2011-09-30

Top 20 Games To Watch – What Do Gamers Want Most For Christmas?

by Yo Snyder

The Nielsen tracker firm recently released it’s “Top 20 Games to
Watch” list for the upcoming holiday season, and there were a few
surprises listed. It’s really comes as no surprise that Call of Duty:
Modern Warfare 3 is at the top of the list, but the ranking of some
other high profile games are a surprise.

For instance, the next
two game listed are Gears of War 3 and Madden NFL 12. I particularly
find it interesting that Madden was listed so high as a “most wanted”,
especially since it’s been out since August and the football season is
already in full-swing. Rounding out the top five are Assassin’s Creed:
Revelations and Batman: Arkham City (which is at the top of my list).

Notice
anything missing from the top five? Battlefield 3 doesn’t happen to be
there. In fact, it’s at number seven. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
ranks higher than BF3. As a matter of fact, BF3 tied with Just Dance 3. I
don’t know about you, but I find that pretty surprising. I also can’t
imagine that bodes well for EA’s ambition to take on CoD this holiday
season. Take a look at the list, see how it compares to yours, and then
share what you think in the comments below.

Nielsen’s Top 20 Games to Watch for Holiday 2011
(Title–Percent of players listing it among their top five)

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3–27 percent
2. Gears of War 3–19 percent
3. Madden NFL 12–19 percent
4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations–17 percent
5. Batman: Arkham City–15 percent
6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword–14 percent
7. Battlefield 3–12 percent
8. Just Dance 3–12 percent
9. NBA 2K12–9 percent
10. Need for Speed: The Run–9 percent
11. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception–9 percent
12. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games–8 percent
13. Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7–8 percent
14. FIFA Soccer 12–8 percent
15. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim–8 percent
16. Dead Island–7 percent
17. Kinect Sports: Season 2–6 percent
18. Resistance 3–4 percent
19. Dance Central 2–4 percent
20. Deus Ex: Human Revolution–3 percent