UK Games Charts: 17/12/12 – Black Ops Still Tops

Christmas comes but once a year,
nine days to go it is almost here,
So let us view this festive chart,
what will be top, is it Mario Kart?
No of course it’s not you silly moo,
it’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops II.

A predictable winner, no Christmas revolution,
although a strong second place for Hitman Absolution.
FIFA at third place and Just Dance at four,
these festive charts are becoming a bore.
Sequels and prequels and reboots aplenty,
the first new IP comes from Dishonored at twenty.


No Wii-U exclusives, could it be deemed a flop?
After Reggie’s sales figures you’d think it would be top.
And who on this Earth is still buying Skyrim,
perhaps it’s been found in the GAME bargain bin.
My prediction for next week is Black Ops in first place,
because nothing says ‘Christmas’ more than being shot in the face.

Here’s the UK Top 20 in full for the week ending December 16th:

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
2. Hitman Absolution (Square Enix)
3. FIFA 13 (EA)
4. Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)
5. Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
6. Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
7. Halo 4 (Microsoft)
8. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (WA)
9. LEGO Lord of the Rings (Warner)
10. WWE 13 (EA)
11. Skylanders Giants (Activision)
12. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
13. Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
14. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (Sega)
15. Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park (Mind Candy)
16. Medal of Honor: Warfighter (EA)
17. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner)
18. Forza Horizon (Microsoft)
19. New Super Mario Bros 2 (Nintendo)
20. Dishonored (Bethesda)

Source: UKIE



  1. Love the xmas poem. Someone has too much time on their hands lol

    • It might be a tad quiet on the TSA news desk, yes.

  2. Im really tempted by Far Cry 3, but I hated the 2nd one. Can anyone give me an idea of what its like, is it better than 2? Im playing through Okami at the moment, which is a phenomenal game, seriously if you havent played it you really are missing out. Fantastic soundtrack, graphics, game length and if youre loathed to download games you can import the region free asian version (play-asia) as it is completely in english (this is what I did as Ive been without internet for ages!)

    • FC3 is certainly better than FC2. Just don’t expect anything special.
      Agreed on Okami. Such a great game.

    • Eurogamer gave it a 10/10 and they tend to be very strict with their ratings.

      They got rid of the respawning checkpoints and once you’ve cleared it, you’ve cleared it. So you won’t go up the road then get chased straight into an enemy checkpoint that you literally cleared a few minutes ago. That was one of the things that made Far Cry 2 a chore to play for me. The Malaria is gone as they knew that the fans despised it and their spokeperson at their E3 conference even admittied it was a crap idea.

      Instead of being a generic merc, you are a spoiled rich kid named Jason Brody who goes from a rich kid who can’t even handle a gun to Rambo. They’ve seemed to have made the gameplay more enjoyable and Rook island looks beautiful. There seems to be no gamebreaking bugs or any bugs at all.

      Apparently, the plot starts out strong but becomes a bit weak near the end and the bosses don’t stand out. Apart from Vaas who is one of my favorite villains. And i’ve yet to pick up the game. I’m basing all of this on what i’ve seen and heard about it. Also Hunting is actually a useful feature as you can use pelts to create items to help you instead of it being another way to make cash. Also, you can beat up a shark and the animals in the game are said to be unpredictable. You can still cause an inferno and stealth is a viable way of playing as i think it was impossible in FC2 due to the enemy being able to detect us as if they were predators. :O

      I may even pick it up today if my requirments are met. If not, will pick it up on Saturday as i will have enough cash to spare. :D Will have try to avoid playing it untill Christmas Day as it’s a present from Me. Overall, it seems to make up for Far Cry:EXTREME FECKING RAGE DUE TO THOSE FECKING PREDATORS Edition aka Far Cry 2.

      • Great, thanks for the great info. Looks like a purchase from me after chrimbo.

      • Watch Angry Joe’s review on Youtube as he can give you a proper review and is usually true about the game if you don’t trust any sites apart from TSA as Peter won’t be reviewing it untill after Christmas i suspect as christmas is TSA’s busiest period. Have heard that the MP does nothing special but chances are you, you would be more interested in the single player. If you are only getting it for MP, would reccomend looking for another game. :)

  3. I have studied English for nearly three years now and your poem: The best one ever simple because I can do a little thing called reading it…. and understanding it. Would have preferred some hardcore swearing but it’ll do for now . :P

    Amazing that Blops 2 is doing so well. hmm.

  4. Haha great little poem there.

    Looking forward to getting my hands on Far Cry 3 next week.

  5. Declassified (31) and LBP Karting (36) both re-entered to top 40. Book of spells is still holding on to the edge of the top 20; it’s actually the highest new IP on the individual chart.

    PASBR climbed 6 places on the ps3 chart too. Prices drops might have started to help a few new Sony IP. It’s also re-entered to Vita top 10 (at 7) having falledn out last week.

    Nintendo Land did make the individual format top 40 but fell 8 places (to 35) leaving just behind LBP Karting.

    The charts that are produced can give a lot more info than the standard All formats one.

  6. Hitman has gone up a few places due to Game selling it for £20. :O Suspect after Christmas, it will be £40, preowned. ;)

    Seeing as FC3 has fallen, i’m hoping i can pick it up for £30 this week but am willing to pay £40 as it seems like an excellent game and a GOTY contender. Oh and because i already like Vaas. He is my favorite villain of this generation. Now that is some superb writing. I don’t think i have ever liked a villain before buying the game. :O

    As for the rest, i would say a generic thing but i cba to. I see that Sony’s battle royal game has pretty much bombed. They should have released it either in December or wait untill after christmas where there is feck all out untill March. I think.

    • DmC in Jan, Dead Space 3, Crysis 3 and South Park out in Feb. Until recently Bioshock was due in Feb too. March is Packed.

      They’d have had to have waited to around May for a quiet spell but then GTAV could be out too. They should have released it early September this year.

      It’s always clear how well games are doing this time of year and it takes a lot more sales to chart compared to earlier in the year and there are a lot more releases around. There’s only 4 or 5 new IP in the top 40 and that’s even with a brand console just out.

  7. I don’t understand why the uk chart is all ways fixed with cod being number 1? I mean would people got the game from day one?

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