In its first full month in the wild, Grand Theft Auto V accounted for 20% of all playtime among Raptr members — and a whopping 45% share of Xbox 360 game playtime. Meanwhile, a giant content update rocketed Terraria up the charts, while Path of Exile and Heartstone: Heroes of Warcraft make their first appearances in the PC top 20.
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. 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.
Terraria may be two and a half years old, but the massive 1.2 content update on October 1 led to a 1,225% playtime increase over September. The impact of a brief, 75%-off Steam sale in mid-October was negligible in comparison.
Chalk up League of Legends’ precipitous fall to technical problems — the 3.12 game update resulted in some server issues and may also have impacted our playtime tracking.
FIFA 14’s first full month on sale was a big one; good enough for the 8th spot overall. Coming in at number 9, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn dropped four places, with active players down 23% and playtime 50% behind September’s figure.
Popular browser game and personal shame to many, Cookie Clicker dropped a couple ranks in October, but playtime was down significantly at the end of the month compared to its height in late September and early October. At this rate the game will likely lose more places in November.
Battlefield 4 launched on October 29 in North America and yet still placed fairly well, and is on pace for a very strong November.
Finally, Civilization V gameplay time was up 54% month on month — the $5 Scrambled Continents map pack seems to have been the main driver there.
Free-to-play tactical RPG Path of Exile officially launched on October 23 after a lengthy open beta period and immediately took off. It’s still going strong, and we expect it to climb higher up the charts in November. This is an interesting one to watch, in no small part due to developer Grinding Gears’ vocal support of “ethical microtransactions.”
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is still in closed beta but shooting up the charts as developer Blizzard lets in more players. Open beta is coming soon (in Blizzard Time™).
XBOX 360 HIGHLIGHTS
Grand Theft Auto V’s domination of the Xbox chart is near total, with more playtime than the rest of the top 20 combined. November’s list will be very interesting with Call of Duty: Ghosts in the mix.
Batman: Arkham Origins launched on 10/25 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag on 10/29, but so far in November Black Flag is tracking at about double the playtime of Arkham Origins.
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and Halo 3 both got boosts from Microsoft’s Games with Gold program (free games for Xbox Live Gold members), hence the big jumps.
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