Gamers Are Excited About Sequels, Says Weird Poll

The research group Nielsen has released a poll under the headline "Video Gamers Eager for New Titles from Familiar Franchises this Year." They combined "eight key consumer metrics, including awareness and purchase interest" into one score for each game, ranked out of 100.

Here are the full (weird) findings, in order:

Xbox 360

  • Halo 4
  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Max Payne 3
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Fable: The Journey
  • Kinect: Star Wars
  • NCAA Football 13
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Tomb Raider

PlayStation 3

  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Max Payne 3
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter
  • NCAA Football 13
  • Prototype 2
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Tomb Raider
  • NBA Live 13

Wii

  • Madden NFL 13
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Battleship
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Men In Black
  • The Last Story
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

As you can see, no non-sequels made their way onto either the PS3 or 360 lists (well, technically Kinect Star Wars qualifies. Ha.). But is "gamers sure do love sequels" really the main takeaway here?

The sequel aspect is one of the least strange things about these lists. Who were the "video gamers" polled for this? Why is Medal of Honor: Warfighter on the PS3 list but not 360? Who is (or was) anticipating Kinect Star Wars more than Bioshock Infinite? Can most Wii owners even list eight games that are coming out this year off the top of their head? Was this multiple choice? Was "Actually, I'm mostly just waiting for the Wii U" not an option?

The list also only includes games announced before March 23rd, so it exists in a universe in which there's no Call of Duty game coming out in 2012. This list of most anticipated games of 2012 leaves off the game that will be one of the biggest releases of the year. Well then.

For my part, I still just can't believe that Men In Black isn't higher on the Wii list. I am outraged!

Video Gamers Eager for New Titles from Familiar Franchises this Year [Nielsen Wire via Gamasutra]