Let the race to Santa’s sack begin! Oh grow up, not that kind of sack…
It used to be that the only ‘Christmas Number One’ anyone cared about was which single would top the pop music charts. However, seeing as whichever flash-in-the-pan act that wins X-Factor has got that locked down, the attention is starting to turn elsewhere.
For two years in row, Call of Duty has taken home the coveted spot in the UK with 2009’s Modern Warfare 2 and 2010’s Black Ops. According to the bookmakers, this year is going to be no different; both Paddy Power and Ladbrokes going with Modern Warfare 3 as their favourite at 1/16 and 1/12, respectively.
Being the opinionated bunch we are here at IncGamers, we thought we’d weigh in with our own predictions as to how the charts will look this festive period. Chart-Track have announced that they will be releasing their official Christmas chart list on 17 December – as a result Star Wars: The Old Republic is not eligible (it releases on 20 December), hence why it doesn’t appear in the list below.
Only at idiot would bet against Modern Warfare 3 being this year’s top dog, which is why we’ve put it at the top of our list. Fifa is also a franchise that performs extremely well during the period, which explains why we’ve put it in second.
Seven of our top ten are multi-platform titles – Mario Kart 7, Gears of War 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword holding the torch for console-exclusive titles. You may baulk at the inclusion of The Adventures of TinTin: The Game, but with the movie sure to do well this holiday season we think the game has a great chance of shifting more than a few units in the kid’s market.
Some big name games that we didn’t include: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Rage, Dark Souls, Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary Edition, Need for Speed: The Run, Saint’s Row: The Third, Skyrim, Forza 4 and PES 2012.
Of the listed games that we didn’t include, it’s Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary Edition that most tempted us. It’s Halo and it’s being released at a reduced price, ’nuff said.
We also wouldn’t be surprised to see Need for Speed: The Run make the top ten – the series tends to sale by the bucket load at Christmas.
IncGamers’ predictions follow this image from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Our prediction for Christmas 2011’s top 10 chart:
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2. Fifa 12
3. Battlefield 3
4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
5. Mario Kart 7
6. Just Dance 3
7. Batman: Arkham City
8. Gears of War 3
9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
10. The Adventures of TinTin: The Game