The countdown to Christmas is almost over as we head into the final week before the big day. The last couple of month have been busy ones for the video games industry with many big name titles launching, including the likes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3.
Each of these huge games were successful in their own right with BF3 being launched first it went straight to the top in the games chart before MW3 released breaking sales records, also claiming the top spot in its first week of sales. Skyrim was then released just days later but was held of the top spot by MW3 until last week, which is when we brought you news that Bethesda’s game had reached number one after retailers slashed the prices of the game.
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This made the contest for Christmas number one an exciting one as analysts had MW3 as the favorite to claim the prize by the time this week came along. That has not been the case however as it was revealed today that Skyrim is indeed still at the top of the games chart making it this year’s Xmas number one. This is a first for the publisher and the news means the 8 year domination of the Xmas top spot between EA and Activision has come to an end.
Other publishers that have enjoyed this achievement include Rockstar Games when their GTA Vice City became Xmas number one back in 2002. The chart this year stands with Skyrim at the top followed by Ubisoft’s Just Dance 3, which means Activision’s MW3 settles for the number 3 spot this year. EA’s FIFA 12 claims fourth followed by Battlefield 3 with Saints Row: The Third, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Need for Speed: The Run and Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call making up the rest of the top ten.
Are you surprised to see Skyrim at the top this Christmas?