Only A Third Of Players Finish The Games They Start, According to GDC Conference

on March 18, 2014 6:10 AM

Around one in three gamers actually finish the titles start, even with the most story driven titles, Riot Games’ Narrative Lead Tom Abernathy and Microsoft Game Studios’ Design Lead Richard Rouse III said today at GDC.

By examining the achievements of titles on Steam they found that the average completion rate for games often sits at 50% or lower.

  • The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 1 – 66%
  • Mass Effect 2 – 56%
  • BioShock Infinite – 53%
  • Batman: Arkham City – 47%
  • Portal – 47%
  • Mass Effect 3 – 42%
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 5 – 39%
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – 32%
  • Borderlands 2 – 30%

While it’s unsurprising that massive titles like Borderlands 2 and Skyrim are only completed by small numbers of players, it’s odd that even intensely plot driven games such as The Walking Dead are beaten by less than half the players that begin the game.