Raptr released its inaugural list for the popular games of 2011 based upon collected gameplay data. Skyrim went and collected two gongs for Most Played Game and Most Played RPG, with the Most Played Shooter award going to Modern Warfare 3. Raptr tracked gameplay data from its user base of over 10 million gamers, and the results were based upon the following: total hours played in the first month, average session length in the first month, and average playtime per person in the first week.
“2011 is turning out to be a boon for gamers, and our awards highlight how gamers are investing the most amount of their precious time playing every day,” said Dennis Fong, CEO of Raptr. “We want to congratulate all the people involved in creating the hit games that won in their respective categories.”
The recipients of Raptr’s “Most Played Awards of 2011” were as follows:
- Most Played Game – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks)
- Most Played Shooter – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
- Most Played RPG – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks)
- Most Played Open-World Game – Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
- Most Played Sports Game – FIFA Soccer 12 (EA Sports)
- Most Played Social Game – The Sims Social (EA Play)
- Most Played New IP – L.A. Noire (Rockstar)
- Most Successful Paid to Free-to-Play Game – DC Universe Online (Sony Online Entertainment)
Highlights from the report include:
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 earned double the amount of playtime in its opening month than Battlefield 3 did in its opening month.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim dominated the RPG category with six times more total playtime than the closest competitor, Dragon Age 2.
- DC Universe Online experienced a 2500% increase in total playtime per day after switching from a subscription business model to free-to-play.
- The Sims Social accumulated more total playtime in its opening month than all other social games released in 2011 in their respective opening months.
It should be noted, though, that "due to data restrictions, this report does not factor in playtime data from Wii and PS3". I can't imagine that would have changed much, though.