Top Xbox LIVE Games of 2010

 

After much time in various SQL data bases and Excel Pivot tables, I am pleased to present the Top LIVE lists of 2010.

 

Please note that the rankings are based on the games’ first seven days of activity on the Xbox LIVE service and only include games released in 2010.


 

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles of 2010 (based on UU’s during the first week of launch)

1    Call of Duty: Black Ops
2    Halo: Reach
3    Red Dead Redemption
4    Fable III
5    Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
6    Medal of Honor
7    Mass Effect 2
8    FIFA Soccer 11
9    Fallout: New Vegas
10  BioShock 2
11  Madden NFL 11
12  Splinter Cell Conviction
13  Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
14  Dead Rising 2
15  Kinect Adventures!
16  NBA 2K11
17  Crackdown 2
18  Aliens vs Predator
19  Mafia II
20  Army of TWO: TFD

 

Top Arcade Titles of 2010 (Based on full versions purchased during the first week of release)

1    Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
2    LIMBO
3    Perfect Dark
4    Toy Soldiers
5    Monday Night Combat
6    Deadliest Warrior

7    Dead Rising 2: Case West 
8    X-Men Arcade
9    Castlevania Harmony of Despair
10    Plants vs Zombies
11    Scott Pilgrim
12    Sonic 4 Episode 1
13    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
14    Blacklight: Tango Down
15    Hydro Thunder Hurricane
16    RISK Factions
17    Super Meat Boy
18    World of Keflings

 

Top Indie Games of 2010 (Based on full versions purchased during the first week of release)

1    Baby Maker Extreme
2    Avatar Showdown
3    Avatar Paintball
4    Avatar Ninja!
5    Avatar Racedrome
6    Try Not To Fart
7    Nuclear Wasteland
8    Avatar Onslaught
9    Yet Another Zombie Defense
10    Zombie Estate
11    Breath of Death VII
12    MILITARY SNIPER-SIM 3.18
13    Get Rich or Die Gaming
14    Avatar Bumper Cars
15    Avatar Meet Up Live!
16    GET TO THA CHOPPA!!1
17    Shoot 1UP
18    Toy Stunt Bike
19    The Impossible Game
20    So Many Girls So Little Time

 

Comments

  • cliftonJONES

    happy to see me2 is still being played well…

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  • CrazyCake

    this is the oddest list i’ve seen of top live games played all year.

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  • Major Nelson

    Why is it odd?

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  • rawkerdude5012

    @CrazyCake you do realize that list is for the ENTIRE year of 2010 right? And not just the latest week like major normally does, or at least did before the holiday and new year.

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  • CrazyCake

    I didn’t except Aliens vs Predator to be up on it, and Army of Two didn’t either i guises its because i’ve seen lots of shooters up on it like Reach, and COD around fall of 2010 when Reach and Black Opps came out and people were still playing COD Modern Warfare 2. I guise it was just mostly shooters for a while and now its a little bit everything.

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  • HsitH

    I’m surprised that Super Meat Boy is at #17, the game at least deserves to be on the top ten.

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  • CrazyCake

    @rawkerdude5012 yep i do.

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  • BeeDizz

    It does seem odd to only rate the activity of the game off the first 7 days after launch. I’m personally interested in seeing which games had staying power for the year.

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  • BeeDizz

    And why am I still showing up as a silver account? I was silver for 1 day while I set up my family plan for me and my kids a month ago.

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  • a1984darkboy

    I expected Monday Night Combat to be the most played given that it’s a multiplayer game and has a pretty thriving community. People put some long hours into Limbo and Case Zero.

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  • Reluctant Hero

    @Major Nelson – It’s odd because it’s only based upon the first 7 days of data. Why not base the list on all data in 2010?

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  • Rykin Poe

    Wow I only purchased 2 of the top 20 arcade titles last year. Year before last year I probably purchased 6 of the top 10. Guess that explains why it felt like a weak year for arcade titles to me.

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  • Major Nelson

    I did the first 7-days since that is a way to normalize the data and give all games a fair chance.

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  • Reluctant Hero

    @Major Nelson – I believe your previous lists for 2008 & 2009 included the year’s worth of data based upon unique players.

    2008: https://majornelson.com/archive/2009/01/04/the-top-20-live-games-of-2008.aspx

    2009: https://majornelson.com/archive/2010/01/10/the-top-20-live-games-of-2009.aspx

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  • Stryke42

    @beedizz That award would definitely go to MW2

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  • AutomaticOcelot

    Hah, nice to see an XBL list without Trials HD for once.😉
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    @HsitH: What you’re really saying is Super Meat Boy deserves to have sold more. And I agree. But do realise it’s #17 of what… 100+ XBL games that came out last year? And why no 19 and 20 on that list, Major?

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  • Reluctant Hero

    @Major Nelson – Thank’s for the explanation, much appreciated. But I’d be interested, and I’m sure other would as well, in seeing a list of all top LIVE games in 2010 based upon all annual numbers.

    I’m sure it’s a lot of work to put together these lists, but I hope it’s possible to see such a list.

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  • BeeDizz

    @Stryke42 I have no doubt it would be on top. I’m still interested in seeing what else had decent staying power. I assume most of 2010 would have been games released in 2009. Or possibly a few too many demos like previous years. So they made the list ONLY games released in 2010. And the only way to make it fair then would be to base the activity off a predetermined amount of time. Which is why this list is for the first 7 days. It’s still an interesting list. But I’d like to see what actual games were played most in 2010 regardless of when they were released.

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  • MACPH1ST0

    @a1984darkboy: As it says in the title, the Arcade list is based on on full versions purchased, not length of time played.

    I also agree that it would be nice to see the lists based on full-year stats, especially for the Arcade games, since many of those games got some significant sales boosts due to all the discounts throughout the year.

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  • RainbowDespair

    Rather disappointed that there’s no overall charts, but I’ll take what we can get. Very pleased to see that one of our games made the list.

    Our game, Breath of Death VII: The Beginning, sold a little over 4,000 copies in its first 7 days and made #11 on the XBLIG first week sales chart which should give some perspective. Our second RPG, Cthulhu Saves the World, sold just under 4,000 copies in its first week and would have definitely made the chart, however it came out on December 30th so most of its first week was in 2011.

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  • Stephan1237

    Hey there, so this list is from the first 7 days from every month?

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  • DUDI1969

    and no ALAN WAKE…? that’s bad…😦

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  • DUDI1969

    and no ALAN WAKE…? that’s bad…😦

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  • PastLife666

    Whoa! I felt like I bought a lot of games this year, but according to the list I only bought a handful of the mainstream tittles. I take pride on supporting those smaller games that deserve a little more appraisal. ALAN WAKE!!!!!

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  • dreri

    Excellent list, I love stats:). I would maybe do it for the first 2 weeks or first 30 days. I think it might have given slightly different results.

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