Top 20 Games to Watch for Holiday 2011

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Top 20 Games to Watch for Holiday 2011

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.

Source: Nielsen