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Nielsen reveals 2012's most anticipated console games

by Parm Mann on 11 April 2012, 12:11

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We all have our own ideas of which games we're going to buy, but New York survey specialist Nielsen has gone all out to determine which console titles are most eagerly anticipated for the remainder of 2012.

To find the answers, the survey considered "eight key consumer metrics" - including factors such as awareness and purchase interest - to create an overall score that is then compared to all previously-released titles on the same platform to determine its percentile rank.

Sounds a wee bit convoluted, but Nielsen goes on to explain; a title with a Game Rank of 80% on Xbox 360 is performing better than 80% of all previous Xbox 360 titles at the same stage in the release cycle.

So, what's hot and what's not? Unsurprisingly, Halo 4 tops the list of most anticipated Xbox 360 games, with a ranking of 98 per cent, while two other Xbox 360 exclusives - Fable: The Journey and Kinect: Star Wars - feature in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

The PlayStation 3 list is without any exclusives and is topped by Assassin's Creed III, while Nintendo's Wii offers arguably the least attractive line up. I mean, seriously, Madden 13 and Battleship in the top three?

There's no mention of GTA V anywhere in the survey, so if Nielsen knows something we don't, perhaps that one has slipped into 2013. All in all, there are some-good looking titles, but the lists are dominated by sequels - speaking of which, it shouldn't be long before the next Call of Duty comes along to claim top spot.

The full lists are included below, and if you've spotted any games that aren't included but ought to be, let us know using the comments function at the bottom of the page.


2012 Title for Xbox 360 Release Date Game Rank
Halo 4* TBD 98%
Assassin’s Creed III 10/30/2012 94%
Max Payne 3 5/15/2012 91%
Madden NFL 13 8/28/2012 90%
Resident Evil 6 11/20/2012 89%
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 5/22/2012 85%
Fable: The Journey* TBD 85%
Kinect: Star Wars* 4/3/2012 85%
NCAA Football 13 7/10/2012 82%
Bioshock: Infinite 10/16/2012 77%
Tomb Raider TBD 77%


2012 Title for PlayStation 3 Release Date Game Rank
Assassin’s Creed III 10/30/2012 98%
Max Payne 3 5/15/2012 96%
Madden NFL 13 8/28/2012 96%
Resident Evil 6 11/20/2012 94%
Medal of Honor: Warfighter 10/23/2012 87%
NCAA Football 13 7/10/2012 85%
Prototype 2 4/24/2012 85%
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 5/22/2012 80%
Bioshock: Infinite 10/16/2012 79%
Tomb Raider TBD 79%
NBA Live 13 10/2/2012 79%


2012 Title for Nintendo Wii Release Date Game Rank
Madden NFL 13 8/28/2012 96%
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two TBD 94%
Battleship 5/15/2012 86%
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes 6/19/2012 82%
The Amazing Spider-Man 7/3/2012 82%
Men In Black 5/22/2012 81%
The Last Story** 6/19/2012 64%
Xenoblade Chronicles** 4/6/2012 50%


* exclusive to Xbox 360
** exclusive to Nintendo Wii



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Quite a bland list really - Suprised there's no Dust or Starhawk for PS3.
Any list for PC?
edvinasm
Any list for PC?
quild wars 2
max payne 3
arma 3
Half Life ThrOHWHATSTHEPOINT!?
Diablo 3 for PC :-)