All hail our new Most Played overlord, Call of Duty: Ghosts, which bested Grand Theft Auto V by 1/100th of a share point even though it wasn’t on sale for the whole month (launched on November 5). We’ll see if it can hold — it’s tracking about 35% lower than Call of Duty: Black Ops II so far, though some of that is due to part of the playerbase moving to next-gen consoles.
Note: This list, based on playtime data from Raptr’s 19+ million users, includes PC and Xbox 360 games only — Sony and Nintendo don’t let players share gameplay data publicly. We can’t track Xbox One or PlayStation 4 gameplay time or achievements/trophies yet, but we’re working to change that. PC gamers must run the Raptr Desktop App or associate their Steam ID with Raptr to track playtime.
The Share number by each game represents that title’s gameplay time as a percentage of the total time spent on all the PC and Xbox 360 games played by Raptr members, and is useful for comparing the relative amount of playtime between particular games.
Battlefield 4 climbed 23 spots — not terribly surprising as it was only on sale for a few days in October — and it was the second most played PC game, with more than 5X the hours of CoD: Ghosts on PC. Although we’ve heard a lot about technical issues with all versions of BF4, average playtime per player is actually up slightly compared to Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360). The PC version might rank even higher, but as the game relies on Battlelog to launch multiplayer games, we can only track in-game multiplayer time and not time spent in the lobby before and after a match.
Similarly, League of Legends playtime tracking only works during actual games and not lobby time due to the way the game’s designed, so LoL playtime would compare more favorably with DOTA 2 if it could be tracked in the same way.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was only on sale for two days in October, hence the big jump in ranks. It’s proving quite popular with players and even earned the No Bathroom Break prize in our recent Raptr Awards for having the longest average session length of any game this year.
Another Raptr Award winner, Path of Exile, continued its explosive growth — playtime was up 162% in November compared to October.
PC playtime was up 17% this month, probably due in part to the holiday as well as Battlefield 4.
We’re calling it now: We have reached peak Cookie Clicker, and, in fact, it happened in September. The game’s down eight spots this month, and that doesn’t look likely to turn around.
Terraria likewise began to deflate as the gigantic boost from its 1.2 free content update waned.
XBOX 360 HIGHLIGHTS
While Battlefield 4 is the PC players’ favorite, Call of Duty owns the console side. Not only was Ghosts’ total playtime more than 3X Battlefield 4’s, but the average playtime per player is 13% higher as well.
Grand Theft Auto V’s playtime is down 63% compared to October. That combined with the launch of Xbox One mean that, despite the impact of Ghosts and BF4, overall Xbox 360 playtime declined 11%.
Much of the rest of the field has suffered as a result. Diablo 3, for example, lost 30% of its players compared to last month, and playtime’s down 50%.
Credit Iron Brigade’s insane bump to its inclusion in the Games With Gold program, and WWE 2K14 jumped so many places because it launched on October 29th.
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