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

Modern Warfare and its sequel were both Christmas crackers. Not so here...

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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 %26 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

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