Call of Duty’s brutal reign of terror at the top of our most played charts is over, thanks to Grand Theft Auto V — at least until CoD: Ghosts shows up in November.
In other big news, League of Legends is back above DOTA 2, Final Fantasy XIV Online tops World of Warcraft for the first time, and web game Cookie Clicker is in at the 10 spot, dethroning Candy Crush Saga as your most shameful non-incognito browser tab.
Note: This list, based on playtime data from Raptr’s 18+ 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 play time between particular games.
Grand Theft Auto V didn’t launch until mid-September, but Raptr members still managed to log more than three times as many hours in Los Santos as the next 360 game on the charts, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Those numbers got a boost again with the launch of GTA5’s online component in early October, despite some severe technical issues, and so far the game seems like a lock to retain the top spot in October’s rankings.
League of Legends regained its position above DOTA 2 this month, and enjoyed a boost from the LoL World Championship. Raptr member playtime the weekend of the semi-final was up 11% over the previous weekend. Meanwhile, DOTA 2’s monthly playtime fell almost 28% from its August high.
On the MMO front, Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn, which just launched at the very end of August, was huge in September. By the end of the month, though, weekly playtime had fallen below World of Warcraft, so unless it rebounds WoW will likely be back on top in October.
And then there was Cookie Clicker, the incredibly addictive browser game that launched in August and has already deposed Candy Crush Saga as the most played webgame among Raptr members. Abandon hope all ye who click here.
Warframe playtime doubled over the previous month on the shoulders of a large content update. Similarly, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive monthly playtime has also nearly doubled since July, thanks to the early August Arms Deal Update that introduced unique weapon skins, and ongoing eSports events.
The Share number in the above table reflects playtime as a percentage of the total time spent on PC games by Raptr members.
Rift, MicroVolts, and Dragon’s Prophet offered Raptr Rewards in September, which generally leads to a playtime boost among the Raptr community.
XBOX 360 NOTES
The Share number in the above table reflects playtime as a percentage of the total time spent on Xbox 360 games by Raptr members.
Grand Theft Auto V playtime equaled that of the next ten Xbox 360 games combined. That’s some trivia you can drop in conversation at an upcoming dinner party.
Free-to-play and quasi-co-op RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul launched on XBLA on September 25, yet still managed to crack the top 20. We’ll see if it can keep up that momentum through October.
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