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First-person shooter Halo 4 and action title Assassin's Creed III are among video game players' most anticipated console titles, says a survey from Nielsen.

The company breaks down games into three groups: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. Only titles officially announced before March 23 were considered.

Each title is assigned a game rank based on a variety of factors, including awareness of the game and purchase interest, Nielsen explains at their official blog.

It's a sequel-heavy list Nielsen ends up with. Among Xbox 360 owners, Halo 4 was the most anticipated title, followed by the Ubisoft action title Assassin's Creed III and Rockstar Games shooter Max Payne 3.

The latter two titles were the first and second most anticipated among PlayStation 3 owners, followed by pro football simulation Madden NFL 13.

As for the Wii, Madden was tops, while the sequel to Epic Mickey and the Activision title Battleship finished second and third respectively.

Most anticipated 2012 titles for Xbox 360

1. Halo 4
2. Assassin's Creed III
3. Max Payne 3
4. Madden NFL 13
5. Resident Evil 6
6. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
7. Fable: The Journey
8. Kinect: Star Wars
9. NCAA Football 13
10. Bioshock: Infinite
11. Tomb Raider

Most anticipated 2012 titles for PS3

1. Assassin's Creed III
2. Max Payne 3
3. Madden NFL 13
4. Resident Evil 6
5. Medal of Honor: Warfighter
6. NCAA Football 13
7. Prototype 2
8. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
9. Bioshock: Infinite
10. Tomb Raider
11. NBA Live 13

Most anticipated 2012 titles for Wii

1. Madden NFL 13
2. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
3. Battleship
4. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
5. The Amazing Spider-Man
6. Men In Black
7. The Last Story
8. Xenoblade Chronicles

By Brett Molina

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