Halo 4 more desired than Call of Duty on Xbox 360 - Nielsen

A new report shows that Xbox 360 owners actually have been anticipating the next Halo even more than Black Ops II

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:

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Well, CoD gets a yearly release. Halo doesn't.

But I do believe the pre-orders for CoD BO 2 are higher, though not by much, than those for Halo 4.
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek7 years ago
Its fantastic to see Halo up there, it looks like 343 and Microsoft have pulled out all the stops. I watched one of the developer diaries and looks absolutely fantastic. Really excited for it.
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Fyzard Brown Sales Associate, VideoGameAdvantage7 years ago
Call of duty has gotten real boring as of late for me. I'm pretty much sold on buying Halo over COD this holiday season with Assassin's Creed 3 to cap it off.
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Dan Howdle Head of Content, Existent7 years ago
Ultimately, 343 is doing a lot more with Halo 4 than Treyarch is doing with Black Ops II in terms of innovation. I'm not a big Halo fan but having seen Halo 4 in action, even I'm excited about it. 343 is a skein of daunting genius and Halo 4 will be its first true son.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany7 years ago
Well, I always liked Halo (despise of being tired of FPS in general) and about Call of Duty... In enjoyed the first ones and the Campaign of the first Black Ops. But that is pretty much all.

So, happy with this list.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 7 years ago
Well I'm getting them both. But Halo 4 has been preordered and paid in full for well over a month now so for me it's also the game I want the most.
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