Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has beaten Battlefield 3 in the 2011 sales charts, according to official figures.

In truth, despite the popularity of the Battlefield franchise, few were expecting it to defeat Modern Warfare 3, which tops the list for UK games sales compiled by the Association for UK Entertainment, based on data from GfK Chart Track.

It is the third year in a row that a Call of Duty title has taken the accolade, after Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops succeeded in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

MW3 is also the second-highest selling entertainment product of 2011, with only singer Adele's album 21 shifting more than its 2.8 million copies.

Battlefield 3 sold a mere 1.1 million copies in comparison.

The achievement is especially impressive considering the fact that MW3 sold more than any other game title in the calendar year but was not released until the second week of November.

However, this was part of a unique trend seen in 2011, with sales volumes peaking dramatically in the final three months of the year.

"Most of the All Formats top ten best-sellers of 2011 were released in quarter four, which meant that for the first time over half of the entire year's software revenue occurred in just the last quarter of the year," said GfK Chart-Track business group director Dorian Bloch.

Yet in the PC-only sales chart, COD was nowhere near the top. Battlefield 3 made the top five behind The Sims 3, but soccer sims Football Manager 2012 and Football Manager 2011 took the top spots.

Fantasy epic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took third place in the PC game sales chart.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 can still claim to have enjoyed the biggest launch ever, growing over $400 million (£261 million) from 6.5 million sales worldwide.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801264599-ADNFCR
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