The top XBL, XBLA, XBL Indie and GFWL games of 2012


I cannot speak for the whole gaming community in the entire world, but I think it’s safe to say that we all had pretty much the same reasons and intentions for getting into gaming. We enjoy taking on the roles of different characters and experiencing their lives through their eyes, whether they be assassins, soldiers, strategists or Batman. However, after reading Major Nelson’s top 20 games for Xbox LIVE (as well as Arcade and Indie) and Games for Windows LIVE, I had to double check to make sure that I was in fact reading correctly. This is because when it comes to three out of the four categories, mining games are making their presence very much known. The only category that hasn’t succumbed to the force of manual labour is that of Games for Windows LIVE.

The ranking for the Xbox LIVE games is done according to average unique players per day. Then the ranking for the Xbox LIVE Arcade games and Indie games is determined by full versions of the games purchased. And finally the ranking system for Games for Windows LIVE is determined the same as Xbox LIVE, by unique users per day.

If you don’t believe me about the dominance with regards to people finding pleasure in mining the virtual world for treasures, see the rankings of the top 10 for yourself and enjoy.

– by Matthew Hakim

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (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. Battlefield 3
  9. Halo: Reach
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Top Arcade Titles (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
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
Games for Windows Top LIVE Titles (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