December 15th 2009 10:41 pm PT

LIVE Activity for week of Dec. 7th


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

1    Modern Warfare 2
2    Halo 3
3    Call of Duty: WaW
4    Call of Duty 4
5    Left 4 Dead 2 (Download the Demo)
6    FIFA 10
7    Assassin’s Creed II
8    GTA IV (Purchase the full game)
9    Madden NFL 10
10  Gears of War 2 (Download the demo)


Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)
1   Trials HD   
2   Call of Duty Classic
3   Madden NFL Arcade
4   Castle Crashers 
5   Magic: The Gathering
6   Sonic The Hedgehog 2
7   A Kingdom for Keflings
8   Hasbro Family Game Night **
9   Shadow Complex
10  Battlefield 1943 

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.
**Combined sales of all Hasbro Family Game Night titles


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

1    Halo 2
2    Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3    Counter-Strike
4    Fable
5    Conker: Live Reloaded
6    Splinter Cell Chaos
7    Star Wars: Battlefront
8    Doom 3
9    Call of Duty 3
10   SW: Republic Commando

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

1    The Impossible Game
2    myChristmas
3    Avatar Drop
4    Head Shot 2
5    I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
6    Avatar Avenue
7    Dont B Nervous Talking 2 Girls
8    Inside Lacrosse’s CL2010
9    A Killer’s Dream
10   Miner Dig Deep


These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live or in the case of Arcade and Indie Games, full versions purchased during the week.


LIVE Activity for week of Nov. 9th

Archive By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Gonzo345

    Wow Gears 2 back on top ten!

  • CaptainCaterpie

    Gears 2 scraped on?! Wtf?!

    CoD Classic down to #2….

    FIFA 10 above ACII. Interesting.

  • BHZ anakinjmt

    Wow, not only does Gears 2 get back on the top ten list, but 1 v 100, which last week was #7, is now gone COMPLETELY. L4D2 and ACII changed spots, as did CoD4 and WaW.

    Not surprised that MW2 is at the top, nor that Halo 3 is #2. Seems to me that of all my friends, those that aren’t playing MW2 are playing Halo 3.

  • BHZ anakinjmt

    @Caterpie CoD Classic wasn’t on the list last week, so I don’t know how you could say it’s “down” to the 2 spot. Seems pretty good to me considering how big MW2 still is.

  • oO MG81 Oo

    L4D 2 in the top 5 where it belongs :)

  • ptuco

    A little surprised that ODST is nowhere to be found.

    Also, Major, you need to fix the link for the Gears 2 demo since it’s directing you to the Madden demo. I don’t think there is a Gears demo.

  • TBizzle4Shizzle

    Top 20 please.

  • goobot

    omg and halo 2 is first again. i think in a couple of weeks halo 3 will be first again

  • Mcmax3000

    Very interesting that last week’s XBLA game didn’t even make it to the top 10 most purchased (nor did it deserve to. I’m a Qix fan but the XBLA version is incredibly light on content).

    As for the person who mentioned 1 vs 100 missing, there were big network problems with the Live game on Friday night last week, which I imagine is part of the reason.

    Very cool to see Trials HD back on top of the XBLA list. While Splosion Man was my favourite Summer of Arcade game, I can’t deny that Trials is a very addictive game.

  • Lucky 13 X

    Interesting. 1 vs 100 is not on the list. What’s going on there? There is a good amount playing consistently last I checked.

    * Adds name to the list of those that would like to see a top 15 or top 25 sometime in the future. *

  • Tjoeb123

    Uh…Gears 2 does NOT have a demo, links to Madden 10 instead.

  • A Place for Us

    ptuco: There is no demo for Gears of War 2.
    Lucky 13 X: 1 vs 100 was on there the other week.

  • Matu Flp Krawfe

    A video marketplace top 10 would be something to see here……

  • XI CFultz IX

    Awesome to see that MW2 is at the top! As well my other two favorite Halo3 and Gears 2 are there too! Woo!

  • Bender318

    All in favor to scrap top 10 Xbox originals for top 20 360 titles say I.


    Yes I’d also like to see a Top 15 or 20 for the main list, and also a list of Top 10 Add-ons Purchased.

  • TBizzle4Shizzle

    Glad I seem some people to start catching on the Top 15 / 20 bandwagon. I just think with the number of titles out there now and all the different versions of Call of Duty and Halo that everyone seems to still be playing, they are crowding the very short list of 10. GTAIV isn’t going anywhere anytime soon it seems, and neither does FIFA. I wanna see where the Rock Bands, Mass Effects, and Arkham Asylums are, and other random games are that we may be completely shocked to see sitting at #20.

  • Bender318

    Basically you sort of feel a game is “crap” if it isn’t on the top ten list. If you make a top 20 list, the games sort of look better. So people might consider buying other games if they are on the list.

  • Xlrking

    Castle Crashers stays on that top 5 list since release, maybe got number 6 once or twice.
    As for the others, at least L4D2 is acknowledged.

  • Louie

    GOW 2 demo?

  • Lucky 13 X

    @ Abystrus. I do realize that. I was just curious as to how it could have fallen off the list so quickly as it is a popular title that appears to a good amount of casual users IMHO.

    @ Louie. It is likely just a typo as it links to the game above it, aka Madden 10.

  • Lucky 13 X

    “appears” was meant to be “appeals”.

  • Boe2

    Trials still on top, nice!. With the expension coming out soon it will stay in the top 5 for a long time…aiming for the Castle Crashers record? :)

  • mchiefvs360

    Halo FTW

  • Atheist Primate

    Trials HD was the most bought XBLA game last week? It even beat a Call of Duty game. Now that’s impressive! And Wednesday December 23rd we get a Christmas present from our Finnish friends from RedLynx. Looking forward to testing new tracks and stuff in the Big Pack =)
    Oh, and Modern Warfare 2 is number one? If Halo 3 ever tops MW2 then hats off to Bungie. I have a feeling that it might not happen. Halo: Reach, maybe, and perhaps Treyarch’s next Call of Duty game which I’m guessing is World at War 2 coming November.
    Infinity Ward really nailed the multiplayer with COD4 and just made everything bigger for the sequel. Good luck to anyone who wants to make an equally good multiplayer game.


    All hail to Trials HD!

  • Static Jak

    I see Gears 2 is trying to claw its way back up.

    Anyway, add my vote for a bigger Live list like 20 or something. At this point I’d say it’s save to say no one cares about the original xbox list ;)

  • oue

    Thanks for bring this back. I missed it but, LIVE Activity for week of Dec. 7th (TOP)or LIVE Activity for week of Nov. 9th (Very bottom) which one?

  • MuckRak3r

    It’s kinda weird that it’s been so long since the last xbox live charts posting. Why is it not posted every week? Like let’s set up a schedule, say…. every Tuesday? I mean seriously, a lot of times it’s 2 weeks between postings.

  • MuckRak3r

    Oh, and why the heck is Gears 2 even back on the chart? I have had so many more friends playing 1vs100 every single day, than I have had playing Gears 2 once in a week. Man Gears 2 is a lagfest.

    I guess if it HAS to be on this list, it’s in the spot it ‘earned’ by being so sucky.

  • AARON82

    am i the only person that hates modern warfare,it feels like the weapons dont do any damage,prob needs more blood or something…roll on battlefield BC2


    LOL @ Gears of War 2 Demo – it takes you to ‘Demo: Madden NFL 10′ :D



    Yeah you’re probably in a small but very vocal minority of MW2 haters/complainers that continue to have the game as their 1 or 2 most recently played games. All while it’s “the worst game ever”. I’m just speaking in generalities and not about you specifically. But check out the xbox forums if you want to wade through pages of bitching.

  • Assassinator010

    Gta4 still there…wow never thought people would be playing it for too long! Anyway amazing game and i still play it since it first came out XD

  • AnEternalEnigma

    I really wish Microsoft would kill support for Halo 2 so we could have friends lists bigger than 100.

  • Gonzo345

    I want a top 20 list too and related to Gears 2, personally the lag has been reduced a little bit but still having some laggy matches as always and some hosts from Mexico :(

  • AriesDog

    Agree that the Xbox 360 list could be bigger, even if it’s just once in a while. But I would also like to see a Top Ten for Games for Windows Live.

  • Searing Wave

    Funny for you to call someone a fanboy when you have a gamertag like that.

    Call of Duty Classic has aged a lot, and Infinity Ward didn’t really do much with it outside of making it work on the 360. Kind of saddened by that. And Modern Warfare 2 has some glaring issus and a lot of aspects of the game annoy me. I’ve been trying really hard to like it, but it’s been difficult.

    Might try playing Gears of War 2 again; haven’t put the disc in the 360 for about a month.

    And I concur that the list should be expanded and a Games for Windows Live list should be added.

  • classiestdata

    @AnEternalEnigma I think the reason micrsoft hasn’t yet pulled support for halo 2 and given us 100 friends because there making money off whats left of the orignal xbox live subcribers although minimal profit they would make no profit from adding 100 friends

  • Gonzo345

    @FourZeroTwoIW what Gears fanboy? I’ve completed MW2 with 1000G but I don’t want to play it more untill you, IW, patch it and fix all the glitches/bugs :(

    I’ll play it but I have to reach the level 100 on Gears 2 ^^

  • cavsrock08

    Cant say Im really surprised at anything here. It is odd to see Mw and WaW still high on the list but other then that it seems right to me

  • Searing Wave


    That’s my point. I loved the original Call of Duty on the PC, but I expect more than a mere port with stripped-down features 6 years after the release. Maybe not so much substantially in the graphics department (though that would be welcome), but certainly in player support (only 8 online, really?) and in the netcode (lag and dropped matches are rampant). This would have been fine had it been done in 2005 or 2006, but at this point I am severely let down.

    As for Call of Duty 4 and World at War still being relatively high on the list, I wouldn’t say it has anything to do with a “loyal” fanbase. More like the fact that Modern Warfare 2 hasn’t been out long enough for all or most of the players of those games to completely migrate. Also, the numbers for the games below them fluctuate much more, rendering it unlikely that they’ll move much until after the holiday season. Expect them to fall completely off of the list then (although World at War may remain near the bottom for a short time after that).

  • Matu Flp Krawfe

    Why not just have a stats section for (updated weekly, or however often you like)?

    The limitations here seem to be space on the blog and the amount of information Microsoft wants known about live activity, both in potential (since I’m just a fan.) If you move these stats to some dedicated section of this website you could remove the former requirement while not necessarily violating the latter, either.

    That way, you can have a more substantial list for xbox live activity while retaining some of the other features (original xbox top 10 list) without clogging the blog with superfluous information.

  • VVho Cares

    Any chance of broadening the list to top 20? I know a lot of people base the games they play according to the list of what most people play. I remember the old days when xbox use to host the top 25 list.