January 4th 2009 6:00 pm PT

The Top 20 LIVE Games of 2008

Last year was a great year to be an Xbox 360 gamer as is evident by the quality of titles that Xbox LIVE members were playing. After a few days of number crunching, here are the top games for 2008 based on Xbox Live connectivity.


Xbox 360 Top Live Titles
(based on UU’s)

1 Halo 3
2 Call of Duty 4
3 GTA IV
4 Gears of War 2
5 Gears of War
6 CoD: World at War
7 Guitar Hero III
8 Battlefield: Bad Company Demo
9 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Demo
10 Rock Band
11 Fable II
12 Mirror’s Edge Demo
13 Madden NFL 09
14 BF: Bad Company
15 Rainbow Six Vegas 2
16 UNO
17 Castle Crashers
18 COD: World at War Multiplayer Beta
19 Forza Motorsport 2
20 Too Human – Demo

 Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

1 Castle Crashers
2 Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
3 Braid
4 A Kingdom for Keflings
5 UNO
6 Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
7 Fable II Pub Games
8 Duke Nukem 3D
9 Bionic Commando: Rearmed
10 Worms
11 SOULCALIBUR
12 Portal: Still Alive
13 DOOM
14 1942: Joint Strike
15 Bomberman Live
16 MEGA MAN 9
17 N+
18 Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
19 Marble Blast Ultra
20 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

 

Original Xbox Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)

1 Halo 2
2 Fable
3 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
4 Counter-Strike
5 Fable: Lost Chapters
6 Doom 3
7 Conker: Live Reloaded
8 Splinter Cell Chaos
9 SW: KOTOR
10 SW: Republic Commando
11 Star Wars: Battlefront
12 Burnout 3
13 Guilty Gear XX #Reload
14 Gauntlet Seven Sorrows
15 Call of Duty 3
16 Ninja Gaiden Black
17 Crimson Skies
18 MechAssault 2
19 Call of Duty 2
20 Rainbow Six 3

 

   

Xbox 360, Xbox Originals By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Guest

    LONG LIVE THE KING BABY!!!!!! HALO 3 IS ON TOP!!!!

  • padilla21 Live

    hows the view from down there cod suckers??!?

  • Searing Wave

    Long live the King. Long life to Halo 3.

    Halo 3 is the best game of 2007 and even to this day, especially for online multiplayer. But Call of Duty 4 is no slouch, and is easily my second favorite.

  • lukedidit

    I really would have thought COD4 would have been in the top place over halo3. This is based on people playing on XBL rather then units sold right?

    It must be cod 4.

  • Thiago123

    3 Demos in the top 20 with the actual games not making the list. People want to know what the biggest disappointments of 2008 were? Its right there: Star Wars the Force Unleashed, Mirror’s Edge, Too Human. My purchases are heavily influenced by demos and reviews. While I did like Force Unleashed, Mirror’s Edge was a disappointment. This shows that I don’t always agree though: the demo for Dead Space and Braid showed that those games were not for me (obv not in some ridiculous Souljah Boy way).

    Anyway, surprises on this list: No Left 4 Dead, WaW making it that high, and Forza 2 still on the list.

  • ruiner02970

    Hopefully publishers won’t get wise and decide not to do demos for fear of people actually making an INFORMED decision and not buying the full game. I wish for it actually meaning that they need to really figure out what people will buy before spending the $$ only to see it flop (Too Human)

  • SUSPECT STATUS

    I THOUGHT BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY WOULD PLACE HIGHER ON THE XBOX 360 LIVE CHARTS. AND I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE PEOPLE WERE STILL PLAYING HALO 3 THAT MUCH IN O8″.

  • SparkyJames927

    I Dont actually think that R6V2 was very good on live, even though it was very good on single player.

  • JdubA7X

    WOW…

  • Nephillim Horde

    HALO 2 & 3 OWN ALL!!!

  • Shurtless

    Halo 3 Epic, COD 4 Slightly Less Epic … a lot of people played TFU and Mirrors Edge Demos a lot 0_o

  • doufel

    halo 3 is still the best. I dont know why people even play cod4 05 5. also, braid is the best xbla title all year.

  • Carbon

    Wow, Halo 3 came out in 2007 and is still top in 2008!

  • BlackCOssack

    w00t for bungie.

    the reason uno is in the most played but not top is cuz its done in a stupid way. The arcade game table is done by how many are sold. And the games table is done by how many different people play the game. Not taking into account how long they played it for.

    I wonder what it would look like if you included total play time from everyone. I gues that would be a bit difficult to work out

  • spartansithlord

    Thanks for the great list! I’m sure Gears of War 2 will be higher by next year since it wasn’t out most of the year.

  • Michael

    I’ve been a diehard fan of the Halo series for quite some time. However, I fear that the only reason Halo 3 is at #1 is due to second-account boosters. Does anybody else fear that this may be possible?

  • Chaotic Realm

    Well its good to see Halo 3 pull ahead of Call of Duty 4. I am not suprised in the least.

  • Chaotic Realm

    Well its good to see Halo 3 pull ahead of Call of Duty 4. I am not suprised in the least.

  • anon

    @52:
    I thought that too but since the list is about ips and not gamertags thats not the case… i mean i can play halo 3 with many accounts but its the same ip for everyone.

  • Mhop12

    What happened to burnout paradise?

 

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