Has Call of Duty had its day? Skyrim sees it off over Christmas and now FIFA 12 retakes UK number 1

Everyone expected Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to take the UK Christmas number one - but it didn't. In fact, it didn't really 'win' Christmas at all, except perhaps for beating down cheeky upstart Battlefield 3 in convincing fashion in its own personal battle. Instead, thanks to some impressive price undercutting, it was Skyrim that took the honours, securing a two-week stay at the top of the sales mountain like one of its trademark dragons.

But even now as we see the first post-Christmas sales (where all that lovely Christmas money goes on what the public really wanted for Christmas), it's FIFA 12 that brings down Skyrim with a 'Fuβ' Ro Dah (well done, those who got that) to claim top spot in the all-formats chart. Observe:

1:      FIFA 12                               
2:      Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3                 
3:      Just Dance 3                     
4:      Battlefield 3                     
5:      Assassin's Creed: Revelations                 
6:      Saints Row The Third                     
7:      Need For Speed: The Run                 
8:      The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
9:      Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games
10:    Star Wars: The Old Republic                 
11:    Forza Motorsport 4          
12:    Mario Kart 7          
13:    Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call
14:    Zumba Fitness                     
15:    Sonic Generations                     
16:    Super Mario 3D Land          
17:    Batman: Arkham City                    
18:    Zumba Fitness 2                    
19:    Rayman Origins         
20:    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Is Call of Duty starting to lose its stranglehold on the gaming public? Or did everyone who wanted to buy Modern Warfare 3 do so the day it came out? Either way, it's refreshing to see a chart with only three fitness games in it and the rest taken up by 'real' videogames. Long may this trend continue.

UKIE Games Charts©, compiled by GfK Chart-Track


  • c-c-c-combo breaker - January 4, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    I fucking love Zumba fitness?
  • azureguy - January 4, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    Not really surprising considering Soccer is a big thing in central europe to this day. Great pun btw.
  • KidKatana - January 4, 2012 1:13 a.m.

    RAYMAN ORIGINS? Blimey, well done you limbless goon. Although I'm sad not to see Skyward Sword on this list when Zumba 1 and 2 both are.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 3, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    I feel that after MW3, even the people that do buy every single Call of Duty will start to feel tired of the franchise.
  • comaqi - January 3, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    One of my friends who is a devout CoD player actually skipped it for battlefield 3. I think it's nearing the place that Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero went to.
  • Sjoeki - January 3, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    Do I need to play Zumba Fitness before I start with Zumba Fitness 2? I hate coming into a story halfway.
  • Bloodstorm - January 3, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    Unfortunately, as long as there are idiots like my friends who mindlessly buy the next CoD despite the fact that it isn't much different from the last one, CoD is going to remain the top selling garbage that it is. I mean, it is still at the number 2 spot on that chart. It's sad really. I was a big fan of CoD 4 (may first ever CoD title) and then became a big CoD hater with MW2. Took one sequel for me to be over the game series and realize it was heading no where. It is the Madden of shooters.
  • Manguy17 - January 3, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    I love to see a cod game fail in sales ( for a cod anyway) which might convince activision its time for the game to actually change rather than just add novelty features.
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - January 4, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • strikerz911 - January 3, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    Call of Duty should see its downfall soon.
  • SteveEXTREME - January 3, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    Fifa was number one last christmas as well so who exactly expected MW3 to win?
  • Jcookie11 - January 3, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    Surely this is mainly because Fifa has gone down to £28 since after christmas? The low low prices surely shoved me into a shop to buy it :)
  • Jedipimp0712 - January 3, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    I hope Call of Duty has been dethroned. They have been milking that IP way too much.

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