As celebrations sweep the nation of Argentina following its World Cup victory over France, FIFA 23 developer EA Sports has its own reason to pop open a bottle of champagne: the latest football simulator has just secured its 10th Christmas number one at the top of the UK sales charts. Counting only physical purchases, sales surged by 67 per cent compared to last week to hand it the top spot.
This is the tenth time a FIFA title has been top of the UK sales charts for the all-important visit of Santa Claus, with just the Call of Duty series coming anywhere close to matching it. The FPS franchise has been top nine times at Christmas, while Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Red Dead Redemption 2 have also taken first place in more recent years.
Elsewhere, God of War Ragnarok drops to third after a 23 per cent decline in week-on-week sales, and the only new entry in the top 10 is Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion in eighth. It sold best on PlayStation when accounting for physical copies, with 70 per cent of purchases for the PS5 version while 12 per cent opted for PS4.
Here's the latest top 10 in full.
UK Sales Charts: Week Ending 17th December 2022
- FIFA 23
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- God of War Ragnarok
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Pokémon Violet
- Nintendo Switch Sports
- Pokémon Scarlet
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
- Minecraft: Switch Edition
- Just Dance 2023