If we were gambling men we would have put money on Star Wars Battlefront becoming the UK’s Christmas number one. While it did see a 20% jump in sales – becoming EA’s biggest selling game of the week, beating FIFA 16 – it wasn’t enough to dislodge Call of Duty: Black Ops III from the top spot.
The UK top five remains unchanged from last week, in fact. That means Battlefront is at #2, FIFA 16 at #3, Fallout 4 at #4 and Minecraft: Story Mode at #5. All of these saw sales boosts over last week.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has to settle for #6. The significance about this is that it marks the first time since 2008 that Ubisoft hasn’t had a game in the Christmas top five.
At #7 it’s Just Cause 3, followed by good old GTA V, recent release Rainbow Six: Siege and PS4 pack-in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection at #10.
Microsoft’s heavily promoted Xbox One-exclusives miss out on top ten positions, albeit narrowly – Halo 5: Guardians, Forza 6 and Rise of the Tomb Raider are at #13, #14 and #15 respectively. Rare Replay meanwhile reappears at #31 due to price cuts.
There were no new entries in the top 40.
The games that take the top spots in the single-format charts may surprise you. Minecraft: Story Mode comes out on top in both the PS3 and Xbox 360 charts, while Black Ops III tops the Xbox One chart and Star Wars Battlefront claims the PS4 chart. On Wii U Mario Kart 8 rules the roost; Just Dance 2016 flies the flag for the humble Wii. Lastly, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer sits on top of the 3DS chart.