The Top 20 LIVE Games of 2009


After a few days of number crunching, here are the most popular games on the LIVE Service for 2009 based on connectivity.

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

1    Halo 3
2    Call of Duty 4
3    Modern Warfare 2
4    Call of Duty: WaW
5    Gears of War 2
6    GTA IV (Purchase and download the full game)
7    Left 4 Dead
8    Halo 3: ODST
9    FABLE II Episode 1 (of 5)
10   バイオハザード5」デモ (BioHazard 5 -  Resident Evil 5)
11   Halo Wars – Demo
13   Fallout 3
14   UFC 2009 Undisputed Demo
15   Left 4 Dead 2 – Demo
16   Gears of War
17   1 vs 100
18   Guitar Hero World Tour 
19   Guitar Hero III

20   FIFA 09


Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)
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1    Battlefield 1943
2    Castle Crashers
3    Trials HD
4    Hasbro Family Game Night **
5    Shadow Complex
6    Marvel vs. Capcom 2
7    Magic: The Gathering
8    UNO
9    Worms
10   Peggle
11   Worms 2: Armageddon
12   Turtles in Time Re-Shelled
13   ‘Splosion Man
14   A Kingdom for Keflings
15   3 on 3 NHL Arcade
16   The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
17   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Classic Arcade
18   Marble Blast Ultra
19   Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
20   Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

**Combined sales of all Hasbro Family Game Night titles

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.



Top Original Xbox Titles (based on UU’s)

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


Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

1    I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
2    Avatar Drop
3    RC-AirSim
4    Headshot
5    Miner Dig Deep
6    Rumble Massage
7    Who Did I Date Last Night
8    Kodu Game Lab
9    Avatar Golf
10    Aquarium HD
11    myFishtank
12    Head Shot 2
13    DrumKit
14    A Perfect Massage
15    The Impossible Game
16    Inside Lacrosse’s CL2010
17    ZP2K9
18    ezmuze+ Hamst3r edition
19    The Drinking Game
20    Physics Sandbox



Top Games For Windows LIVE (based on UU’s)


1    GTA IV
2    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
3    Fallout 3
4    Shadowrun
5    Street Fighter IV
6    Halo 2 (PC)
7    Batman: Arkham Asylum
8    Resident Evil 5
9    Gears of War (Windows)
10    Red Faction Guerrilla
11    Battlestations: Pacific
12    Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
13    DiRT 2
14    Section 8
15    Quantum of Solace PC
16    FlatOut UC (PC)
17    Fuel
18    Viva Piñata
19    SWTCW: Republic Heroes
20    Juiced 2: HIN


These lists are based on global unique users connected to the Live Service during 2009 or in the case of Arcade and Indie Games, full versions purchased during the year.



  • Lucky 13 X

    Ya know, it does not appear to take up too much space on your blog. I wouldn’t mind seeing a top 20 every week, Major.

    Some surprising titles when you go past the top 10.


  • BeeDizz

    Halo 3 deserves it’s spot, but seriously, the CoD fans are splitting their time up between 3 different games.

    The arcade games are pretty spot on.


  • acsofspades

    If only MW2 would of come out sooner, still Halo 3 is awesome.



    That is VERY odd,

    Where is Bomberman Live in the arcade list? Can’t believe it’s NOT in the top 20 as it always was in the top 3!

    Someone made a mistake?



    Halo 3 is indeed awesome and a great game just like all of the other halo games, but after playing Modern Warfare 2 with superior graphics and then logging on to play Halo 3 is like stepping back in time a decade. I would like to see a major upgrade in video quality with Halo Reach. Halo 3 looks really garbled on my HD TV after playing hours of the awesome looking MW2.


  • BubbaBear

    Wow, Shadowrun is the 4th most popular game on Games for Windows Live! Even beating Batman Arkham Asylum!
    Ouch… PC Windows Live Gaming must really be struggling.


  • Joergen8

    II W4RLORD II: Yep 540p jagfest rendering and not to mention the weird stutter it has.. most visible in the jungle map on campaign. Oh well.. cant get much with a glue and tape Halo 2 engine. ODST was the biggest turd I’ve ever bought full price right after Gears 2. The ODST campaign graphics are some of the worst in a top tier game of any console generation.

    On balance, Gears 1 and GTAIV have been the best purchases ever and neither of them anywhere near perfect technically. I dont play MW2 because I dont like my games staying still for ten years. But it is near perfect for what it is.


  • BlackSmoke

    So @BubbaBear are you implying that Shadowrun is a bad game? I’m not surprised at all, I play that game regularly it’s fun. The concept is great and it’s more than just a run n’ gun FPS. I play it on the 360 though. So it being on the Windows Live list is testament that it is a good game and not that the Windows live service is struggling.

    I encourage people to try it on Xbox or PC and you’ll immediately be able to tell it’s not your average shooter. Ok that’s end of my Shadowrun plug.


  • BlackSmoke

    I would be really curious to see how this list would look if this was about most times a game was played and not unique number of players.



    I agree also that Shadowrun was one of the most enjoyable and funnest games that I have ever played on the 360. It would at least be in my top five list. I played it so much at first, it for my 2nd 360 out. It has to be one of the top games in the multiplayer games to be released in the last last decade. Also, I believe that it would have continued to be played more if the release of Halo 3 or was it 2, during the time period in its height of popularity. Awesome game.


  • JoeyCoolNutzz

    H3 because won because MW2 came out at the end of the year!


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