Top Xbox Live, Arcade, Indie and Windows games of 2012

The top Xbox Live, Arcade, Indie and Windows games of 2012
If an alien intelligence agency got a hold of this "Top Xbox games of 2012" list, it might come away with the conclusion that humans are really, really into mining. The aliens might also conclude that we enjoy warfare, including the kind that affects extraterrestrials, so let's hope that they focus on the harmless digging thing and keep their lasers to themselves.

Major Nelson breaks down 2012's top 20 games of the following categories: Live, Arcade, Indie and Games for Windows Live. The top Xbox Live games of 2012, determined by average unique users per day, are Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Modern Warfare 3, Halo 4, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Black Ops. Following that is a round of sports games, including FIFA Soccer 13 and 12, and Halo: Reach, Assassin's Creed 3, Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3 and Skyrim.

The top five Xbox Live Arcade games, determined by full versions purchased, are Minecraft, Trials Evolution, The Walking Dead, Pinball FX2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Castle Crashers is hanging out at No. 6, followed by Fez at No. 13. Indie games are ranked with the same method, and they carry a familiar theme, headlined by CastleMiner Z, CastleMiner, Total Miner: Forge, Avatar Deathmatch and FortressCraft Chapter 1.

Games for Windows Live games get ranked by average unique users per day, and the top five are Grand Theft Auto 4, Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, Age of Empires Online, Batman: Arkham City and Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition. Remember, aliens, humans sure do love the smell of fresh, pixelated dirt. See for yourself with the full lists, provided by Major Nelson, after the break.



Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on average UU's per day)

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Halo 4
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Call of Duty: Black Ops
FIFA Soccer 13
FIFA Soccer 12
Battlefield 3
Halo: Reach
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Borderlands 2
Assassin's Creed III
Skyrim
Madden NFL 13
Gears of War 3
NBA 2K13
NBA 2K12
Far Cry 3
Grand Theft Auto IV
Forza Motorsport 4

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Trials Evolution
The Walking Dead
Pinball FX2
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Castle Crashers
Gotham City Impostors
I Am Alive
Fruit Ninja Kinect
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD
Trials HD
Magic 2013
Fez
Dungeon Defenders
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
Peggle
The Simpsons Arcade Game
REAL STEEL
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Full House Poker
The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

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CastleMiner Z
CastleMiner
Total Miner: Forge
Avatar Deathmatch
FortressCraft Chapter 1
Murder Miners
The Impossible Game
Avatar Laser Wars 2
The $1 Zombie Game
Avatar Paintball
Avatar Legends
Fortress Wars
Miner Of Duty
Miner4Ever
Avatar Laser Wars
End Of Days: Infected vs Mercs
Toy Stunt Bike 2
Flight Adventure 2
Don't Die Dateless, Dummy!
Block World
The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Games for Windows Top LIVE Titles (based on average UU's per day)

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GTA IV
Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition
Age of Empires Online
Batman Arkham City
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
Microsoft Flight
DiRT 3
F1 2011
Resident Evil 5
Fallout 3
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Fable III
Bioshock 2
Gotham City Impostors
Colin McRae : Dirt 2
Bulletstorm
Street Fighter X Tekken
Resident Evil Raccoon City
F1 2010
Street Fighter IV

This article was originally published on Joystiq.