More people logged on to Xbox Live to play Call of Duty: Black Ops during 2011 than any other game, Microsoft has revealed.

Call of Duty took the top three spots, with Modern Warfare 3 coming in second and Modern Warfare 2 in third.

Halo Reach followed in fourth, with Battlefield 3 in fifth.

12 out of the top 20 games were not released in 2011. The oldest title on the chart was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which was first released back in November 2007.

Here's the full chart as seen on Major Nelson's blog, based on global unique users:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  3. Modern Warfare 2
  4. Halo: Reach
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. Skyrim
  7. Gears of War 3
  8. FIFA 12
  9. FIFA Soccer 11
  10. Madden NFL 12
  11. GTA IV
  12. NBA 2K11
  13. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  14. Call of Duty 4
  15. Battlefield 3 Beta
  16. Halo 3
  17. Gears of War 2
  18. Forza Motorsport 4
  19. Red Dead Redemption
  20. Call of Duty: World at War

Nelson also listed the Xbox Live Arcade sales chart, which saw Pinball FX2 come out on top, followed by Full House Poker and chart perennial Castle Crashers. 2011 critical darlings From Dust and Bastion finished in fifth and 13th respectively.

Here's the complete top 20, based on full versions purchased:

  1. Pinball FX2
  2. Full House Poker
  3. Castle Crashers
  4. Fruit Ninja Kinect
  5. From Dust
  6. Trials HD
  7. Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
  8. Dead Rising 2: Case West
  9. Torchlight
  10. Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  11. Plants vs. Zombies
  12. Portal: Still Alive
  13. Bastion
  14. Limbo
  15. Game Room
  16. Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
  17. Peggle
  18. Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale
  19. Battlefield 1943
  20. Beyond Good & Evil HD

And for all those keeping score, here are the top selling Xbox Live Indie Games of 2011 too:

  1. FortressCraft Chapter 1
  2. Total Miner: Forge
  3. The Impossible Game
  4. Avatar Paintball
  5. Toy Stunt Bike
  6. CastleMiner Z
  7. I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
  8. Avatar Legends
  9. CastleMiner
  10. Miner Dig Deep
  11. Avatar Laser Wars 
  12. Bird Assassin
  13. Voice Changer 360
  14. Nuclear Wasteland
  15. Avatar Karting
  16. Zombie Estate
  17. Avatar Drop
  18. Baby Maker Extreme 2
  19. College Lacrosse 2011
  20. The $1 Zombie Game

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