Research group Nielsen has of its annual Nielsen Game Rank, which lists the “most sought after games” for the ever-important holiday shopping season of October-December. For 2015, heavyweight franchises dominated the list. tops the overall list, with, , , androunding out the top five.
In terms of exclusives, was the top game while sits at the top of the ranking. was the top game, while ranked the highest for. Leading the way for was , while took the top spot for .
Nielsen’s Game Rank score aims to capture the “overall anticipation level” for games, based on awareness, purchase intent, and consumer rating, among other factors. The percent value represents how strong a game’s overall anticipation level is, relative to “pre-release anticipation levels of all previous titles that released on the platform(s).” For the multiplatform list, these values are averages of the numbers for each platform the game will be released on.
The data was collected from a survey of more than 4,800 gamers age 7-54 between August 24-September 19. Games featured must be released between October 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
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