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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition [X360]

Minecraft tops Black Ops on Xbox Live

"4J Studios' open-world creation game tallied more unique users than Call of Duty: Black Ops for the week of May 14."

Minecraft is digging away at the success of Call of Duty on Xbox Live. Microsoft's latest online activity chart reveals that for the week of May 14, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition had more unique users than Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Can Minecraft unseat Modern Warfare 3 next week?

Can Minecraft unseat Modern Warfare 3 next week?

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was surpassed in unique users only by Activision's latest blockbuster shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In notching the number two spot, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition also recorded a higher number of unique users than footie simulator FIFA 12, as well as popular shooters Battlefield 3, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition launched on May 9 and became profitable in just 60 minutes. It sold 400,000 copies during its first 24 hours, on its way to move more than 1 million units in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling Xbox Live game in history.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was developed by 4J Studios, the Scotland-based shop that built Xbox Live Arcade titles Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, and Banjo-Tooie. The game will add Kinect support at a later date via a patch and was the last title in Microsoft's Arcade Next promotion, which also saw the release of Trials Evolution, Bloodforge, and Fable Heroes.

For more on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, check out GameSpot's review.

Eddie Makuch By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

Eddie Makuch (Mack-ooh) is a News Editor at GameSpot. He lives in Connecticut, works out of the company's New York City office, and loves extra chunky peanut butter.

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NegativeNova 6 pts

Well, it seems to me that this is proof enough that gamers are calling out for more and more creative games. I mean, CoD has been the exact same sine MW2, and even the WW2 games were pretty much the same (granted I put in tons of hours into CoD2). I love minecraft and I am always on the lookout for new and inventive games. Please listen to the community games companies, please!

steelmouth 46 pts

PS from the videos, trailers and review this game really looks like crap,but i cant argue with the numbers and the comments below so it must be something

NegativeNova 6 pts

 steelmouth  it's intentionally made this way. It has a unique visual style that basically proves that a game isn't made by graphics. I'll admit that I was sceptical the first time I saw this for the PC, but the game is absolutely addicting. I know it sounds cliché, but with this game, the limit really is your imagination. 

steelmouth 46 pts

All hail to the COD killer

Legrieme 101 pts

It's incredible the popularity of this game.

Legrieme 101 pts

The novelty of Minecraft seems far from fading away.

holhardy 8 pts


Cruisemissile 23 pts

A friend of mine who was like, "minecraft is just rubbish and looks wierd" then got it day one on xbox and now he seems to love it!

CodingGenius 21 pts moderator

 Cruisemissile I didn't understand what the draw was, either.  I don't know if it was the music or the company (played with some friends), but I will definitely get a lot of mileage out of it.

Cedar-Teeth 29 pts

yes more 'unique' that says nothing maybe poeple played it for 1 minute black ops has way more playtime, and its the first week ofcourse everyone who got the game are going to play it at least for 1 minute to look. it won't ever happen again

goldenlink123 19 pts

 Cedar-Teeth Sounds like someone's butthurt.

NegativeNova 6 pts

 Cedar-Teeth hahahahaahhahahahahahahaha you're kidding right? You're just someone who gets all twitchy whenever they haven't killed something in a game for 5 minutes. This game is far, far superior to CoD. CoD is the exact same. Minecraft keeps adding and adding. Not to mention, the creator, Notch, actually cares about his fan-base. He even promoted piracy of his game! Not one dev for CoD would make that claim. 

ReaversRevenge 22 pts

hope they patch it soon, i cant seem to empty lava out a just disappears...

iPostMaReviews 50 pts

Oh yeah :P

grognard 55 pts

Traditionally "Summer of Arcade" has had the biggest blockbuster hits for XBLA, but I don't see how MS will top this "Arcade Next" promotion after Trials and Minecraft's success.

Triton 14 pts

I think we can all agree Minecraft is a great game no matter what you play it on. I also have it on my iPad and iTouch.

inaka_rob 94 pts

yeah. I put 60 hours in Xbox minecraft in 1 week... the game is amazing. and its still missing so much from PC version. I am pretty done with it for now, but as they patch and update I will probably put even more time into. and its just an arcade title. and an indie title at that... there is hope for the video game world after all.

MountainMavin 5 pts

Erm... who els here is bad @ math? Arent als those COD BO boyz playing COD MW3 and other 'unique' gamers who got tired of the same old games (me) playing Minecraft???


Eddie, what have you done for me lately??!! ;-)

nima_metal90 50 pts

I love when GS releases news about COD going down!

KingOfAsia 5 pts

 nima_metal90 me to lol

sirkibble2 30 pts

Of course Minecraft will beat out Black Ops at some point. It's a split user base between Black Ops and MW3. 


Posted on May 24, 2012



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