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Submitted by Gwynne Dixon on December 19 2011 - 11:06

Bethesda's epic RPG beats Activision's Modern Warfare 3 to the coveted Xmas No.1 spot...

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has brought Call of Duty's two-year run of Christmas No.1s to an end despite the fact that Activision's latest instalment in the series, Modern Warfare 3 had been the odds-on favourite to retain the crown.

Skyrim took the No.1 spot from Modern Warfare 3 last week after the shooter had enjoyed a month at the top following its release on November 8th. Having been pushed down to No.2 last week, Modern Warfare 3 has now been demoted another spot by Just Dance 3, which landed at at No.2 this week.

Chart-Track reports that sales figures between Just Dance 3 and Modern Warfare 3 were incredibly close, although both titles were around 15,000 units shy of Skyrim's Christmas No.1 winning tally. The sales tracking firm also noted that Skyrim's Xmas No.1 is the first to be held by a publisher other than EA or Activision in eight years (previously Rockstar's GTA: Vice City in 2002).

Bethesda can now add UK Christmas No.1 to an impressive list of sales achievements for Skyrim, which include that it became the fastest selling game ever on Steam in the weeks following its release, and that it had pulled in 10 million unit sales around a month after release that culminated in revenues of $650 million (£418 million).

In comparison, Modern Warfare 3 managed to reach revenues of $1 billion (£643 million) a mere 16 days after its release, making it the fastest selling game in the phenomenally successful series' history and, in all likelihood, the best-selling game of 2011 worldwide.

Moving further down the chart, FIFA 12 remained at No.4 despite a 14% increase in sales. It's the first time in four years that EA's flagship series has finished outside of the top 2 during a Christmas week – it managed a No.1 back in 2008 and landed at No.2 in the subsequent two years behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and CoD: Black Ops respectively.

Saints Row: The Third moved up three spots to No.5, helped by an aggressive price promotion from retailers. Skyrim was also heavily price promoted by UK video game stores this week, which will have given it an advantageous leg-up to the coveted No.1 spot.

Moving into the bottom half of the top ten, EA's Battlefield 3 remained at No.6 despite a 55% increase in sales (no doubt helped by last week's full roll-out of the 'Back To Karkand' DLC), while Assassin's Creed: Revelations dropped down two spots to No.7.

The No.8 and No.9 spots were filled by two titles that were released in November but have only this week managed to find there way into the top ten, with SEGA's Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games finishing just above EA's Need For Speed: The Run. Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call then rounded off the top ten.

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. Just Dance 3
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. FIFA 12
  5. Saints Row: The Third
  6. Battlefield 3
  7. Assassin's Creed Revelations
  8. Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympics
  9. Need For Speed: The Run
  10. Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call

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By: Anonymous

Added:Sat 22nd Sep 2012 07:55, Post No: 48

The contents are really good…

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By: Anonymous

Added:Sun 11th Dec 2011 03:21, Post No: 47

Pretty good, but not perfect by any means. Graphics are superb and content is plenty however the game is still plagued with issues even after the last patch. Too many NPC's in the game are immortal and that takes a whole lot out of the game. If there are npcs in the game who are immortal then the citizens of skyrim should send these immortal souls out to fight the dragons and wage war. Dragons are unbelievably weak while city guards are unbelievably powerful? Mmm K! On the ps3 the weapon racks and plaques are still unusable post patch and this is something that has been brought up by countless people since day one. Some spells don't work properly such as "Fury". Some side quests lack clear guidance or give none at all, have no title, and completed portions of the these certain quests cannot be referenced in your completed quests log. Enemy bodies disappear, float, fall through the earth, or get stuck in objects. You can glitch kill in just about every single encounter including dragon battles. The enemy seemingly gets confused, can't climb or jump to reach you, or for unknown reasons flee from combat allowing execution style kills and cheap shots. Perhaps one of the only challenges in the game is battling the city guard which reaps no reward and gains you faction with noone which doesn't seem or feel accurate. Infact I am willing to go out on a limb and say the game is far FAR more scripted then Oblivion ever tried to be and as far as replayablity doesn't measure up to Oblivions replayability respectably speaking. Never the less I own the game and play it often, a masterpiece in its own ways. It is a product of hard work, imagination, creativity, and passion and it stands proudly as a crowning jewel in the Fantasy RPG genre.


By: Tom Hampson

Added:Thu 08th Dec 2011 23:06, Post No: 46

The grammer is fine anon... I thought that the less than perfect game engine and rag doll effects make the Bethesda games have a lot of charm. 


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 17th Mar 2011 19:41, Post No: 45

I hope you can actually play after the main quest. Please bethesda not like fallout 3, and nv.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Tue 01st Mar 2011 15:48, Post No: 44

You guys really suck with grammar!!!!


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By: Anonymous

Added:Mon 17th Jan 2011 10:35, Post No: 43

they should have a hard to find desert eagle in tes5


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By: Anonymous

Added:Fri 07th Jan 2011 16:32, Post No: 42

Its been 5 years finally! Buying on the first day.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Mon 20th Dec 2010 03:29, Post No: 41

Lol this comes out on my birthday!

 


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By: Anonymous

Added:Sun 19th Dec 2010 01:52, Post No: 40

spam/lighters in my a**


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Added:Sun 19th Dec 2010 01:51, Post No: 39

and agin d**n


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