The results of the Raptr Awards – Most Played Games of 2011 are out and have revealed some very interesting statistics, particularly in respect of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
In the first week of Modern Warfare 3′s release, your average gamer clocked up a very impressive 20.45 hours of playtime. This was 15% more than Battlefield 3 players put in and 21% more time than Gears of War 3 players spent.
In terms of what all these MW3 players were doing exactly, Raptr has revealed that more than 50% of such gamers jumped straight into the multiplayer mode, completely bypassing single player. I can agree with this as although I play BF3 instead of MW3, I haven’t even touched single player either! It seems to be the current and foreseeable trend with shooters.
As for the honor of “Most Played Title of 2011″, that goes to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which beat out Modern Warfare 3 on an “average playtime per person” basis by a 9% margin. The overall total playtime award was indeed taken out by Modern Warfare 3 though.
Note that the word “average players”, when used above, may not correlate directly to your average gamer worldwide. Those who use Raptr are probably a little more hardcore than most gamers and so are likely to play for longer.