The January sales are a great opportunity to catch up on games you missed in 2013, enjoying some silly prices on software you passed on the first time around. Niche masterpieces like Ni No Kuni, Puppeteer and Bravely Default, perhaps. Wait, no, they're nowhere to be seen. Instead, this week's most prominent success story appears to be...
... Aliens: Colonial Marines?!
This week's charts are a bug hunt, not a stand-up fight, in that the Christmas sales have slumped and most of us are looking to throw a few disposable quid away on the cheapest deals. Aliens: Colonial Marines has managed to claw its way up to tenth place, while the deeply average Dead Island: Riptide has also shambled all the way up from the depths to twelfth position - leapfrogging the vastly superior Dead Rising 3 as it does so. Battlefield 4 is also still selling very well indeed, suggesting that its shambolic and deeply controversial launch has been all but forgiven by many gamers.
It's to be expected, of course, considering the lull in new releases and that the average price for Colonial Marines is less than a fiver according to UKIE's metrics. We've got the top ten below, as we await February and March's influx of next-gen software. Current-gen? New-gen. That'll do for now.
UK Charts: Week Ending 11th January, 2013 (previous chart position in parentheses, links to reviews where appropriate)
- FIFA 14 (1)
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts (2)
- Battlefield 4 (4)
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (3)
- Grand Theft Auto V (5)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (7)
- Need For Speed: Rivals (6)
- Killzone: Shadow Fall (21)
- Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (8)
- Aliens: Colonial Marines (15)