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Skyrim swoops to games chart Christmas victory

Forget the X Factor finalists going head-to-head with grunge rockers Nirvana, the only Christmas number one we care about here at Pluggedin is in the games chart.

And it was a close battle, with several different titles in the running to grab the top spot. We had Call of Duty, FIFA and Just Dance 3 all in contention for the Christmas crown.

But it was Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that managed to keep its top spot for the second week in a row to be crowned Christmas number one.

The epic fantasy game has seen huge critical and commercial success since its release earlier this year, winning a string of awards.

Stiff competition

Skyrim beat off stiff competition from the developer powerhouses that are EA and Activision, who released FIFA 12 and Call of Duty respectively.

There was also a strong challenge from Ubisoft’s activity-based game Just Dance 3. This title enjoyed a huge amount of advertising, with Ubisoft clearly keen on grabbing the top spot.

But it was not to be, and Just Dance 3 was beaten into second place by Skyrim – selling around 15,000 more copies.

EA won’t be too disheartened by the results, with three titles all making the top ten. The developer’s flagship sports game FIFA 12 made it into fourth place, just behind Modern Warfare 3. EA’s Battlefield 3 and Need for Speed: The Run also both featured in the top ten.

EA and Activision defeated

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is game developer Bethesda’s only entry into the top ten this year. It is a big win for the company, and the first time in eight years that someone other than EA or Activision has taken the Christmas crown.

The two games giants have dominated the Christmas chart for the best part of a decade. The last time they were knocked off the top spot was back in 2002, when Rockstar stormed to success with GTA: Vice City.