Media research group Nielsen has put together a list of most anticipated games for 2012, and the results aren’t particularly shocking.

Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers are excited for only upcoming sequels, spin-offs, or licensed titles for established franchises, not on new & original IPs.

The favorite is of course Assassin’s Creed III which, after being revealed earlier this year, skyrocketed to the top of everyone’s most anticipated list. ACIII features a new protagonist, a new setting, and some new climbing mechanics.

Don’t expect the survey’s results below to properly reflect which games will sell most though. Take a look at the list below:

Upcoming 2012 Console Titles With the Highest Gamer Anticipation

^ Yellow Shading indicates title is platform exclusive

Nielsen ranked anticipation through a survey and by combining awareness and purchase interest into a score-based system and comparing said scores to previous games released on the same platform.

What do you think of Nielsen’s rankings for the most anticipated games of 2012? Are you surprised because your favorite didn’t make to the list?


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