TA Gaming Stats - Year In Review

By Dog of Thunder, 4 years ago
One year. It was last May that TrueAchievement himself approached the Newshounds with his idea of a new weekly feature showcasing weekly stats. Everyone on this site enjoys stats on some level, so the new feature made perfect sense. I was honored to be given the task of providing some personality and analysis to the numbers provided by TrueAchievement. During the last year, when I have been unable to cover these stats for you, we have had Matrarch, punkyliar, Perpalicious and N0T PENNYS B0AT fill in and help ensure that nothing stops the stats.

Some people were wondering why we didn't provide a yearly summary for the end of 2011, but since stats were only tabulated beginning on May 16th 2011, it would not have represented the entire year. Now? Well, since May 16th was this past Wednesday, now you get a run down of the last year.

One caveat before you look at these numbers and it involves DLC. Some of you may have selected the "Don't include DLC" option for your completion percentage, but for these numbers, DLC matters a great deal. A game is not complete unless someone has every available achievement and this includes DLC.

Without further ado, the stats that you have all been waiting for, 2011 in TA stats!

This report is for the period May 16th, 2011 to May 16th, 2012

Most Popular Retail Games

Remember, these stats are simply cold, hard numbers without any personal bias. That means yes, Gears of War 3 did beat out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and yes, over half of all TA community members played the latest entry of the Gears of War franchise. Modern Warfare 3 is not a big shock at number two, though I personally was expecting Skyrim to beat it.

After The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, we get a significant drop in numbers with the next three being really close to one another. If we look at these numbers in a few months, L.A. Noire may just be number four instead of Battlefield 3. L.A.Noire and https://www.trueachievements.com/Dead-Island-xbox-360.htm are also the only two new IPs to crack the retail chart for the entire year. Every other game is part of an established franchise.

Crysis 2 was not my pick for this chart, as honestly, I thought Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary would manage a spot. The re-make of Master Chief's very first adventure is actually number eleven and missed a spot by under 1k gamers.

Gears of War 3 - 88,769
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - 80,819
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 70,784
https://www.trueachievements.com/Battlefield-3-xbox-360.htm - 58,159
L.A. Noire - 57,215
Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360) - 51,213
https://www.trueachievements.com/Dead-Island-xbox-360.htm - 41,449
Mass Effect 3 - 40,851
https://www.trueachievements.com/Crysis2-xbox-360.htm - 39,800
Assassin's Creed: Revelations - 38,333

Most Popular Arcade Games

From when I began working on these numbers, which was done entirely by hand, this chart has undergone some dramatic shifts. Both Trials Evolution and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will go down as two of the most popular XBLA games of all time so you can only imagine my pain and suffering as they rocketed up this chart in the last few weeks. Minecraft only needed one week, ONE WEEK, to be the third most popular game of the past year!

Add in The Walking Dead (Xbox 360) and you have three games from the past month that made this chart. Equally amazing, the Summer of Arcade games from 2011 made such an impact that three of them are also on this chart. Bastion (Xbox 360), TA's 2011 XBLA Game of the Year, is easily the top new IP of 2011 regarding arcade games. Fellow Summer of Arcade release https://www.trueachievements.com/From-Dust-xbox-360.htm was number three until Minecraft passed it by on May 16th right at the deadline for these stats.

My personal picks for surprise entrants on this chart are Fez and Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team as I never expected them to be such hits. It seems almost fitting that those two are separated by only 25 gamers.

https://www.trueachievements.com/Trials-Evolution-xbox-....htm - 19,662
https://www.trueachievements.com/Bastion-xbox-360.htm - 17,928
https://www.trueachievements.com/Minecraft-xbox-360.htm - 11,718
https://www.trueachievements.com/From-Dust-xbox-360.htm - 11,588
https://www.trueachievements.com/Magic-2012-xbox-360.htm - 10,129
https://www.trueachievements.com/The-Walking-Dead-xbox-....htm - 9,060
https://www.trueachievements.com/Kill-Team-xbox-360.htm - 7,575
https://www.trueachievements.com/FEZ-xbox-360.htm - 7,550
https://www.trueachievements.com/Toy-Soldiers-Cold-War-....htm - 7,332
https://www.trueachievements.com/American-Nightmare-xbo....htm - 6,467

Most Popular Kinect Fun Labs

This one was a judgement call on my part as I felt the XBLA chart was far more interesting once I removed the Kinect Fun Labs titles from it. Out of respect, I went ahead and complied this chart of nothing but the Kinect Fun Labs top ten to get across just how popular these apps were when they first debuted during E3 last year.

https://www.trueachievements.com/Junk-Fu-xbox-360.htm, https://www.trueachievements.com/Kinect-Rush-Snapshot-x....htm and https://www.trueachievements.com/Musical-Feet-xbox-360.htm are the three that missed the cut for this chart.

https://www.trueachievements.com/Kinect-Me-xbox-360.htm - 21,575
https://www.trueachievements.com/Googly-Eyes-xbox-360.htm - 16,843
https://www.trueachievements.com/Build-A-Buddy-xbox-360.htm - 8,111
https://www.trueachievements.com/Bobble-Head-xbox-360.htm - 6,783
https://www.trueachievements.com/Air-Band-xbox-360.htm - 4,295
https://www.trueachievements.com/Battle-Stuff-xbox-360.htm - 3,185
https://www.trueachievements.com/Mutation-Station-xbox-....htm - 2,799
https://www.trueachievements.com/Avatar-Kinect-xbox-360.htm - 2,297
https://www.trueachievements.com/Kinect-Sparkler-xbox-3....htm - 2,024
https://www.trueachievements.com/I-Am-Super-xbox-360.htm - 1,949

Most Popular Windows Phone Games

Regular readers of the weekly stats could have predicted this chart. Both Minesweeper (WP) and Sudoku (WP) are incredibly popular due to timeless gameplay and a price point that no one can argue with: free. What no one could have predicted is just how close these games would be in terms of overall numbers. Angry Birds (WP), TA's 2011 Windows Phone Game of the Year and TA's 2011 Puzzle Game of the Year, is only 16 gamers ahead of Breeze (WP). That is the closest race on all of these charts and barely outs the difference of 22 between Sudoku and Shuffle Party (WP) on the very same chart.

https://www.trueachievements.com/Minesweeper-xbox-360.htm - 7,462
https://www.trueachievements.com/Sudoku-xbox-360.htm - 6,067
https://www.trueachievements.com/Shuffle-Party-xbox-360.htm - 6,045
https://www.trueachievements.com/Angry-Birds-xbox-360.htm - 6,008
https://www.trueachievements.com/Breeze-xbox-360.htm - 5,992
https://www.trueachievements.com/Wordament-WP-xbox-360.htm - 3,452
https://www.trueachievements.com/COLLAPSE-xbox-360.htm - 2,511
Plants vs. Zombies (WP) - 2,473
https://www.trueachievements.com/de-Blob-Revolution-xbo....htm - 2,214
Kinectimals (WP) - 2,150

Most Completed Retail Titles

Of course https://www.trueachievements.com/NCIS-Game-xbox-360.htm would make this chart! Every now and then, we need a reminder that yes, the TA community does like easy points.

With the NCIS mention out of the way, I need to remind everyone that DLC impacted this list, but even then, it's great seeing a year end list with both https://www.trueachievements.com/Captain-America-xbox-3....htm and https://www.trueachievements.com/Green-Lantern-xbox-360.htm represented.

Of particular interest is https://www.trueachievements.com/Portal-2-xbox-360.htm, as a number of TA members had completed the game prior to May 16th 2011 and were not counted for these stats. Portal 2 was simply a very, very popular game last year.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 10,712
L.A. Noire - 7,624
https://www.trueachievements.com/Portal-2-xbox-360.htm - 6,689
https://www.trueachievements.com/Halo-CE-Anniversary-xb....htm - 4,742
Mass Effect 3 - 3,361
https://www.trueachievements.com/Captain-America-xbox-3....htm - 3,163
https://www.trueachievements.com/The-Darkness-II-xbox-3....htm - 2,827
https://www.trueachievements.com/NCIS-Game-xbox-360.htm - 2,638
https://www.trueachievements.com/Green-Lantern-xbox-360.htm - 2,387
https://www.trueachievements.com/FINAL-FANTASY-XIII2-xb....htm - 2,149

Most Completed Arcade Titles

https://www.trueachievements.com/DAYTONA-USA-xbox-360.htm is another of those, "Oh right, we're an achievement site" games. The overall completion numbers are quite low but again, very recent releases make a strong showing. Standing out from this crowd is Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Special Editions (EU) as it is only available in Europe and is the best performing region specific game of the year.

In more "Wow, Minecraft is really popular news", had these numbers been calculated today as I write this (May 18th), it would have moved up to fourth place. Have I mentioned it is a $20 game that has been out for under two weeks?

Walking Dead: Episode 1 has also been out for just a few weeks, but with only one hundred GS and eight achievements, it is actually intended to be a quick completion.

https://www.trueachievements.com/The-Walking-Dead-xbox-....htm - 7,741
https://www.trueachievements.com/Bastion-xbox-360.htm - 5,420
https://www.trueachievements.com/DAYTONA-USA-xbox-360.htm - 3,067
https://www.trueachievements.com/Magic-2012-xbox-360.htm - 2,015
https://www.trueachievements.com/Kill-Team-xbox-360.htm - 1,893
https://www.trueachievements.com/Minecraft-xbox-360.htm - 1,656
https://www.trueachievements.com/FEZ-xbox-360.htm - 1,274
https://www.trueachievements.com/Trials-Evolution-xbox-....htm - 1,205
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Special Editions (EU) - 1,046
https://www.trueachievements.com/From-Dust-xbox-360.htm - 1,018

Most Completed Windows Phone Titles

https://www.trueachievements.com/COLLAPSE-xbox-360.htm as number one was to be expected as regular readers of the weekly stats know I have an ongoing vendetta against this game and its lack of a 100% completion rate. I almost cried when one of my friends took his sweet time getting it finished.

https://www.trueachievements.com/Womens-Murder-Club-xbo....htm may have had a significant amount of completions prior to May 16th 2011, but even after we started with site stats, people were still finishing this game. Enough in fact that it sneaked onto the chart at number ten over Orbital (WP).

https://www.trueachievements.com/COLLAPSE-xbox-360.htm - 2,321
https://www.trueachievements.com/Sudoku-xbox-360.htm - 2,015
https://www.trueachievements.com/Breeze-xbox-360.htm - 1,677
https://www.trueachievements.com/Minesweeper-xbox-360.htm - 1,502
https://www.trueachievements.com/Toy-SoldiersBoot-Camp-....htm - 1,407
https://www.trueachievements.com/geoDefense-xbox-360.htm - 1,285
Kinectimals (WP) - 818
https://www.trueachievements.com/Bug-Village-xbox-360.htm - 806
https://www.trueachievements.com/Beards--Beaks-xbox-360.htm - 731
https://www.trueachievements.com/Womens-Murder-Club-xbo....htm - 657

Most Won Retail Achievements

I decided to highlight the most won achievements of the past year by eschewing the numbers, which frankly, most people tended to ignore in the first place, and going with a more visual representation.

Regarding the retail achievements, more people earned these ten achievements than even started Modern Warfare 3. the second most popular retail game of the past year.

Gears of War 3Marcus, It's Your FatherThe Marcus, It's Your Father achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 5 pointsStory Progression in Prologue (Standard or Arcade).

Gears of War 3Swimmin' in Glowie GravyThe Swimmin' in Glowie Gravy achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 11 pointsStory Progression in Act 1 Chapter 2 (Standard or Arcade).

Gears of War 3Level 5The Level 5 achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 5 pointsReach level 5.

Gears of War 3We Struck Gold, Son!The We Struck Gold, Son! achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 11 pointsStory Progression in Act 1 Chapter 3 (Standard or Arcade).

Gears of War 3My Turf! Cougars Territory!The My Turf! Cougars Territory! achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 11 pointsStory Progression in Act 1 Chapter 5 (Standard or Arcade).

Gears of War 3Putting it Scientifically…The Putting it Scientifically… achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 11 pointsStory Progression in Act 1 Chapter 6 (Standard or Arcade).

Gears of War 3Okay, Now We Find HoffmanThe Okay, Now We Find Hoffman achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 11 pointsStory Progression in Act 2 Chapter 1 (Standard or Arcade).

Gears of War 3Oh Yeah, It's Pirate TimeThe Oh Yeah, It's Pirate Time achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 11 pointsStory Progression in Act 2 Chapter 5 (Standard or Arcade).

Gears of War 3Thanks For Flying GasBag AirwaysThe Thanks For Flying GasBag Airways achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 11 pointsStory Progression in Act 2 Chapter 7 (Standard or Arcade).

Gears of War 3Anvil Gate's Last ResortThe Anvil Gate's Last Resort achievement in Gears of War 3 worth 11 pointsStory Progression in Act 3 Chapter 1 (Standard or Arcade).

Most Won Arcade Achievements

This time around, the Kinect Fun Lab app Kinect fun Labs: Kinect Me is included in the chart. Despite knowing how popular it is, Trials Evolution continues to surprise me with its performance. The TA Community loves hurting a digital stunt rider over and over and over and over and "Why can't I bunny hop this gap properly!?" and over and over...

Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect MeMagic MirrorThe Magic Mirror achievement in Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Me worth 5 pointsScan your head

Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect MeNice OutfitThe Nice Outfit achievement in Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Me worth 5 pointsScan your body

Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect MeSet the StageThe Set the Stage achievement in Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Me worth 5 pointsChoose your own background

Trials EvolutionNo ProblemoThe No Problemo achievement in Trials Evolution worth 10 pointsPass the D License Test and get your first bike.

Trials EvolutionBeyond the Wall of PainThe Beyond the Wall of Pain achievement in Trials Evolution worth 10 pointsSmash your bike and break every bone in one spectacular crash.

Bastion (Xbox 360)The StrangerThe The Stranger achievement in Bastion (Xbox 360) worth 10 pointsComplete the Wharf District.

Trials EvolutionSchool's OutThe School's Out achievement in Trials Evolution worth 23 pointsPass the A License Test and get the Phoenix.

Bastion (Xbox 360)Secret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Bastion (Xbox 360) worth 11 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

Trials EvolutionCommunity SpiritThe Community Spirit achievement in Trials Evolution worth 24 pointsPost a time on another player's custom created track.

Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect MeSpread the WordThe Spread the Word achievement in Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Me worth 7 pointsShare with KinectShare.com

Most Won Windows Phone Achievements

As usual, the most variety in achievements comes from the Windows Phone. If Angry Birds did not have an achievement for busting an absurd number of blocks, it would have appeared in the completions chart. The continued existence of Shuffle Party on all of these charts though is a bit baffling.

Minesweeper (WP)Happens to EverybodyThe Happens to Everybody achievement in Minesweeper (WP) worth 5 pointsTrigger your first mine.

Minesweeper (WP)Click click BOOM!The Click click BOOM! achievement in Minesweeper (WP) worth 5 pointsTrigger a mine on the second click.

Minesweeper (WP)I don't need thoseThe I don't need those achievement in Minesweeper (WP) worth 6 pointsWin a game without using any powerups ranked as Player or higher.

Minesweeper (WP)Piece of cake!The Piece of cake! achievement in Minesweeper (WP) worth 6 pointsComplete a minefield with five digs or less.

Angry Birds (WP)Split it!The Split it! achievement in Angry Birds (WP) worth 5 pointsUnlock a new bird type

Shuffle Party (WP)X marks the spotThe X marks the spot achievement in Shuffle Party (WP) worth 5 pointsPerform a strike in Bowling.

Sudoku (WP)Pfffff, pencilsThe Pfffff, pencils achievement in Sudoku (WP) worth 5 pointsFinish a puzzle without using any pencil marks.

Angry Birds (WP)Speed is the EssenceThe Speed is the Essence achievement in Angry Birds (WP) worth 5 pointsUnlock a new bird type

Angry Birds (WP)Just Getting StartedThe Just Getting Started achievement in Angry Birds (WP) worth 15 pointsFinish World 1

Angry Birds (WP)Boom Boom!The Boom Boom! achievement in Angry Birds (WP) worth 5 pointsUnlock a new bird type

That concludes our very first year of TA Stats!

I want to thank all of you for working so hard to unlock achievements that we can see crazy numbers nearly every week.

Here's to another year of stats!