It’s your fault games are all sequels

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No, not you. You!

Just about every AAA game coming out for the foreseeable future is a sequel or reboot of something we’ve played before. You can moan all you like about how publishers and developers are creatively bankrupt,  only trying to make a quick buck – but the truth of it is that it’s all your fault. Well, not yours specifically, so stop sitting there looking all guilty.

According to Nielsen – the same Media research group that tells you how many people watch the Bold and the Beautiful every day – the most anticipated games are nearly all sequels. They polled 4,800 over the month of June, between the ages of 7 and 54 years old for their most anticipated games on the current consoles and these are the results.

“The anticipation level among gaming consumers was derived from leveraging several key consumer metrics, including Awareness and Purchase Interest, into one overall score. That score was then compared to scores from all previous games released on the same platform at the same point in their release cycles, to determine the percentile ranking of the upcoming title (aka the Nielsen Game Rank™).”

Xbox 360

  1. Halo 4
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  3. Assassin’s Creed III
  4. Madden NFL 13
  5. Resident Evil 6
  6. Borderlands 2
  7. NCAA Football 13
  8. NBA 2K13
  9. FIFA Soccer 13
  10. Fable: The Journey
  11. Darksiders II
  12. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  13. Far Cry 3
  14. Medal of Honor: Warfighter
  15. NHL 13
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PS3

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  2. Madden NFL 13
  3. Assassin’s Creed III
  4. Resident Evil 6
  5. NCAA Football 13
  6. Borderlands 2
  7. NBA 2K13
  8. Darksiders II
  9. NHL 13
  10. FIFA Soccer 13
  11. Far Cry 3
  12. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  13. Hitman: Absolution
  14. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  15. WWE ‘13

Wii

  1. Just Dance 4
  2. Madden NFL 13
  3. Just Dance: Disney Party
  4. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  5. Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure
  6. WWE ‘13
  7. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  8. NBA 2K13
  9. FIFA Soccer 13
  10. The Last Story
  11. Everyone Sing
  12. Ice Age: Continental Drift: Arctic Games
  13. Skylanders Giants
  14. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013
  15. Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game

The only new IP that shows up anywhere on the lists are both Wii titles; The Last Story and…ugh…Everyone Sing. I’m really surprised that The Last of Us (a game Erwin Kempff won’t be able to play) for the PlayStation 3 doesn’t show up – but maybe it’s just too new, without much of a mainstream media marketing blitz to matter right now. It’s not like we’re not all guilty of it either; here in the LG office we’re all waiting anxiously for a sequel – Borderlands 2. 

Last Updated: July 16, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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