EA may have been beaten by Activision (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare) for the All Formats Christmas No1 and by Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed) for the last All Formats No1 of the year, but 2008 starts much like 2007: with FIFA on top.
‘FIFA 08’ moves up one place to No1 in the All Formats Chart (FIFA 07 was No1 in the same week last year), with ‘Assassin’s Creed’ dropping from No1 to No4. Every game in the All Formats Top 40 loses sales with ‘Assassin’s Creed’ falling by the greatest margin – sales down 70%, enabling ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’ (-56%) and ‘The Simpsons Game’ (-58%) to both jump one place to No2 and No3 respectively. Sega’s ‘The Golden Compass’ and THQ’s ‘WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2008’ trade places with the film tie-in navigating its way from No10 to No7 (its highest position since launch) while the wrestling game is almost knocked out of the Top 10 ring, down from No7 to No10. All remaining All Formats Top 10 games are non-movers: EA’s ‘Need for Speed: ProStreet’ and Konami’s ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2008’ holding on to No5 and No6 while the Brain Training sequel and ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’ are stuck at No8 and No9.