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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 %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

Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine, Traxion.gg, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.