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The Top 20 LIVE Games Of 2009

Taken directly from Major Nelsons’ blog from earlier today, here are the top Xbox & Windows Live! games for 2009.  The big question was whether Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would feature near the top or actually top the list.  Despite being released in the last 2 months, the game broke all records when it was released but it was facing some very stiff competition, including its predecessor.

Before jumping straight into the lists here are a couple more things that I was curious to look out for:

  • Modern Warfare verses Modern Warfare 2: Did the sequel leave itself enough time to topple the previous one?
  • Left 4 Dead:  With all the fuss made over the announcement of the sequel a year after the release of the original game, would Left4Dead2 make the top 20 list?
  • Demos: Would we see any demos feature higher in the charts that their respective full games?
  • Games for Windows: Just a general curiosity I have to see how Games for Windows is being received and which games are popular.

So why not leave a comment below on whether you are surprised by anything in these charts, or pop over to our forums and join in the debate. 

Which games do you still expect to feature in the charts at the end of 2010?


Here are the most popular games on the LIVE Service for 2009 based on connectivity.


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

1    Halo 3
2    Call of Duty 4
3    Modern Warfare 2
4    Call of Duty: WaW
5    Gears of War 2
6    GTA IV (Purchase and download the full game)
7    Left 4 Dead
8    Halo 3: ODST
9    FABLE II Episode 1 (of 5)
10   バイオハザード5」デモ (BioHazard 5 –  Resident Evil 5)
11   Halo Wars – Demo
12   RESIDENT EVIL 5
13   Fallout 3
14   UFC 2009 Undisputed Demo
15   Left 4 Dead 2 – Demo
16   Gears of War
17   1 vs 100
18   Guitar Hero World Tour
19   Guitar Hero III

20   FIFA 09

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)
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1    Battlefield 1943
2    Castle Crashers
3    Trials HD
4    Hasbro Family Game Night **
5    Shadow Complex
6    Marvel vs. Capcom 2
7    Magic: The Gathering
8    UNO
9    Worms
10   Peggle
11   Worms 2: Armageddon
12   Turtles in Time Re-Shelled
13   ‘Splosion Man
14   A Kingdom for Keflings
15   3 on 3 NHL Arcade
16   The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
17   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Classic Arcade
18   Marble Blast Ultra
19   Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
20   Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

**Combined sales of all Hasbro Family Game Night titles

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Top Original Xbox Titles (based on UU’s)

1    Halo 2
2    Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3    Fable
4    Counter-Strike
5    Conker: Live Reloaded
6    Doom 3
7    Splinter Cell Chaos
8    SW: KOTOR
9    Star Wars: Battlefront
10    SW: Republic Commando
11    Burnout 3
12    Fable: Lost Chapters
13    Call of Duty 2
14    Call of Duty 3
15    Call of Duty Finest
16    MechAssault 2
17    Crimson Skies
18    Guilty Gear XX #Reload
19    Rainbow Six 3
20    Gauntlet Seven Sorrows

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

1    I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
2    Avatar Drop
3    RC-AirSim
4    Headshot
5    Miner Dig Deep
6    Rumble Massage
7    Who Did I Date Last Night
8    Kodu Game Lab
9    Avatar Golf
10    Aquarium HD
11    myFishtank
12    Head Shot 2
13    DrumKit
14    A Perfect Massage
15    The Impossible Game
16    Inside Lacrosse’s CL2010
17    ZP2K9
18    ezmuze+ Hamst3r edition
19    The Drinking Game
20    Physics Sandbox

Top Games For Windows LIVE (based on UU’s)

1    GTA IV
2    Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
3    Fallout 3
4    Shadowrun
5    Street Fighter IV
6    Halo 2 (PC)
7    Batman: Arkham Asylum
8    Resident Evil 5
9    Gears of War (Windows)
10    Red Faction Guerrilla
11    Battlestations: Pacific
12    Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
13    DiRT 2
14    Section 8
15    Quantum of Solace PC
16    FlatOut UC (PC)
17    Fuel
18    Viva Piñata
19    SWTCW: Republic Heroes
20    Juiced 2: HIN

These lists are based on global unique users connected to the Live Service during 2009 or in the case of Arcade and Indie Games, full versions purchased during the year.

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