Larry Hryb, Xbox Live Director of Programming at Microsoft, has posted a list of the top 10 most-played games over Xbox Live to his personal blog. As with the last instance of Hryb's chart, it must come with a caveat that all Xbox 360 games are "Live Aware", and apparently count as logged onto Live even when in single-player mode, which helps account for their proliferation through the top 10.
Despite the technical bias toward 360 games, #1 on the list, is still the Halo 2
, one of only two original Xbox games still making the charts. Despite its status as an Xbox game, it still has one of the most complete Live implantations, and its enhanced backward-compatible play on the 360 means it's a game that can easily make the transition between consoles. The other standard Xbox title to make the list is Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
at #7, whose players flock to Live for huge multiplayer skirmishes.
In second place is Call of Duty 2
, followed by Perfect Dark Zero
: both of which are, like Halo 2
first-person shooters, a genre whose emphasis on multiplayer commands a lot of time spent online in deathmatch and other more exotic game types. Dead or Alive 4
at #4 has been building up a strong tournament scene taking advantage of the game's Live play, while Project Gotham Racing 3
, a fairly realistic racing simulator, takes fifth place on the XBL list. The somewhat less realistic racer Need for Speed: Most Wanted
comes in sixth on the chart.
The Xbox 360 version of Madden NFL 06
comes in at a #8 showing, and the #9 game on the list is the chart debut of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
, the first Xbox Live Arcade title to crack the most-played list. Finally, EA's NBA 2K6
makes up the 10th and last game on the list.