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UK Games Charts 24/12/12 - Christmas Number 1

The one that doesn't change much.

It’s Black Ops II. The UK’s Christmas number one was always likely to be Activision’s immense sales generating machine, wasn’t it? It only saw a sales increase of two per cent though, while Far Cry 3 saw its sales rise by 86 per cent on last week’s. That’s likely due to some utterly insane bargains for that game which are around right now.

According to UKIE this result means that, aside from Bethesda’s Skyrim in 2011, there’s been an EA or an Activision at number one every Christmas for a decade. And who says that the modern videogames market is boring?

Sony’s two big hopes for Christmas, Book of Spells and PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale, didn’t light the charts up. Book of Spells sits at a just-about-acceptable 27th despite seeing quite decent retailer discounts itself.

Battle Royale, despite heavy advertising all over the UK, fails to appear in the top forty at all. That means it was outsold over the past week by such gems as Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics, 007 Legends and Sonic Generations. That’s a shame, as everyone I know who has bought it thinks it’s really good. Perhaps the pre-release message just wasn’t right after all, huh?

Of course, this chart doesn’t track digital sales, so Battle Royale might be selling millions via PSN.

Here’s the top twenty:

  • CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II – ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  • FAR CRY 3 – UBISOFT
  • HITMAN ABSOLUTION – SQUARE ENIX EUROPE
  • FIFA 13 – ELECTRONIC ARTS
  • JUST DANCE 4 – UBISOFT
  • NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED – ELECTRONIC ARTS
  • ASSASSIN’S CREED III – UBISOFT
  • HALO 4 – MICROSOFT
  • LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS – WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
  • WWE ’13 – THQ
  • THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM – BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
  • SKYLANDERS GIANTS – ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
  • FOOTBALL MANAGER 2013 – SEGA
  • MEDAL OF HONOR: WARFIGHTER – ELECTRONIC ARTS
  • SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED – SEGA
  • FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 – MICROSOFT
  • MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLINGS THEME PARK – MIND CANDY
  • LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES – WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
  • NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 – NINTENDO
  • DISNEY EPIC MICKEY 2: THE POWER OF TWO – DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS
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21 Comments
  1. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Bought Farcry on the PS store yesterday and split the cost with a friend: £12.50!

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 10:40.
  2. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Book Of Spells has had quite a big retailer presence along with its discounts too, I think in this first instance it really could have done with a Harry Potter licence & characters, rather than the decidedly murkier Pottermore.

    Reviews are also below average probably not helping its adoption either, the Eurogamer reviewer’s two children of different ages even found the content on offer wafer thin and little more than a tech demo with licencing as opposed to a full fleshed out game.

    Interesting to see BlOps2 hang on to its top spot since release despite some pretty big releases along the way, I’m pretty sure FIFA12 bounced back to overtake MW3 last year.

    Far Cry 3 has had some insane discounting, I picked it up 2 days ago and am loving the world although I haven’t made much progress in the missions yet.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 10:42.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      Fifa 12 was heavily discounted last year. Fifa 13 is still at leadt £27

      Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 11:43.
  3. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Well I think I’m getting blops2 for christmas and I’m buying far cry 3 off the store today for the bargain basement price of £12 (when game shared with my bro).
    I’ve been really tempted by some of the deals of hitman and will probably cave into that at some point so that’s the top 3.
    Not surprising cod on top really is it?

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 10:42.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      Oh and I already have fifa, accounting for all of the top 4. I still rarely play anything other than fifa and the ps+ collection though which has kinda killed my desire to buy games like I used to.

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 10:49.
  4. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    The worrying thing about Book Of Spells bombing is the collaborations that were lined up with the likes of the BBC and Disney. Will they still come to fruition given the relatively poor sales of the core unit/game?

    And Battle Royale was a disaster.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 10:51.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      It climbed in the PS3 chart and only dropped 1 place (to 24) in the individual formats chart. It’s been fairly consistent each week. The multiformat chart can skew the performance of games. The only exclusives above it are Football Manager, Mario, Halo and Moshi Monsters. There are no Wii U games in the top 40 and only COD on the Vita.

      I think it’s worth pointing out that Dance Central 3 (with it’s more established brand that released a month earlier) has yet to feature in the individual top 40 and only made it to 20th in the 360 chart. Wonderbook is currently 7th on PS3 chart at the most competitive time of year (the 6 games above it don’t get much bigger either)

      Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 11:56.
  5. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    Also: SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED – SEGA – really happy to see that doing well, it’s brilliant.

    Tried the Vita version yesterday, I actually prefer the less rich visuals, looks more cartoony and the native res is gorgeous. I love the Wii U version but it’s possibly best overall on Vita.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 10:53.
    • damoxuk
      Member
      Since: May 2011

      Just had this delivered today from Shopto so will have to fire it up on Vita to see what it’s like now :)

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 13:29.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      I think the ps3 version has been outsold by LBP Karting every week.

      Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 11:57.
  6. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Am surprised that FC3 has managed to reach number two. In fact, considering the sheer amount of power that COD tends to have over the sales chart, that is impressive considering FC3 is a FPS and COD has pretty much covered the market. :O

    Not surprised Hitman has risen a few places as it’s £20 in Blockbuster.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 11:13.
  7. Klart
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Nice to see Far Cry 3 that high. It’s a really decent FPS.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 11:19.
  8. wonkey-willy
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    hoping the fat man brings me farcry 3
    cod blows on just about every level..

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 11:46.
    • blast71
      Member
      Since: May 2012

      I thought the last few cods were crap as well, but pleasantly surprised by blops2. Best cod since 1st MW

      Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 11:53.
  9. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Far Cry 3 is great, sadly i’ll be in the sticks for next few days but i’ll have my Vita survival kit with me to keep me sane.
    Happy Xmas everyone, especially Peter and all the TSA staff who keep us informed and entertained throughout the year! Enjoy the grub, gifts n’ gargle!

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 13:31.
  10. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Not a single new IP in the xmas chart, but I don’t really care considering all the brilliant sequels that deserve to be there.

    Comment posted on 24/12/2012 at 13:52.
    • jimmy-google
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      Highest on the individual charts are Moshi Monsters and Book of Spells at 23 and 24, then Dead Island at 38.

      Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 12:01.

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