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Modern Warfare 3 is Number One 'Must Have' Game For 2011 Holiday Season, Battlefield 3 is Seventh

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If you're loved one wants a video game this holiday season and you have no clue which one to get, odds are they'll be interested in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or Gears of Ware 3.  Just make sure they have an Xbox 360 for the latter.

The gaming community has spoken, and the "must have" game of the 2011 Holiday Season is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Polling giant Nielson has put together a survey for the most desired games of this holiday season.  The results put Modern Warfare 3 atop the Top 20 'Must Have' video games for the holiday season.

In a landslide margin, 27 percent of respondents placed Activision's Modern Warfare 3 in their top 5 games they hoped to get in the next few months.  Modern Warfare 3's biggest competitor, Battlefield 3, didn't fare so well in poll.  In a shocking reveal only 12 percent of “active gamers” must have Battlefield 3. Judging from the response of fans and the abundance of advertising spent by EA, you'd think this number would be higher.

Instead, Battlefield 3 is topped by games like Gears of War 3 and Madden NFL 12, both with 19 percent. Rounding out the Top 5 must have games are Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Batman: Arkham City. That's a pretty solid Top 5. The only real shocker is Madden NFL 12, which released in August.

But when you take into account that this online survey was conducted between August 21 and September 17 and you have to expect the hype of the Madden NFL 12 launch played a factor in feedback. The survey was conducted between Nielsen and 5,000 of what the company described as "active gamers."

I'd think if Nielson were to conduct this survey again, Madden NFL 12 might be a lot lower on the list and Battlefield 3 would be in the Top 5. Especially since Battlefield 3 is now in Beta testing.

In what could be an even bigger shocker, the highly anticipated (or so I thought) Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is ranked fifteenth, with only 8 percent of respondents putting it at the top of their list. Who would've thought Just Dance 3 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 would be more requested. I'm sure Bethesda isn't happy to see that one.

Here is the complete Top 20 list of 'must have' games for the 2011 holiday season:

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 27%
2. Gears of War 3 19%
3. Madden NFL 12 19%
4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations 17%
5. Batman: Arkham City 15%
6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 14%
7. Battlefield 3 12%
8. Just Dance 3 12%
9. NBA 2K12 9%
10. Need for Speed: The Run 9%
11. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception 9%
12. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 8%
13. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 8%
14. FIFA Soccer 12 8%
15. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 8%
16. Dead Island 7%
17. Kinect Sports: Season 2 6%
18. Resistance 3 4%
19. Dance Central 2 4%
20. Deus Ex: Human Revolution 3%

What are your thoughts on this poll? Were you shocked by any of the responses?

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