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


  • 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. 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 23, 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]



    To Nielsen Research Group I say:

    Where's Shenmue 3, ha haaaaaaa... please Sega please! Kickstarter anyone?

      I can see the Sega meeting now before they start with Kickstarter:

      "We need a new sonic game. What's popular at the moment?"


    Xenoblade wasn't at the top of Wii, the entire poll is irrelevant.

    Surprise! Kotaku readers and 'hardcore' gamers do not represent the majority of people who play games. What a shocking development!

    Its not so weird to see that people like sequels. I like sequels simply because I get to see the characters of a story again,

    Then again I go for story based games like Dragon Age and Mass Effect.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Do you really expect people to be excited about something they don't know anything about?

    Sequels tend to get talked about earlier in the development life than new IPs as well, since they tend to be refinements on gameplay rather than feature entirely new gameplay, devs are more comfortable talking about what is in the game. Plus, you'd hope that sequels are for good games rather than crap, so you'd be looking out for it.

    Notice Mass Effect 3 vanished post-ending fiasco.

    No non-sequels?
    - Tomb Raider is a reboot which has very little to do with the other games
    - Fable: The Journey is a game set in the Fable universe and not really related to the other games
    - Kinect: Star Wars is also just set in the Star Wars universe
    - Bioshock:; Infinite, as far as I know just follows the same aesthetics as Bioshock and isn't technically a sequel like Bioshock 2.

    What this list says to me is less that people like sequels and more that they like games set in a familiar universe or with a particular flavour of game play.

    RE:6 FTW every time. Can't wait!

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