Ah, that glorious quiet spell between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Everything pretty much comes to standstill, gaming news included. Case point – this week’s UK chart remains largely unchanged.
Sales were up 29% during the run-up to Christmas, however. Call of Duty: WWII takes its 8th consecutive no.1, with sales up 43%. The last title to claim 8 weeks in a row was 505 Games’ Zumba Fitness, of all things, back in 2011.
EA takes places #2 and #3 with FIFA 18 (up 51%) and Star Wars Battlefront II (up 26%), while Assassin’s Creed Origins saw the biggest sales boost of all. A colossal 60% increase in sales over last week pushes it up to #4.
Then at #5 it’s the evergreen GTA V. That too saw a small sales surge, up 30%.
A pair of platformers take #6 and #7 – Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy and Super Mario Odyssey respectively, meaning Crash Bandicoot outsold Mario during the week before Christmas.
PUBG wasn’t as lucky as most of the top ten entries. Sales fell 55% during its second week on sale, lowering it to #8.
The Sims 4 rose a few places to take #9, likely due to price cuts, while WWE 2K18 fell two places to #10.
Mario Party: The Top 100 – the last major retail release of 2017 – failed to make the top 40 meanwhile, and only narrowly made the 3DS top ten, entering at #9.