The video gaming network Raptr, which tracks over 10 million game users and their gameplay hours and achievements, has named their “Most Played Games of 2012″ in eight categories. These winners are complimented by a detailed reports with several interesting trends, facts, and fascinations in the video game world…and the winners (except for most played game) are:
- Most Played New Game – Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games)
- Most Played Game (Released Anytime) – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Treyarch/Activision)
- Biggest Boost from User-Generated Content – Portal 2 (Valve)
- Most Played Long-Awaited Sequel – Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games)
- No Bathroom Break – Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games)
- Most Played XBLA Game – Minecraft (4J Studios/Mojang)
- Most Played New IP – Dragon’s Dogma (Capcom)
- Most Successful Paid to Free-to-Play Game – Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare/EA)
Last year’s winners were:
Most Played Shooter – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
Most Played RPG – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks)
Most Played Open-World Game – Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Most Played Sports Game – FIFA Soccer 12 (EA Sports)
Most Played Social Game – The Sims Social (EA Play)
Most Played New IP – L.A. Noire (Rockstar)
Most Successful Paid to Free-to-Play Game – DC Universe Online (Sony Online Entertainment)
Unfortunately, we did not see expanded categories like Most Played Independent Game and Most Played Game Produced Below Five Million Dollars.
Highlights from the report include:
- In 2012, gamers spent the most time with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, beating out League of Legends, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, and World of Warcraft, all games that were released before the calendar year and have managed to sustain high levels of community engagement.
- Borderlands 2 saw 200% more total playtime than its closest competitor, Diablo III, in its first month of release.
- Portal 2 saw a 446% increase in daily playtime after releasing mod tools that allowed users to create their own levels.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic experienced a 136% increase in total playtime per day after switching from a subscription business model to free-to-play.
- Dragon’s Dogma won the category for most played new IP, edging out Dishonored and TERA.
This year’s results point out notable gameplay trends, particularly how gamers are spending time playing their favorite games,” said Dennis Fong, CEO of Raptr. “We’re seeing more time invested in games that constantly introduce new content and other community engagement activities, from console titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Portal 2 to MOBAs like League of Legends.
To view the full Raptr Report on the “Most Played Games of 2012,” click here.