Popular stat-tracking service Raptr has once again revealed its winners for the most played games of the year, and once again the results are surprising. Sure, some of the usual suspects make appearances on Raptr’s list, but since these are awards based on actual play-time, and not any type of vote, no one game claimed all the awards.
As well, this year Raptr has decided to do things a little differently and limit most of their categories to launch window statistics. That means the nominees and eventual winner were games that dominated playtime statistics within their first 30 days of release, not throughout the year. So, without further ado, let’s get on to the awards.
Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar’s latest open world sequel, took the top prize – Most Played New Game of 2013 – trouncing all of its competition. The next most played game was Call of Duty: Ghosts which, by the looks of the below infographic, matched only a third of GTA‘s hours. Not far behind COD were Battlefield 4, DOTA 2, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
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Terraria‘s 1.2 Update took the top honors for most played DLC/Expansion besting other post-release content like Borderlands 2‘s Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep DLC and the StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm expansion. Re-Logic’s action-adventure sandbox game saw a 1,454% increase in player activity after the 1.2 update released.
The “No Bathroom Break Award,” which goes to the game with the longest average play session, went to Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag with 3.14 hours per play session. Navigating the high seas in Ubisoft’s latest is quite a time-consuming task, and it appears that players were invested enough to skip out on eating, sleeping, and any other responsibilities.
Other award winners included the dungeon crawler Path of Exile for Most Played New IP, League of Legends for Most Played PC Game, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Most Played Xbox 360 Game. The Most Played PC Game and Xbox 360 Game were based on overall 2013 play time not just within the 30-day launch window, so this is a purer look at the most popular games of the year (among Raptr users) as a whole. Unfortunately, since Raptr doesn’t connect with PSN all that well, there is no Most Played PS3 Game.
Overall, there are not too many surprises from Raptr’s awards, as it’s pretty easy to predict which games will suck up more of players’ time than others. Obviously, Grand Theft Auto 5‘s huge margin of victory paints a pretty bleak picture for its competition, but it’s hard to tell whether titles like COD: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 floundered, or if GTA 5 was just that big. Moreover, Raptr cannot track next-gen stats, so the numbers are a little skewed in that regard as well. Still, an interesting to consider.
What do you think of the 2013 Raptr Awards? What was your most played game of the year?