November 18th 2010 4:41 pm PT

LIVE Activity for week of Nov 8


With all of my travel over the past few months, and the recent KINECT launch I have finally found time to get back into the groove of posting the LIVE Activity list. While the list has been on hiatus, I’ve decided to take the opportunity to think about how to make it a little more interesting. Here is the new schedule: Every other week, I’ll be posting the below list. This is the same list that you’ve come to know over the years. During the alternate weeks I don’t post this list, I’ll be posting a brand new list showing activity on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, specifically the top items purchased. This new schedule will allow me to show a new dimension of LIVE Activity. Look for that new list next week.

So, without further delay, here is what you and you friends were playing on Xbox LIVE last week:


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

1    Call of Duty: Black Ops
2    Modern Warfare 2
3    Halo: Reach
4    FIFA Soccer 11
5    Fable III
6    Fallout: New Vegas
7    Call of Duty: WaW
8    Madden NFL 11
9    Call of Duty 4
10   Halo 3
11   NBA 2K11
12   GTA IV
13   Red Dead Redemption
14   Gears of War 2
15   Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
16   Kinect Adventures!
17   Medal of Honor
18   NHL 11
19   Forza Motorsport 3
20   FIFA 10


Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

2    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels
3    Guwange
4    Super Meat Boy
5    Faery: Legends of Avalon
7    Plants vs. Zombies
10   LIMBO
11   Trials HD
12   Peggle
13   Castle Crashers
15   Bloody Good Time
16   Sonic Adventure
17   Game Room
18   Snoopy Flying Ace
19   3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures 2
20   Family Game Night
The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.
**Combined sales of all Game Room titles



Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

1   Nuclear Wasteland
2   I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
3   radiangames Fireball
5   The Impossible Game
6   Get Rich or Die Gaming
7   The TEMPURA of the DEAD
8   Avatar Racedrome
9   radiangames Fluid
10  Baby Maker Extreme
11  Avatar Drop
12  Miner Dig Deep
13  Avatar Showdown
14  Physics Sandbox 2
15  Breath of Death VII
16  Home Run Challenge
17  radiangames Inferno
18  Avatar Ninja!
19  Zombie Estate
20  Game 35


Games for Windows Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

1    GTA IV
2    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

3    F1 2010
4    Street Fighter IV
5    Fallout 3
6    Colin McRae : Dirt 2
7    Resident Evil 5
8    Dead Rising 2
9    Halo 2
10   Bioshock 2
11   Red Faction Guerrilla
12   Lost Planet 2
13   Batman: Arkham Asylum
14   Gears of War
15   Tinker
16   FlatOut UC
17   Blacklight: Tango Down
18   Quantum of Solace
19   Battlestations: Pacific
20   Fuel


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.
Some content (and therefore the links) may not be available in all Xbox LIVE regions.


Archive By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • BHZ anakinjmt

    Yay! List is back! But I’m really surprised that Black Ops and MW2 have the top two spots with Reach at 3. I figured Black Ops would be first, but I did NOT think MW2 would be second.

  • Blue Thunder28


  • Ark Hunter

    Wow. COD double pwning Halo Reach. I’m kind of surprised that Game Room is still in the top 20 for Arcade.

  • Dedatos

    ACTIVISION has too much money. share please.


    @BHZ The game, Black Ops, launched on the 9th so it is logical that many people gave Modern Warfare 2 “one last hurrah” that Monday. I expect Reach to take slot 2 next week.

  • GameOnJohn

    Thanks for the list Major.

  • jchapman

    Nice to see Fallout New Vegas is underperforming below Fallout 3; a lot of people must have finally decided to just quit playing because of the bugs and glitches and crashes (I certainly did). The people still playing are in for a rude awakening when it corrupts their saves…

  • BHZ anakinjmt

    @Foxhound That’s true. We’ll have to see until the next list (which remember, won’t be for two weeks).

  • BHZ anakinjmt

    @jchapman Yep, I’m one of them. Fun game but when I’m forced to redo the last 12 hours of my game, that definitely turns me off. I’ll get back to it eventually.


    I knew Halo: Reach wouldn’t last long,It was just halo 3 all over again. No surprise with black ops being at the top.

  • I chex mix ho I

    are you serious? if you think that reach is anywhere close to halo 3 you are not very observant. to name a few things: armor abilities, reticle bloom, new weapons, vehicles, firefight, slower pace, challenges, commendations, and the list goes on. i don’t know how you could say it is halo 3 all over again. and the fact that you say because halo reach is similar to halo 3 is the reason why it fell to number 3. then why are 4 separate call of duty games in the top 9 games? huh?? that shows that people want and play the “same game” over and over again. that is quite possibly the dumbest argument i have ever seen anybody make on this site.

  • chiruno99

    GEE I WONDERED WHO’D BE TOP [/sarcasm]

  • Quicksilver4648

    Really guys? MW2? Everything else I am okay with but MW2 shouldn’t be up there. I am just going to assume it is people who wanted to get back into a CoD game before Black Ops released.


    BHZ anakinjmt – Loving the assassins creed franchise i see

  • Thief000

    Halo: Reach is a very good game, play it for the challenges mostly.

    But…Bungie broke cannon with the game and the books and for fans of the universe that is sacriledge!


    @I chex mix ho I poor little halo fanboy, go cry somewhere else because your reach is 3rd on the list after less then two months after release.


    im not on anyones side or calling anyone a fan boy but VAMPIRE RAIN. surely you cant comment on anyones games

  • RainbowDespair

    Couple of questions about the lists.

    1 – Does it cover Monday through Sunday or Sunday through Saturday.
    2 – Are the lists reflective of worldwide activity and sales or just US?

  • GTnotincluded

    @ LEGENDARY T0AD I chex mix ho I does have a point though, and your instantly calling him a Halo fanboy after that instead of countering his argument isn’t really helping your case.

    As far as the list goes, I understand Black Ops being first, but MW2, of all games, in second? And above Reach? This list must be wrong.

  • a1984darkboy

    Nice to see three Radiangames in the Indie top 20. The man makes some real gems, I recommend along with Nuclear Wasteland.

  • Ghost of Kirin

    C’mon, folks, the listings are as they are. And as the saying goes: it is what it is. We’ll just have to accept it. Life still goes on and the grass is still green. Let’s not get too personal as such. We’re all fighting for the same thing here. Better games. Despite our preferences.

  • The Real Napsta

    Black Ops is the best CoD since CoD4. MW2 is garbage, how is it still top two? Reach was disappointing. Halo 3 is still the best MP FPS on 360 IMO. If anyone likes running MLG/Snipers customs or playing MM, send me a FR.


    For all the people that feel the need to post “How is MW2 still above game X?” every time these lists come out. Print the following statement out and reference it right before you view these lists and comment each week. “Modern Warfare 2 is more popular than my personal friends list indicates. There are a lot more people that like and enjoy the game than I’m willing to acknowledge. I have accepted that this weekly occurrence will no longer surprise me every week.”


    Major, thanks for deciding to make a Top Items Purchased list and giving it its own weeks. I look forward to seeing it next week!

  • mhart

    wow, Kinect and its games are a hit, oh wait.


    I really don’t give a sh!t about lists but, nobody can say that the COD series isn’t resilient. It may fall for a week to new hype but, it always rises to the top and FOUR COD titles in the top nine. Enought said.

  • I DLord I

    Dear Black Ops, please stop being so damn good so I can play my other games. Thanks. I’m sorry I ever doubted you.

  • Ganon255

    Major, I would prefer to see the top played game list every week. If you want to supplement it with other Live data, that is fine, but most of us are here for the games, so a weekly top played game list seems natural.

  • wolfzero01

    can’t believe MW2 is #2, I figured if people weren’t playing Black Ops then Reach would be #2

  • Tiptoe Turtle

    Holy poop Halo 3 number 10!!!! Ouch. Halo: Reach number 3 and by the way Halo: Reach blows. With the constant networking issues when playing the online multiplayer its not even fun. I’ve moved on to a game that has solid online play, well at least better then that of Halo: Reach, call of duty black ops. I refuse to play halo reach or buy any new downloadable map packs that they come out with until bungie fixes the online multiplayer. My most favorit part about the Halo games was the multiplayer and in Halo: Reach bungie blew it hardcore. Check my profile on I’m only 2 or 3 games from advancing to the next player investment level, but I will never play Halo: Reach again, and I’m mad that I didn’t learn my lesson from the crappy over priced game called halo odst, and I ran out and bought halo reach anyway’s. Word of warning if you haven’t bought halo: reach yet, don’t waste your time or money unless you really want to be disappointed then go get Halo: Reach.

  • Anonymous

    Halo: Reach got pooped on DOUBLE TIME

  • CuddlyClamShot

    Major’s time taken up by the ten people who bought Kinect without a console bundle? PS Reach at third, geez MS.

  • TSA jpicard

    This is just sad people like playing the same game over and over and over since COD 4…Games like BF:BC 2 and Halo deserve far higher spots… only reason COD is high is because its the most Mainstream title… even “jocks” play it as its not seen as a “nerdy” game

    in short people should play a game that requires team work and skill not just the same Spray n pray n camping gameplay that is Call Of Duty

  • NorthernEmperor

    I like the new list idea major nelson

  • Anonymous

    Call of Duty: Black Ops is by far the best game released this year in terms of competitive multiplayer. I thought Halo: Reach was going to be the better of the two but I was wrong. Also, I’m not surprised that the Kinect titles aren’t at the top of this list. The reason being is that it takes a $150 add-on plus $50 for games. Plus, it’s aimed at the casual gamer and not us hardcore gamers. Still, I purchased a Kinect and have no regrets as it’s a real fun alternative to the competitiveness that is Call of Duty and Halo.

  • dirty whirlwind

    Nah, the only fun thing in Black Ops multiplayer were the wager games, especially sticks and stones. No campers in that game mode. Otherwise I agree with TSA jpicard, Call of Duty have been pretty much the same since COD4, not that Halo’s any different. But the Black Ops campaign surprised the hell out of me though, best COD campaign since 2.

    I’m missing Pinball FX2 from the list. Imagined it would have a top spot, since the initial download is free. Awesome game anyway, can’t wait for the Marvel tables.

  • mastrbiggy

    good to see Halo 3 at its deserving spot.

  • Damaster11

    What? So does this mean that halo reach has never officially had the top spot of xbox live activity during the time major has posted it on here? I’m sorry but someone somewhere is overly biased toward COD, but what can you do, oh well.

  • Champipple D

    Wow. 4 Call of Duty games in the top 10. Crazy! I’d love to see the Japanese stats to compare.

  • JoeCool314

    ugghhhh……….here we go again!

  • AMarines

    “”Yay! List is back! But I’m really surprised that Black Ops and MW2 have the top two spots with Reach at 3. I figured Black Ops would be first, but I did NOT think MW2 would be second.””

    The fact that the statistics are falling to the bottom, does not surprise me at all, was a fact that had to happen and unfortunately Microsoft does not or can not do anything, I am surprised by his selflessness, the fact is it is going to hell because Bungie does not accept responsibility for the situation that is causing havoc in multiplayer games, the fact is that there are attributable to sudden disconnections bungie system, it already has since September and there is no response will correct this huge problem .
    COD alone is powerful in its numbers, if we add to this situation of bungie, these numbers do not surprise me.

  • xTye

    Get that filth off the top. Black Ops sucks fat dick.

  • I chex mix ho I

    it seems like the new list majornelson will be posting is similar to something we can already get to at then scroll to the bottom in the Xbox LIVE Featured Downloads section and then you choose Best Selling All-Time or Best Selling Today. the only way this will be different is if its the best selling this week or the past 2 weeks. just fyi…

  • Hauz20

    @amarines I … have no idea what in the hell you just said.

  • SeeUInTheFuture

    Im a huge huge Halo fan, but I havent played anything since COD Black Ops came out. One thing COD has over Halo is addiction factor. I dont know what makes it so addicting but I cant stop playing the MP. I havent touched Zombies, and only played two campaign missions. I wasnt even going to get BO, I just decided last minute to get it.

  • DiatomicMaster

    This isn’t that surprising if you’ve seen Halo Reach’s numbers lately. The community is dwindling severely. And it’s not Call of Duty usurping the throne – remember Halo 3 put up a hefty fight with three CoD games for three years – it’s that Reach has too much that’s broken in it. It wasn’t up to par with what people expect from a Halo game. I hope Bungie’s fast at work on a major title update to fix a lot of the problems.

  • Funny Muffin


  • Tiptoe Turtle

    I guess no one here has played halo: reach because everyone seems shocked its at #3. If you play the online multiplayer and experience the numerous networking issues first hand, then if anything you should be suprised its not lower then #3, it should be in the 5th or 6th spot.

  • Exu

    That Deal of the Week was A-MA-ZING.

  • Anonymous

    Halo is GARBAGE. Doodoo. Period. “Ooooh luk at me I gotz da jetpak I cn also jump frum da talles biling n not taek damage.”