December 13th 2012 9:01 am PT

LIVE Activity for week of Dec 3

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

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Halo 4
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Skyrim
Battlefield 3
NBA 2K13
Modern Warfare 2
Madden NFL 13
Assassin’s Creed III 
GTA IV
Far Cry 3
Borderlands 2
Halo: Reach
Gears of War 3
FIFA 12
Forza Motorsport 4
Forza Horizon

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Guardians of Middle-earth
The Walking Dead
Trials Evolution
Pinball FX2
Sonic Adventure 2
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD: THE GAME
Trials HD
Castle Crashers
Sonic the Fighters
Beyond Good & Evil HD
Rayman 3 HD
Fruit Ninja Kinect
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
Deadliest Warrior: Legends
Magic 2013
Peggle
Counter-Strike: GO
From Dust
Virtua Fighter 2
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

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CastleMiner Z
Murder Miners
CastleMiner
Avatar Laser Wars 2
Avatar Deathmatch
Shark Attack Deathmatch
Block World
Avatar Legends
Avatar Farm Online
The Impossible Game
Total Miner: Forge
The $1 Zombie Game 
Avatar Laser Wars 
Paintball War
Avatar Paintball
End Of Days: Infected vs Mercs
Miner Of Duty
Don’t Die Dateless, Dummy!
Miner4Ever
Dead Pixels
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

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

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GTA IV
Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition
Age of Empires Online
Batman Arkham City
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
Resident Evil 5
DiRT 3
Fallout 3
Microsoft Flight
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Fable III
Bioshock 2
F1 2011
Colin McRae : Dirt 2
F1 2010
Red Faction Guerrilla
Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter X Tekken
Bulletstorm
Resident Evil Racoon City 

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.

Top LIVE By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Russell Gorall

    Pop military shooters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

    I love how Forza 4 is beating Horizon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jason.zuck1 Jason Zuck

      Yep. Horizon should have been a forza 4 track pack.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

        bought forza horizon for $15 on black friday worth every penny.

        • ryder4life22187

          same here got it for 15 but if i knew it would have been that great would have had no problem paying 60 for it.

        • Adam

          Good to hear. I picked it up then too, but it is currently under the tree waiting for my son to open on Christmas.

          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

            Look into the indie title “Hidden in Plain Sight”. It’s one of the best local multiplayer games I’ve played this year. You’ll have a blast playing with with your son or friends.

          • Adam

            I will check that out!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

            it’s actually one of the easiest forza games to jump into, the sorta open world is fun to drive around in too, worst case scenario he can trade it in, in fact bestbuy and gamestop right now have trade in value above $15, so i would advise giving him the gift early, if he hates it trade in and get $20~$35 credit.

          • Adam

            Thanks for the tip Curtis. However, he’s 5. His favorite game is Sega Outrun on xbla. I’m sure he’s going to be blown away by FH.

      • mcmax3000

        Not at all. They are quite different games.

    • Russell Gorall

      I love the Forza series, but I found Horizon to have an awful short singleplayer and extremely annoying pop story.

      • http://twitter.com/wildestcatever Danar Sadewo

        how is the multiplayer though? i love forza series, but for me the circuit racing stuff is kinda getting old, played the demo and impressed by the change of scenery.
        it is weird how Forza 4 is higher than Horizon considering that it is just been released.
        is the multiplayer that bad?

  • Bob

    Why has Yu-Gi-Oh not been put up yet?

  • http://twitter.com/MythicalWolf77 Daniel

    Meh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Avi-Patel/100002076529431 Avi Patel

    glad to see halo 4 still doing strong. wonder what happened with gears 3 population…

    • Xebu

      Strangely all of the people I know playing Gears have reverted back to the original.

    • Russell Gorall

      Average multiplayer games, like Brink and Gears 3, aren’t going to have a long shelf life, no matter how much Microsoft pushes them.

  • TurboChamuco

    Wow, Microsotft gave away microsoft points for playing Halo 4 and not even that could get Halo 4 on top

    • msonic98

      When did they give out MS points?
      When was #2 a bad spot?

      • mcmax3000

        They did it during November, as part of Xbox Live Rewards. They were giving out points based on number of hours played (you had to play A LOT to get any).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

      even with the free points I couldn’t do it, halo 4 is better then ODST but other then that the worst halo game ever to ever disgrace the series. I sincerely hope they either make a whole new halo game in a different genre and style to try and bring back the series to something people care about. halo 1 and 2 were amazing and loved by all, everything since has been mediocre.
      =
      halo wars was a good push into another genre it is the best RTS on consoles, They should have a halo game that is bigger, and you play as a soldier instead of a super soldier. make it more like battlefield with halo content. the 2 teams would be different but balanced, covenant players would have to start small with grunts and use point they earn throughout the match to use bigger covenant. humans could upgrade weapons, and have better vehicles they can purchase

      • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

        I agree, Halo 4 was a real step down from the Halo series, It doesn’t feel like Halo anymore. Won’t be picking up 5 or 6, heck I didn’t plan on getting Halo 4, it was only when I found out I would be getting it for £3 that I even considered it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

          same, I got a $20 gift card with mine from best buy, an since the trade in value was $40 I figured couldn’t hurt to play it for pretty much free, it is worse then black ops 2, farcry 3 is so much better then both though

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

    halo 4 sucks, surprised reach is so low on the list and 3 isn’t present at all.

    • a fat mess

      That’s because Halo 4 is a great game. You’re just wrong.

      • Russell Gorall

        Nope.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liquidfx-Xboxdude/100003184837175 Liquidfx Xboxdude

      hmmmm. guess you haven’t played halo 4 because it in no way sucks. i am not even a halo fan and i like it. just saying.

      • Russell Gorall

        Nope, I played it, and it sucks. Very COD.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

        thats why you like it liquid because your not a halo fan. it plays nothing like the halo’s of yesteryear

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

        I played halo 4, I will admit it is better then ODST, but that’s it worst halo game ever, not even fun, worst single player of any halo, worst multiplayer other then reach, forge is also wore then reach. it’s just a terrible game.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

      i agree with curtis. loved all the halos myself but 4 is just flat out meh, turned it on last night for the first time since launch week could only play 3 rounds and was bored of it.

      its CoD with a halo skin over it. battlefield 3 is the best online shooter on consoles but it must be too hard for the CoD/halo heads. still good to see its hanging around at number 8.the average online on bf3 peak time is 50,000 and halo 4 is about 120’000 incase anyone wanted some sort of numbers for these lists

      • http://twitter.com/DavidDDavidson5 David D Davidson

        Pfft BF3 is only fun with friends, and pretty much any game is fun with friends.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

          i never said it was “fun” i said it is the best online shooter on consoles, which it is. no other fps comes close to it, just the sound alone in bf3 proves my point.

      • Paul B

        I would like the numbers for xbox top 5 if you have them :)

  • http://twitter.com/bobbyb2k Bobby B

    Top games are M rated shooters yet Microsoft is developing Kinect/Family friendly games no one buys.

    • QuixoticRocket

      While also publishing things like Halo and Mark of the Ninja?
      They’re diversifying their portfolio. Nothing wrong with that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

        there is a difference between diversifying and ignoring. remove halo, gears, forza, and fable and you have 0 exclusives on 360 worth mentioning you can also argue easily that fable sucks and forza gets boring. they need new high end IPs which should have been easy since they own Rare.

        • BostonSup

          Rare unfortunately was not the same since leaving Nintendo. I wished MS got BioWare and had the ME series locked down for them along with their other projects like Dragon Age. MS picked up a studio that was going down and gave up on a studio that still has many great games.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

            you realize MS is the one that blocks Rare from doing what they want right? that is why most of their devs left the company and plan on making a spiritual sequel to banjo kazooie

          • BostonSup

            I know most left, and that still means that Rare was not the same since leaving Nintendo.

          • Z4M0

            just google KAMEO 2, to see how awesome the project was looking (enslaved-like graphics) before MS canceled it to made them dev exclusively for kinect. No kinect hate here, but MS should know their priorities.

    • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

      Platformers and rpg’s are where it’s at.

  • Lee Rayson

    Its time some of those CoD games got off the list

    • fsdfg dsfds

      theres millions of pea brain noobs in the world thats why it popular, that cant handle a fps that takes skills and tactics

    • Russell Gorall

      And the Halo ones…

  • Ewan Stewart

    GTA4 was, and still is, absolutely phenomenal. Until GTAV comes along, I will still consider it to be the best game I have ever played. The game attracted a massive amount of attention and playability from gamers – just not as much as San Andreas.

  • Rohan Mayers

    Good Afternoon,

    So far, I have been very disappointed with SmartGlass. I really do not see any purpose or use for it. Yes, it is great that I can use my phone or PC as a remote for my Xbox and learn more about characters in videos and plays in sports but I want more. I think SmartGlass should offer an Apple AirPlay and Intel Widi like feature. Yes, I know that with DLNA I can access my media on my PC from my Xbox. But that takes a lot of step. For one, I have to access the content from the Xbox not my PC. I should be able to click on the content directly from my PC and it will just play on my Xbox. Second, I should be able to mirror my PC screen on my Xbox. But not only PC but with phones. You should be able to mirror your phone screen and stream content from your phone to your Xbox. Come on Microsoft, be creative.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

      Give us support for FIFA 13.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

    Anyone want to explain to me why my purchased content license for Double Dragon has been revoked?

  • Duncan MacFarlane

    Good to see Microsoft Flight still on the list. Just goes to show that killing the development doesn’t kill the community.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003976957614 Willy McBurgle

      lol – they killed development for Flight?
      If so – they should have listened to ‘The Community’ in the first place and they wouldn’t have been in this position.

  • dogrockets

    Hey Major Nelson! Is there or will there ever be a way to see live feeds of how many people are on a specific game? I mean, its obvious people are playing COD games, but for games like Ghost Recon Future Perfect or older games like Battlefield 2, it would be nice to see a graph or something of activity per game so I don’t have to sit in a game lobby for 4hrs waiting for someone else to play. At the very least for now, can you expand your Top 10 Xbox Live list to top 50 or 100? There’s a ton of games out there that millions of people are playing. You can’t expect us all to fall into line playing only the top 10 cause that’s all that you’ll show us.

 

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