Xbox Live's top games of 2011 revealed

Call of Duty: Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Halo: Reach, and Pinball FX2 were among Xbox Live's most popular games in 2011, according to Microsoft's year-end tally.

Recently posted to Major Nelson's blog, the report was compiled with data related to the number of unique visitors on Xbox Live or full versions purchased throughout the entirety of 2011. Among the top ten titles enjoyed in the latter category, it listed:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
3. Modern Warfare 2
4. Halo: Reach
5. Battlefield 3
6. Skyrim
7. Gears of War 3
8. FIFA 12
9. FIFA Soccer 11
10. Madden NFL 12 

2011's most purchased Xbox Live Arcade titles were also calculated; and unlike the shooter and sport heavy results above, the list includes a healthy cross-section of genres:

1. Pinball FX2
2. Full House Poker
3. Castle Crashers
4. Fruit Ninja Kinect
5. From Dust
6. Trials HD
7. Magic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
9. Torchlight
10. Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Microsoft's rundown included shout-outs to the indie community. Judging by the numbers, it was a good year to be a Minecraft clone:

1. FortressCraft Chapter 1
2. Total Miner: Forge
3. The Impossible Game
4. Avatar Paintball
5. Toy Stunt Bike
6. CastleMiner Z
8. Avatar Legends
9. CastleMiner
10. Miner Dig Deep

Last but (arguably) not least, the report announced the top titles on Games of Windows Live and Windows Phone, crowning Age of Empires Online and Angry Birds as the top winners, respectively.

It's interesting to note many of the games in Microsoft's release having been kicking around for years. In fact, other notable “also rans” include Halo 3, Gears of War 2, Portal: Still Alive, and even Call of Duty: World at War. Browse the full report to see if your favorite game made the cut.


  • xxgHoSt1265xx - February 1, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    HAAAAAHAAAAAA!! How does that feel Battlefield fans!!! Beat by not one, but THREE Cod games!!
  • Slothboy - January 10, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    Wow, I own just one game from each list. Halo: Reach, From Dust (a must own BTW), and Miner Dig Deep. I didn't realize I was a gaming hipster that scorns mainstream titles, but I guess I am!
  • THEBIGJ3 - January 10, 2012 3:22 a.m.

    Hate hate HATE Black OPs!!! What a load of shite that campaign was! I went straight in on Veteran for a challenge, and all I got was some ancient tried and tired mechanic of 'run to an invisible trigger point, get killed, hope for a respawn closer to the end. This is not a challenge, it's a waste of my time!!! HATE it! Infinite respawning enemies! HATE it! The fact that there might be a Black Ops 2... HATE it!! The fact that it's STILL MASSIVELY OVERPRICED!! HATE it!!!! Multiplayer (Never played it...snapped the disc and binned it before trying it) There are so many BETTER games than Black OPs, yet it's everywhere, on every website, magzine, xbox dashboard... It is to gaming, what Justin Bieber is to music, utter shite, yet everyone buys it??? Rant over.
  • codzprc - January 9, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    Considering Skyrim came out little over a month ago, being #6 is monumental.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 9, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    It's so funny, because I bet you anything the PS3 is also filled with shooters. Just wish the fanboys would stop bitching about this. Just because Call of Duty owns the top 3 spots, doesn't mean everyone on Xbox plays that. PS3 and PC owners SHOULD be smart enough to realize that, but hey, what do I know?
  • Cyberninja - January 9, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    i know this but it gets old when everyone you know with an Xbox is a person who only plays one of the above games and treating them like the only games on the system
  • NeoKef - January 9, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    Wasn't expecting to see Black Ops or MW2 up there, let alone at the top. And then Castle Crashers, I can't believe they are going strong still. Such an odd year.
  • talleyXIV - January 9, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    Your comment confuses me. You didn't expect Black Ops, the sixth or seventh best selling game of all time, to be in the top games played? Nor MW2 which also sold an ass load of copies to be up there? MW2 may have been a surprise if it got number one, but top 3. No surprise there.
  • Defguru7777 - January 9, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Glad to see Reach, Gears 3, and Skyrim on the list and Case West on the Arcade list. Honestly, I'm more surprised Gears 2 has a lot of players still more than Halo 3. I know a lot of Halo fans liked Halo 3 more than Reach, but I thought most people would be playing Gears 1 or 3.
  • BaraChat - January 9, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    That's pretty sad when the TOP FIVE consists only of First Person shooter. Mind you, I don't think the list for the PS3 would be much more varied...
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 9, 2012 3:34 p.m.

    It's not sad. The main reason for me to play a FPS is to play online. You think anyone plays Battlefield 3 for the story? HEEL NO! I know plenty of people that have Skyrim, but they just don't play it online. No reason to.
  • Oliolioliooo - January 9, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    And this is why I don't have a 360
  • gmcb2011 - January 9, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    And this is why these aren't the only games for 360.
  • Cyberninja - January 9, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    name 3 exclusive series that aren't on this list because these are the only games someone with an xbox plays
  • talleyXIV - January 9, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    I don't own an Xbox 360, but I must tell you to stop being such a fag fanboy.
  • Norwegian420 - January 9, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    What a total garbage list... well, guess all the kids are happy with it.

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