By the Numbers: Xbox 360 vs Giant Bomb 2012

Happy New Year, duders. It's time once again for a data dump based on achievements. Just like last year, this data is based upon Xbox 360 achievements earned in games released in 2012. It'd be easy to just tell you what the most played and least played games were. But, let's take it a step or two further. What if you wanted to know what the least played game that got a 5-star review? I can tell you that. What if you wanted to know the games that had the highest average number of achievements earned? I can tell you that too. Or what about the most played multiplayer games that never got treated to a TNT? Okay...we're getting a little obscure here, but I can still totally tell you that one.

By my count, there were about 250 Xbox 360 and XBLA games released this year. To create an accurate list of releases, I mainly used Xbox360Achievements.org and added a game to the list whenever they did. I would not be surprised if I missed a few stragglers, so let me know if I did. There's also a few games that never had their achievements integrated into the site here, so I took them out of the data for now.

After last year, some people asked about doing Steam and PSN achievements. I still haven't done it because it would basically triple the amount of work involved, and while I enjoy doing these, that's a little too crazy for one guy. I kind of wish I had though since the achievement tracker is going away with the new site. So, this may be the very last time you see achievement data like this at least for a long time.

Onto the numbers!

Top 20 Most Played Games (Overall)

Shepard.

No separation between retail, XBLA, or Kinect here. Mash all that green, orange, and purple together! This is just straight up the most played games on Xbox 360 in terms of unique users. This is also the only list with more than 10 entries, just because I though 11-20 were pretty interesting.

  1. Mass Effect 3 -- 11,523
  2. Halo 4 -- 10,038
  3. Fez -- 7960
  4. Borderlands 2 -- 7174
  5. Trials Evolution -- 7144
  6. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition -- 5430
  7. Assassin's Creed III -- 5225
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops II -- 5069
  9. Max Payne 3 -- 4923
  10. The Walking Dead -- 4918
  11. Dishonored -- 3582
  12. SSX -- 3442
  13. Mark of the Ninja -- 3434
  14. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning -- 2982
  15. Dust: An Elysian Tail -- 2858
  16. Sleeping Dogs -- 2837
  17. Spelunky -- 2836
  18. Syndicate -- 2695
  19. Forza Horizon -- 2686
  20. XCOM: Enemy Unknown -- 2617

Top 10 Least Played Games (Overall)

Root what now?

This category is a little skewed because a few of these never came out in North America. But, hey, they're in the tracker and we've got a sizable amount of non-North Americans on the site anyway. Also, no separation between retail, XBLA, or Kinect here. These are simply the most neglected games of the year on Xbox 360 by the Giant Bomb community.

  1. Root Double: Before Crime * After Days -- 0
  2. Phantom of Inferno -- 0
  3. Hunter's Trophy 2: Europa -- 0
  4. Top Hand Rodeo Tour -- 1
  5. Snipers -- 2
  6. Phantom Breaker -- 2
  7. Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout -- 4
  8. Wipeout 3 -- 4
  9. Crash Time 5: Undercover -- 4
  10. Nickelodeon Dance 2 -- 4

Top 10 Most Played XBLA Games

Giant Bomb's #4 GOTY

Downloadable games are holding their own these days, but I still felt like it's a little unfair to not give them their own lists.

  1. Fez -- 7960
  2. Trials Evolution -- 7144
  3. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition -- 5430
  4. The Walking Dead -- 4918
  5. Mark of the Ninja -- 3442
  6. Dust: An Elysian Tail -- 2982
  7. Spelunky -- 2837
  8. Rock Band Blitz -- 2348
  9. Happy Wars -- 2228
  10. Alan Wake's American Nightmare -- 1880

Top 10 Least Played XBLA Games

This zombie shit's gotta stop soon, right?

I bet you didn't even know some of these existed.

  1. Darts vs. Zombies -- 8
  2. Planets Under Attack -- 10
  3. Red Bull Crashed Ice -- 11
  4. Home Run Stars -- 12
  5. Ski Race -- 13
  6. American Mensa Academy -- 13
  7. Dogfight 1942 -- 18
  8. Jam Live Music Arcade -- 19
  9. 3 Point Contest -- 20
  10. Bellator: MMA Onslaught -- 24

Top 10 Most Played Kinect Games

Kinect done right.

Did you realize there were more than ten Kinect games that came out this year?

  1. Double Fine Happy Action Theater -- 1594
  2. Wreckateer -- 1036
  3. Kinect Party -- 910
  4. Kinect Playfit -- 698
  5. Kinect Fun Labs: Mars Rover Landing -- 636
  6. Dance Central 3 -- 530
  7. Haunt -- 462
  8. Kinect Star Wars -- 453
  9. Karaoke -- 383
  10. Kinect Sesame Street TV -- 252

Top 10 Least Played Kinect Games

I don't even.

That's one lonely cowboy.

  1. Top Hand Rodeo Tour -- 1
  2. Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout -- 4
  3. Wipeout 3 -- 4
  4. Let's Dance -- 6
  5. Country Dance All-Stars -- 7
  6. The Hip Hop Dance Experience -- 7
  7. Darts vs. Zombies -- 8
  8. miCoach by adidas -- 10
  9. Red Bull Crashed Ice -- 11
  10. Home Run Stars -- 12

Top 10 Most Completed Retail Games

100% of the time, it works every time.

This one is based on the percentage of achievements unlocked in the game. Are they just easy achievements? Or really good games that people are dedicated to? You decide.

  1. Nickelodeon Dance 2 -- 100%
  2. Toy Story Mania! -- 73.4%
  3. Ben 10: Omniverse -- 64.4%
  4. The Testament of Sherlock Holmes -- 59.7%
  5. Men in Black: Alien Crisis -- 57.5%
  6. Battleship -- 57.0%
  7. Prototype 2 -- 56.0%
  8. Brave: The Video Game -- 54.7%
  9. Spec Ops: The Line -- 54.4%
  10. Rise of the Guardians -- 52.3%

Top 10 Least Completed Retail Games

Deer have taken over Europe and something must be done!

And are these hard achievements to earn? Or just terrible games that no one spent time on?

  1. Root Double: Before Crime * After Days -- 0.0%
  2. Phantom of Inferno -- 0.0%
  3. Hunter's Trophy 2: Europa -- 0.0%
  4. Snipers -- 1.5%
  5. Le Tour de France 2012 -- 2.0%
  6. Kinect Nat Geo TV -- 2.2%
  7. Top Hand Rodeo Tour -- 2.5%
  8. Carrier Command: Gaea Mission -- 2.7%
  9. Let's Dance -- 3.7%
  10. miCoach by adidas -- 4.3%

Top 10 Most Completed XBLA Games

If it's an old Sega game, it's probably on or soon to be on Xbox Live Arcade.

It's probably not fair to lump these games in with the retail games since they have fewer achievements.

  1. Sonic the Fighters -- 90.9%
  2. Virtua Fighter 2 -- 79.7%
  3. Fighting Vipers -- 76.5%
  4. Kinect Fun Labs: Junk Fu -- 75.8%
  5. Kinect Fun Labs: Rush Snapshot -- 73.6%
  6. Jeremy McGrath's Offroad -- 71.5%
  7. Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown -- 67.8%
  8. Zuma's Revenge -- 65.3%
  9. Kinect Fun Labs: I Am Super! -- 63.5%
  10. The Walking Dead -- 58.1%

Top 10 Least Completed XBLA Games

2012's Best Bow

Seems that players didn't make it too far after entering The Lang Zone.

  1. Wreckateer -- 4.1%
  2. Black Knight Sword -- 4.8%
  3. Sine Mora -- 5.4%
  4. Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc HD -- 6.0%
  5. Karaoke -- 6.4%
  6. Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World -- 6.8%
  7. Kinect PlayFit -- 7.1%
  8. Red Bull Crashed Ice -- 7.8%
  9. NFL Blitz -- 8.1%
  10. Guilty Gear XX Λ Core Plus -- 9.8%

Highest Average Number of Achievements (Retail)

Typically, this category is full of licensed movie-type games.

No percentages here. Just strictly how many achievements unlocked per game per user.

  1. Mass Effect 3 -- 37.4
  2. Toy Story Mania! -- 36.1
  3. Ben 10: Omniverse -- 33.1
  4. Spec Ops: The Line -- 30.4
  5. Brave: The Video Game -- 27.7
  6. Borderlands 2 -- 26.7
  7. Prototype 2 -- 26.2
  8. Rise of the Guardians -- 25.8
  9. The Darkness II -- 25.5
  10. Sleeping Dogs -- 24.0

Lowest Average Number of Achievements (Retail)

We don't even have Xbox 360 box art for this game.

A frightening look at the bottom of the barrel.

  1. Root Double: Before Crime * After Days -- 0.0
  2. Phantom of Inferno -- 0.0
  3. Hunter's Trophy 2: Europa -- 0.0
  4. Snipers -- 1.0
  5. Le Tour de France 2012 -- 1.3
  6. Kinect Nat Geo TV -- 1.7
  7. miCoach by adidas -- 2.5
  8. Let's Dance -- 2.7
  9. Country Dance All-Stars -- 3.1
  10. Carrier Command: Gaea Mission -- 3.8

Highest Average Number of Achievements (XBLA)

Look out behind you!

The Walking Dead should be higher if it weren't for a database problem that didn't register players' achievements who played episode 4 within the first day it was out.

  1. The Walking Dead -- 23.4
  2. Deadlight -- 19.2
  3. Rock Band Blitz -- 16.3
  4. Dust: An Elysian Tail -- 15.3
  5. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition -- 14.0
  6. Fable Heroes -- 13.7
  7. Zuma's Revenge -- 13.1
  8. Mark of the Ninja -- 12.6
  9. Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 -- 12.3
  10. Guardians of Middle-earth -- 12.2

Lowest Average Number of Achievements (XBLA)

Nostalgic for these games? No? Oh...okay.

Were these games difficult or were you just disappointed and only played it once?

  1. Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World -- 1.0
  2. Skullgirls -- 1.1
  3. Haunt -- 1.3
  4. Puddle -- 1.4
  5. Sine Mora -- 1.7
  6. Black Knight Sword -- 1.7
  7. Choplifter HD -- 1.7
  8. Kinect PlayFit -- 1.7
  9. Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc -- 1.8
  10. Warp -- 1.9

Most Played Games Not Reviewed by Giant Bomb

Finally on consoles.

I have to assume Vinny would've been the best person to review The Witcher 2. I miss Vinny's reviews...

  1. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings -- 2617
  2. Happy Wars -- 2228
  3. Lollipop Chainsaw -- 1856
  4. Soulcalibur V -- 1854
  5. Double Fine Happy Action Theater -- 1594
  6. Final Fantasy XIII-2 -- 1354
  7. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City -- 1350
  8. FIFA 13 -- 1293
  9. Binary Domain -- 1286
  10. The Amazing Spider-Man -- 1067

Least Played Games Reviewed by Giant Bomb

No, thanks.

Presented by Alex Navarro.

  1. The Expendables 2 -- 51
  2. Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor -- 77
  3. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse -- 86
  4. Fable: The Journey -- 117
  5. Fire Pro Wrestling -- 136
  6. Grand Slam Tennis 2 -- 147
  7. 007 Legends -- 152
  8. Bloodforge -- 156
  9. The Splatters -- 194
  10. Game of Thrones -- 227

Most Played Games That Did Not Get a Quick Look

Free-to-play is here to stay, y'all.

Ever wonder if Quick Looks have an effect on sales numbers? Well, I can't really answer that, but see if you can decipher anything from this info.

  1. Happy Wars -- 2228
  2. Kinect PlayFit -- 698
  3. Kinect Fun Labs: Mars Rover Landing -- 636
  4. Devil May Cry HD Collection -- 632
  5. Karaoke -- 383
  6. FIFA Street -- 364
  7. Sonic Adventure 2 -- 355
  8. NeverDead -- 328
  9. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations -- 294
  10. Armored Core V -- 287

Least Played Games That Got a Quick Look

That bear seems upset.

This speaks to how many Quick Looks the guys actually churn out.

  1. Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013 -- 12
  2. Carrier Command: Gaea Mission -- 13
  3. Of Orcs and Men -- 17
  4. Harry Potter for Kinect -- 19
  5. NBA Baller Beats -- 19
  6. NASCAR The Game: Inside Line -- 22
  7. Bellator: MMA Onslaught -- 24
  8. Dragon Ball Z for Kinect -- 28
  9. Kung-Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise -- 45
  10. Karateka -- 45

Most Played Multiplayer Games That Did Not Get a TNT

So close, yet so far away.

SSX is #1, but "real" multiplayer didn't get added into that game til much later after release.

  1. SSX -- 3582
  2. Happy Wars -- 2228
  3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier -- 2204
  4. Resident Evil 6 -- 1948
  5. Soulcalibur V -- 1854
  6. Spec Ops: The Line -- 1722
  7. Street Fighter X Tekken -- 1694
  8. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City -- 1350
  9. FIFA 13 -- 1293
  10. Binary Domain -- 1286

Least Played Multiplayer Games That Did Get a TNT

Possibly the goofiest subtitle of 2012.

Sad in a way, but the chances of you playing against the staff in these games were pretty high.

  1. Ridge Racer Unbounded -- 314
  2. Hybrid -- 423
  3. Awesomenauts -- 472
  4. Dead or Alive 5 -- 765
  5. NFL Blitz -- 765
  6. Persona 4 Arena -- 1001
  7. Gotham City Impostors -- 1204
  8. Need for Speed: Most Wanted -- 1384
  9. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD -- 1730
  10. The Darkness II -- 2406

Community All-Stars

The best...around.

While combing through achievement pages, I began to realize there's a ton of registered users that seemingly only registered to track their achievements. Many have no posts or wiki points. So, while looking at some the rarest achievements earned in 2012, I plucked out some active (or at least semi-active) users to highlight for their feats of greatness.

Miscellaneous Other Nonsense

CategoryGameStats
Average Players per Game-775.53
Average Completion Percentage per Game-26.85%
Average Number of Achievements Earned per Game-10.21
Least Played 5-Star ReviewFar Cry 3 (Brad)2586
Most Played 1-Star ReviewSouth Park: Tenorman's Revenge (Alex)254
Most Played Game Reviewed by AlexThe Walking Dead4918
Least Played Game Reviewed by AlexThe Expendables 251
Most Played Game Reviewed by BradTrials Evolution7144
Least Played Game Reviewed by BradSteel Battalion: Heavy Armor77
Most Played Game Reviewed by JeffMass Effect 311,523
Least Played Game Reviewed by JeffTekken Tag Tournament 2598
Most Played Game Reveiewed by PatrickDishonored3632
Least Played Game Reviewed by PatrickAlan Wake's American Nightmare1880
Most Played Game Reviewed by RyanAssassin's Creed III5225
Least Played Game Reviewed by RyanGrand Slam Tennis 2147

Random Observations Made While Tabulating Data

  • Seven games got TWO Quick Looks: Borderlands 2, Mark of the Ninja, Pid, Sleeping Dogs, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Trials Evolution, and XCOM Enemy Unknown.
  • Two games got two TNT's: Syndicate and Trials Evolution.
  • One person bought all the items in Scarygirl.
  • Two people earned all the medals in Puddle.
  • 21.68% of those who played Soulcalibur V never cleared Episode 1 in the story mode.
  • 414 people (3.6%) who started Mass Effect 3 never returned to active duty (the first achievement). Guess they can't complain about the ending.
  • Over 1000 people (8.9%) have endured Mass Effect 3 on Insanity.
  • Only 6 people have S-Ranked Street Fighter X Tekken.
  • 3.4% of Shoot Many Robots players never killed 100 robots. Way to follow directions, guys.
  • Armored Core V has eight different versions you could S-Rank.
  • 1.3% of people are good at blowing up dogs.
  • Somehow, three whole people S-Ranked the atrocity known as South Park: Tenorman's Revenge.
  • 234 people never found a single cube shard in Fez.
  • Trials Evolution is quite intimidating. But, did you know 137 people couldn't even pass their first license test.
  • Based on achievements, less people completed Episode 4 than did Episode 5 of The Walking Dead. This was due to a Xbox Live database error that didn't register achievements earned by players within the first 24 hours or so of Episode 4's release.
  • Roughly 20 people who played it S-Ranked Men in Black: Alien Crisis. What the hell…
  • There are eleven achievements in Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor that no one has unlocked. Is the game so broken that you can't actually get them?
  • Five masochistic individuals have completed Spelunky without collecting any treasures.
  • Sixteen people started Quantum Conundrum but never actually picked up the IDS device. Puzzles are hard, duders.
  • Over 1000 people entered The Lang Zone and nearly half of them never earned a medal to show for it.
  • Wolfenstein has more players than this years' Madden.
  • 144 people have played more than 300 different songs in Rock Band Blitz.
  • We have 227 True Ninjas on Giant Bomb.
  • CheapAssGamer's is the second best NBA Baller Beats player…in the world?
  • No hockey this year means no one has the will to S-Rank NHL 13.
  • Everyone that started Double Dragon Neon got cursed with a 1-point achievement, but only 87 were able to get the 19-point achievement to get back to some semblance of normalcy.
  • 9.8% of Borderlands 2 players "Did It All" by completing every side mission in the game.
  • No one has S-Ranked Kinect Sesame Street TV and it's all because of Smart Glass.
  • Over 2000 people have played the free-to-play XBLA game known as Happy Wars. But only 32 of them completed every story mission. I wonder if Johnny V is still playing.
  • Only nine people have scored 50,000 points while DJ'ing in Intel Discovered.
  • The Super Turbo Turkey Puncher achievement is the most common in Doom 3 BFG Edition.
  • 52 people never even made it to the festival in Forza Horizon. Another 20 never finished a race.
  • 77.17% of Mass Effect 3 players finished the game, which is extremely high compared to other games.
  • Barely a quarter of the people who played Assassin's Creed III got a double assassination with a musket.
  • Over a third of Halo 4 players completed the campaign on Heroic or harder.
  • There are no achievements involving sharks in Far Cry 3. What's even the point?

The Impossibilities Are Endless

Here are some of the hardest and/or rarest achievements from 2012. No one has earned any of these yet.

GameAchievementDescription
Country Dance All-StarsCountry Dance ChampionEarn scores of 500,000 or more on 30 different songs in any score game mode.
Dead or Alive 5Anybody, Anytime, AnywhereFight 50 people through invitations.
DishonoredVoid StarComplete all Normal and Expert challenges with a 3-Stars rating.
F1 Race StarsShortcut ExpertTake every shortcut in the game.
Fable: The JourneyMedal Gear SolidEarn a Gold Medal in every Arcade Mode challenge.
Grand Slam Tennis 2The LegendCareer - Finish ranked #1.
Madden NFL 13Shannon Sharpe AwardAs a created TE, surpass Shannon Sharpe on Legacy Score in Connected Careers.
NHL 13LegendaryRetire as a Legend in Be A Pro with a Created Pro.
Of Orcs and MenBloodjawFinish Of Orcs and Men at the highest difficulty level.
Persona 4 ArenaCombo CrazyComplete every characters' challenges.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing TransformedTeam SonicFinish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th with local friends in a 10 player race.
The SplattersThe Combonator!Earn three stars in each "Combo-Nation" level.
Top Gun: Hard LockGive 'em HellFire every weapon in the game at least once.
Trials EvolutionWail of the BansheeZero fault the Hard as Nails tournament using the Banshee.
Wheel of Fortune: Big MoneyFashionistaAcquire all contestant clothes and logos.
WWE '13King of the WorldAchieve the maximum rank on Xbox Live.
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Posted by Marino

@Roger778: Well, it did have a hell of a head start on most of the other games released this year.

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Posted by Roger778

@Marino:

And I still loved it, regardless.

Posted by Getz

Wonderful stuff. Neverdead did eventually get that quicklook though.

Posted by Marino

@Getz said:

Wonderful stuff. Neverdead did eventually get that quicklook though.

Yeah, I've been somewhat debating whether I should update the data.

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Posted by Getz

@Marino said:

@Getz said:

Wonderful stuff. Neverdead did eventually get that quicklook though.

Yeah, I've been somewhat debating whether I should update the data.

I don't think it counts, considering it's the new year.

Posted by NoelVeiga

This is great. Love it. Lots of counterintuitive stuff, especially in the top 20 list. Nice job :)

Posted by Marino

@Getz said:

@Marino said:

@Getz said:

Wonderful stuff. Neverdead did eventually get that quicklook though.

Yeah, I've been somewhat debating whether I should update the data.

I don't think it counts, considering it's the new year.

I don't think I'm gonna change it.

But, if anyone's wondering, if I did remove it, then Major League Baseball 2K12 would get into the top 10 on that list.

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Posted by EarlessShrimp

Don't know if this has been mentioned, but NeverDead did get a quicklook.... in 2013...

Posted by Marino

@EarlessShrimp said:

Don't know if this has been mentioned, but NeverDead did get a quicklook.... in 2013...

See the last four posts or so. That's what we've been talking about. ;)

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Posted by EarlessShrimp

@Marino: That requires reading! I don't know how to do that!

But, in all fairness, it was 2013. So, technically it did not receive a quick look in this Data Dump (since it's a 2012 dump)

Posted by SocialChameleon

Those 4 Nickelodeon Dance 2 players are a dedicated bunch.

Posted by pot

Ha, love this thread. Interesting to see all the data!

Posted by avantegardener

Average players per game 775.53, that's a little too on the nose!

Posted by AURON570

LMAO, does that mean that all 4 people that played Nickelodeon Dance 2, got all the achievements for it? xD

Posted by ArjanN

Hey, looks like I'm the first one to get the Dishonored DLC achievements, kind fo funny how easy the main game is but some of those DLC achievements are no joke.

@AURON570 said:

LMAO, does that mean that all 4 people that played Nickelodeon Dance 2, got all the achievements for it? xD

Yeah. It's a kids game so I'm guessing those achievements are just really easy.

Posted by facetheglue

Really interesting - shame you mentioned this might be removed. Not everyone is a fan of achievements but there's definitely thousands on the site that are!

Posted by Slayer78

Excellent work, this was very entertaining indeed, so thanks for the effort.

Posted by onan

The Japanese games that no one played should be excluded from the other categories because the math is broken. i.e., Root Double is both the most and least completed game this year: Least because no one got any achievements in it (because no one played it), and most because 100% of the people who played it got 100% of the achievements.

(That said, I did play Phantom of Inferno a few years ago, just not on 360.)

Posted by Nictel

Love these numbers! Some fun things between them

Posted by FiestaUnicorn

Marino is the guy you don't want to screw with in Eve Online. He makes spreadsheets his bitch.

Posted by Supah_Ted

Interesting stuff

Posted by Zrais

Awesome stuff.

Posted by Winternet

What's up with Happy Wars?

Posted by PhilipDuck

Surprised they never reviews The Witcher 2, i never even realized lol

Posted by ep

This must have taken forever. Awesome job.

Thank you.

Posted by Marino

@ep said:

This must have taken forever. Awesome job.

Thank you.

I kept track of releases all year. Entering/compiling the data took a couple days of work.

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Posted by yevinorion

Great stuff @Marino, love the stats.

Posted by Winterstrike

Wow Marino. Great list there. Thank you :)

Posted by NicksCorner

Thanks for the read!