TA Gaming Stats - 2013

By Chewie, 4 years ago
This report is for the period January 1st 2013 to December 31st 2013.

Welcome to the Stats for the entirety of 2013 here on TA. That's right, like last year, my Ewok helpers and I set down to work through a whole heap of titles and numbers to compile the tables for 365 days worth of gaming goodness. In gaming news, although we didn't get anything quite as dramatic as last year's loss of THQ, the Microsoft flip-flops over the direction of the One from its reveal in May up until its release in November certainly gave us lots to talk (and complain) about. To compile these tables, we tried firing up the Statistron 3000 that produced last year's numbers, but it turned out that it had been taken apart and the parts sold off to use on the HDMI ports of the PS4. So, instead of that hunk of junk, these tables have been compiled using the blood, sweat and tears (literally) of the Statisticles.

Games Started
156,954 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 2,509,602 games between them (2,504 different games).

With the console released at the end of November, the One stats were always going to be lower than the 360's as they encompass only around 6 weeks. Regardless, let's take a look at what games have been the biggest hitters since the console's launch. The third in the Dead Rising sandbox zombie mayhem series, Dead Rising 3, comfortably takes the top spot with over 15,800 starters. Following in second, with 1,000 fewer starters, is Microsoft's flagship racing title Forza Motorsport 5. Moving down the list we get Ryse: Son of Rome, Battlefield 4 (Xbox One), Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox One), FIFA 14 (Xbox One), Killer Instinct and Peggle 2, with between 7,000 and 12,500.

Then we see a bit of jump down to the sub-5,000 starter titles, with the more recently released Halo: Spartan Assault (Xbox One) in tenth with 4,500. Sliding in below that are LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox One), Xbox Fitness, Madden NFL 25 (Xbox One), NBA 2K14 (Xbox One), Powerstar Golf, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One), Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One) and Crimson Dragon with between 1,200 and 3,700 starters. Finally, in last place with under 800 starters is Just Dance 2014 (Xbox One).

Naturally, most of these titles were released in November, along with the console. However, a few, such as Peggle 2, Halo: SA and Max came later on so haven't had the opportunity to pull in bigger numbers yet. Interestingly enough, seventeen of the twenty titles here are entries of existing series, with Ryse, Powerstar Golf and Xbox Fitness being the only original IPs (and I'm not sure I really count that last one). Additionally, eleven of the titles exist purely on next-gen, with nine of them also having 360 versions or, in the case of Halo: SA, versions on other platforms (WP8 and W8).

Top Xbox One Games Started

Smashing every other number on these tables, Grand Theft Auto V takes over 91,500 starters between its September release and the end of the year. That's over 6 times any of the One titles, over 18,000 more than last year's biggest game (Halo 4) and over 1.7 times more than the next game on this list, BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360). That game takes a respectable almost 54,500 with the Tomb Raider reboot in third with 42,500. In fourth we get March's Gears of War: Judgment with 40,500 starters and in fifth we get the most popular title of 2013 that was actually released in 2012, Far Cry 3. Other games from 2012 include Assassin's Creed III in ninth, https://www.trueachievements.com/Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops....htm in eleventh, Borderlands 2 in seventeenth and Dishonored in nineteenth.

Most of the free "Games with Gold" retail offerings also make their appearances, with the first freebie, Fable III, in eighth with over 23,500 starters, Dead Rising 2 (Xbox 360) in tenth over 22,000, Crackdown in sixteenth with almost 19,000 and Assassin's Creed II in eighteenth with over 18,000.

Filling in the gaps are Call of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Space 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Saints Row IV, Diablo III, Halo 4 and Dead Island Riptide (Xbox 360), with numbers ranging from 17,000 to 30,000.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Started

Free-to-play leads the way on the Arcade, with Doritos Crash Course 2 and Spartacus Legends taking the top two spots, with 36,000 and 30,000 starters each. The pricing model puts Ascend: Hand of Kul in fifth, last year's Happy Wars in seventh and World Series of Poker: Full House Pro in thirteenth

The impact of "Games with Gold" can also be felt on the Arcade, with Defense Grid: The Awakening the most popular in sixth with over 15,500 starters, then in ninth to twelfth we get the quadruple threat of https://www.trueachievements.com/Magic-The-Gathering-20....htm, Iron Brigade, Shoot Many Robots and A World of Keflings, with between 11,500 and 14,000 starters. Finally, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes takes seventeenth as the least popular freebie with over 8,500 starters.

Last year's popular titles The Walking Dead and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition take third and fourteenth, whilst this year's most popular new, non-free, release is State of Decay in fourth with almost 16,500 starters.

It's also worth mentioning that the majority of these titles also saw discounts in the end of year sales, which will have helped boost their numbers considerably. Additionally, not one of this year's "Summer of Arcade" titles, Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, Charlie Murder, Flashback HD and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, makes an appearance.

Top Arcade Games Started

Like Arcade, free-to-play has a big impact on the Windows Phone table, with the pricing model being used for the vast majority of titles released to WP8. Jetpack Joyride (WP) takes top spot with over 4,800 starters, whilst Tetris Blitz (WP) takes third with nearly 3,500. Further down, we see UNO & Friends (WP) in eleventh with 2,800 starters, Monster Burner (WP) in fourteenth with nearly 2,500, Six-Guns (WP) in seventeenth with 2,200 and Ice Age Village (WP) and Temple Run 2 (WP) in eighteenth and nineteenth, both with 2,000.

A free Miniclip game promotion early in the year proved exceedingly popular, putting Fragger (WP) in second with almost 3,800 starters, Monster Island (WP) in fourth with 3,300, iStunt 2 (WP) in sixth with 3,200 and Gravity Guy (WP) in thirteenth with 2,600.

Other titles that are table staples and always free include Wordament (WP), AlphaJax (WP), Shuffle Party (WP), Minesweeper (WP), Sudoku (WP) and Breeze (WP). In fact, the only not always free, free at some point or free-to-play titles on the list are Cut the Rope: Experiments (WP), Angry Birds Classic (WP) (discounting a marketplace blip that meant they were free for a short time) and Rayman Jungle Run (WP) in ninth, tenth and last place. Buncha' cheapskates.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
68,223 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 447,672 games between them (2,353 different games).

The most completed One title isn't even on the most started list, with LocoCycle (Xbox One) taking just shy of 300 completions. Following that with between 180-280 completions in second to sixth are Ryse, Max, FIFA, CoD: Ghosts and LEGO Marvel. There's then a bit of a step down in completions, with NfS Rivals and Peggle around the 70 mark in seventh and eighth, and a selection of titles pulling in between 20 and 50. At the bottom end of the table, we see so few completions that we actually get under double figures, with Skylanders SWAP Force (Xbox One) getting exactly ten in sixteenth, Just Dance and Killer Instinct both with 3 in seventeenth and eighteenth, and Fighter Within getting a grand total of two in last place.

Top Xbox One Games Completed

The majority of the most completed games on the 360 actually come from previous years, with Sleeping Dogs in tenth, Tomb Raider in twelfth, Dead Island Riptide in thirteenth, Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel in fifteenth and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist in nineteenth the only games on the list from 2013. Instead, we get 2012's Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, LEGO The Lord of the Rings, Mass Effect 3 and Hitman: Absolution in first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth places with between 2,800 and 8,200 completions. Some of these are helped along by the release of DLC in 2013 bringing up the numbers. We also get 2011's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in third with 4,000 completions thanks to the December 2012 release of the "Dragonborn" DLC, as well as the long awaited DLC sales and the release of the Legendary Edition.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Completed

On the Arcade side of things, the recent super-popular Teltlale episodic series take the top spot, fourth and fifth, thanks to the extreme ease of their completions. The Walking Dead pulls in over 12,000 big ones, whilst single episode follow-up The Walking Dead: Season Two gets 5,000 completions and single episode Fables tie-in The Wolf Among Us gets over 4,000.

Thanks to its popularity, ease of completion and multiple sales, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon takes second place with 5,500 completions. Other easy completions from this year include Brothers in eleventh and Telltale Games' Poker Night 2 in sixteenth. We also get a bunch of last year's easy completion titles, such as the SEGA Vintage fighters Sonic the Fighters, Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers in seventh, tenth and twelfth. Both Doritos Crash Course titles make it, with the first one in sixth with almost 4,000 completions, helped by the glitchy DLC achievement fix, and the second in ninth with almost 3,000 completions. 2012's Deadlight and Dust: An Elysian Tail take fourteenth and twentieth, whilst the easiest "Games with Gold" titles also appear, World of Keflings in fifteenth, Magic DotP 2013 in seventeenth and Shoot Many Robots in nineteenth, with between 1,000 and 1,400 completions.

Top Arcade Games Completed

By far the biggest completion of 2013 for Windows Phone was Cut the Rope: Experiments, which takes in 2,000 completions, 600 more than its predecessor, which takes second place. Although they take the top spots, they aren't the easiest games on the platform. That honour falls to 2011's Collapse! (WP), which stands in third with 1,300 completions, over 100 more than it achieved in 2012. Unlike last year, many of the games from Games Started don't make it onto Games Completed, mostly because so many are free-to-play and therefore more of a grind to finish. Still, releases from this year that make it include, Jetpack Joyride in fifth with 1,200 completions, Shark Dash (WP) in seventh with almost 950 and Fruit Ninja (2013) (WP) in tenth with nearly 900.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
194,796 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 54,319,960 achievements online between them (78,114 different achievements).

Last year, the top three retail titles filled up Retail Achievements Won. This year, it's just two titles that take all the spots. GTA V takes the top eleven spots, thirteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth, due to the sheer volume of players involved. The majority of these are story-based, with To Live or Die in Los Santos appearing, for finishing the campaign. Bioshock Infinite grabs twelfth, fourteenth and seventeenth through twentieth.

Top Retail Achievements Won

Doritos Crash Course 2 takes eight spots, including the top four. A single Spartacus Legends achievement sneaks in at third, whilst The Walking Dead and Ascend share the spots on the bottom half of the table.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

There's a bit more variety here, with seven titles claiming spots. Jetpack Joyride rules with the top four, whilst Fragger claims the next three. Those two continue appearing amidst entries from Tetris Blitz, Wordament, Shuffle Part, Monster Island and iStunt 2.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Last year, Shooter took the crown, but with GTA V and most of the One games falling into it, Action-Adventure leads the way on Genre this year with an impressive almost 476 million. Role-Playing sees a significant dip from last year's 260 million to 180 million this year, but it still retains its third place spot. The placings of Action, Sports, Racing and Platformer in fourth to seventh are exactly the same as last year and the numbers aren't hugely different either. Adventure gets a bump from tenth to eighth thanks in large part to Telltale games.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Action-Adventure475,883,001
  • Shooter388,947,851
  • Role-Playing180,262,236
  • Action154,612,460
  • Sports93,105,442
  • Racing74,512,331
  • Platformer43,629,795
  • Adventure29,316,350
  • Puzzle28,357,272
  • Strategy20,742,759
  • Card & Board20,537,944
  • Music & Rhythm17,762,413
  • Simulation16,699,037
  • Party12,519,295
  • Vehicular Combat4,743,094
  • Special4,259,055

That's all I've got for you for 2013, folks. Feel free to liberally litter the comments with your thoughts and feelings on the year and if these tables do or don't represent your 2013 in gaming. I know they didn't for me. But we don't have any way to track my time in Lemmings on my trusty Amiga 600. Shame.
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.