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Google reveals the top ten most searched games of 2012


It's not the most sexy chart in the world, but Google's ranking of which games attracted the most searches in 2012 is an interesting illustration of which games captured the world's imagination.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is inevitably among the top ten, as are fellow blockbuster behemoths Assassin's Creed 3 and Halo 4. Developer Gearbox will be pleased to see that its fledgling franchise has also officially earned a seat at the big boy table - Borderlands 2 is right up there with the juggernaut brands.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim makes the list, despite coming out in 2011, while GTA V also warrants a spot even though it won't be out until next Spring. And while grown up players may not have noticed, the presence of Skylanders in the top searches only goes to show just how insanely popular Activision's toy-based action series is with kids.

It's Electronic Arts that has most reason to celebrate however. Not only is FIFA the only sports game to make the grade, but it manages to take two spots on the list - one for FIFA 12 and one for this year's follow-up, FIFA 13.

As charts go, it's a pretty good indication of where gaming is as 2013 dawns. Certainly, these are all fantastic titles that deserve the attention. But are they the games that were driving your fingers to search engines this year?

Published: 19/12/2012

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