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Skyrim secures UK Christmas number-one spot

by Steven Mostyn - Dec 19 2011, 18:24

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Having taken home the coveted ‘Game of the Year’ gong from last week’s Spike TV Video Game Awards (VGAs), Bethesda’s sprawling The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has now secured the Christmas number-one on the UK All-Formats software chart.

And, in so doing, the acclaimed role-playing game (RPG) has broken a festive top-spot trend enjoyed since 2003 by franchise titles crafted by either Electronic Arts (EA) or Activision.

According to weekly sales figures offered up by chart compiler GfK Chart-Track, Skyrim took the Christmas title after shifting close to 15,000 units more than Ubisoft’s second-placed Just Dance 3.

Meanwhile, although Activision’s hugely popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare racked up a weekly sales increase of two percent, it wasn’t enough to improve its position of third on the listing.

EA’s football titan FIFA 12 could only make fourth spot despite posting an impressive 12 percent sales jump, while THQ’s colorful open-world action title Saints Row 3 rounded out the top five thanks to a massive 85 percent sales leap.

The rest of the chart is made up of EA’s Battlefield 3 (6), Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (7), SEGA’s Mario & Sonic at the London Olympic Games (8), EA’s Need for Speed: The Run (9), and Nintendo’s Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call (10).

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