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Jan
16
2016 Leaderboards - How Did You Do?
Hi TAers,

Some of you will remember that last year we created annual achievement leaderboards for the first time, totaling the achievements unlocked in various ways by everyone registered on the site during 2015. This proved to be really popular, so we've just finished building the 2016 versions.

You can find the leaderboards here: Site Leaderboards for 2016

This page has all your usual TA filtering options. You can filter by platform and genre, even region and area!



You can easily find your position on the board by clicking the Find Me button. It will take you to the page and scroll down automatically to show your position in all its glory. Click the Friends only option to show just you and your buddies.

Find yourself or view just your friends


We've included all the online achievements that everyone unlocked throughout the whole of 2016. Offline achievements could not be included as we couldn't be sure they were unlocked during the year.

The page defaults to showing the TrueAchievement score leaderboard (naturally), but there are also leaderboards for GamerScore, Achievements Won, Challenges Won and TA Ratio. The links to these boards are on the right of that page.

Leaderboards for different score types


The top 10 contains some familiar names and huge congratulations to RedmptionDenied for taking home the title for the second year running!

Share your positions
You'll probably want to share with the world that you made it into the top 1,000 of the 2016 European GamerScore in Racing Games Leaderboard and why not? Once you've found yourself, click the share icon to be taken up the page to the share panel:

Share Panel


From here you can share to facebook, twitter, etc. and the shares look pretty cool and link through directly to the correct leaderboard and position:

SharingSharing


Can you do even better in 2017?
Added by TrueAchievement at 17:30:58
Jan
13
TA Podcast: Exclusive Interview with ID@Xbox Community Manager, Kristen Jenson
Hello and welcome to a special episode of the TrueAchievements Podcast, in which we interview ID@Xbox Community Manager, Kristen Jensen, about how the program helps developers bring their games to the Xbox platform, her hidden gems of 2016 and what is coming up in 2017 that we should all be looking out for. We also discuss unobtainable achievements on ID titles and what we can do to attempt to get them fixed.

We also go through this week's biggest news announcements, what we've been playing to hopefully stay past week one of this year's GTASC, take a look at what games will be coming our way next week, and answer your questions.

Links:
Scalebound Has Been Cancelled
New Xbox One Controller Colors Announced
Elite: Dangerous Gets First Alien Contact
Injustice 2 Release Date Announced
For Honor Closed Beta Weekend Approaches
ID@Xbox on Twitter
ID@Xbox on Beam

Please note that we are posting this as Site News as it contains an interview with the ID@Xbox Community Manager that includes important discussion on what to do about unobtainable achievements on the ID@Xbox Program
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For those of you who are using other operating systems, you can also listen to our podcasts here on the site, on YouTube, or you can download them here.

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Added by DaveKinetic at 15:42:00
Jan
05
TrueAchievements Has Now Tracked 1 Billion Achievement Unlocks
Today we passed a rather impressive milestone: we have now tracked over 1 BILLION Xbox achievement unlocks! That's a staggering 1,000,000,000 achievements that we have stored in our rather hefty database and that means that it's time for us to do some analysis on all of that lovely data (and there's a handy infographic here)...

Please note, you can click on most of the chart bars or pie slices to be taken to a list of relevant games, achievements or gamers.
1 Billion Tracked Achievements - The Analysis

Achievements Won By Year


The striking thing about this graph is the drop off in the number of achievements that were won during 2016: it is down almost 20% compared to 2015. With more games than ever released last year and more gamers than ever on TrueAchievements, what could be the cause of this? We are guessing that gamers are sinking more of their time into large multiplayer games such as Tom Clancy's The Division and Overwatch: Origins Edition and perhaps are not starting as many games. We'll be looking into this in more detail in a future article.

It's also interesting to note that in the first four days of 2017, there has already been almost three times as many achievement unlocks as there were in the forty-odd days after the Xbox 360 was released in 2005!


Achievement Unlocks By Platform

As you would expect given its age and popularity, the vast majority (almost exactly 75%) of the achievements were unlocked on the Xbox 360. Impressively, the Xbox One is doing a pretty good job of catching up with over 23% of the unlocks. Windows Phone is a distant third, with Windows fourth, but we would expect the latter's share to grow as Microsoft continue to promote Xbox gaming on the PC.


Games With Most Achievement Unlocks

The Halo Series dominates the top 10 of the games with the most unlocks. Halo: The Master Chief Collection takes first place, something that is unsurprising given that it has a whopping 600 achievements spread across its five classic titles. It is also the only Xbox One title in the top 10, with Xbox 360 titles comprising the other 9 places.

The Gears of War and Call of Duty series also each have two entries in a top 10 that is dominated by classic shooters.


Achievement Unlocks By Game Genre

Given the top 10 games chart above, and perhaps proving the stereotype of the typical gamer, most achievement unlocks (27%) come from Shooters. Right on the tail of that comes the Action-Adventure genre with 25%, and Role Playing games also take a healthy piece of the pie with a not-inconsiderable 12%. Sports and Racing games only account for around 6% of unlocks each.


Most Won Achievements

Interestingly, the top 5 most won achievements all come from different games, with Xbox 360 freebie Hexic HD taking the number one spot:

Hexic HDCluster BusterThe Cluster Buster achievement in Hexic HD worth 5 pointsGet a total of 25 combos across all of your games.

Gears of WarPrison BreakoutThe Prison Breakout achievement in Gears of War worth 10 pointsCompleted tutorial level on any skill level

Halo 3LandfallThe Landfall achievement in Halo 3 worth 21 pointsFinish the first mission of the Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.

Grand Theft Auto IVOff The BoatThe Off The Boat achievement in Grand Theft Auto IV worth 5 pointsComplete the first mission.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Two Birds with One StoneThe Two Birds with One Stone achievement in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 worth 10 pointsKill 2 enemies with a single bullet in Single Player or Special Ops.


Unlocked Achievement Gamerscore Distribution

As you may have guessed, 10 Gamerscore value achievements make up a large percentage of the achievement unlocks. Almost 30% of them are "regular" 10 pointers.

There's a healthy spread of other values too, with almost 1% of our unlocks coming from those beautiful 100 Gamerscore achievements! Interestingly, while 0 Gamerscore achievements make up over 2% of the total achievements on the Xbox platform, they only make up 0.6% of our unlocks. Developers take note: please give your achievements some score!

Are you stuck on an odd numbered Gamerscore? Use our handy achievement filter tool to easily find odd numbered achievements that you've not won in the games that you've played!
Gamers With Most Achievement Unlocks

Top Gamers By Achievements Won

The top 5 gamers based on achievements won holds few surprises. These guys have spent years dedicated to Xbox. The sound of the bleep-bloop is what makes them tick!

A particular mention must go to Stallion83 and smrnov, who have been duking it out at the top of the tree for as long as most of us can remember.

To see the full leaderboard for achievements won and to see where you place, please click here.
Ponderables

5.8 million of the achievements were unlocked in TrueAchievements gaming sessions - wow!
86% of the achievements have been unlocked online
33% of the achievements have been classified as Rare by Xbox (click here for the list)
Only 14% of the achievements would be classed as Rare across only TrueAchievements members
Over 26 million achievements have been removed for cheating by our investigations team

Average TrueAchievements Gamer

Average TrueAchievements Gamer

Have you ever wondered how you stack up against the average TrueAchievements gamer? Register for free to find out.
We would like to thank everyone that's been involved in helping us to get to this incredible milestone, not least the awesome TrueAchievements Community, and of course Microsoft and everyone at Xbox for making such a fantastic platform.

Here's to the next billion!
Added by TrueAchievement at 14:41:41
Jan
03
The TrueAchievements Game of the Year 2016
Hi TA'ers,

Firstly, I'd like to give a special thankyou to everyone who voted in this year's awards. It's great to see so many of you give your thoughts on what has been another fantastic year for games on the Xbox platform.

As always, the Game of the Year, as well as the rest of the winners, will receive TrueAchievements rosettes on their respective game or achievement pages.

TrueAchievements Game of the Year Awards 2016 Winners

Without further ado, the TrueAchievements Game of the Year 2016 is...

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 -- congratulations to Playground Games on an excellent game and a thoroughly deserved win.

The runner-up to the overall TrueAchievements Game of the Year was Gears of War 4 and it also took home the coveted Shooter of the Year title.

Gears of War 4


Individual Genre Awards

Genre | Winner | Runner-up
Best Shooter | Gears of War 4 |Battlefield 1
Best Action & Adventure Game | Inside
| Dishonored 2
Best Role Playing Game | Dark Souls III | Final Fantasy XV
Best Platformer | Unravel | Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Best Racing Game | Forza Horizon 3 | DiRT Rally
Best Sports Game | Rocket League
| FIFA 17
Best Action Game | Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 | Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Best Adventure Game | BATMAN – The Telltale Series | Firewatch
Best Music & Rhythm Game | Just Dance 2017 | Let's Sing 2017 Achievements
Best Simulation Game | Overcooked | Farming Simulator 17
Best Puzzle Game | The Turing Test | The Witness
Best Strategy Game | XCOM 2 | Kingdom: New Lands
Best Card & Board Game | Prominence Poker | Lies of Astaroth
Best Vehicular Combat Game | Carmageddon: Max Damage | Rebel Galaxy
Best Party Game | The Jackbox Party Pack 3 | Drawful 2

Miscellaneous Game Awards

Best ID@Xbox game - Rocket League
Runner Up - Inside

Best Windows Game - Gears of War 4
Runner Up - Forza Horizon 3

Best DLC - Blood and Wine for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Runner Up - Rise of Iron for Destiny

Achievement Awards

Proudest Achievement - The Dark Soul in Dark Souls III
Runner Up - ...Becomes the Master in Titanfall 2

Most Fun Achievement - Butcher in DOOM
Runner Up - All the Trimmings in Overcooked

Most Original Achievement - Get Up, Mr. Bubbles! in Rocket League
Runner Up - Seriously 4.0 in Gears of War 4

Best Achievement Name - I'm Drumpf in Gears of War 4
Runner Up – At First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified in Gears of War 4

We'll be bringing a much more detailed game of the year voting breakdown in the coming days.

We hope that you've had fun voting and will join us again next year!
Added by Clever Jake at 18:57:58