More gamers playing Modern Warfare 2 than Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach may have been the best selling Xbox 360 exclusive title in history, but according to Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the Director of Programming for Xbox LIVE, more gamers were playing Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3 than Halo: Reach during the week of September 13.

According to Hyrb’s latest report on Xbox LIVE activity, Modern Warfare 2 came in first with Halo 3 coming in second, and Halo: Reach coming in third. The report measures unique users, which means that more individuals were playing Modern Warfare 2 than Halo 3 and Halo: Reach.

On the other hand, a recent report from Raptr found that Halo: Reach did indeed dethrone Modern Warefare 2 as the most-played Xbox LIVE game, causing a 50% decrease in MW2 playtime. Unlike Hyrb’s report, which measures the number unique users playing each game, Raptr’s findings are based on tracking total playtime for each title. So while more unique users may have been playing Modern Warfare 2 during the first week of Halo: Reach’s release, more total hours were spent playing Halo: Reach.

Above: More people may have been playing Modern Warfare 2, but gamers spent more hours playing Halo: Reach

The Raptr report is full of other interesting statistics about how much Halo: Reach is being played. According to Raptr, the average playtime for Halo: Reach stands at 23.07 hours. 37.35% of players have beaten Halo: Reach on Normal difficulty. 22.29% of players have beaten the game on Heroic difficulty. And only 11.87% of players have managed to beat the game on Legendary.

The toughest achievement to get so far is the ‘Make it Rain’ achievement, which has only been unlocked by 0.13% of players. You can check out the Raptr report in its entirety, here.

Sep 23, 2010

Source: Major NelsonRaptr

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  • urwifemykids - September 24, 2010 5:18 a.m.

    and BTW the game deserves at least a 9 because the game doesnt hav that same frustrating feel as modern warfare with its campers and modding no skill noobs
  • urwifemykids - September 24, 2010 5:15 a.m.

    ive been playing reach for the past two weeks but have played modern warfare for about five hours of this week i feel bad about not playing reach enough
  • cronomonkey - September 24, 2010 2:54 a.m.

    I'm surprised Battlefield Bad Company 2 isn't more popular...maybe its because it actually takes skill and discourages camping O_o
  • listerinemarine - September 24, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    ...and again, because I'm a dick.
  • listerinemarine - September 24, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    Also, I'm commenting again to say how much gamesradar hates Reach.
  • listerinemarine - September 24, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    OHSIZZLESNAP TUrbo callin RebornKusabi ouuuuuuuutttttt!!!!
  • JellyvsJam - September 24, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    I'm quite surprised by this, but its only a matter of time before Halo dethrones it. I'm a big fan of both games (1k gamerscore on both games), but Bungie truly out did themselves here. H1 was awesome, H2 meh, H3 back to awesome, even ground breaking, ODST good, but broken then Halo Reach - took the best of every game and packaged all together. I fully expect HR to dominate in the coming weeks...
  • Bloodstorm - September 24, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    MW2 blows. I set it down in February and sold it in March. First game I've ever traded in, I've always been one that liked to keep my games, but MW2's campaign was tacky and its multiplayer even more geared towards the skill-less. I love Reach. It has a good formula and a nice break from the Halo 2-3 bore-fest of a multiplayer. They did great. (I've always been a campaign, Halo story junky).
  • Crabhand - September 23, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    My comments keep getting errors, so this will be shorter than I planned. Halo Reach will probably catch Modern Warfare 2 in a few months, especially after Medal of Honor and Black Ops take a chunk of it's player base. And I'm surprised so few players have beaten legendary, I guess that makes me an overwhelming minority =P
  • bradmillow0 - September 23, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    How could anyone still be playing Modern Warfare 2! I got sick of it 3 months ago.
  • abbottfrizzell - September 23, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    I play both. I love some Halo but at times it frustrates me so I just jump into Modern Warfare. BOTH>>. emphasis on that... great games with the same generic gameplay but different playstyles because the world is unique. p.s. keep your review tears on a page related to reviews
  • TURbo - September 23, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Bullshit Lizzie is only a fan of Halo 2, and she doesn't really give a shit for the later installments.
  • Doctalen - September 23, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Well duh. Reach has been out a little over a week. Even though it has sold millions of copies, it can't sell anyway near as many copies has Modern Warfare 2 simply becuase it has been out for months longer than Reach. Come back in a few weeks or months and I am sure the stats would be different for a variety of reasons. Some include Black Ops and Medal of Honor coming out but the biggest is the time Reach has been available.
  • Kapwan - September 23, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    I find this headline to be hilarious. I can't wait to see what happens when Medal of Honor and Black Ops come out.
  • RebornKusabi - September 23, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    Ugh! Will people just ****ing DROP the "GamesRadar gave Halo: Reach an 8 and Modern Warfare 2 got a 10" shit in the comments? Seriously, did you READ the review or just look at the score? Also do most of you detractors realize that Charlie Barratt is a fairly big fan of the Halo series (though GR's Lizzie Cuevas is more a fan of the series than Charlie)? No, you don't so get over your absurdly huge sense of self-entitlement and leave. Besides, if you didn't like the Reach review, I'm sure other sites scored the game how YOU felt it should have been scored rather than how THE REVIEWER felt it should have been scored. On topic, I have no opinion of this article because these numbers are just the first week records; Halo does indeed have almost cult-like staying power with average people so it'll rise once people finish the story campaign and move over to the multi-player.
  • Mikaro - September 23, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    It seems like everyone just rags on MW2 cause it's the "cool" thing to do now but, whatever. I still think it's a damn fine game. Anyway, those stats aren't very surprising considering Modern Warfare has been out for almost a year and Reach only a week. It just needs time to gather some momentum.
  • lovinmyps3 - September 23, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    With Halo: Reach's extremely fun multiplayer, I don't think I'll be picking up MW2 for a very long time.
  • newgames128 - September 23, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    Actually I think grade schoolers could've made a more functional multiplayer than MW2 lol.
  • newgames128 - September 23, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I also can't believe how much Gamesradar itself was a victim of the MW2 hype train, giving it a freakin 10 while Reach only scored an 8. Reach's campaign actually has glue holding it all together, and the MP component makes MW2's look like it was developed by grade schoolers.
  • newgames128 - September 23, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    This is such a farce if true. I'm not the biggest Halo fan but I'd still rather play any main game in the series than MW2, especially online. It's kind of a disgrace to see how popular that mess of an MP game still is.

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