Activision claim their first UK Christmas All Formats No1 with ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’, ending what had been a close and hard fought battle with a convincing victory.
An impressive 53% rise in sales moves it up one place to No1, pushing it almost 35,000 units ahead of Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’ at No2. Successful retailer promotions on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of ‘CoD 4’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed’ ensured that no other titles could come close as Ubisoft’s visually stunning game stole 6 places, up from No8 to No2 (+92%). EA miss out on the All Formats Christmas No1 for the first time since 2002, when Rockstar’s ‘GTA Vice City’ took the crown. EA has to settle for the next 3 places in the All Formats Chart with ‘The Simpsons Game’ (+31%) up 2 places to No3 and ‘FIFA 08’ (+8%) and ‘Need for Speed: ProStreet’ (+12%) both down one place to No’s 4 and 5 respectively. Both ‘Brain Training’ titles remain in the All Formats Top 10 with the original (+23%) down 2 places to No8 and the sequel (+67%) up 3 places to No6. Outside the All Formats Top 5, sales are very tight with only 2,000 units separating No5 from No8. Nintendo equal EA with 3 All Formats Top 10 games thanks to a huge surge in sales of ‘Wii Play’ (+148% – coinciding with the best week ever for Wii hardware), up from No17 to No10, while THQ are pinned down at No7 with ‘WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008’ (+36%). Last week’s reigning champion Sega’s Wii ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games’ pulls up, slipping 8 places to No9 (-9%) – the only Top 10 title to see a week-on-week sales dip.