FIFA 14 is 2013's UK Christmas number one

FIFA 14 beats Call of Duty: Ghosts by 17,000 copies.

FIFA 14 has taken the title of Christmas number one in the UK for 2013.

An 18 per cent rise in sales last week saw the game finish 17,000 units ahead of Call of Duty: Ghosts in the chart week before December 25. FIFA 14 is now the eighth UK Christmas number one for the long-running football series.

EA last took the title in 2008 with FIFA 09, with the spot being held predominantly by Call of Duty titles since the launch of Modern Warfare in 2007. Since then, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, and Black Ops II have all enjoyed the coveted number one finish.

Sales board Gfk Chart-Track noted that EA has taken 14 of the Christmas number one spots since it started tracking game sales 29 years ago. EA and Activision have jostled for the festive fiefdom since 2003, with only one game from another publisher--The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--taking the title in 2011.

Hefty sales also helped Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag jump from fifth to third, with Battlefield 4 and Lego Marvel Super Heroes following in fourth and fifth.

The rest of the UK top 10 is made up of GTA 5 in sixth, Just Dance 2014 in seventh, Need for Speed: Rivals in eighth, Killzone: Shadow Fall in ninth, and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition at tenth.

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FBohler
FBohler

FIFA 14 is a pretty good football game. Not perfect, but many times better than the competition anyway. USA guys please don't forget football is the most popular sport in the World.

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

The multiplayer components of EA's games are very good, of course there are a lot of bugs, but once you get into it, its really addictive. Shame, EA screws it up most of the time. 

meatz666
meatz666

Goddamn, EA. How can you still make people buy your shit?

progdog
progdog

Why is that that EA can still not get creative with replays? It's still the same old boring angles that we've had since Fifa 10 (possibly earlier, this is where I started) When I watch real football on TV, the replays look nothing like the shitty ones the Fifa series has.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the biggest sport in the world just got bigger

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Well, this is certainly a huge surprise!


Seriously, though. I just don't get the appeal of a game where you can basically do what it offers in real life (without going to jail).

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Can i play with Luisito Suárez and destroy teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea?

Must-buy.

Hammershock6
Hammershock6

Bought fifa 12 for my nephew for Xmas to replace wii party football. I hear all fifa games are almost identical anyways. I thought about pes but its supposed to be a bit more complex.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Well, that certainly isn't shocking.

Dumper1
Dumper1

The sheep are always in full force at Christmas time.

thorn3000
thorn3000

Fifa is and has been for a long time UKs number one, same with Fifa 13, Fifa 12 and god knows how long to the past that goes

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Such a couple of extremely innovative iterations, rewarding the series for thinking completely outside the box and presenting innumerable changes in the current iterations...

Yeah right... Like if that ever mattered, it makes me sick to see people waste money every year on the same game. I love to play FIFA with friends, but there's not a chance in hell I'm paying for the same game every year.. Maybe if it was just some 10€, 20€ at the most to update the teams...But 60€ for the same game? No thanks.

I just wish the casual market would understand that they will keep pooping out 60€ iterations until people stop buying millions and millions of copies. By then, they'll be forced to either sell it at a lower price, or just make real innovations that are worth the price tag...

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

Not suprised, but I still think last years FIFA was better than this one. They still need to address so many problems with the gameplay that have been there for years, but this year they introduced new ones! Things like the ball just hitting the player you're trying to pass to and the ball bounces miles away from him, players not even trying to get the ball under control and simply running straight past it, etc. I'm hoping next year will be more refined with A LOT less of these stupid problems.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

The UK loves some futbol, eh? I think the real surprise is that it only edged out CoD by 17000 copies. I expected a wide margin, to be honest.

Hurvl
Hurvl

One annual franchise that is accused of being the same thing year after year beats another annual franchise which is accused of the same thing. Hahaha, brilliant!

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Sadly enough I'm not surprised in the slightest.

AdderD
AdderD

That's the first time I've seen, "fiefdom" used in a sentence. Actually, that's the first time I've seen it at all.


Fabian85
Fabian85

Sad for the industry that top games on the charts are yearly rehashes of old games using mostly old resources from previous installments.

Adenosine
Adenosine

Oh no, let's hope no violent teen beatings get on the news or they'll blame FIFA for promoting violent random kicks!

carolino
carolino

Parent choices for there streamlined kids...


can´t blame them but it still hurts

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

17,000 ahead - so Ghosts is the real winner here since Fifa was included for free with 1-2million Xbox One's & a large portion of those people haven't even registered there codes or just sell them on ebay for £20.


But then, Ghosts is a shameful excuse of a game.... So, let's just keep saying Fifa (of which I have zero interest in EA's latest milk machine) won.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

No big surprise here. Almost everyone I know loves football

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

Keep giving EA your money guys they will never learn.

acp_45
acp_45

Ah wouldn’t  it be awesome if you see that an RPG makes number One sales in a Country like the UK or USA.


FIFA and COD and GTA...

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DaWarthog
DaWarthog

@meatz666By adding +1 to the number that comes after FIFA from the previous year.

milan4554
milan4554

Cos football is the largest sport around the world. Plus I hate EA severs. The amount of profit they are making, should really sort out online severs so I can have a match on ps4 without EA f***** up during gameplay nd match-making severs.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

@progdog Whether or not one thinks FIFA is good, everyone can agree that it definitely needs to be polished up. The PC version still feels like playing FIFA08 or something.

chuckles471
chuckles471

@DiamondDM13 But the gameplay has changed.  It's extremely broken but it has changed dramatically.  Through balls being OP because defenders default is to mark too close, you are able to use your body weight more for positioning, goalkeepers have to have more skill to save shots etc.  Modes have been updated i.e be a pro having a better online structure.


It's a football game there is only so many dramatic changes they can make.  Also they make the best football game, so it's up to other developers to make a better football game.  Konami has done it before but most companies have given up because they know it would be hard to make a better game.

19James89
19James89

@steviegthekopIt really isn't. There's virtually no difference between this years game and last years game.

dogfather76
dogfather76

Welcome to the exciting world of video gaming! It's been like this for over a decade.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@Blank2k2 they only sold 2 million xbones worldwide i doubt 1-2 million of those came with Fifa

tjraz2
tjraz2

@Deadlysyns87 would you then care to buy the fifa and nhl license and make the games for us sunshine?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@acp_45Only Skyrim has achieved that, it seems, and it has also been accused of being bland and boring and whatnot by others, just like FIFA, CoD and GTA.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@chuckles471@DiamondDM13You can change that if you change the tactics.

And I know it's the best football game. PES 14 suck so bad it's painful to play. I stopped playing PES in 12, and to see how bad it is currently makes me sad... But still, if consumers would simply stop buying new iterations, they would be forced to sell at a lower price. We all know we are mostly paying 60€ for the team updates..

FBohler
FBohler

@19James89 You definitely didn't play both Fifa 13 and 14. Fifa 14 is the best Football simulator so far, the weight and balance interactions, the ball physics and the goalkeeper behavior are brilliant. Sure there are some problems and glitches, mainly in the online mode, but the game is great! If they just revamped the graphics (yeah, it looks like s***t even on X1/PS4) and corrected some bugs, the game would be a masterpiece.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@Hurvl@DamnILoveGames I'm from England. I have enough thingts to complain about XD Though I'm really not surprised given how it's really one of those games that everyone owns just so they can at least say they've got it.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

@Deadlysyns87 @Blank2k2 wouldn't surprise me if it was near to the 1mil mark, 2mil was me being sloppy - after all, everyone who ordered the Day One package had a free game which was either Forza which sold out in a couple of hours so probably not many of them at all.... or Fifa, which everyone I know has so far, but whatever the numbers it's certain at only a 17,000 lead.. that bundle is what's put Fifa on top.

dogfather76
dogfather76

Quiet! Don't you know that it's cool to hate on EA. He's just trying to fit in.