At first I was sort of surprised to see that Modern Warfare 2 has slipped so far down the charts this week, but considering the draw of the multiplayer (and the lack of multiplayer achievements), it makes sense that it didn't hold on to the top spot.
Meanwhile, Assassin's Creed II has had a big week. Though its summary page isn't at the top of its list, it's taken over most of the spots on the individual list. It's also been big on the "yesterday's biggest achievements" list on the homepage, which tracks what people are actually unlocking, not just what they're visiting on the site. Judging by those numbers, I figured that Assassin's Creed II would top both lists. Either way, I certainly didn't expect Dragon Age: Origins to surge and take the top spot.
Here's the most popular list for last week. This covers game-level summary pages on Giant Bomb.
Top Ten Sets
- Dragon Age: Origins
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Assassin's Creed II
- Modern Warfare 2
- 1 vs. 100
- Tony Hawk: RIDE
- Forza Motorsport 3
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Garry's Mod
Heads-up, we've got another 2010 release in the system now with THQ's Darksiders. The Saboteur also found its way into the database along with a few other new releases. Oh, and the Steam-side issue preventing that version of Left 4 Dead 2 from appearing on profiles appears to have been cleaned up. Unfortunately, there's another issue that's preventing Serious Sam HD from appearing. I assume that'll get fixed before too long.
- Mushihime-sama Futari Ver 1.5
- Tony Hawk's Project 8 (Japanese version)
- Left 4 Dead 2 (Steam)
- Stoked: Big Air Edition
- Blood Bowl
- The Saboteur
The individual list is where Assassin's Creed II is really cleaning house. And the achievements that made the list are the ones that are, for the most part, a little out-of-the-way. For example, I just finished the game yesterday and never figured out how to throw sand at dudes. After reading the comments on the Messer Sandman page, I think I might pop it back it to quickly get that achievement. Collecting feathers, however, is beyond my patience level. If you're game for that, there are links to plenty of solid feather guides on the In Memory of Petruccio page.
Here's the list, but I don't think we're done talking about AC2 just yet.
Top Ten Individual
- Assassin's Creed II - Messer Sandman
- Assassin's Creed II - Show Your Colors
- Left 4 Dead 2 - GUARDIN GNOME
- Assassin's Creed II - In Memory of Petruccio
- Assassin's Creed II - Myth Maker
- Borderlands - You're on a boat!
- Borderlands - Braaaaaaaaaaaaains!
- Assassin's Creed II - Vitruvian Man
- Left 4 Dead 2 - CONFEDERACY OF CRUNCHES
- Assassin's Creed II - An Old Friend Returns
The AC2 data is pretty interesting, showing just how deep people are getting into the game. If you check the daily top ten on the homepage, you were able to see different story-based achievements rise and fall on that list as the bulk of the game's 3,697 players moved their way through the game. At this point, a full 35.98% of that crew have seen the credits roll. It's a pretty good credit sequence, I thought.'
The Borderlands achievements are also moving, since the recently-released DLC added five more achievements to the list. A full 13.16% of the game's 6,528 players have completed the first story-based achievement for the DLC. That's not a tough achievement to get, too, so I expect most of the players who bought the pack already have that achievement. There's... probably some kind of crazy math I could complete and then mix with some armchair analyzing to make a widely inaccurate guess at the DLC's sales figures, but instead I'll just say that the number of people with that achievement will probably pass the only non-common achievement from the main game, which is the achievement you get for hitting level 50. 18.46% of our Borderlands players have hit level 50. As one of those players, let me tell you that finishing Playthrough 2 and getting all of the enemies jacked up to level 50 (or 51, in some cases) is worth it, especially if you're going to keep playing online with friends. Though I suspect I'll never be able to beat Mothrakk now that I've gone and done that. I still maintain that the Mothrakk quest is the toughest quest in the entire game... though if you're a lucky driver playing alone, it seems like you can sort of cheat your way through it using a vehicle and a mess of patience.
Oh, hey, easy points tip for you before I go. Backyard Football '10. Ten achievements, 100 points each. The game is kind of terrible, so by no means am I instructing you to pay actual money for the game. But if you can rent it or borrow it or something... well, let's just say you'll only need an hour or so with it to do what you need to do. Set it on easy, set the quarters to their maximum length, and go for it.