Nielsen has released their final Game Rank report for 2012. It has Halo 4 as the most anticipated title overall, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 as the most anticipated on PS3 and as a third-party title and Just Dance 4 topping the Wii.
“NBA 2K13 and WWE ’13 rank in the top six and top eight, respectively, for all three current-generation consoles (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii). And while not releasing on Wii, Assassin’s Creed III and Resident Evil 6 rank between 96 to 98 percent for both Xbox 360 and PS3. The new reboot of Need For Speed: Most Wanted also lands in the top six titles for both of those consoles as well, notes Nielsen. “Apart from Halo 4, the other first-party exclusive title from Microsoft cracking the top ten for Xbox 360 is Fable: The Journey, while Sony’s exclusive LittleBigPlanet Karting rounds out the top ten for PS3. Transformers Prime: The Game hits the top ten for Wii, and though it is not exclusive to Wii, it is offered only on Nintendo platforms.”
“Narrowly missing a top ten ranking was the recently released and industry-acclaimed Dishonored. A brand new property in a sea of sequels and powerhouse franchises, it stands to reason that ‘apart from the avid gamers’ the general gaming public may not have been as acutely aware of this title when the data was collected over the past month,” the report concluded.