Ever-ready to cut through
critical bias and drummed-up presale data, Raptr has released its
Raptr Report for 2011, with data on which games commanded the most
player attention. The report breaks the year's releases down into
categories, calculating total playtime by Raptr's 10+ million users
over launch month, per-player launch-week playtime and launch-month
session length. There's a few surprises in there, but the list's two
standouts are both November releases.
Modern Warfare 3 comes in
with a healthy lead over fellow shooting-man threequels Battlefield 3
and Gears 3 – though the latter manages to just pip Activision's
juggernaut for average session length, a category in which MW3 took
an excruciatingly-close third place.
Skyrim commanded more total
playtime than all its closest RPG competitors, combined, twice over.
Dragon Age 2 and Two Worlds 2 managed to come closer to Bethesda's
champion in average session length, with the Dark Souls hardcore
displaying the least amount of single-session staying power.
Raptr calls the Open-World
category “the toughest battle in 2011,” not least due to the
genre encompassing plenty of shooters and RPGs as well. Arkham City
manages to distinguish itself here, with Dead Island, LA Noire and
Saints Row: The Third putting in a respectable showing. Volition's
cracked-out brawler took the top spot in session length: turns out
bashing people in the face with a giant purple johnson is addictive.
And people like to do this in videogames as well, heyo.
FIFA 12 is the Skyrim of
games without dragons in them, commanding a healthy lead over all the
other sports titles combined. Average session length is an
excruciatingly close matchup, almost suggesting that this is a
category where the length of a single game tends to be mandated by
some sort of in-game timer.
The Sims Social is the big
success story of the Social category, managing to command more
playtime than any offerings from genre titan Zynga. Then again, three
of the game's four closest competitors are Zynga apps, all of which
commanded longer session lengths than EA's new entrant.
Plenty of new IPs made their
presence known in 2011, with LA Noire the unsurprising (and
deserving) standout. Atlus' Catherine managed to best Rockstar's
thriller in session length, vindicating the company's active campaign on behalf of the
The overall battle for
Raptr's Game of the Year slot comes down to a close fight between
Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim. Far be it from us to pick favorites
between titles whose fanbases display considerable acumen in firearms
and the dark arts, so let's just say it's nice to see three other
standouts from the years' releases holding their own.
Bonus numbers! Data on free-play titles
compares online games' average daily playtime before and immediately
after going F2P. As you can see, this category breaks down into two
categories: the “DC Universe Online” bracket and the “everything
else in the world” slot.
You can download the report at Raptr's page and conduct your own measured analysis. What do you think of the data?