seconds of the fight.

Until next time, when we'll be seeing a slightly quieter release week no doubt compensated with the entry of plenty of dodgily acquired freebies.
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.