Coming as no huge surprise, FIFA 22 has been crowned the UKâ€™s Christmas no.1. What this actually means to EA is another thing â€“ it has been a long time since the publishing giant has shown excitement or gratitude for a festive no.1. Itâ€™s merely assumed itâ€™ll be either them or Activision.
The record of UK Christmas no.1s goes all the way back to 1984 with Activisionâ€™s Ghostbusters movie tie-in. Becoming no.1 was a reasonably big deal at one point â€“ bookies would even take bets.
While this may all sound dour, itâ€™s pleasing to see a breakout hit within this yearâ€™s Christmas top ten â€“ the retail release of Among Us, published by Maximum Games, managed to enter at #5. GTA: The Trilogy â€“ Definitive Edition also debuted at #6, giving the chart some much needed new blood.
The rest of the top ten merely saw a slight shuffle. Call of Duty: Vanguard held onto #2 with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sticking at #3. Marvelâ€™s Spider-Man: Miles Morales swung up from #4 to #9, with a minor price cut (and perhaps a PS5 restock) to thank.
Incidentally, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the Switchâ€™s Christmas no.1.
Minecraft climbed to #7, Just Dance 2022 tumbled to #8, PokÃ©mon Brilliant Diamond took #9, and then at #10 itâ€™s Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
This means Halo Infinite missed out on a top ten Christmas placing â€“ the sci-fi opus debuted at #4 last week but has since fallen to #20. Master Chief also lost out on a no.1 in the Xbox Series X physical chart â€“ that spot is taken by Forza Horizon 5.
The chart is likely to be stagnant for some time â€“ the next major retail releases (Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection and Pokemon Legends: Arceus) arenâ€™t due until the end of January.