When we brought gamers the news last week that Battlefield 3 had been struggling to top even Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Xbox Live activity charts, we were a bit behind the curve. But now, with Major Nelson unveiling his Xbox Live charts for the week of November 21st, we are surprised by the placement for a new reason.

As expected, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is topping the charts, and sadly Black Ops is still going strong in the number two spot, but what is most impressive is the game that clocks in at number three.

What’s that game you ask? It’s none other than Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. That’s right, a wholly single player game, without any real sort of competitive multiplayer, is right up there with the multiplayer shooters of multiplayer shooters. That means that a ton of Skyrim players simply have Xbox Live active, but are not really using it whilst slaying dragons or perhaps collecting loot.

Unfortunately, at least if you were any of the EA staffers who thought that Battlefield 3 would give COD a run for its money, Battlefield 3 once again comes in under its competition, which now includes Skyrim. Granted Battlefield 3 is outperforming some newer multiplayer fare like Assassin’s Creed Revelations and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, but it’s now outside of the top three thanks to Skyrim.

It’s actually pretty surprising to see Skyrim up there, but it’s also a testament to both the appeal of the console RPG and how well this game is selling. When revealed late last year, most gamers thought Skyrim was destined to be a huge hit, but no one could have predicted that it was going to be nipping at the heels of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Our review has proclaimed Skyrim to be one of the best games of the year, albeit one that continues Bethesda’s traditions of post-launch hiccups. But obviously the good far outweighs the bad in this case, even if it makes the game nigh unplayable for mages.

Of the games on the list, what would be your top 5 for Xbox Live activity? Do you think that this list should include single player games?

Source: Major Nelson Blog

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