TA Gaming Stats - March 2012

By Mark Delaney, 6 years ago
March has become sort of a mini-November for gaming calendars over the past few years. A lot of the blockbuster games that can't make the Holiday window, or maybe don't want to, instead settle on March. Gamers and their wallets are finally recovering from the rush of games in October and November and are digging deep into the abundance of great games when *BAM!* you hit them again with a few more big titles.

This report is for the period March 1st to March 31st 2012.

Games Started
82,454 TrueAchievements gamers started a total of 198,820 games between them (1,776 different games).

In the games started category, there was never really a chance. Shepard's finale blew away the competition, by more than 5 to 1 over second place. These are some staggering numbers. Even in the first few days of April ME3 has added another 3,000+ tracked gamers. Just that figure would've been good for fifth place on this list. A few of the fall's biggest releases still remain high on the list, too.

Top Retail Games Started

The top five of this list is very interesting to me. In first place, we have a highly-anticipated and highly-promoted arcade game released in March. Then we have a Kinect Fun Lab ranking second. The nature of this site explains that. Then Alan Wake stands strong in the third spot, despite releasing in February. In fourth place is the first non-House Party title of the month. And finally, rounding out the top five is the blink and you'll miss the 200G Daytona USA. It's a very varied list and each game is there for different reasons. It's also interesting to note how many of these are sale items. I guess you guys that say you'll wait for a sale aren't kidding. I admire your patience, because I haven't any when it comes to games I want.

Top Arcade Games Started

The WP7 top game makes a lot of sense. Take a franchise that people enjoy and are familiar with, and spin it off to mobile devices, though, from what I've heard, some people were disappointed with this game. Is that true? How was it? Also appearing on the list are constants (like [LOST spoilers] Penny) Angry Birds, Sudoku, and Minesweeper.

Top Windows Phone Games Started

Games Completed
19,326 TrueAchievements gamers completed a total of 42,335 games between them (1,485 different games).

ME3 of course tops the games completed, but look at the rest of it. MW3 reappears thanks to recent DLC with achievements; the awful NCIS cracks the list thanks to CSI:-level simple gamerscore, and most interestingly, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect appear, surely because gamers were trying to finish them off before diving into the finale. Were any of you accounted for in all three of those completions?

Top Retail Games Completed

This portion tells us something we already knew: We love gamerscore, especially when it's free. With eight Fun Labs making the list, that's 400 free gamerscore if you completed all of them. The second and third games are also very easy, which is the only reason most anyone would buy them.

Top Arcade Games Completed

Whether or not Toy Soldiers for WP7 is fun, it's certainly easy. Almost all of you who started it, completed it during March. Some other classics like UNO and Monopoly also made the cutoff.

Top Windows Phone Games Completed

Achievements Won
111,657 TrueAchievements gamers won a total of 4,249,218 achievements online between them (53,956 different achievements).

You can't say much about this list that isn't immediately said by looking at it. This series is huge. Whatever they do with the ending, do you really think EA will let the universe go away? I predict a new game for the series will be announced before 2013.

Top Retail Achievements Won

This list contains almost nothing but the two bigger House Party titles, save for a few from Voice Studio and just the sole (and first) achievement from Demiurge's action game. The XBLA promos are always a fun time because we really do get some of the best the service has to offer. Arcade NEXT looks to be even bigger this month.

Top Arcade Achievements Won

Yup. It's confirmed. Toy Soldiers is pretty easy. It's achievements are uninterrupted in the top ten spots. I've never played on a Windows Phone and I don't own a smart phone. i haven't cared to before. I've prioritized upgrading my gaming library and TV before my phone. But now I think I might get one. Any suggestions as to which phone? I think I'd prefer a Windows Phone, unless you guys tell me they aren't worth it.

Top Windows Phone Achievements Won

Total TrueAchievements won by Genre

In the last, consistently staggering category, Role-Playing stands tall for the month, holding off the abundance of shooters. The crazy numbers for Mass Effect 3 were supplemented with a few more Skyrim and Reckoning gamers. Is this the first time Role-Playing has won the month? It could be.

  • Role-Playing38,021,927
  • Shooter25,845,877
  • Action-Adventure19,907,905
  • Sports11,448,759
  • Action10,565,481
  • Racing5,172,933
  • Platformer2,339,525
  • Music & Rhythm1,724,796
  • Party1,403,309
  • Puzzle1,247,733
  • Adventure1,101,540
  • Card & Board908,383
  • Simulation905,036
  • Strategy865,347
  • Vehicular Combat583,640
  • Special395,051
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.