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August 17th, 2012 | Author:

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When it comes to video games the market is alive and growing with them. And the group that purchases video games more than any other is teenagers. They know what games excite them and what they want to spend their time playing. They say it with their dollars, and for 2012 this is what they had to say.

10. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

The first game is from 38 Studios. It’s an open-world action RPG, set in the deeply absorbing world of Amalur based on works of bestselling author R.A. Salvatore and as envisioned by Todd McFarlane of Spawn fame. The players can live in this fantasy world full of magic and danger while they define their destinies amid mortal combat. The world is so vivid and alive and the action so real it’s hard not to fall under its spell.

 9. UFC Undisputed 3

This is the latest installment of the best-selling mixed martial arts video game originally based on Ultimate Fighting Championship. Players go inside the Octagon and enjoy an intense toe-to-toe combat. With its increased accessibility, and additional weight classes it has improved on the former version. What’s more the roster of playable UFC fighters has increased beyond 150.

8. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

This hybrid of physical toys and video games takes players on an amazing journey into a fascinating world of mystical lands and eye-popping creatures. Players will take the part of the powerful Portal Master who powers 30 different characters including Spyro, the fire-breathing dragon. Collecting gold and solving riddles all while attempting to save the world from the evil Portal Master, Kaos.

7. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

This latest in a highly successful franchise of movies and video games, Operation Raccoon City is back to killing off zombies. Though reviews of the game were not exactly flattering, the loyal customer base has spoken making this the 7th favorite game of teens for 2012.

6. Battlefield 3

This is the third iteration of the long-running battlefield series. It incorporates the game engine technology from Frostbite 2 so that Battlefield 3 produces an immense sense of scale with stunning visuals, phenomenal destruction scenes and dynamic sound quality. Bullets ping and dust fills the air as the wall crash down. The characters are more lifelike in their animation. And the game itself is more interactive than before.

5. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

When you have a game of the year winner in the mix, it’s not hard to see why “Skyrim” is the 5th highest sought game by teens. This is the best-selling game from the highly rated “Elder Scrolls” role playing games. It sold more than 3.4 million copies in the first two days of its release. That and its numerous improvements have made this an extremely popular game. Online you might even find strategies to help you win.

4. Just Dance 3

The Just Dance series has been the best seller since 2009. A little unlike other video games, its interactive features make it a big hit, particularly with teens. It is a hit with teens of course, but parents have been known to enjoy this fun dancing cultural phenomenon. You’re not necessarily going to learn more about scratch-off games while you dance to the hits, but you are going to have a good time.

3. NBA 2K12

The sales of Take-Two’s latest game in its sports franchise might have been helped by the threat of an early lockout in 2012. But it’s hard to argue with the many teens who have been lured into playing this game with its replay options and retro look. As long as basketball remains a favorite of teens out on the court, this game will keep them entertained indoors.

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

The last two installments of this game set sales records. You know CoD would high in the teen favorite list. In fact Activision-Blizzard expected the same response to Modern Warfare they experience with its predecessors, and aren’t satisfied with its second position. But, their next game “Black Ops II” has already had some great pre-orders numbers, so who knows? They still may take the crown before 2012 is over.

1. Mass Effect 3

So an action role-playing game is the number one on the teen list so far for 2012. This controversial game which alters according the actions taken by players didn’t please everyone with its ending. In fact complaints got so bad that Bioware, the developer announced it would release a free download pack that would enhance the clarity of the games conclusion. It could be that those very complaints are what causing enough interest in the game that its sales surpassed those of Modern Warfare 3.

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