Top Xbox Live games of 2012 revealed

Microsoft has released charts for the top Xbox Live games of 2012.

Originally published by Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live, the lists are based on average unique users per day connected to the online gaming service or full versions purchased between January 1 and December 31.

Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty games dominate the list of most played Xbox Live games, taking four of the top ten places, including Black Ops 2 at No.1 and Modern Warfare 3 at No.2. Two Halo games, two FIFA titles, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Battlefield 3 also charted.

Minecraft was also the most purchased Arcade game, coming in ahead of Trials Evolution, The Walking Dead, Pinball FX2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The top-selling Indie game was CastleMiner Z, while the most played Games for Windows Live title was Grand Theft Auto 4. Check out the full chart rundowns below:

Top Xbox Live games (based on average unique users per day)
  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  3. Halo 4
  4. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  6. FIFA Soccer 13
  7. FIFA Soccer 12
  8. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  9. Halo: Reach
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  11. Borderlands 2
  12. Assassin’s Creed III
  13. Skyrim
  14. Madden NFL 13
  15. Gears of War 3
  16. NBA 2K13
  17. NBA 2K12
  18. Far Cry 3
  19. Grand Theft Auto IV
  20. Forza Motorsport 4

Top Arcade games (full versions purchased)
  1. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  2. Trials Evolution
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. Pinball FX2
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  6. Castle Crashers
  7. Gotham City Impostors
  8. I Am Alive
  9. Fruit Ninja Kinect
  10. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
  11. Trials HD
  12. Magic 2013
  13. Fez
  14. Dungeon Defenders
  15. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  16. Peggle
  17. The Simpsons Arcade Game
  18. Real Steel
  19. Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  20. Full House Poker

Top Indie games (full versions purchased)
  1. CastleMiner Z
  2. CastleMiner
  3. Total Miner: Forge
  4. Avatar Deathmatch
  5. FortressCraft Chapter 1
  6. Murder Miners
  7. The Impossible Game
  8. Avatar Laser Wars 2
  9. The $1 Zombie Game
  10. Avatar Paintball
  11. Avatar Legends
  12. Fortress Wars
  13. Miner Of Duty
  14. Miner4Ever
  15. Avatar Laser Wars
  16. End Of Days: Infected vs Mercs
  17. Toy Stunt Bike 2
  18. Flight Adventure 2
  19. Don’t Die Dateless, Dummy!
  20. Block World

Top Games for Windows Live title (based on average unique users per day)
  1. GTA IV
  2. Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition
  3. Age of Empires Online
  4. Batman Arkham City
  5. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
  6. Microsoft Flight
  7. DiRT 3
  8. F1 2011
  9. Resident Evil 5
  10. Fallout 3
  11. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  12. Fable III
  13. Bioshock 2
  14. Gotham City Impostors
  15. Colin McRae : Dirt 2
  16. Bulletstorm
  17. Street Fighter X Tekken
  18. Resident Evil Raccoon City
  19. F1 2010
  20. Street Fighter IV




  • Fro4show - January 23, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    Nine Minecraft clones on the top indie list. NINE.
  • DarthPunk - January 23, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    The amount of terrible Minecraft ripoffs in the indie list and lack of Mark of the Ninja in thw top arcade games list makes me deeply depressed
  • Rub3z - January 23, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    Agreement all around, this is quite depressing. That Indie Games list? With the exception of the pure gameplay experience that is The Impossible Game, and maybe (I say this charitably) one of those Minecraft cash-ins, all of those are just abysmal decisions on the part of players. You want real quality? I know the best ones: -I MAED A GAEM W1TH Z0MBI3S 1N1T!!!1 is a must-have, and so is -Zombie Estate, and -Dead Pixels. As far as non-zombie games go, there's: -MotorHeat -Score Rush -Decimation X3 -Hidden in Plain Sight -Super Amazing Wagon Adventure -anything with the radianGames label: JoyJoy, Crossfire, Inferno, flow, and Ballistic (my personal favorite) Just about all of those are arcade gaming masterpieces. And you can have just about all of them for around ten bucks. That ten dollars may be some of the best gaming value for your money you could ever get.
  • General Zax - January 23, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Interesting... Minecraft is apparently on the Top Xbox Live List twice. Other than that, this list is kind of depressing, especially looking at the indie games list. A high majority of them are Minecraft ripoffs, mostly shoddy. Then, to completely ruin my faith in humanity, one of the top-sold indie games is "Don't Die Dateless, Dummy." Really? REALLY? Playing that game is probably the one of the few things that *will* keep you dateless...
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - January 23, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Surprised to see Fez underneath the likes of Gotham City Impostors, I Am Alive, Fruit Ninja Kinect, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. I'm glad that it's on the list, but I hoped that it would have done a bit better. It was one of my favorite games of the year.
  • shawksta - January 23, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    ill never understand why Modern Warfare 3. Maybe people were THAT late.
  • Rub3z - January 23, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Last year's CoD, Halo or other triple-A games making the top of the lists next year make sense when you think about it this way... they're always released in the closing months of the previous year, so plenty of concurrent users per day are still logging in to play into the months of January, February and so on, especially considering the early months of the year are dry as far as releases go. Their new counterparts this year manage to beat them in the concurrent user counts because of, well, their newness. Also, and this is opinion so you can choose to ignore it, MW3's online experience was on par if maybe a bit more enjoyable than BlOps 1, and definitely more enjoyable than MW2's as far as balance issues were concerned. The addition of pointstreaks galore with a new and improved hardline pro perk, coupled with the wise addition of support pointstreaks that carried on over deaths so not-as-good or not-as-kill-happy players could actually be useful was quite memorable.
  • shawksta - January 23, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    True, ill give it that but still.

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