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THE MOST PLAYED GAMES OF 2011


Welcome to Raptrs first annual Most Played Games Awards, the only awards based on what games people are actually playing. This Raptr Report provides gameplay details on the most played new releases of 2011 based on Raptrs 10+ million users and wraps it up in an awards-style report. Well select winners from key genres based on a combination of data points* that we believe best capture how gamers are investing their time: Total Playtime (Opening Month) Average Playtime Per Person (Opening Week)

Average Session Length (Opening Month)

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THE AWARDS
Most Played of 2011:
Shooter RPG (Role-Playing Game) Open-World Sports Social New IP Overall Winner Most Successful Paid-to-F2P (Free-to-Play)

MOST PLAYED SHOOTER OF 2011


Call of Duty continues to dominated the playtime charts, year in and year out. The average Modern Warfare 3 player clocked in 20.45 hours in the opening week, 15% more than Battlefield 3, and 21% more than Gears of War 3, both of which were strong contenders. Modern Warfare 3 also earned 2x more playtime than Battlefield 3 in its first month. Gears of War 3 did come out on top when it came to average session length. Gears gamers were playing 2.32 hours on average per session.

Top Shooters of 2011 by Playtime Behavior


Total Playtime Avg Playtime Per Person Avg Session Length 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 0

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WINNER MODERN WARFARE 3

Fun fact: Modern Warfare 3 players are more interested in shooting each other than saving the world. Less than 50% of players have completed the campaign.
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MOST PLAYED RPG OF 2011


This was a good year for RPG fans. Unsurprisingly, Bethesdas The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim dominated the space with 6x more total playtime than the closest competitor and 2x all the others combined. After Skyrims release, players completely immersed themselves into the world of Tamriel by playing 23 hours during the opening week.

When it came to average session length, both Dragon Age 2 and Two Worlds 2 were able to demonstrate that they offered up compelling gameplay, as they only trailed Skyrim by 6 minutes on average.

Top RPGs of 2011 by Playtime Behavior


Total Playtime 25 20 15 10 5 0 Hours Hours Avg Playtime Per Person

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WINNER SKYRIM

Fun fact: An average Skyrim player logged 85 hours before unlocking the Reader achievement (read 50 skill books).
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MOST PLAYED OPEN-WORLD GAME OF 2011


The open-world category saw the toughest battle in 2011. Batman: Arkham City won playtime share by a 13% margin, Dead Island received the most playtime per person at 15.43 hours, while Saints Row: The Third earned the longest session length per gamer with 2.77 hours.

Based on our methodology in determining one clear winner, Batman: Arkham City edges out to win in this category.

Top Open-World Games of 2011 by Playtime Behavior


Total Playtime 20 Hours Hours 10 5 0 Hours 15 Avg Playtime Per Person 3 2 Avg Session Length

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WINNER BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY

Fun fact: Apparently Batman doesnt care about saving hostages -less than 1% of players rescued all hostages from The Riddler.
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MOST PLAYED SPORTS GAME OF 2011


Despite Maddens popularity in America, FIFA generated the most impressive numbers overall and won total playtime with 2x that of its closest competitor. Hockey fans, however, proved their dedication by helping NHL 12 win the playtimeper-person category with 14.69 hours played.

The playtime patterns end up being very similar for most of the games, with average session length hovering at 2 hours and average playtime per person at 13-14 hours.

Top Sport Games of 2011 by Playtime Behavior


Total Playtime Avg Playtime Per Person 15 Hours Hours 10 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 0 Avg Session Length

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WINNER FIFA 12

Fun fact: On average, FIFA 12 fans played more in the opening month than Modern Warfare 3 fans did in its opening month! (37 vs. 31 hours)
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MOST PLAYED SOCIAL GAME OF 2011


Despite Zyngas dominance in social gaming, EAs The Sims Social came out of nowhere to win the whole category. The average Sims Social player logged 1.37 hours in the first week, 16% more than the top two performing Zynga games released in 2011.

Overall in the first month, The Sims Social accumulated 5x more playtime than Mafia Wars 2, 18% more than CastleVille, and 33% more than Empires and Allies proving Zynga is not untouchable.

Top Social Games of 2011 by Playtime Behavior


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WINNER THE SIMS SOCIAL

Fun fact: FarmVille and Empires & Allies playtime dropped by 25% when The Sims Social launched! For more interesting facts, check out our Raptr Report: The Sims Social.
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MOST PLAYED NEW IP OF 2011


While 2011 proved that gamers flock towards sequels, there were notable new IPs. L.A. Noire captured the most playtime from gamers willing to try something new: The game earned over 2.5x more total playtime than its closest competitor and the most playtime per person with 10.73 hours.

Surprisingly, Catherine came out on top of the longest-session-length category with 2.41 hours -- fans couldnt put this quirky Atlus game down.

Top New IPs of 2011 by Playtime Behavior


Total Playtime 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 Avg Playtime Per Person 2.5 2 Hours 1.5 Avg Session Length

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WINNER L.A. NOIRE

Fun fact: Hats are important when investigating crime scenes. 65% of players completed a fight without losing their hat.

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MOST PLAYED GAME OF 2011


The most important award featured an intense battle between the best shooter of the year and the best RPG of the year. Modern Warfare 3 racked up the most total playtime for all games -- even beating Skyrim by a 9% margin.

However, when it came down to which game individual gamers invested the most amount of their time playing, Skyrim won hands down. The average Skyrim player clocked 2.92 hours in one sitting the highest one month average in Raptr history.

Top Played Games of 2011 by Playtime Behavior


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WINNER SKYRIM

Fun fact: Skyrim players are lone wolves. Less than 20% of players have gotten married in-game.
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MOST SUCCESSFUL PAID-TO-F2P GAME OF 2011


Average Playtime Per Day 1 Month Before and After Going F2P
Avg Playtime Per Day

Most pay-to-play games experience explosive growth after making the switch to free-to-play. This year, the biggest was DC Universe Online with a 1000% increase* in user base, which translated to a 2500% increase in playtime per day. Before these games went F2P, Champions Online had the most average playtime per day; 9% more than DC Universe Online. All Points Bulletin and Champions Online saw impressive playtime numbers after going F2P, with a 470% and 500% increase respectively.

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WINNER DC UNIVERSE ONLINE

Fun fact: The game that most DC Universe Online players have in common: Team Fortress 2.

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RAPTR METHODOLOGY
This report is based on data collected from Raptrs service, available at www.Raptr.com. Raptr is the leading social network for gamers and currently automatically tracks gameplay activity for over 10 million users across console and PC. Raptr uses a proprietary formula to determine the winners of the most played games released in 2011. This formula is based on several key statistics, including total hours played in the first month, average session length in the first month, and average playtime per person in the first week.

To create equal footing for comparison, all games are compared based on the same time frames after release. Based on our historical trends, firstmonth playtime data is a strong indicator of a games long-term playtime trends. Due to data capturing restrictions on the Wii and PS3, we did not include games limited to these platforms as part of our report.

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ABOUT RAPTR
Raptr is the award-winning service that provides gamers a way to track their gameplay activity on console and PC. Over 10 million gamers use Raptr as a central location to connect with both friends and the games they play. Raptr was founded in 2007 by Xfire co-founder and world champion gamer Dennis Thresh Fong, and is made up of both experienced entrepreneurs and talented developers (ex-Google, Yahoo, eBay, etc.). The company has raised over $27 million in venture capital funding from Accel Partners (the same original investors in Facebook), DAG Ventures, and Tenaya Capital.

Today, Raptr has expanded to include a host of features that cater to gamers: Automatic gameplay and achievements tracker on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 Personalized news feed Community-curated content Recommendations engine to help gamers discover new games Centralized buddy list and friend tracker In-game chat and web browsing for PC games iPhone app with friend tracking and messaging

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