January 17th 2013 6:32 am PT

LIVE Activity for week of January 7th

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

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

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Trials Evolution
The Walking Dead
Castle Crashers
Trials HD
Guardians of Middle-earth 
The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom
Sonic Adventure 2
Pinball FX2
Fruit Ninja Kinect
Retro City Rampage
Axel & Pixel
Magic 2013
Peggle
Counter-Strike: GO
Pool Nation
Fez
REAL STEEL
Family Game Night
Dungeon Defenders
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

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CastleMiner Z
Murder Miners 
Avatar Laser Wars 2 
CastleMiner
Total Miner: Forge
Shark Attack Deathmatch 
Xenominer
White Noise: A tale of Horror
Avatar Farm Online
Avatar Deathmatch
Avatar Legends 
The Impossible Game 
Paintball War
End of Days: Survivor
Block World
The $1 Zombie Game
Miner Of Duty
Zombie Death Quota
End Of Days: Infected vs Mercs
Avatar Paintball
  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
Fable III
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Resident Evil 5
Fallout 3
Microsoft Flight
DiRT 3
Bioshock 2
Street Fighter X Tekken
Colin McRae : Dirt 2
F1 2011
Dead Rising 2
Resident Evil Racoon City
Street Fighter IV
Bulletstorm
Virtua Tennis 4

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

  • http://twitter.com/boe2BE Boe2

    Let the whining about how shootergame x is better than shootergame y commence. Remember folks, if it’s not number 1, it’s absolute trash.

    • QuixoticRocket

      OMG! you totally just dissed shootergame Z 13. *sulk* ;)
      Everyone can like what they like. It doesn’t matter if your favourite game isn’t number one as long as you still enjoy it.

    • Russell Gorall

      When you spend hundreds of millions just to try and beat “number 1″ game, are exclusive to the 360 and you are still at that position it is just humorous.

      • http://twitter.com/boe2BE Boe2

        That. You are exactly what I’m mocking. Thanks :)

      • Lee Thomas Rayson

        What you on about, they didn’t spend hundreds of millions just to try beat the “number 1″ game…..you really think this list matters to the bosses at the top of Xbox? doubtful they are likely to be planning bigger things

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

          like how to make windows 8 worse?

          • Lee Thomas Rayson

            Ive got windows 8 it not worse it just because it something we ain’t use to it. it grows on you I have it on my surface and I’m impressed with it

          • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

            lol

          • BostonSup

            I think Windows 8 will turn into another Vista for different reasons. It was smart to have 2 operating systems in one, but the touch features seemed forced. Windows 8 metro (which is ugly to many people) is quite useful for tablets, such as your surface, but is pretty bad for laptops and desktops. Classic mode removed the start menu and Classic must be loaded after the tablet OS side of Windows loads.

            MS is losing their footing in the industry and innovation over the past few years. Their software design team aren’t versed in modern/clean visuals and are obsessed with squares, their offerings seem to include forced aspects (power of PC over Mac was about optional advanced customizations), and their Xbox division is becoming bloated and unfocused. Xbox started out trying to get exclusives, being “hardcore”, and having a great online experience. Now there isn’t much movement on exclusive IPs, they are making Kinect their primary focus rather than secondary as well as increased focus on media rather than games, DLC is being abused by publishers, and Live is going up in price over the years but still has advertisements and the features added are only available with an additional external subscription fee.

        • Russell Gorall

          Like Gears of War Judgement and scrambling for early DLC on third party titles?

          • Lee Thomas Rayson

            No like next xbox, E3

    • http://www.facebook.com/cdnheyyou Robbie Hey You

      Wow EA must be feeling stupid with BF3 under 3 CoD games.

      • BostonSup

        They seemed to sold over 12 million copies… so I’d say they feel pretty good and not stupid at all. Personally I like the run and gun arcade style shooters more than team tactical, but I am sure that all the games in the top 20 are pretty happy with their success.

        Remember, these are businesses, not little high school students. They are not crying because they weren’t named the prom king or queen of Xbox, instead they are counting their profits from their top 10 played game and figuring out ways to increase their large existing user base to make even more millions of dollars. The same can be said for Activision, Microsoft, 2K, Bethesda, and everyone else on that last, 1st place to 20th place.

  • willow_ve

    Sad to see Halo continue to slip down the charts. Hopefully the Title Update at the end of February will save what population there is left in the game.

    • QuixoticRocket

      I’m sure it’ll stick around for a decent amount of time.

      • Russell Gorall

        Like herpes?

        • QuixoticRocket

          Like you :)

    • http://twitter.com/HeyImSwat Daniel

      Nothing can save that trash.

  • derrickgott007

    There needs to be more advertising for Murder Miners. That game is fun and can’t be beat for 80 allards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/573v35m17h Steve Smith

    Halo 4 will continue to drop.

    • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

      Feet first into hell.

  • http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/blog.php?u=324759 Tylerh1701

    I always like to see how well XBLA games that go on sale do on these charts. PB Winterbottom and Axel & Pixel got a huge boost thanks to their very nice 75% discount. Even Pool Nation appears to have got a very nice bump with its 50% off sale in the S&S app.

  • http://twitter.com/HeyImSwat Daniel

    And Call Of Halo 4 continues to fall. So funny.

    • a fat mess

      Huh, never heard of that game… did you mean Call of Duty 4, or Halo 4?

      • http://twitter.com/HeyImSwat Daniel

        You’re trying to be funny but failing badly.

        • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

          I found it funny.

          • http://twitter.com/HeyImSwat Daniel

            Then you must be a child.

  • Russell Gorall

    For all the copies of Halo 4 that were shipped out Microsoft still can’t get people to play it. I found it unplayable, a sorry excuse of a COD clone, yet I just rented it.

    The people who own it aren’t digging it.

    What is even sadder is I rented Black Ops 2 and am loving the multiplayer for it. It is just fun.

    • Lee Thomas Rayson

      I own halo 4 and im “digging” it

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

        here is what I know, every other halo my friend and I actually cared about beating the single player, halo 4 didn’t have that feeling, in fact on normal mode only 2 of my friends actually beat the game, one started on legendary with me and we haven’t beaten half the game yet, it sucks

        in multiplayer of my 80+ friends I got like 2 people who play halo 4, at the same time I know at least 5 are MASSIVE halo fanboys, and 15 really liked one of the halo games in the past ( most halo 2 or 3) this means in my case they lost 13/15 people who liked the series.

        now I don’t think the game is like COD or anything, i just think it’s boring. they should remake halo 1 in it’s entirety, same weapons, same health same shield just add online and up the graphics to halo 4/ next gen standards. this is what the fans have wanted but still haven’t gotten it.

      • Russell Gorall

        You should start playing it, just going off the numbers.

    • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

      To quote the movie Troll Hunter, “Troll!”

    • http://twitter.com/_josHaas_ ɾosɥ ɥɐɐs

      I fall into the “digging it” category…haven’t been playing much lately, but Grifball and a new Spartan Ops episode are only a few days away.

      • Russell Gorall

        You haven’t been playing it, though? That is what I am saying and what I see from people.

        They own it, they like it… they don’t play it.

  • fried_egg

    Well I helped keep BF3 in the top ten, but in my 5th gold year I am really not getting much from the xbox. Looking back I dont think I have got my moneys worth, Ive had the unique rrod game though. Unlike my Snes or N64 or GC I doubt many of the 60 odd games will be playable either, especially as servers are shut down after a couple of years. All my membership seems to go to is full house poker, homefront or bf online. Kinect was such a bad purchase, useless gimmick. When my mobile contract runs out, I may keep that as Sony Android (having dropped windows with 6.1 and seen no reason to go back) and as I really do not need another cable tv box, see what the PS4 is like. XBOX is just a bad tv streaming device which happens to have a few overrated games on it. Really bad feeling for it now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cdnheyyou Robbie Hey You

    I really want Halo 4 to succeed. I haven’t been playing nearly as many games during this time as I did with Reach. There isn’t a good “variety” of playlists. We need more laid back ones like Action Sack and better Custom game support.

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

      if they had a custom map and game mode browser halo 4 might have actually been good, fans have been asking for it since forge came out and still bungie and now 343 don’t listen, imagine making a map uploading it and starting a match lobby, a few minutes later you got 6+ other people in the match.. you start it up and actually get to play YOUR map, without having to spam invites to random people and friends. those 6 people who liked you map save it, and start their own match of it, eventually you find out 2000 people played your map that day and loved it.

      as it is now, even if you have an amazing map, few people will ever play it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lakaumbucha Ricky Ricardo Lakaumbucha Pean

        They want that map pack money.

        • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

          That Crimson Map Pack stunt was brilliant, so many gamers saved 800 points from not buying terrible maps.

      • msonic98

        They’ve already said that they are trying to implement it.

    • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

      There’s a great game struggling to burst out from Halo 4 but it almost feels like 343 is trying to hold it back. The campaign was brilliant, SpOps is good if flawed but I can only play the multiplayer for a little before I just think “Jesus Christ…”, shake my head, and play something else.

      Meanwhile, Halo 2 PC’s server’s are closing down Feb 15th. Anyone fancy a game?

  • Toxxity

    It’s strange that Happy Wars doesn’t make the top 20 under arcade, even thought it’s a free to play battlegrounds game available around the world. Are there really no people playing this game? I’ve run into lot’s of people who have either not heard about it, or don’t even realize it’s free. I just don’t think it was hyped up properly, or advertised well for that matter. Weird.

    • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

      It’s been advertised on the dashboard a lot. They even did a “just play and get 40 free tickets” promotion. I think lots of people tried, didn’t care for it. (Probably why they advertised that they tweeked the gameplay last month.) Also, I think a lot of gamers are wary of microtransaction freemium games. That stuff plays to gullible people on mobile phones but core gamers say no thanks to that scheme.

      • Toxxity

        Maybe thats true. I myself avoid microtransaction games that would limit my gameplay unless I paid for premium content, i.e. capping my level below premium users, or not being able to aquire items that were as powerful as those sold on a ms point basis. But after playing this game, there are non of those “microtransaction” factors. You can max your level just like anyone else, and items that are free are often, if not always far more powerful than those you can purchase. Well, either way I enjoy this game, and it would be nice if it got more support so they choose to create more free to play games in the future.

    • ryder4life22187

      I can’t get that into it, didn’t like the idea of forced multiplayer. Tried playing single player and within a short amount of time got asked if i want to continue the story play multiplayer and level up to a certain level to continue. Really turned me off on that game if i wanted to play multiplayer i would.

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

      it’s a multi fold problem

      first off it’s buggy, and laggy try 3 times to get a match and you can’t get in, at least at launch it took 20 minutes to get 1 match

      2nd base rushing, which 1-2 people capture the final base, ruining the game and ending it in like 2 minutes it’s very hard to defend since they can just run away from you. ( the lack of ranged attacks hurts this a lot)

      3rd they had a failed launch the first 2 weeks ( which is when I played) it was very fun but hard to get a match, along with base rushing point I made I decided to delete the game and i’m not going to touch it unless both points are fixed, which they won’t be.

    • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

      Great game, had some laughs with friends. BUT! When the game was released the lobby searching was damn horrible. We got tired of waiting for so long only to then get halfway through a game and get booted. I don’t care if it’s been patched, I’m bored of it now, eh.

      • Toxxity

        I knew alot of people would get turned off with all the connection issues early on. There was just those who decided to pass on it and others, like myself, that chose to stick it out and see what came of it. All I can say is, when it does work, it IS a great game.

        • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

          Don’t get me wrong. It’s a damn fine game, it’s just if you release (from what I’ve heard) the beta version of the game, I’m not going to be patient and wait for the developer to fix it.

    • mcmax3000

      I could be wrong, but I don’t believe free games are counted in the top XBLA purchases list, since they don’t have to be purchased.

      The only exceptions are Pinball FX 2, and Hasbro Family Game Night, which are counted based on DLC purchases, not base game downloads.

      • Toxxity

        That could be it after all. Even with all its connection problems from the start, the sheer volume of players from around the world at least trying to log in and make something from it, should have put it into the top 20 for at least the first few activity lists.

  • Hugoku

    OMG!!11!! HALO 4 IS TEH DOOM!!

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

    god i hate 343i and the tripe they sold me as a “Halo” game.

    if Halo 5 is next gen it will be in a worse state, remember when the 360 came out the games were butchered with half the content that was on the original xbox. tiger woods games had course makers last gen. im putting my money on steam box next gen no doubt about it

    • http://twitter.com/dlchief58 Michael Burden

      Actually bub it was only the EA sports games that came out with less features (and more problems) than the previous gen when the 360 was launched. Oblivion was easily comparable to Morrowind in scope and features, and a heck of a lot better looking.

      And Tiger never had “course makers” per se – some games had it so you could alter holes slightly (called “Tiger Proofing” and was a joke TBQH) or you could make a custom 18, but there was no real course editor like on earlier PC games.

  • rhooper

    7 – The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom
    12 – Axel & Pixel

    Those are 2 games that never appeared or were up to appear in this ranking if they were sold with their normal prices. They’re not blockbusters or high marketed. They’re even a little “hidden” in the middle of our options.

    However, with the discount, the cost was only 200 MSP and they figured in the list.

    Is it REALLY that difficult to realize how the things work? Low price, high sales? Impulsive purchase? Things like that?

    • mcmax3000

      Low price, high sales isn’t always a good thing.

      Discounting a game by 75% is only worthwhile if you can increase the sales by 4x. If not, you’re losing money compared to leaving it at the normal price.

      • m1nh0ca

        For those games above mentioned appear in the list, do you think they sold only 4X times more?

        And a blockbuster game? Do you think they would sell only 4X more if they were discounted like that?

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

    modern warfare 3 was the worst COD game this gen, I really don’t see how people keep playing it. COD4 was amazing, black ops was ok, black ops 2 is meh… MW 2 and 3 suck big ones… the rest were just meh but still guys why u playing modern badgame 3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Filip-Zanichelli/100000043697049 Filip Zanichelli

    Halo 4 is a great game, i really like it.
    But it has one critical problem: Not being a game with dedicated servers.
    343i/MS, you can do this!! Please, don´t do with HALO what Activision does with CoD

 

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