One thing that developers have been able to do within the last decade of gaming is to monitor player behavior in ways that were unprecedented before the online era. As someone a bit into user statistics myself (both for my job and as a hobby), I understand the desire to see how users are behaving, and I’m sure with something as robust as a sci-fi opera RPG like Mass Effect 2, the results are sometimes different to what was originally anticipated.
Enter Bioware, who has just recently released a whole smattering of interesting stats from Mass Effect 2. For instance, did you know that somewhere out there, a couple of PC gamers played ME2 a total of 28 times? You probably didn’t. That’s because it’s insane.
Check a few other statistics you might not have known, after the jump!
Most Played Class: Soldier (more than any other combined)
Least Played Class: Engineer
Average completion time: 33 hours
80% of players used the face customization system
80% of players played as a male Shepard
Roughly 50% of the people who started Mass Effect 2 finished the game
Roughly 50% of players imported a save from Mass Effect
There are people who played a single playthrough for 66 hours
Two PC players completed Mass Effect 2 28 times
Four XBox 360 players completed Mass Effect 2 23 times
Players skipped 15% of the conversations in Mass Effect 2
The idea behind all of this data (and the other unreleased stuff) is that Bioware can turn it around and use it to aid in their efforts for the next game, a luxury they didn’t have between Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2. In my mind, if they were able to produce that kind of a jump in quality without seeing this kind of behavior, then the way they could use it in the future definitely holds a lot of promise.
I think the craziest thing in that list is that less than 50 percent of the people even finished the game. This goes back to the Finishing Games feature we just did last week. I’m not really sure how someone could just stop an experience like Mass Effect 2, but then again I’m kind of a self proclaimed fanboy of that franchise.
How do your own statistics compare with what they posted? What reports would you like to see from other games and how they’re played?
Source – IGN