Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Overtakes Modern Warfare 3 as Most-Played Xbox Live Title, Plus More

The title says it all. At last, a game without the words “Call of Duty” in its name has risen to the top spot of the most-played Xbox Live titles.

Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb reports the following numbers.

Live Activity for week of October 15

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

  1. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  3. EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  5. Borderlands 2
  6. Halo: Reach
  7. Battlefield 3
  8. Modern Warfare 2
  9. Madden NFL 13
  10. NBA 2K13
  11. Happy Wars
  12. Skyrim
  13. Gears of War 3
  15. GTA IV
  16. FIFA 12
  17. Forza Motorsport 4
  18. Dishonored
  20. Halo 3

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

  1. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Sonic Adventure 2
  4. Trials Evolution
  5. Serious Sam 3: BFE
  6. Worms Revolution
  7. Counter-Strike: GO
  8. Pinball FX2
  9. Zombie Driver HD
  10. Trials HD
  11. Castle Crashers
  12. Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise
  13. Mark of the Ninja
  14. Magic 2013
  15. Nexuiz
  16. Jet Set Radio
  17. Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  18. Fruit Ninja Kinect
  19. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
  20. Toy Soldiers

Thanks, Apollo.

In other Minecraft news, Xbox 360 users are getting a chance to preview the version 1.8.2 update tomorrow and Friday (October 25 and 26) with the PlayXBLA team via a live streaming event. You can watch them right here at the following times:

Thursday – October 4th

  • 10 AM PST – 12 PM PST
  • 4 PM PST – 6 PM PST

Friday – October 5th

  • 12 PM PST – 4 PM PST

Additionally, on October 26, Xbox 360 users can also look forward to a special Halloween Skin Pack for 160 MS points which includes a whopping 55 sets of different skins from developers around the world. If that’s not cool enough for you, 100% of every purchase will go to four different charities of which have been chosen by Mojang, 4J Studios and Microsoft Studios. This pack will only be on sale for a limited time – Friday, October 26 through Monday, November 26, which gives you an entire month to contribute. You can learn more about the event here.

We recently reported that Halo 4’s Xbox 360 pre-order numbers have reached just short of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s numbers on the same platform in the US. Do you think Halo 4 has what it take to top Black Ops 2 on these charts this fall?

  • D3LTA

    Finally People are getting the message Modern Warfare 3 is a horrible game, I’m sad to

    • D3LTA

      Im sad to say that, and i was the biggest CoD fanboy of all time

      • All of you people keep saying “I used to be the biggest CoD fanboy.” Is that supposed to win you some “cool” points with the BF3 crowd? Why can’t you enjoy both games? Gaming is not a monogamous relationship, you can enjoy multiple games. I enjoy CoD, BF3, and MoH and somehow have not become a “fanboy”.

    • Wade R

      I don’t mind MW3. I play it on PC because some of my friends IRL do, but I can’t take it seriously like BF3. I’ve accidentally gotten into too many hacked lobbies and instantly unlocked everything.

  • Santiago Garza

    According to the pre-orders, the answer is no, Halo 4 will not beat Black Ops 2 in numbers, but I’m sure it will beat Black ops 2 in any other possible way.

    • At the end of the day, they will only be moral victories, because money talks. Why come on here to talk shit about a game you haven’t played and probably already have a bias against just because of the CoD labelling?

      • Santiago Garza

        Sorry if I hurt your feelings towards CoD. Call of Duty is a game franchise I’m really fond of. I agree with you with that “money talks”, but you have to remember it’s not the only thing that is important in a game. The MOST important thing in a game is its gameplay, and how it involves the player to either have fun or not. Last time I played CoD I really just hated the game. I don’t know why, but the game itself just sucked. Literally after five minutes (maybe ten, I don’t know exactly) I took out the disc from my Xbox and started to play something more. Obviously I will play both games (Halo 4 and Black Ops 2) to find out if I was wrong with the last post or not. Maybe I will be wrong, and Black Ops 2 will beat my expectations, but I was saying with what I’ve seen so far, this game will make a difference, but not that much with the other ones. The campaign looks kind of awkward and not that interesting in my opinion.

        Sure, I am against something that I think could be a lot better than what it is now. Does that makes me a bad person or hater? No, because I’m really upset the game receives a bunch of appreciation when it doesn’t deserves it. Internet says “don’t feed the trolls”. Translate this phrase to the franchise’s eyes, and people is just feeding Activision to continue creating games as bad as MW3 (I hated that game). The sad thing it that as you said, “money talks”, and they won’t do anything to step up the whole franchise. By the way, Black Ops is my second favorite game (after CoD:4) of the CoD franchise, and I just want this sequel to live up to my expectations (which at the moment isn’t doing with what I’ve seen so far).

        I still wonder how was it possible that I had a really bad time playing the game when I used to have so much fun with it. Was it because I usually played it with my friends? Any game you play with friends is fun, Do I really have to play with them all the time just to like it?

        P.S: If you reread the post, I’m not talking shit, but being critic. Both are NOT the same, please learn the difference for the future. Talking shit is something like I did in this post, and it was not only made to talk shit about the game, but to give my opinion (another two different things) about the game.

        • Still trying to find your point in this thesis. Short and sweet, bud. Just because MW3 sucked doesn’t mean the franchise is doomed to mediocrity or worse.

          • Santiago Garza

            Not only MW3 sucked, but MW2 and WaW didn’t live too much to the expectations. All in all, 2/5 games were good. Is that a good signal that the franchise is doomed to mediocrity? Not necessarily, but if something goes wrong with this game things could change.

            P.S: I’m not counting older CoD titles (started from MW) because many people started playing the franchise with that game.

            • Sorry for the late response, but that’s all a matter of opinion. I thought WaW was a pretty solid game and I can’t really comment on MW2 because I didn’t experience much of it. Still, that’s not bad odds for me, especially since Treyarch is producing the current title.

            • Santiago Garza

              If you liked WaW and Black Ops, then I’m pretty sure you’ll like Black Ops 2, since Treyarch does adds some nice tweaks to each game they do. By the way, agree with you WaW was a pretty solid game. The campaign was something I enjoyed (especially those camouflaged enemies that surprised you with their bayonets). What made me really upset was the fact the game was easily hacked, and multiplayer lobbies became crowded of hackers, glitchers and boosters.

              P.S: I sometimes used to insert my WaW disc just to have some fun flying over maps, pretending I was on skating on ice, and many other things (or just to kill some zombies with my friends). By the way, no problem for the late response. 🙂

    • jon

      Well Black Ops 2 is available for PC, Xbox, and PS3, while Halo 4 is limited to the 360, so keep that in mind.

  • cod equals kids game

    Cod will always sell you can get easy kills so its easy sells for them they know that kids love cod so there going to keep it for kids

    • And you can’t just jump in a vehicle on Battlefield to get an easy kill? Oh wait, that takes pure skill because of all the innovation and how mature the game is and blah blah blah…

  • MrDerpski

    Comparing apple to oranges. The target audience for both games are different therefore the player amount will be different

    • Rookie Mistakes

      Finally someone talking a bit of sense. I hate the cod vs bf fanboy wars. Two different games with their own plusses and minuses. Just enjoy the games for what they are.

    • QwietStorm

      How is it comparing apples to oranges? It’s just a view at a glance of the top played games on the network, which is nothing new either.

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      Sure, true, different games, but we’re talking about the TOP game on the Xbox Live most played leaderboards. It doesn’t matter what type of game it is, it’s a feat to do so, especially against a game like CoD that sells SO much each year, and has been on the top for so long.

      • MrDerpski

        Minecraft has a wider audience compared to CoD, which mostly consists of FPS fans. Minecraft players include hardcore and casual gamers which is way more than CoD. Anyways, Minecraft takes more time, since you have a long way until you have all the resources like diamonds. Bottom line, apples to oranges

  • 559

    minecraft > medal of honor warfighter

    • Jason

      Oh I see, you must just hate EA in general! Any article to do with EA you troll on… it’s coming together now!

  • RealBubs

    Wait tell Call of Duty : Black Ops 2 comes out and Minecraft : Xbox 360 Edition will die out!

    • 559

      your point is not fully true when halo 4 comes out it’s going to be the most played game on xbox live intill black ops 2. so most played games in order are going to be 1.black ops 2 2. halo 4 3.mw3 4.minecraft 5.fifa

      • Apollo

        The only thing I would change to that list would be that Minecraft will be at #3 while mw3 would be at #4.

        • Bradley Griffiths

          I doubt MW3 will even be that high. So many people are fed up with MW3 already and quit and alot of them will jump too BO2. I honestly expect BO1 to be ranked higher than MW3 in 2-3 months only because people will still go back to the old zombie maps.

          On a side note was anyone else shocked fifa is so high? I didn’t realize so many people played it.

  • I’m done regulating you trolls. For now… go find something better to do than read articles about things you don’t like.

    • Watchout


      • Exactly! I really do wish there was a sarcasm font for the Internet.