Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the first-person shooter from developer Treyarch and publisher Activision Blizzard, has managed to take the number one spot in the United Kingdom video game top ten for the week before Christmas.
This period traditionally represents the last big occasion for companies to move big numbers of video games before the end of the year and many games try to get to first place in order to use it as a marketing boost the following year.
According to figures from UKIE, the second best placed for the week was Far Cry 3, the open-world first-person shooter from developer Ubisoft that many reviewers are seeing as the best mix of innovation and traditional mechanics of the year.
Far Cry 3 has managed to jump up three places in order to get from fifth to second.
Hitman: Absolution, the recent stealth experience from publisher Square Enix, has gone down in the United Kingdom chart and is now holding on to last place on the podium.
FIFA 13, the football simulation from EA Sports, is in fourth, down one position over the same period of last week, and Just Dance 4 is seeing a similar decline and now lies in fifth.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted, the racing title from developer Criterion and publisher Electronic Arts, has also seen a rebound and has gone up two positions to reach sixth coming from eight.
Assassin’s Cred 3, the open-world action from Ubisoft, is moving into the other direction and now lies in seventh place, followed by Halo 4 from Microsoft.
LEGO The Lord of the Rings from TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive is in ninth place and the United Kingdom top ten is closed down by WWE 13, which is still bringing in some revenue for THQ after its recent bankruptcy announcement.