I love MajorNelson’s top Xbox Live activity top ten lists. They do a great job illustrating Oblivion’s viagra-like staying power.
Here are the current top 10 played Xbox 360 games from the week of 7/30. The additional release dates in italics were added by me; bolded dates from 2006 also my emphasis.
Xbox 360 Top Live Titles
1 Gears of War – 11/07/2006
2 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas – 11/21/2006
3 Guitar Hero II – 4/3/2007
4 Forza Motorsport 2 – 5/24/2007
5 Call Of Duty 3 – 11/07/2006
6 Bomberman LIVE – 07/18/2007
7 Oblivion – 03/20/2006
8 NCAA 08 – 07/17/2007
9 GRAW 2 – 03/06/2007
10 Saints Row – 8/29/2006
Oblivion is the only game on the list that has been out longer than a year and is a single player only game. That just blows my mind. To this day, tens of thousands of people play Oblivion. And these are just the ones who are logged onto Xbox Live while they play. We could conservatively add an extra 30-50% to include everyone who is not logged onto Live.
The other titles from 2006 — Gears of War, Vegas, GRAW 2 and Saints Row — have multiplayer to keep them chugging. Though to be fair, Saints Row’s single player content is more than the average game. Also, it sells for $30 which may also explain its bump back onto top 10 list, though I’m only speculating.
Oblivion’s popularity is clearly because of how big the game is and our awesome fans. I wonder if most people keep playing their same characters or if they’ve gone back and started new ones. I wish there were a way for people to upload their characters so we could check them out – imagine if we all had a Facebook/Myspace page for our Oblivion characters that had its own google map section so we could track where our characters have been, and a twitter-like widget to log what our characters actually did.