TA Gaming Stats - September 15th to 21st 2014

By Chewie, 4 years ago
This report is for the period September 15th to September 21st 2014.

Welcome for the stats for the third week of September here on TA. After the delirious highs that last week's massive numbers gave us, this week sees the inevitable slump. Unfortunately, it's given my Ewok helpers, the Statisticles, a slump too. They've been moping around the TA treehouse all week, trying to find their next big number hit. They've even taken to counting each other's fleas to give them the big numbers they're craving, which I suppose is okay, because they've also got the munchies. "Two birds" and all that...

Games Started
33,304 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 47,007 games between them (1,882 different games).

Wow, that is quite a drop in numbers. With less than 10% the number of starters as its debut last week, Destiny (Xbox One) takes 3,600 starters. It's still more than enough to secure the top spot, but wow, what a come-down. Following up in second is the EA Access early access version of FIFA 15 (Xbox One) with almost 2,700 starters. Also on the new release side of things is the latest from kooky designer SWERY (of Deadly Premonition fame), D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die. The unique adventure title takes fourth place with over 1,200 starters, just behind Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.

Unfortunately, two new releases, Flockers and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes - 2.0 Edition don't make the table at all, which is rare as even the most obscure new releases have mostly managed to make it since launch. Disney Infinity may still appear next week as the release between other territories and the US was split across weeks, but Lemmings-alike Flockers doesn't seem to have captured the public's imagination. With services like "EA Access", "Games with Gold" and free-to-play titles like Warframe, some of the independent releases are going to struggle to pull in equivalent numbers from now on. Sales also won't help their cause, although some of those indie gems will find themselves occasionally discounted too. This week it's the turn of Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Xbox One), whose reduced price puts the game in ninth with 500 starters.

Top Xbox One Games Started

Bungie's latest may have pulled in massive numbers overall, but on the 360 in its second week, it falls behind one of the developers previous offerings as Halo: Reach claims the top spot with over 2,200 starters thanks to some "Games with Gold" freeness. Slipping down from nearly 9,000 to under 2,000 isn't quite the drop the One version saw, but it's still a stumble for Destiny and means the two generation versions now have fairly comparable numbers.

As its release in different regions was split across two weeks, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution climbs up the table from sixth with 230 starters to third with 550.

Sales give the likes of Metro 2033, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures and Metro: Last Light a boost in numbers in fourth, eighth and ninth with between 150 and 300 starters.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Started

With the lack of new releases on XBLA continuing for weeks, sales dominate the table. Valiant Hearts: The Great War, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge are all discounted, with the World War I adventure taking the top spot with 370 starters and the two Monkey Island classics claiming third and ninth. Mixed into these are the usual selection of previous "Games with Gold" offerings, free-to-play titles and popular games like The Walking Dead: Season Two.

Top Xbox 360 Arcade Games Started

After such a long drought, Windows Phone gamers have been spoilt recently with new releases to the platform. This week they get Age of Empires: Castle Siege (WP) which, although free-to-play, comes with the weight of a classic long-standing franchise to back it up. It proves popular with nearly 1,400 people starting it, easily plonking it in the top spot. Other recent releases Assassin's Creed Pirates (WP), Tentacles: Enter the Mind (WP), Terraria (WP), Secrets and Treasure: The Lost Cities (WP) and Hungry Shark Evolution (WP), also all appear in different positions. AC: Pirates in particular does better because, although it only just came out, it was also discounted for the week, giving it a second place position with 190 starters.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Age of Empires: Castle Siege (Win 8) has a similar effect on W8, taking first with a more conservative 750 starters. On sale like the WP version, Assassin's Creed Pirates (Win 8) also climbs up from ninth with 25 starters to third with 80. It sits sandwiched with Tentacles: Enter the Mind (Win 8) between the usual Microsoft favourites.

Top Windows 8 Games Started

Games Completed
5,274 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 6,992 games between them (1,289 different games).

Retaining the top spot, Minecraft still loses a chunk of completions this week, dropping by 400 to under 380. It's still five times more than any other game manages as most of the table is made up of the easiest completions on the console, all with under 75 completions. One interesting entry is FIFA 14 (Xbox One) in sixth, no doubt thanks to players trying to wrap it up in preparation for the latest entry.

Top Xbox One Games Completed

Wow, would you look at that. The number of completions on the 360 has dropped so low with none over 35 that even the notoriously easy Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Burning Earth pops up in seventh with over 25 completions. Also showing up is Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway thanks to a date related achievement and, like the One version, FIFA 14.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Games Completed

Although the retail side of things is poor, XBLA is still pulling in completions as The Walking Dead: Season Two manages to stay in first with 420, a drop by 200 on last week's 620. The same three sale titles on the started title appear here as they're all also easy completions. Valiant Hearts takes fourth with 50 completions, Monkey Island claims seventh with over 40 and Monkey Island 2 manages to grab tenth with over 25.

Top Xbox 360 Arcade Games Completed

As most of the new releases are free-to-play grinds, they don't make the table, with the exception of Secrets and Treasure in fourth, slipping from last week's number one position.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

It's the same old story on W8 as Secrets and Treasure: The Lost Cities (Win 8) again pulls up in third, behind the Microsoft heavies.

Top Windows 8 Games Completed

Achievements Won
92,308 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 1,148,680 achievements online between them (58,951 different achievements).

Destiny again claims the clean sweep, although with almost completely different achievements than in its debut week. Most of these reflect more time spent in the game than the initial achievements of last week, with a focus on doing that bit more, such as killing 100 of Hunters or Warlocks.

Top Xbox One Achievements Won

Unlike last week's almost identical table, on the 360 Destiny's sweep looks more different than the One version this week. Sure, the top half is similar, but those last few aren't reflected on the One table. The fact that Halo: Reach doesn't appear also shows that, even more people started the older game, more people are actually playing the newer one.

Top Xbox 360 Retail Achievements Won

All eight of the final episode achievements of TWD:S2 continue to take up most of the table. This time in the other two spots are achievements for Valiant Hearts.

Top Xbox 360 Arcade Achievements Won

Age of Empires makes its mark by claiming the top four spots, with the number one in particular far above the rest. AC: Pirates also does well with four spots, whilst single places are filled in seventh by Tentacles and tenth by Terraria

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

The same four achievements claim the top four spots on W8, but Age of Empires does also slip into ninth and tenth on W8, giving it six places overall.

Top Windows 8 Achievements Won

Poor Role-Playing. Last week, it shot into first place with over 20 million thanks to Destiny, because that's how the game was originally classified here on site. Then the Game Info team had a vote that meant the game was reclassified under the Shooter designation. This means that Role-Playing is humiliatingly stripped of its numbers and sent crying into fourth place this week, leaving Shooter to claim the top spot with 16 million.

Elsewhere, Sports gets a decent bump up from sixth to third, passing the 3 million mark, thanks to Fifa

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre
  • Shooter16,032,511
  • Action-Adventure6,846,298
  • Sports3,130,596
  • Role-Playing2,957,964
  • Action2,851,313
  • Simulation1,762,269
  • Racing1,426,525
  • Platformer886,887
  • Puzzle508,980
  • Music & Rhythm435,412

That's all for this week. Next week sees the XBLA release drought finally end with a horror fest of Anna - Extended Edition and Slender: The Arrival. We'll also get some other new releases on the One to try and challenge Destiny and Minecraft. Will the full-blown release of FIFA 15 give it the lead and the Statisticles their much-needed number high?
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.