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  • Xbox Live’s Larry Hryb has released the annual lists of the twenty most-played Xbox

  • games for 2012. There are two lists: one for all Xbox Live games and one just for Xbox

  • Live Arcade.

  • The list for all Live games was calculated based on the average Unique Users per day

  • between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

  • Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the most-played Xbox 360 game of the year.

  • Halo 4, released in November, was actually beaten by 2011's Modern Warfare 3, but that

  • is because gamers had almost an entire year to play that one before Halo 4 and Black Ops

  • II were released.

  • The Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was a smash hit and managed to beat popular games like

  • the original Black Ops, two FIFAs, and Battlefield 3.

  • Notably absent from the list is Mass Effect 3. Sure, there was a lot of controversy surrounding

  • it, but that doesn't mean it wasn't popular and there was a multiplayer component -- although

  • it looks like that didn't get much play on Xbox.

  • It’s worth noting that twelve of the top twenty titles were released before 2012.

  • The oldest game on the list is 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV. People are still playing that

  • one.

  • As for the top Xbox Live Arcade games, the list is based on full versions purchased in

  • 2012.

  • Minecraft obviously sits atop the throne, followed immediately by Trials Evolution,

  • The Walking Dead, Pinball FX 2, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

  • Counter Strike was released in August and didn't get a lot of media attention, but it

  • looks like it did get some play time.

  • What Xbox 360 game did you play the most in 2012? Let me know, and for all things Xbox,

  • stay tuned to IGN.

Xbox Live’s Larry Hryb has released the annual lists of the twenty most-played Xbox

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