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Call of Duty, Halo 4 and Minecraft lead Xbox Live's top games of 2012

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Call of Duty once again dominated Xbox Live in 2012, according to Microsoft spokesman Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, who posted the "Top Games of 2012" on his blog today. At the top of that chart were the two most recent entries in Activision's bestselling shooter series, Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3.

Coming in third place was Microsoft's own Halo 4, followed by the Xbox Live Arcade release of Minecraft. The top game of 2011 on Xbox Live, Call of Duty: Black Ops, rounded out the top five. The top ten features four Call of Duty titles, two Halo games and two FIFA games.

Hryb writes that the top 20 listing is "based on average Unique Users per day connected to Xbox Live or full versions purchased between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012." The oldest game on the list is Grand Theft Auto 4, which was released on Xbox 360 in April 2008.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  3. Halo 4
  4. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  6. FIFA Soccer 13
  7. FIFA Soccer 12
  8. Battlefield 3
  9. Halo: Reach
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  11. Borderlands 2
  12. Assassin's Creed 3
  13. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  14. Madden NFL 13
  15. Gears of War 3
  16. NBA 2K13
  17. NBA 2K12
  18. Far Cry 3
  19. Grand Theft Auto 4
  20. Forza Motorsport 4

Hryb also posted a list of the top Xbox Live Arcade titles based on full versions purchased, which was led by Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, and top Xbox Live Indie Games, which was led by CastleMiner Z.

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