Happy Holidays TA! With Christmas in the rearview and New Year's Day fast approaching, now is that in-between space where lots of people take a vacation, play their new games, and hit reset before the new year. Similarly, it's time for us to say goodbye to 2018's year on site, and we continue that today with our new annual feature, the most played ID@Xbox games on TrueAchievements.
We've compiled the player counts for all 2018 new releases and today will be revealing the ten ID@Xbox titles with the highest player counts and talking a little about how they each got there. Stick around all week as we bring you more year-end stats like this.
10. GRIP - 9,832 PlayersGRIP
launched directly into Game Pass and right away became a hit with players on TA. It's an arcade racer that borrows from the spirit of nineties RC car toys with its flip tricks, missile launchers, and stunt jumps. What's better, the developers recently patched a few unobtainable achievements and now it's fully functional and still sitting in Xbox Game Pass for subscribers. Conan Exiles
has benefitted from the combination of a few Free Play Days weekends, several sales, and word that it can be completed in under an hour — one of twenty games this year to offer such quick boosts to your gamerscore
. Normally, a massive survival game such as this would be quite grueling on your achievement hunt, but in this case an admin panel opens up the full run of achievements to be had pain-free.
Just barely finishing ahead of Conan
is this recent Games with Gold entry. A bit reminiscent of Portal
, Q.U.B.E. 2
is a first-person puzzle platformer with a narrative hook. It's also a sequel, as should be obvious, so it's maybe best you start with the first one if you're using this list for playing suggestions from the many indie games on Xbox.
The highest rated game on this list, Hellblade
also recently just came to retail and Game Pass and has had its numbers shoot up since the latter event especially. If we took the numbers today instead of before the Game Pass date, it would be in second place. We say that for consistency's sake because we took all these numbers in one swoop about a week ago. Its finish as it stands in the above chart makes it the first game to appear not due to free weekends, Games with Gold, or Game Pass.
From indie darling to supposed snake oil to redemption story, the path of Hello Games' No Man's Sky
has been a unique one. Failing to live up to its unfair but arguably self-inflicted massive expectations, the game quickly lost favor on PS4 where it launched as a console exclusive two years ago. It was reborn on Xbox as the studio simultaneously added a lot to the game with the NEXT update and today is thought of more fondly than any other time since launch.
Just barely edging out NMS with little more than 100 additional players, Graveyard Keeper
is like a darker Stardew Valley
, both thematically and visually as the name implies. There's a lot to do and not always a lot of guidance, so use our guides
if you find yourself just shambling among the tombstones like an accidental zombie.
Another launch day addition to Xbox Game Pass, Vermintide 2
also has going for it the fact that it plays like a fantasy Left 4 Dead
with more RPG elements infused. Several Left 4 Dead
lookalikes launched on Xbox this year, but only one remained standing proud following its review season, and that's this one. It's another one that still sits in Game Pass for those looking for a great co-op game over the holidays.
3. TERA - 17,956 Players
The first truly free to play game on this list, perhaps surprisingly, TERA
is an MMO the likes of which we don't see too much on consoles. Fantasy dungeon-crawling is a timeless staple of video games, and for the right player, TERA
may be your next favorite grind.
2. Warface - 21,260 PlayersWarface
is another one with a strange path to this point. It originally launched late in the last generation before it failed to find an audience and disappeared from the store. It's relaunched now in a more F2P-friendly storefront on the Xbox One, and it's found more success as a result. One of only two games to clear 20K players on this list makes it clear players are hungry for a free military shooter as an alternative to the hefty price tags of Call of Duty
This is what happens when you have a console starved for baseball games and suddenly a really good baseball game becomes a Games with Gold title. Super Mega Baseball
was a GWG offering years ago, and it must have pulled in a few new fans too as its sequel was even bigger. Offering a sports experience happy to toe the line between sim and arcade, SMB2 stands out with awesome character and team creation tools and reliable and fun gameplay that makes it the clear best option for baseball fans on Xbox, despite it not having the MLB license like some other (much worse) games on the store.
Did any games on this list surprise you? We'll be back with more stats all week long so stay tuned!