Skyrim more popular than BF3 – Xbox Live stats

By Jamie Pert - Dec 1, 2011

The last month or so has been pretty hectic in terms of massive game releases. It all started on October 25 when EA DICE’s Battlefield 3 arrived, then on November 8th Modern Warfare 3 saw its global release followed a few days later by Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Recently the director of programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson), revealed some interesting statistics regarding Xbox 360 title popularity between November 21st and November 28th.

In terms of unique users Modern Warfare 3 was the most popular title during this week, followed by Black Ops in second place, Skyrim in third place and Battlefield 3 in fourth place. It is no surprise to see MW3 and Black Ops at the top of this list as both titles sold massively, but we are a little surprised to see a role-playing video game see more action than BF3 – are you?

If you look at the top 20 list in its entirety (here) you will see that most of the most-played titles are shooters which have huge multiplayer followings, examples include Modern Warfare 2, Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3, which take up 6th, 7th and 8th place on the list respectively. It just goes to show how much of a success Bethesda Softworks has seen with Skyrim. If you take a closer look you will see that the only other game in this list with no multiplayer game modes is Batman: Arkham City, this comes 15th in this list following a very popular release.

We can’t wait to see the figures in months to come, if Skyrim continues to outdo BF3 we think that EA DICE will be very disappointed as in terms of longevity you would have thought that an action-packed FPS with great multiplayer game modes would see more action than a RPG once people get over the initial release period – are you surprised to see more unique users playing Skyrim than BF3 on Xbox Live?

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  • Anonymous

    The thing that kind of depresses me about the gaming press is the need to put completely disparate games against each other.  Many of the folks who’d play an RPG wouldn’t play an FPS and vise versa.  But there are also a ton who will play both.  BF3 sold enough copies that they’re gonna make another one in a couple years and in the meantime I’ll keep right on grinding away at BF3 just like I did with Bad Company 2 waiting for BF3.  I’ll play other games in there as well just like I always have.  A note to any devs out there, make good games, don’t worry about what other garbage is being pumped out.  Make good games.

  • Henry Lessize6

    seriously? the definitive console rpg is released and you find it surprising that its the 3rd most played? I have bf3 and love it but skyrim was definetly the more anticipated game, getting it soon!