We certainly thought that this year’s Christmas number one, conquering the UK all-format game chart, would be Modern Warfare 3.
The Avatar beating best-selling entertainment property ever held for four weeks in a row at the top of the chart after its release, but was displaced last week by Skyrim after the RPG received some substantial price cutting.
That price promo seems to have worked wonders indeed, because Skyrim has remained in the number one position for Xmas. The RPG dropped by only 8% sales on last week.
It’s the first time a game not produced by Activision or EA has been Christmas number one since 2002, when Rockstar and Take 2’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City took the honours.
In fact, Modern Warfare 3 was up 2% in sales, but didn’t make number two, having to settle for number three instead. Just Dance 3, the popular casual dance game, managed to hold number two.
FIFA 12 was EA’s best-selling game at number four, followed by Saints Row: The Third which moved up three places again thanks to discounts.
Battlefield 3 was a non-mover at number six, despite sales shooting up by some 50% due to the new DLC becoming available.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations slipped to number seven, followed by Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, then Need for Speed: The Run.
Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call rounded off the top ten.
Both Batman: Arkham City and Mario Kart 7 were hanging around just outside the top ten.