Which video game titles top gamers’ wish lists this year? Nielsen’s Top 20 Games to Watch reveals the most anticipated games of the 2011 holiday season, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 the most coveted among active U.S. gamers. The list was developed by examining a variety of consumer measures from Nielsen’s Video Game Tracking survey, including the top five titles active gamers are considering for purchase.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2. Gears of War 3
3. Madden NFL 12
4. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
5. Batman: Arkham City
6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
7. Battlefield 3
8. Just Dance 3
9. NBA 2K12
10. Need for Speed: The Run
11. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
12. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
13. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
14. FIFA Soccer 12
15. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
16. Dead Island
17. Kinect Sports: Season 2
18. Resistance 3
19. Dance Central 2
20. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
While Action/Adventure games hold the most spots in the Top 20, the list is a testament to the diverse interests of today’s gamers—from the intense action of First Person Shooters like Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, to the energetic enthusiasm of Music / Rhythm games such as Ubisoft’s Just Dance 3, to the epic sense of adventure in Bethesda’s RPG Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Sports and racing titles like 2K’s NBA 2K12 and EA’s Need For Speed: The Run are represented as well.
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About Jim Liebelt
Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
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