TA Gaming Stats - March 17th to 23rd 2014

By Chewie, 4 years ago
This report is for the period March 17th to March 23rd 2014.

In last week's Stats I explained how I'd recruited a number of my Ewok helper Statisticles to build me a Titan in the basement. I forget exactly why I needed one. I guess I just got swept up in all the hype. Regardless, the little guys worked night and day over the past week and unveiled their creation this morning. At first, I was a little disappointed at what basically amounted to an upside down trash can, a bucket and some stilts. Then I saw the flamethrower, minigun, circular saw, rocket launcher, nail gun and feather duster, and I fell in love.

I've already been on a mini-rampage but had to pause to write these Stats up. Work comes first.

Games Started
25,150 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 34,623 games between them (1,808 different games).

Last week saw Titanfall (Xbox One) smashing into the table feet first with almost 21,000 massive starters, decimating everything else on the list with ease. This week, the game sees a significant chunk of numbers sliced out of it. It gets around 2,600 starters, almost an eighth of last week's majesty. However, it's still enough to secure the game the number one spot, even beating out new release Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox One), which grabs under 2,300 starters.

As the only new releases for a few weeks, those two titles dominate the table above all the biggest and most recent releases on the One so far, all with under 500 starters.

Top Xbox One Games Started

The two big new release of the last few weeks continue their reign on the top of the table, with Dark Souls II and South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360) still remaining over the 1,000 starters mark. Although, that still represents a fair drop for Dark Souls II, which goes down from 4,800 starters in last week's release week numbers.

Two new releases hit the table this week. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes takes third, with significantly fewer starters than on the One with under 800 compared to over 2,200. Way down in seventh, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare wallows with only 200 starters, numbers that on other weeks may not even see it place.

Rockstar sales are a fairly common thing around these parts. Every time their back catalogue sees a reduction, it's one game that always does best in the Stats. That game is Bully: Scholarship Edition, probably because it's harder to find a disc copy that isn't ridiculously marked up. And also because it's a great little title. It's just something about playing a character who preys on the week and goes around pulling wedgies on the underlings that appeals to me. Thanks to this week's sale, the game jumps up to sixth with almost 240 starters. Previous deal title, SoulCalibur V, also manages to stay high in the table in fifth, dropping from around 600 to 450 starters.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Started

In what are, by far, the lowest numbers since the program launched last June, "Games with Gold" freebie Dungeon Defenders gets a mere 600 starters, which is even less than previous freebie Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution gets, despite that game no longer being free. I guess people are just sick of Tower Defense games frequently going on offer. It joins the list with Defense Grid: The Awakening, Iron Brigade and Toy Soldiers: Cold War (including a 50% for Toy Soldiers). That's five of the twelve retail/XBLA Tower Defense titles available! Still, despite the low numbers, the game manages to claim first place thanks to a dearth of new releases or other decent sale titles.

Top Arcade Games Started

Recent free-to-play release,Throne Together (WP), maintains the top spot with over 220 starters and a very bad pun. This week's sale title, Mirror's Edge (WP), proves fairly popular in second with 100 starters. Previous sale title, geoDefense (WP), also continues to do well in fourth with 70.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
6,454 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 8,693 games between them (1,259 different games).

The "Chaos Rising" DLC for Dead Rising 3 and its relatively easy completion (over 60% of players have finished it) puts the game into first place with almost 400 completions.

Metal Gear Solid V: GZ appears in its release week in fifth with over 40 completions. I hear the game is quicker than an Ewok running from a Titan to finish but has a decent amount of replayability. The crushed Ewok, on the other hand, doesn't.

Top Xbox One Games Completed

South Park continues to rake in the completions with over 410 in first place, down from almost 590 last week. For the previous four weeks, two LEGO titles sat side by side on the table, taunting me. This week, they finally break apart. However, in their place, the two Dark Souls games sit next to each other, eyeing me menacingly in ninth and tenth place, both with around 40 completions. The fact that these are two of the more notoriously difficult titles on the system and Dark Souls II had only been out a week is seriously giving me the heebie-jeebies.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Completed

"Episode 2: A House Divided" for The Walking Dead: Season Two chows down on its delicious completions with over 550 in first, although that's around half the numbers it got last week. With all the other completions under 100, there's not much else to see here.

Top Arcade Games Completed

The unusual ease of completion (for a Rayman title) for Rayman Fiesta Run (WP) keeps it in first place, maintaining the 80 completions of last week. Previous sale title geoDefense (more Tower Defense!) jumps up from third to second with nearly 75 completions. Current sales title, Mirror's Edge doesn't make the grade.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
70,604 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 694,381 achievements online between them (50,299 different achievements).

With no other new releases coming close to challenging it, Dark Souls II claims every single spot on the table. Is it easier than the last game, or something? Most of these are for Discovering Covenants and Lighting Fires, so I guess the achievements don't necessarily relate to facing up to the big bad bosses.

Top Retail Achievements Won

With Dungeon Defenders doing so poorly, Walking Dead: S2 easily retains the top eight spots. The Tower Defense title does manage to slip one in, in ninth, but is denied tenth by World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Similar to last week, the two easiest (ungrindiest) achievements for Throne Together lead the pack above a slew of Rayman Fiesta Run achievements.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

After its massive boost last week, Shooter slips down in numbers this week from over 13 million to under 8.5 million, although it's still more than enough to retain first place. Coincidentally, that's also roughly the number of Statisticles that my Titan has inadvertently eradicated. MGS: GZ helps give Action-Adventure a boost, along with Dark Souls II, allowing it to go from third to second with a increase of 1 million to 5.8 million. Strategy actually sees a slip in numbers, going from over 1 million to under 900,000 and fifth to sixth place, which further reinforces the fact that Dungeon Defenders is a seriously poor "Games with Gold" freebie.

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Shooter8,480,634
  • Action-Adventure5,821,160
  • Role-Playing4,715,448
  • Action1,735,669
  • Sports1,032,949
  • Strategy856,038
  • Racing816,639
  • Platformer643,836
  • Puzzle454,500
  • Adventure287,961

That's all for this week, folks. Join us next week for more Stats and a special table. In the meantime, I'm off to find something else to eviscerate in my Titan as I seem to have run out of Statisticles. That reminds me, what's your address?
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.