Xbox 360 has long been considered the home of the shooter, and while Master Chief at one time dominated all on the platform, in recent years, the dominant shooter franchise has unquestionably been Call of Duty. It's with some surprise, therefore, that we see a new Nielsen Game Rank report for Q4 2012 indicating that Xbox 360 consumers are actually anticipating Halo 4 even more than Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The 99 percent game rank on Nielsen's chart (based on data collected during the past month) means that "Halo 4 on Xbox 360 is performing better in overall aggregated US consumer anticipation than 99 percent of all previous Xbox 360 titles at the same point in their release cycles." Granted, Black Ops II also sits at 99 percent, and Nielsen said it's only 0.25 percent behind, so the difference is indeed very, very slim. Also, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III ranks quite high with 98 percent.
The true judge on Xbox 360 to see whether Halo 4 or Call of Duty wins out will not only be sales, but Xbox Live usage stats. We'll keep an eye on those this holiday season.
On the PS3, it's interesting to note that the most anticipated games do not include any exclusives, other than LittleBigPlanet Karting, which just made it at #10. As for the Wii, it's no shock to see that dance and fitness games continue to drive the Nintendo platform.
Check out the charts for the three consoles below: