Surprise: People Still Love Halo And Call Of Duty

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I have a dream - I hope that gamers will one day learn to embrace more games beyond the big budget shooter, open world title or annual sports game. 2012 could have been the year that everything changed, but the latest Nielsen report shows that not to be the case.

Nielsen does a study after E3 every year to determine which games are getting the most buzz out of the general gaming public. This is a good indicator of how hotly anticipated titles are it gives publishers a good idea of how hard to push said titles in the months leading up to launch.

The report this year looks very similar to last year. Call of Duty is still near the top of the list for both PS3 and Xbox 360 with the launch of Halo 4 taking the top spot in the Xbox 360 charts. Other heavy hitters like Madden NFL 13, Assassin's Creed III and Resident Evil 6 are all on the minds of gamers around the country.

Here's the breakdown from most anticipated to still anticipated, but in fifteenth place, out of all the major consoles for 2012:

Xbox 360
1. Halo 4
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
3. Assassin's Creed III
4. Madden NFL 13
5. Resident Evil 6
6. Borderlands 2
7. NCAA Football 13
8. NBA 2K13
9. FIFA Soccer 13
10. Fable: The Journey
11: Darksiders II
12. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
13. Far Cry 3
14. Medal of Honor: Warfighter
15. NHL 13

PlayStation 3
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
2. Madden NFL 13
3. Assassin's Creed III
4. Resident Evil 6
5. NCAA Football 13
6. Borderlands 2
7. NBA 2K13
8. Darksiders III
9. NHL 13
10. FIFA Soccer 13
11. Far Cry 3
12. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
13. Hitman: Absolution
14. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
15. WWE '13

Nintendo Wii
1. Just Dance 4
2. Madden NFL 13
3. Just Dance: Disney Party
4. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
5. Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure
6. WWE '13
7. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
8. NBA 2K13
9. FIFA Soccer 13
10. The Last Story
11. Everyone Sing
12. Ice Age: Continental Drift: Arctic Games
13. Skylander Giants
14. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
15. Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game

It's interesting to see that Xbox 360 owners and PlayStation 3 owners are quite different in their priorities. Xbox 360 gamers are obviously super excited for shooters and sports games, but PS3 gamers are putting a bit more priority into other games like Darksiders II, Hitman and WWE. There still a lot of overlap in their love for sports game and shooters though.

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