With the start of a new week comes a new set of sales figures and it comes as little surprise what game is sat in the number one spot this. We've got a few new entries and a few old favourites this week, so lets take a closer look.
While I expected Skylanders Giants to place higher last week, it has taken a dip down to 8th place, but it is still in the charts so it's a good sign that the collect-a-thon craze of a game is still selling well, although I'm not sure it's going to be as big a hit this Christmas as the original Skylanders was last year.
Last week we saw Medal of Honor: Warfighter début in at #1, it was bound to do well given it's well timed release slot just before Halo and Call of Duty, ready to take money out the hands of gamers who are desperate for something new. Such a shame then that it's had more than a fair share of negative comments regarding its gameplay over the last week. As such this week it's taken a nose dive down to 6th place and I see no reason for it to recover due to the strong release schedule over this last week and next.
Of course with last weeks number 1 taken down a few pegs, we have created room for some new blood. This comes in the form of Ubisoft's licence to print money, Assassin's Creed III. This game could be garbage for all the gaming public could care, but hype for it has been at an insatiable boiling point for months and there is no doubt this will have a lasting presence in the charts for the remainder of the year.
It's a great week for racing fans too, with Forza Horizon still selling well but taken down to 7th place thanks to the release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted earlier this week. There two different flavours of racer, while I expect NFS to win in the charts over the short term, I expect it won't last and much like Forza 4 we'll be seeing Horizons lurking around in the charts for a much longer time.
But most notable in the top 5 this week is sport, with Fifa 13, WWE '13 and Football Manager 2013 all sitting in 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively, clearly the yearly update pandemic hasn't stopped consumers... consuming. These will all do well this Christmas though as they become the go to de-facto sports game gifts over the holiday season.
Other than that, it's usual fair in the charts, with firm favourites still doing well such as Dishonored, Resident Evil 6, Skyrim, F1 2012, Borderlands 2 and more still going strong, but something is going to have to give very soon. Halo and Call of Duty are about to have gamers hitting stores for midnight launches, spending tonnes of money and sitting up until the early hours of the morning trying to digitally kill each other. You can bet CoD to be at #1 for a while, Halo should setting nicely in the top 3 as it's not a multi-format release.