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Best selling games of Christmas 2012 - Call Of Duty: Black Ops II best-seller in UK

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

According to GfK aka, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is hands down-winner for best selling game of all popular gaming platforms in Christmas sales (the week prior to 24th of December). GfK has their own software that keeps track on various retail/web-stores within UK, Ireland, and Denmark. See Top 30-list at the end of the post.

The sales of Black Ops II is not a huge surprise, since this tactical multi-platform (PC, Xbox360, PS3) first-person shooter, which aims for some multiplayer fun, but also features single-player side, is a sequel for Call Of Duty franchise, which has been a constant big hit for something like a decade now. Activision sure knew to aim their release near Christmas holidays too.

Somehow it still bugs me a bit what's behind the big sales numbers of Call Of Duty games from year to another, since they haven't really invented anything much groundbreaking between sequels and predecessors in ages. The changes usually have just included slight modifications of general game, with new guns, and new maps, with full price. But what the hell, someone once said "why fix it if it isn't broken?". Fast and pacey multiplayer shooters seem to be very popular these days, and I admit, I've enjoyed some Call Of Duty games too in the past, such as CoD 3 and Modern Warfare I & II. The franchise's game-play has been very fluid and solid.

Other than that, looking at the first ten best selling games, the list doesn't really feature much surprises (and I apologize for not sounding more enthusiastic). Everything's quite "same old". Big trademarks, sequels, multi-platformers, and games you can play with your friends. Actually this list makes me yawn a bit, since best sellers lacks originality. I don't mean that each of them should be bad games, but pretty much something that we've already seen, based on their predecessors.

Just look at for example Far Cry 3 that just screams everything that's typical for modern day first-person shooter: open sandbox style world with slight adventure element, but being purely first person shooter at it's core, with a loose story - second best seller (after mmo shooter of course).

(Far Cry 3 presents familiar feel with it's open sandbox style first-person shooter in beautiful island setting)

Or Hitman: Absolution, offering pretty much the regular shooter, but with more edge on the sneaking and planning rather than all-guns-blazing approach. A game where Square Enix / IO Interactive tried to put some basis on the storyline, but it's still lacking quite a bit. I'm quite certain that big part of the game's development budget went into the cut-scenes of the story, which features huge length over eighty minutes of movie-like cut-scenes and voice-acting. Still this doesn't reach the awesomeness of Thief: The Dark Project's unique atmosphere or sneaking - yet having quite a bit to offer for fans of this type of games, nevertheless. Third best seller of the list.

(Sneaking and and shooting in same package with s*it loads of cut-scenes - that's Hitman Absolution)

More sequels. Long awaited Assassin's Creed III can be found on seventh position in best-seller list, being somewhat mixture of open world adventure and action with slight sneak elements added in. The visuals are more stunning than before, but otherwise offering the same old secure experience of it's predecessors with a new story.

(Fresh story with familiar roots - Assassin's Creed III)

The top ten sellers include also some sports like football-game Fifa 13 of the long running series, and WWE '13 for some wrestling, Just Dance 4 for some social partying, Xbox360 exclusive Halo 4 for a sci-fi counterpart for Call Of Duty / Battlefield series, Need For Speed Most Wanted for your semi-open world arcade racing, and Lego Lord Of The Rings, which may be a nice holiday present for children.

However, what surprises me the most is that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still reached position eleven after over a year since the release. Although several old-school-cRPG fanatics often bash the franchise, especially latter releases, in my opinion Elder Scrolls games still have quite lengthy life span. And of course, ranking of Football Manager 2013 (13.) is also slight surprise.

(Gamers are still keen to hunt those dragons after a year of release - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

Another thing that's worth to be mentioned is that Forza Motorsport 4, on position sixteen, still sold more than franchises newcomer Forza Horizon, on position twenty one, which is considered the "arcade-counterpart" for original Forza.

And perhaps Arkane Studio's first game for a long time called Dishonored should had deserved bit better ranking. Lack for XCOM: Enemy Unknown in Top 30 best sellers is also saddening, since Firaxis Games really made pretty good job with it, honoring X-Com franchise's original roots. Sure it has got some things dumbed down, such as no multiple bases around the globe, but it also does many things right.

Top 30 Best Selling Games in UK, Denmark and Ireland in the week prior to Christmas  (according to GfK charts):

1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
2. Far Cry 3
3. Hitman Absolution
4. Fifa 13
5. Just Dance 4
6. Need For Speed Most Wanted
7. Assassin's Creed III
8. Halo 4
9. Lego The Lord Of The Rings
10. WWE '13
11. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
12. Skylander Giants
13. Football Manager 2013
14. Medal Of Honor : Warfighter
15. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
16. Forza Motorsport 4
17. Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park
18. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
19. New Super Mario Bros. 2
20. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
21. Forza Horizon
22. Dishonored
23. Mario Kart 7
24. Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games
25. Angry Birds Trilogy
26. Dead Island Goty Edition
27. Book Of Spells
28. Borderlands 2
29. F1 2012
30. Resident Evil 6


  1. Even I bought Black ops for this Christmas. And it is a great hit now a days. Alost every friend of mine purchased the copies last month.

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