Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 most-played Xbox 360 game in 2012

To tie 2012 up all nice with a bow before burying it in the woods out back, Microsoft has revealed the most popular Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Indie Games, and Games for Windows Live titles from that dead year, dead dead dead dead. Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was the most-played Live game, while, you've guessed it, Minecraft topped XBLA.

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To tie 2012 up all nice with a bow before burying it in the woods out back, Microsoft has revealed the most popular Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Indie Games, and Games for Windows Live titles from that dead year, dead dead dead dead. Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was the most-played Live game, while, you've guessed it, Minecraft topped XBLA.

Xbox Live director Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb revealed the stats on his blog, showing the top 20 for each platform. Stats based on online users don't show a complete view of what people are playing, but it's the best Microsoft can track.

Activision's Call of Duty series had three games in the Xbox Live top 5, with 2011's Modern Warfare 3 in at #2 and the original Black Ops at #5. Halo 4 squeezed in at #3, and Minecraft was #4. The Xbox Live stats come from the average number of unique users per day, gathered by tracking people who are online on Live.

XBLA's stats, however, are simply from the number of games sold. There, Minecraft was followed by Trials Evolution, The Walking Dead, the free Pinball FX2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Mining was pretty dang popular on XBLIG too, with dig 'em ups accounting for four of the top five most-sold games.

As for GFWL, well, it's hardly worth mentioning, given that most reasonable publishers have long since fled the platform. Still, Grand Theft Auto 4 had the most average unique users, followed by Dark Souls, Age of Empires Online, Batman: Arkham City, and Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition.

Do check out Major Nelson's post for the full top 20 on each platform.

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    January 23, 2013 9:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 most-played Xbox 360 game in 2012.

    To tie 2012 up all nice with a bow before burying it in the woods out back, Microsoft has revealed the most popular Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Indie Games, and Games for Windows Live titles from that dead year, dead dead dead dead. Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was the most-played Live game, while, you've guessed it, Minecraft topped XBLA.

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      January 23, 2013 9:03 AM

      Such incomplete numbers..shame

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        January 23, 2013 9:04 AM

        And nowhere does it say that CodBlops2 is the "Most Played"

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          January 23, 2013 9:19 AM

          Are you objecting to the dismissal of single-player, counting only online (LIVE) numbers?

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            January 23, 2013 9:36 AM

            Not specifically, just objecting to the conclusions the shacknews article (and especially it's headline) draws from the source data

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              January 23, 2013 10:48 AM

              Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on average UU’s per day)

              1 Call of Duty: Black Ops II

              That sounds accurate, the most average unique users per day would make it the most played game.

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                January 23, 2013 10:55 AM

                Headline says 360 games, not LIVE games.

                How many played minecraftt? (The #1 360 XBLA game)


                They are leading the reader to make an assumption that can't be backed up by the source they cite, and it looks like you bought it.




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                  January 23, 2013 12:21 PM

                  minecraft is #4 on that same list with Black Ops 2 #1. mentions that in the article too. is this really a big deal?

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                    January 23, 2013 1:30 PM

                    BLOPS2 SUX OLOLOL NOT WRTHY OF MY TIEM BADGAME

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      January 23, 2013 1:42 PM

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