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Byte vs Brick: Week Ending Dec 4

The year’s big guns have all been loosed now, and Christmas wallet-raiding is fully upon us. So, which games will be cleaning up on Steam and at Uk retail? Skyrim, MW3, AssRev, or another challenger? And is the resurgence of Splash Damage’s last game enough for me to justify saying ‘Byte vs Brink’?

Steam:

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2. Assassin’s Creed Revelations
3. Terraria
4. Batman: Arkham City
5. BRINK: Complete Pack
6. Anno 2070
7. Civilization V: Game of the year Edition
8. Serious Sam 3: BFE
9. Dungeon Defenders
10. Payday: The Heist

The unholy power of sales at play there: Terraria, Brink, Civ V all returning to the charts due to deep discounting. Skyrim continues its rein at the top, with MW3 having vamoosed. I guess Skyrim’s on course to be one of, if not the, biggest selling mainstream PC games of the year, which hopefully bodes well for Bethesda supporting this platform. More graphics options/optimisation please, and an interface that makes sense on mouse and keyboard, not just looks pretty.

UK retail (including etailers):

1. Football Manager 2012
2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
3. The Sims 3: Pets
4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
5. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
6. The Sims 3
7. Battlefield 3
8. Batman: Arkham City
9. The Sims 3: Generations
10. The Sims 3: Late Night

A little more varied than usual, though the Sims retains four entries there. The year’s big games and making themselves known, but they can’t defeat the sheer power of feet and balls.

What will be the PC Christmas number one? Do we care? I bet it’ll be an Army Men game.

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