Killzone 3, Forza 4, and Mass Effect 3 are just some of the titles on gamers’ most anticipated list for 2011, but according to research done in the UK; none has greater purchase intent than Gears of War 3.
Unveiled through their new Game Plan Insights research tool, a company named Ipsos has released a list of the top 25 titles of 2011 based on a survey of what titles gamers are actually planning to pick up. Alongside the UK rankings are the rankings those titles hold in the US, and, besides Gears of War being number one on both lists, there are some large disparities between the two rankings.
Though Gears of War ranked fairly high on Game Rant’s list of most anticipated games of 2011, it certainly was never in contention for the number one spot. A popular franchise, but one that left more than a few gamers burned after Gears 2, the anticipation for the third entry comes in the hopes that improvements have been made.
Epic Games has shown that they are aware of gamers’ complaints and have demonstrated, via trailers and demos, that the experience will be different this time around, but that still doesn’t mean the wariness does not exist.
While Gears of War seems very high upon the list, other titles, ones that ranked very high on Game Rant’s list, seem a bit too low. Titles like Uncharted 3 and Skyrim are ranked much lower than many titles that are either console exclusives or multi-platform. It would be understandable for a title like Mortal Kombat (ranked number 2 for the US) to be higher than some console exclusives, but the fact that right below Mortal Kombat are PS3 exclusives that many would expect to be ranked lower than Uncharted is a bit odd. Perhaps purchase intent or some other factor in this survey was bound to get a different result than expected.
All in all, the list does contain 25 of the most popular titles set to release this year — some console exclusives and others multi-platform — it just seems like several titles ranked a little low on the list. Just having this point of contention does, however, solidify just how great 2011 is going to be for video games.
What do you think of the purchase intent rankings for the UK and the US? Do you feel that some titles are ranked too high or too low? Do you agree with Gears of War 3’s placement on both lists?
Source: Industry Gamers