So we know what the most popular Xbox Live titles for 2009 were worldwide. But what about the most popular in Australia (and New Zealand)? Just how different are our tastes?
Turns out we're not very different at all. The top six most played games in Australia (based on the number of unique users) is identical to the worldwide list. It's only at the lower end of the chart that we express our love for ODST and Fallout 3 over the rest of the globe's preference for Left 4 Dead and Resident Evil 5.
Top 10 Most Played Retail Games 1. Halo 3 2. Call of Duty 4 3. Modern Warfare 2 4. Call of Duty: World at War 5. Gears of War 2 6. Grand Theft Auto IV 7. Halo 3: ODST 8. Fable 2 9. Guitar Hero World Tour 10. Fallout 3
On the XBLA front, we're united behind Battlefield 1943, Trials HD, Castle Crashers and Shadow Complex. However, we sure do love our Worms more than the rest of the world. Also, Monkey Island makes our top ten.
Top 10 Purchased Xbox LIVE Arcade Games 1. Battlefield 1943 2. Trials HD 3. Castle Crashers 4. Shadow Complex 5. Worms 6. Worms 2: Armageddon 7. Magic: The Gathering 8. Marvel vs Capcom 2 9. Peggle 10. The Secret of Monkey Island: SE
Unlike Major Nelson's blog, which listed the most played Xbox Originals, Indie Games and Games for Windows titles, Australia's Xbox blog InsiderX instead gives us our most played XBLA games, our most purchased avatar items and most rented movies.
I'm guessing Hexic HD still comes pre-installed on the hard drive of every new console. And you really are all Star Wars nerds deep down, aren't you?
Top 10 Most Played Xbox LIVE Arcade Games 1. Hexic HD 2. UNO 3. Battlefield 1943 4. Trials HD 5. Castle Crashers 6. Feeding Frenzy 7. Worms 8. Hasbro Family Game Night (all FGN titles combined) 9. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 10. Street Fighter II HF
Top 10 Purchased Avatar Items 1. Star Wars TCW Republic Heroes – Lightsaber 2. Guitar Hero 5 – Guitar 3. Modern Warfare 2 – Ghost Uniform 4. Gears of War 2 – COG Armour 5. Halo 3: ODST – Halo RC Warthog 6. Gears of War 2 – COG Helmet 7. Modern Warfare 2 – UAV 8. Halo 3: ODST – Halo Laser Kill Ring 9. Halo 3: ODST – UNSC Marine Armour 10. Quiksilver – Ferris Sunglasses
Top 10 Most Rented Movies on Demand 1. The Hangover 2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 3. Observe and Report 4. Shaun of the Dead 5. Fast & Furious 6. Land of the Lost 7. Chronicles of Riddick 8. American Pie Presents: Band Camp 9. Watchmen 10. I Love You, Man
So, how do these stats match up with your own purchasing and playing habits?
2009’s Top 10 Roundup [InsiderX]